Thursday, May 28, 2015

Ian Fleming's JAMES BOND audiobooks

GOLDENEYE: Where Bond Was Born: Ian Fleming's JamaicaMatthew Parker is the author of several works of nonfiction, including Monte Cassino: The Hardest-Fought Battle of World War II; the Los Angeles Times bestseller Panama Fever, which was a 2008 Washington Post Best Book of the Year; and The Sugar Barons, which was an Economist Book of the Year. He lives in London. Other audiobooks of James Bond novels shown.
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

TRAVELS by Michael Crichton

TRAVELS by Michael Crichton is the 1988 autobiography of the novelist and screenwriter as he travels the world, giving his recollections, notes, and ideas from the Mayan pyramids to the African jungles. Fascinating and personal, it reveals the inners thoughts of one of the most successful writers of all time. On audio here for the first time, so you can listen as YOU travel, or walk, or cook!

THE SECOND MACHINE AGE was nominated for an Audie Award in Science and Technology, and shows how the future just might not be like Hollywood imagines.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Kissing in the Interstellar Age

The story of the men and women who drove the Voyager spacecraft mission— told by a scientist who was there from the beginning
Voyager 1 left the solar system in 2012; its sister craft, Voyager 2, will do so in 2015. The fantastic journey began in 1977, before the first episode of Cosmos aired. The mission was planned as a grand tour beyond the moon; beyond Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn; and maybe even into interstellar space. The fact that it actually happened makes this humanity’s greatest space mission.
In The Interstellar Age, award-winning planetary scientist Jim Bell reveals what drove and continues to drive the members of this extraordinary team, including Ed Stone, Voyager’s chief scientist and the one-time head of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab; Charley Kohlhase, an orbital dynamics engineer who helped to design many of the critical slingshot maneuvers around planets that enabled the Voyagers to travel so far; and the geologist whose Earth-bound experience would prove of little help in interpreting the strange new landscapes revealed in the Voyagers’ astoundingly clear images of moons and planets.
Speeding through space at a mind-bending eleven miles a second, Voyager 1 is now beyond our solar system’s planets. It carries with it artifacts of human civilization. By the time Voyager passes its first star in about 40,000 years, the gold record on the spacecraft, containing various music and images including Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode,” will still be playable. 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

SEVENEVES by Neal Stephenson

Forget Facebook. Welcome to Spacebook. In the future, according to Neal Stephenson in SEVENEVES, that will be where everyone goes for sharing. Why? Because the moon has blown up, and mankind is facing extinction unless we can get into orbit and figure a way to clean up the falling bolides (rocks)…an impossibility, and so various descendants of evolved humans must try to reestablish a sustainable civilization out of the rubble while the diminished population lives in space. This is a massive book to read, which would be no problem were it really, really good. It is not. At least not as a novel that inspires readers with poetic imagery and tightly controlled action. There are impressive ideas floated here, and much argument on how technology can solve the problems humanity faces. So science geeks will appreciate the depth of the story. But this should have been, somehow, a non-fiction book. There are simply too many characters and too slow a pace for it to work as an epic-sized novel. Other books by Stephenson have obviously succeeded brilliantly. Snow Crash was one of my favorites. This book is no Snow Crash. (Since Neal is adept at research and ideas related to history, not to mention skill at creating characters which many lesser writers are not, let me recommend instead MONGOLIAD, a relatively recent collection with various authors like Greg Bear assisting, or STAR CARRIER by Ian Douglas.) Reader Mary Robinette Kowal can’t be faulted for bringing a believable interpretation to both male and female voices, it’s just that much of Seveneves is exposition rather than dialogue or action. Many authors deliver overwrought books to their editors, it just seems that Neal’s editor was out of the country on extended holiday. Emphasis on the word “seems." 

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Comfort Food and Holiday Audiobooks

This donut costs $2.99...but it's a foot across! Audiobooks on FOOD.
Nora Roberts interview at this site.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Throwback WESTERN Audiobooks

Base photo taken at Old Tucson Studios, where many western films were made, including by John Wayne, Paul Newman, and Clint Eastwood. (I used a filter to give it a vintage effect.) The park is open daily, and has a lot of memorabilia. Check out these great western theme audiobooks, including one overlooked by Richard Matheson, who usually wrote SF or horror. Seth McFarlane's audiobook was the basis for his comedy film. OPEN RANGE is a moody, atmospheric classic. AMERICAN TITAN is the biography of the Duke.