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What did I just listen to?

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Évalué le: 2021-09-21

This is not a sci-fi book, it is 70% Hollywood agent BS with 15% about the aliens and 15% about the holocaust (which was distracting and pointless).

This book could have been really good, the whole idea of aliens contacting Hollywood agents to make their introduction to Earth because they are ugly and stink is fantastic and should have been the focus of the book, instead we get "the daily life of a Hollywood agent and the actors he represents", with a couple jokes about stinky aliens thrown in.

Will Wheaton does his usual competent job of narration but the material he had to work with was basically garbage.

Save your money (credit) for something better. I'm returning this one.

Excellent

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Évalué le: 2021-05-17

While I still prefer The Martian, this is a close second. It is an excellent story with amazing narration.

Andy Weir has a style of writing that is compelling and enjoyable, and this is a very imaginative and thought provoking storyline. Just like The Martian the science is imbued throughout without becoming overwhelming or bogging down the plot, and the humour was once again extremely well done (3 or 4 good LOL's and a few chuckles). I won't discuss the plot as going into this with little to no idea what it was about made it an extra special experience for me that I hope others can enjoy as well. If you like hard sci-fi you will like Project Hail Mary.

Ray Porter did an incredible job with the narration. He really brought the story to life and he is a true master of accents. Rocky's "accent" could have been very annoying if done wrong, thankfully, it was not. I'm so impressed by Mr. Porter's performing skills that I will be checking out other books read by him.

I've already listened to this twice and am working on my third go. Each time I pick up things I missed before. This was a very well spent credit. I wonder what the movie will be like? ;)



Really Good

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Évalué le: 2021-04-01

I liked the movie so I thought I'd give the audiobook a try. The book is way better than the movie and tells the true story.

Highly recommended.

Amazing book

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Évalué le: 2021-02-26

When I was younger I was obsessed with Vietnam and read almost a hundred books on the fighting there. Chickenhawk was my second favourite book (Dispatches by Micheal Herr was #1) and I read it at least a dozen times. Listening to it now, decades later, it is still an amazingly powerful book.

Robert Mason writes his story without trying to make himself a hero or warrior - the title Chickenhawk says it all... they were chicken until the action starts, then they became hawks.

It's Robert's honesty about what he saw/experienced and how he felt about it that makes this book so good. If you want insight into what it was like to be an average Joe flying choppers in the 'Nam, this is the (audio)book for you.

He wrote a sequel called "Chickenhawk: Back In The World" about his battle with PTSD, writing Chickenhawk, drug smuggling, marital problems and reintegrating into society. It is honest and shocking. I recommend it (if you can find it).

Fascinating!

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Évalué le: 2020-05-06

Tom O'Neill is a true investigative journalist who is searching deep down the rabbit holes for real answers. He states when something he is saying is his opinion or factual (with documentation to back it up). Instead of just telling us what he found he takes us along with him on his 20 year journey, which made it an enjoyable read, and made it easy to grasp why he was searching a particular rabbit hole. I have nothing but respect for Mr. O'Neill, his dedication, his investigative style, and his well written book.

I have already listened to it twice and look forward to my 3rd listen as I'm sure to pick up even more than I did on the first 2.

The only downside is that the very ending is not terribly satisfying. Part of me really wanted Mr. O'Neill to wrap it all up with a grandiose flourish, a wild theory that interconnects and explains all the facts he uncovered, but that was not to be, and instead it just ends. Upon reflection I appreciated that he kept to the facts and will let others weave the "conspiracy theories".

I look forward to a follow-up book. Mr. O'Neill has said that he had to edit entire chapters to get the book down to length and has lots more info that he didn't include in this one.... and the investigation continues. Hopefully the next book won't take 20 years.

My highest recommendation 6/5 stars.

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Entertaining and prophetic

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Évalué le: 2020-03-28

Douglas Adams' unique and quirky perspective made me laugh out loud repeatedly, but he also showed the dire consequences of man-made species extinction. This is an unusual combination and was extremely well done (and not preachy).

Fascinating on many levels and covering a plethora of topics including; avoiding taxes, problems with international travel and politics, human interaction (both with each other and other animals), nasty weather-nastier food, and of course, endangered species. I highly recommend it for everyone. This should be a mandatory read (listen) in school.

I'm blown away!

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Évalué le: 2020-03-07

I saw the movie, loved it and bought it, then I bought the book and loved it as much if not more than the movie. Then I bought the audible fully expecting it to be not as good as either of the other 2 versions.... boy, was I wrong!

Wil Wheaton was the perfect choice for narrator. His tone of voice, intonation, and enthusiasm are perfect, and with his natural sarcasm was a mirror of Matt Damon's portrayal of Mark Watney in the movie. Both did an amazing job of bringing Mark Watney to life.

This is now my fav audiobook and I will listen to it many times. Worth every penny.