Audiobooks January 2013

A new year and a new set of topics to increase awareness about. This month was all about Physics and Cosmology and where better to start then Stephen Hawking’s classic books. Although these books are not for weak hearted, they do pack a lot of information that a novice like me can understand, that said, it helps if you have some back understanding of Physics and its principles.

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A Brief History of Time

A landmark volume in science writing by one of the great minds of our time, Stephen Hawking’s book explores such profound questions as: How did the universe begin—and what made its start possible? Does time always flow forward? Is the universe unending—or are there boundaries? Are there other dimensions in space? What will happen when it all ends?
Told in language we all can understand, A Brief History of Time plunges into the exotic realms of black holes and quarks, of antimatter and “arrows of time,” of the big bang and a bigger God—where the possibilities are wondrous and unexpected. With exciting images and profound imagination, Stephen Hawking brings us closer to the ultimate secrets at the very heart of creation.

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The Universe in a Nutshell

Stephen Hawking’s phenomenal, multimillion-copy bestseller, A Brief History of Time, introduced the ideas of this brilliant theoretical physicist to readers all over the world.
Now, in a major publishing event, Hawking returns with a lavishly illustrated sequel that unravels the mysteries of the major breakthroughs that have occurred in the years since the release of his acclaimed first book.

The Universe in a Nutshell is essential reading for all of us who want to understand the universe in which we live. Like its companion volume, A Brief History of Time, it conveys the excitement felt within the scientific community as the secrets of the cosmos reveal themselves.

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Audiobooks December 2012

The month of December was all about Star Trek. I was very interested in William Shatners books after hearing a lot of good reviews on This Week In Tech podcast. I finally got around to listening them this month. Star Trek “The Original Series” bring backs a lot of memories as this was the first Sci-Fi show I watched as a kid. There is something different about this Gene Roddenberry creation.

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Up Till Now: The Autobiography

In this book Shatner discusses several aspects of his life including his childhood, early career struggles, time starring on Star Trek, his career after Star Trek and his marriages. Once again, this book has great reviews 4+ on and is narrated brilliantly. If you have been a fan of William Shatner, this book will not disappoint.

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Star Trek Memories

Star Trek Memories is a William Shatner’s own behind-the-scene look at the legendary ‘60s television series. This book has a good insider view in the making of the series and the part that I loved the most was the references he has to specific episodes. It was fun going back and watching the episodes he discussed. Avid Trekkers are sure to be delighted with this first hand account from Captain Kirk Himself.

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Audiobooks November 2012

I have listened to a lot of audiobooks during my commute to work or while doing household chores. This will be a new series of blog posts that will catalogue the audiobooks I have listened to during the month with a short description and link to the reviews. This is by no means a review of the contents of the audiobook.

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No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

This book is a military memoir of “Mark Owen”, a pseudonymous former member of the US SEAL Team 6. This team was involved in the operation that killed Osama Bin Laden. This book had great reviews on Audible and I think those reviews are spot on. This book was very engaging and you get a good feel about the lives of SEAL team members.

I would recommended everyone to either read or listen to this book as the unfortunate even of 911 is a part of our generation.

Killing Lincoln

A riveting historical narrative of the heart-stopping events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and the first work of history from mega best-selling author Bill O’Rielly. This book has top reviews on Audible and they are accurate. I found the initial chapters of this book a little dull, but that may just be because I didn’t have a lot of background knowledge about the cold war and what general reference to the key characters that ended the war. Following this book, I am now looking for books that can help me know more about the war and Lincoln as a leader.

If you like the History genre, or just would like to know more about the assassination this great man, I think this book will not disappoint. As always you can either read it or listen to it.