Audio, audio, and more audio … books

I’ve been remiss in keeping up to date on the audiobooks I’ve gone through lately. Here’s a quick catch-up, in no particular order:

The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality by Brian Greene

Rating: 5/5

Awesome. Brian Greene does a great job of explaining the building blocks of quantum physics and string theory, such that even a guy who hasn’t taken a hard science course in a decade can still follow along. I’d recommend this for just about anyone, even non-hard-science-types.

Life in the Treetops: What is the Value of Biodiversity? by Dr. Margaret Dalzell Lowman

Rating: 1/5

Meh. The talk covered almost nothing of the topic. It was more of an hour-long synopsis of her book. Even that isn’t quite true, really—it’s was an hour of “in my book I talk about …” with no real content. Almost worthless, unless you want an hour-long intro to help you decide whether or not to read the book.

Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach

Rating: 2½/5

I wanted more from this. It’s not horrible, but I was hoping for something a bit more … interesting. The anecdotes and investigations are mildly amusing, but ultimately shallow.

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams

Rating: 4/5

While not Douglas Adams’ best book, this was enjoyable.

Rainbow Six and Net Force: Hidden Agendas by Tom Clancy

Rating: ½/5

Horrible. I really enjoyed Clancy’s longer, more serious books. I’ve read The Hunt for Red October several times, and have worked my way through pretty much the entire Ryanverse. These two series are not in any way nearly as good as the Ryanverse books. These two are just testosterone silly-fests. (Which is too bad, as I enjoy the John Clark and Ding Chavez characters.)

Timeline by Michael Crichton

Rating: 4/5

After rereading Jurassic Park and The Lost World a few months back, I decided to buy/rent/borrow as much Crichton as I could, as I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed his books. (Up to the generally horrible last few pages—Sphere, I’m looking at you!) Timeline didn’t suck, and went pretty much where you’d expect it to go.

Size 12 Is Not Fat by Meg Cabot

Rating: 3½/5

(What can I say? I have diverse reading habits.) While certainly not a “must read” for guys, this book wasn’t bad. The characters are (purposefully, I assume) a little too saccharine, but the plot and dialogue were interesting and amusing.

So … I know it looks like I queued up a bunch of time travel and quantum physics books, but I didn’t mean to! I swear! It just worked out that way.

My iPod informs me that I have 51 items for approximately 9.2 days worth of audiobooks queued up. Sigh. I’ll get through them eventually.