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  • The Infinite Sea

  • The 5th Wave, Book 2
  • By: Rick Yancey
  • Narrated by: Phoebe Strole, Ben Yannette
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,935
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,586
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,592

How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity. Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others' ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as the first :(

  • By Bookworm on 09-22-14

Disappointing sequel to The 5th Wave

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-19-15

What disappointed you about The Infinite Sea?

I know this is targeted at a young adult audience, but unlike The 5th Wave, this felt like it was written by someone with very little writing experience. So many cliches. And how many different variations of yin & yang phrasing do we need? It seemed like the characters were so often saying things like "it felt like it was both light and dark" or "I was both full and hungry" (Not real quotes from the book, but those types of phrases were generously sprinkled throughout). It made me feel like I was reading a 10th grade assignment in creative writing. The characterization of the primary antagonist, Vosch, was plastic and uninteresting. The 5th Wave had a lot of interesting ideas and concepts about how this alien invasion might go down, but I didn't find that The Infinite Sea added anything of value to this mythos.

Would you ever listen to anything by Rick Yancey again?

I am somewhat curious about what happens to these characters, but I can't say that I particularly care about what happens to them at this point.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Infinite Sea?

This storyline has been released as a trilogy (The 5th Wave, The Infinite Sea, and the forthcoming final book of the trilogy, The Last Star). I remain hopeful that The Last Star will pick it up again. But if I had to cut anything, I'd have to consider this as a trilogy and cut out this book completely. It felt like filler between an interesting first chapter and what I hope will be an interesting conclusion.

  • The Hidden Reality

  • Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos
  • By: Brian Greene
  • Narrated by: Brian Greene
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 863
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 848

There was a time when “universe” meant all there is. Everything. Yet, in recent years discoveries in physics and cosmology have led a number of scientists to conclude that our universe may be one among many. With crystal-clear prose and inspired use of analogy, Brian Greene shows how a range of different “multiverse” proposals emerges from theories developed to explain the most refined observations of both subatomic particles and the dark depths of space.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Greene is a great writer, but not a great reader

  • By Michael Carrato on 06-18-11

Very good, but not as good as his previous books

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-19-11

I did enjoy this and if you're a fan of his other books, I can certainly recommend it. I thought that Mr. Greene did a good job of narrating, but not great. Oddly enough, I don't think his passion for the subject comes through in his reading. I've gotten a better sense of awe on this subject from the narrators of his other books. The subject matter is certainly fascinating, but this one delves more into philosophy than it does into testable science. Still interesting and thought provoking, nonetheless.

  • The Fabric of the Cosmos

  • Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality
  • By: Brian Greene
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 22 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,650
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 766
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761

Space and time form the very fabric of the cosmos. Yet they remain among the most mysterious of concepts. Is space an entity? Why does time have a direction? Could the universe exist without space and time? Can we travel to the past?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Space and Time for the Common Man

  • By Martin on 02-26-04

Entertaining and extremely educational.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-16-10

I'm so glad that I didn't listen to the other reviewers who didn't like Michael Prichard's narration. In this book, I enjoyed it a lot. His infections are great and he understands when Brian Greene is telling a "joke" and tells it a such. I thought the narration was very well done and I didn't find it boring in the least.

The book itself is a wonderful, whirlwind tour though the depths of what we know about the universe we live in. Very well told with detailed, mind bending, and yet easy(ish) to absorb descriptions of very abstract subjects such as extra dimensions, string theory, and branes. One of the things I like most about Greene's writing is that he makes a point of clearly stating what theories are supported by experimental data, which are supported by mathematical manipulations, and which are speculative.

Entertaining and extremely educational. I highly recommend this book.

  • Parallel Worlds

  • A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos
  • By: Michio Kaku
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 985
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 976

In this thrilling journey into the mysteries of our cosmos, best-selling author Michio Kaku takes us on a dizzying ride to explore black holes and time machines, multidimensional space and, most tantalizing of all, the possibility that parallel universes may lay alongside our own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't be afraid

  • By Robert on 05-05-10

Overly speculative

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-26-10

I did enjoy this book, but I found it to be overly speculative, spending too much time on wild ideas rather than more concrete science. I suppose I would have enjoyed it more had Kaku gone into greater depth of the mathematics (for similar subjects, I much preferred "The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory" by Brian Greene and "The Black Hole War: My Battle to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics" by Leonard Susskind).

Marc Vietor did fine job of narration, but having seen/heard Michio Kaku many times on TV shows, I think he himself would have been able to give more life to the words.

Overall, it was decent and I'm glad I got it, but I can't give it a tremendously glowing review. But if you're new to this subject, it's a good book that will very likely whet your appetite for more.

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  • Packing for Mars

  • The Curious Science of Life in the Void
  • By: Mary Roach
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,613
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,683
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,678

Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? Have sex? Smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know - and More

  • By Roy on 09-22-10

Interesting and funny

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-27-10

Very interesting information about what astronauts "really" do in space. Mary Roach is a very funny author and adds humor to subjects such as vomiting and going to the "bathroom" in space. However, Sandra Burr isn't a very funny reader. There were a lot of lines in the book that were clearly meant to said with a "wink", but her delivery is flat and often not funny. Disappointment in the narrator aside, I did enjoy this book and learned a lot about the challenges of human space exploration. These are issues that we need to deal with if we're ever going to get off of this rock and it was fun to get a different perspective.

  • Freedom (TM)

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,704
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,365
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,388

In a world of conflicted loyalties, rapidly diminishing human power, and the possibility that anyone can be a spy, what's at stake is nothing less than human freedom's last hope to survive the technology revolution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wow - a must read

  • By James on 07-11-10

Be sure to get Daemon first

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-15-10

A frightening, yet hopeful, look at where technology could take us in the very near future in a very plausible way. Think augmented reality is a fantasy? Look up "google goggles". It's coming.

I recommend reading Daemon first. There's too much back story in Daemon to pass it by. Although Freedom (TM) could stand on it's own, I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much without the character backgrounds that Daemon provided.

Suarez is certainly a geek at heart and the technology he references is extremely well researched. I'm a computer security buff myself, and his use of various network weaknesses and flaws was very well realized.