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Two science fiction masters—Jack McDevitt and Mike Resnick—team up to deliver a classic thriller in which one man uncovers the secret history of the US space program…

Early in his career, Jerry Culpepper could never have been accused of being idealistic. Doing public relations—even for politicians—was strictly business...until he was hired as NASA’s public affairs director and discovered a client he could believe in. Proud of the agency’s history and sure of its destiny, he was thrilled to be a part of its future—a bright era of far-reaching space exploration.

But public disinterest and budget cuts changed that future. Now, a half century after the first moon landing, Jerry feels like the only one with stars—and unexplored planets and solar systems—in his eyes. Still, Jerry does his job, trying to drum up interest in the legacy of the agency. Then a 50-year-old secret about the Apollo XI mission is revealed, and he finds himself embroiled in the biggest controversy of the twenty-first century, one that will test his ability—and his willingness—to spin the truth about a conspiracy of reality-altering proportions...

©2012 Cryptic, Inc., and Mike Resnick (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • Marie
  • 01-12-2012

Jack McDevitt is one of my favorites.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Cassandra Project to be better than the print version?

Don't think one is superior to the other unless you want to drive and read.

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Jack McDevitt's Alex Benedict Series is one of my favorites. Reading an Alex Benedict book is like boarding a speeding train with no way and no wish to get off until it’s over. The characters are good friends and the world is exciting. You live in it rather than just hearing about it. So, of course, I had to give this book a try. I liked it and recognized McDevitt's hand in it -- all the way to the end (I felt a bit let down by the ending -- wish I could tell you why without spoiling it for you). Not as good as the Benedict Series, but worth a credit. If I could give the story two ratings, I would rate the book 4 and ending 3.

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  • Michael G Kurilla
  • 31-12-2012

Not really sci-fi, rather a political thriller

McDevitt & Resnick have crafted what is billed as sci-fi, but in truth, the story is one of a massive governmental coverup coming to light after 50 years. The tale is set in 2019, 50 years after the first moon landing. As part of the commemoration, NASA releases a deluge of archived material which leads to hints that Apollo 11 may not have been the first. No one in any position of authority seems to know the real story that could explain the apparent confusion.

The pursuit of the truth occurs simultaneously by three individuals, the NASA spokesman, a billionaire planning a return visit to the moon, and the sitting president. Each has different motives and each uncovers independent clues that continue to add to the evolving quandary. In fact, it is revealed that the Soviets must have been in on the deception. Sadly, at no time, does any participant utter the possibility that every listener will jump to from the beginning. The denouement is less than satisfying, although understandable by 1969 standards, but not today. The reframing of Watergate through its involvement in the coverup is a nice touch as well.

Sadly, there is no sci-fi at all (sci-fi becomes a macguffin). The story could theoretically take place today. This is a classic political mystery where the truth behind a 50 year old coverup is almost completely lost as the former participants die off.

The narration is well done. The pace of the writing and the narration is slow and plodding. The characters are straight out of central casting with few endearing qualities.

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  • Nancy
  • 11-11-2012

Up until 3am!

What made the experience of listening to The Cassandra Project the most enjoyable?

Not reading to many reviews and knowing as little as possible makes for a great listening experience!

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Just give it a go! I loved it!

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  • Kyal
  • 08-11-2012

Good idea, slow, too much sarcastic banter

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The concept was good but it seemed to drag on at times. The lead character is a little unbelievable to have such a wise cracking billionaire.

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  • Matthew
  • 13-11-2012

A lunar winner!

Would you listen to The Cassandra Project again? Why?

I have never listened to an audio book a second time, but this one would enter the list if I needed to. This is a fascinating listen, with sharp twists, a great plot and excellent narration. I enjoyed "Echo" a great deal, and this continues that broad thread.

Conspiracy theory, space history, political intrigue...you name it,it is in here. It's wirth your while.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cassandra Project?

The unveiling. Done.

What does Brian Holsopple bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He is authentic, almost casual,and genuinely unforced. I have not heard him as much as I know want, and will do so. He brings this book to life, and is so good on this one, that I will likely look for audio books just read by him. Excellent!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely. I was addicted.

Any additional comments?

More from this team are worthwhile, as is your time to this book. Get it, and enjoy it!

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  • Rob
  • 14-11-2012

A Disappointing Shaggy Dog Story

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Both McDevitt and Resnick are capable of really good writing, and this book contains some good examples of their craft. The characters are well developed and convincing. The plot however is contrived and gimmicky and makes mistakes that some would overlook and others would call fatal as they weave some genuine historical events in with the fictional events of the story. The narrative was interesting enough to keep one going, but the climax of the story ends up being a disappointing, timeworn cliche. They could have ended with a bang, but instead ended with a fizzle.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jack McDevitt and Mike Resnick again?

Both authors are capable of better work. Perhaps their next collaboration will be more successful.

What about Brian Holsopple’s performance did you like?

Brian Holsopple's narration was quite good, better than the book he was reading.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I wouldn't go see this as a movie, but I might watch it on television if nothing else were on.

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  • Stephen
  • 15-06-2014

A let down.

What did you like best about The Cassandra Project? What did you like least?

The premise of the book was interesting. The thing I like least was the execution. The ending was very underwhelming.

If you’ve listened to books by Jack McDevitt and Mike Resnick before, how does this one compare?

I read a lot of older Jack McDevitt but this is my first audio book of his. I've never read any of Resnick's work (or listened). I would consider this one not McDevitt's best work. It had an interesting story but there were several times during the story where I was wishing they would just spit it out. It dragged on for what seemed like forever, just to get to a lackluster conclusion.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Brian Holsopple?

James Marsters. He's probably my favorite narrator.

Was The Cassandra Project worth the listening time?

I'd have to say no. I might end up returning this one. I'd added it to my wish list a long time ago and kept passing it over in favor of other things until I recently made the commitment to clear out all the stuff that's accumulated there. Now I wish I'd kept passing it over. It's an entirely forgettable read and the authors took the easy way out.

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This could have been a much more interesting book but instead you're left with a very long build-up and very little satisfaction at the end. And the narrator, Brian Holsopple, made everyone sound like a grandfather or grandmother. Everyone in the book sounded 65 or above. I thought the book was filled with octogenarians. Granted, there were a decent amount of old people that had small roles in the story, but old should not be the default for everyone.

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  • greg
  • 13-12-2012

Very good listen, worth the time

Listened to this book a couple times
I liked the story line, seems real
The characters fit their personality perfect
I would like someone to suggest another book like this so I could listen to
I would like a book two, I think the story line is able to be great

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  • J. Billings
  • 28-12-2018

Beautiful premise, badly executed

I love everything about this novel, aside from the last 10 chapters. Turning away from a brilliant presmise to dump the reader in the swamp of "who the fuck cares" in the last act is a bold move. But, not one that encourages me to read more novels by these authors.

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  • Edward
  • 20-04-2017

Recycled '70's

Ripped from 1970, the characters and the writing have not aged well. The only positive I can offer is that the premise is intriguing and will keep your interest. But that is too generous. The characters are poorly developed and anachronistic in their dialogue.

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