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Ronald McCoy

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Inspiring, engaging, weighty and entertaining science writing at its best!

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Reviewed: 07-08-2020

This mind blowing journey about how EVERYTHING ends stands apart and alone from most popular science books out there. It is a great pleasure to listen to an author who has something new to say in a thoughtful, engaging and entertaining manner. After having read and listened to many astronomy and cosmology books and audiobooks, I can’t help noticing that despite good intentions, the majority of popular science authors seem to go over familiar ground, rehashing topics, explanations and metaphors that don’t cover new ground. In ’The End of Everything’, Dr Mack, with great clarity, leads her gentle reader through vast, mind boggling thoughts without getting lost. Her gentle humour made me laugh out loud many times, which provided a great ironic contrast with the immensity and seriousness of the book’s theme. The audio narration is excellent, with the scientific terms correctly pronounced - mispronunciations are an annoyingly common feature of many science audiobooks. I can’t recommend this book enough - thoughtful, inspiring, weighty, engaging. Great science communication.

Fine overall introduction to modern Japan. highly recommended.

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Reviewed: 05-07-2020

This lecture series text the journey from the agent past of Japan to modern times. It does end around the second decade of the 21st-century, and much has happened since that time, but it is still a fantastic introduction to Japanese history and culture.

Wow! Mega Tour de Force! Epic!!

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Reviewed: 02-01-2020

I don’t think I’ve enjoyed the book and her reading like this as much in a very long time. An extraordinary vision, scale and imagination infused with humour, makes for an epic Tile in the true sense of the word. I was so sad when the book finished, but was excited to realise that it’s part of a trilogy. I’ll be getting straight into the next one. I just loved this, and the reader did the voice is amazingly. I don’t want to so much, because I don’t want to spoil a single thing, but this was so thought-provoking and entertaining. Super mega awesomely fantastic. Wow!!!

Endearing tale of other times.

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Reviewed: 07-09-2019

Based on a true story, this tale looks at the impact of history encroaching upon the lives of small island communities. Set in the Western Isles of Scotland, this gentle tale explores and pokes a little bit of fun at people who seemed far removed from everyday modern life. MacKenzie loved the people of the Outer Hebrides, and this entertaining story the depicts many of the things that he fondly cherished. I did enjoy it, although I had some reservations about outsiders making “observations“ of others. There is something a little bit suspicious about it. However, I still enjoyed it.

Grand scale epic...

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Reviewed: 24-08-2019

Old school science fiction takes on an epic story, leading to something big final scenes. I don’t like to give too much about the story away, because this is very much a mystery. If you like grandscale science fiction, that involves interplanetary themes, then this may be one for you!

Informative, entertaining, balanced but really, really sad...

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Reviewed: 30-07-2019

A lot has been written about Freddie Mercury, but this biography is probably the most balanced. Nonjudgemental, the entire life of this once-in-a-lifetime is covered. Unlike other bios out there, the author, a journalist, uses her professionalism to create a wonderful record. The use of actors for the various quotes worked sometimes, sometimes not. However, I found the account of the final days especially moving. Really great and highly recommended. PS This was the first book I had read the used the word ‘vodka’ as a verb. ‘He vodkaed through the morning...’ Brilliant!

Great story of future Mars (and Earth!) history

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Reviewed: 21-07-2019

The second in the Mars trilogy explores the future colonisation and terraforming of Mars. Great science and plotting, making a gripping read. Like a lot of stories that take an epic view, often the characterisation is a little flat, making engagement of the character care factor a little challenging, but that might be just me. I really enjoyed the grand scale of the story, because of the fantastic climax (like the first novel) and the science. A great read.

Gripping ride with mega twist ending

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Reviewed: 28-06-2019

Compared to the first book, this second volume takes off and doesn’t stop. Breathtaking scenes of excitement that I haven’t heard for a long time. Enjoyed every second. Like all good stories, plenty of twists and turns. Brilliant! So well read too.

A gripping, ripping yarn!

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Reviewed: 12-06-2019

Masterful storytelling set in the 70s and 80s Scotland. Very much a coming of age story within the setting of a deep, family mystery. All the big questions makiing you asking, ‘what happens next?’ Brilliant reading that totally captures the era. Loved it!

Classic novel by classic writer at his best

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Reviewed: 22-02-2019

Kokoro was the last work of the great Japanese novelist Soseki. At the height of his powers, this story looks at how decisions, personal honesty and relationships can impact us for life. Soseki manages to strip away our outer layers and expose our souls raw to our live’s hardships. Intense!