macOS Big Sur for Users, Administrators, and Developers covers the new features with the latest release. macOS Big Sur brings a slew of new features like new icons, a refined design with updated toolbars, menu, and alerts. The new design is accompanied by Messages and Maps now having feature parity with their iOS versions, which means new features coming to the Mac that were not present before. One of the most used apps on the Mac is Safari, and there is a whole new privacy section to help you see which websites are tracking you and which trackers they are using. Reminders and Notes have seen a couple of updates like assigning reminders and easier access to text styles in notes. The biggest change for the Mac this year is that it is moving to Apple Silicon and a significant portion of the book is dedicated to that, including a history of the Mac

For administrators we dive into managing Macs running Apple Silicon, scripting language updates, some changes to how updates are handled, and the updates to Profile Manager.

Developers can learn about how Apple Silicon will affect their applications, the changes to Xcode, enhancements to the Swift programming language and SwiftUI. Also discussed are some new Swift Packages, how to implement Widgets using WidgetKit, SF Symbols 2, and Safari extensions.

macOS Big Sur for Users, Administrators, and Developers has something for everyone.

Reading List

  • Reading List for August 2022

    Reading List for August 2022

    The final month of Summer 2022 is now officially over and we are now entering meteorological fall. Over the course of August I managed to listen to 17 titles, with only one of them being new, so only 5.88% were new titles. Normally, I would highlight a new title, but instead I want to highlight “The Caledonian Gambit” by Dan Moren:

    The galaxy is mired in a cold war between the Illyrican Empire and the Commonwealth. Thrust between this struggle are Simon Kovalic, the Commonwealth’s preeminent spy, and Kyle Rankin, a lowly janitor happily scrubbing toilets on Sabaea, a remote and isolated planet. However, nothing is as it seems.
     
    Kyle Rankin’s real name is Eli Brody, and he fled his home world of Caledonia years ago. Kovalic knows a top-secret Illyrican superweapon project is hiding in Caledonia. He also knows that the past Brody so desperately abandoned can grant him access to people and places that are impenetrable even for him.
     
    Now Brody and Kovalic are on a mission fraught with dangerous unknowns, guaranteed to tip the scales of galactic peace. Sounds like a desperate plan, sure, but what gambit isn’t?

    Next month there will definitely be a couple of new books, because I already have them pre-ordered.

    Title Author First Listen Amazon Apple
    No Matter How Loud I Shout: A Year in the Life of Juvenile Court Edward Humes No Amazon Apple
    Singularity Trap Dennis E. Taylor No Amazon Apple
    Roadkill Dennis E. Taylor Yes Amazon
    Caledonian Gambit Dan Moren No Amazon Apple
    Rumors of War (Green Zone, Book 1) Jake Elwood No Amazon Apple
    Star Peregrine (Green Zone, Book 2) Jake Elwood No Amazon Apple
    Prison Planet (Green Zone, Book 3) Jake Elwood No Amazon Apple
    Rogue Navy (Green Zone, Book 4) Jake Elwood No Amazon Apple
    Rogue Battleship (Green Zone, Book 5) Jake Elwood No Amazon Apple
    Not Alone (Not Alone, Book 1) Craig A. Falconer No Amazon Apple
    The Spaceship Next Door (Sorrow Falls, Book 1) Gene Doucette No Amazon Apple
    Solitude (Dimension Space, Book One) Dean M. Cole No Amazon Apple
    Going Home (Going Home, Book 1) A. American No Amazon Apple
    Invasion (Alien Invasion, Book 1) Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant No Amazon Apple
    Artemis Andy Weir No Amazon Apple
    Starship Troopers Robert A. Heinlein No Amazon Apple
    Puppet Masters Robert A. Heinlein No Amazon Apple
    Total   17    

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  • Reading List for July 2022

    Reading List for July 2022

    July 2022 has just ended, which means that it is now ‘Back to School’ season. For July I did not listen to that many titles over the past month. I started and stopped a number of titles, but did not finish them because they just were not what I wanted to listen to. Instead, I opted to listen to items that I have listened to before. I only listened to 11 items and none of them were new titles.

    All of the titles are Science Fiction titles, which is not too surprising, but typically there is some other genre.

    It is likely that I will have new titles each of the next three months, at least I have pre-orders in for titles that are coming out in the next three months.

    The book I am going to highlight for July is “Collapsing Empire” by John Scalzi.

    Our universe is ruled by physics. Faster than light travel is impossible—until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field available at certain points in space-time, which can take us to other planets around other stars.

    Riding The Flow, humanity spreads to innumerable other worlds. Earth is forgotten. A new empire arises, the Interdependency, based on the doctrine that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It’s a hedge against interstellar war—and, for the empire’s rulers, a system of control.

    The Flow is eternal—but it’s not static. Just as a river changes course, The Flow changes as well. In rare cases, entire worlds have been cut off from the rest of humanity. When it’s discovered that the entire Flow is moving, possibly separating all human worlds from one another forever, three individuals—a scientist, a starship captain, and the emperox of the Interdependency—must race against time to discover what, if anything, can be salvaged from an interstellar empire on the brink of collapse.

    Title Author First Listen Amazon Apple
    The Collapsing Empire (Interdependency Book 1) John Scalzi Yes Amazon Apple
    The Consuming Fire (Interdependency Book 2) John Scalzi No Amazon Apple
    The Last Emperox (Interdependency Book 3) John Scalzi No Amazon Apple
    The Android’s Dream John Scalzi No Amazon Apple
    We are Legion (We are Bob) (Bobiverse 1) Dennis E. Taylor No Amazon Apple
    For We Are Many (Bobiverse 2) Dennis E. Taylor No Amazon Apple
    All These Worlds (Bobiverse 3) Dennis E. Taylor No Amazon Apple
    Into the Stars (Rise of the Republic 1) James Rosone No Amazon Apple
    Star Runner B.V. Larson No Amazon Apple
    Space Force Jeremy Robinson No Amazon Apple
    Vicarious Rhett C. Bruno No Amazon Apple
    Total   11    

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  • Reading List for June 2022

    Reading List for June 2022

    We are now officially half way through 2022, which is hard to believe. As I indicated last month, I did not listen to nearly as books as I did in May. The reason for this is that I am working on my next book about Apple’s latest operating systems.

    Even though I am working on that during most of my free time I still do have some opportunities to listen to audiobook. During June I listened to 13 books total, of which only one is new. That sole new book is the one I would like to highlight. The title is “Sparring Partners” by John Grisham:

    Best-selling author John Grisham explores fascinating questions of justice and the law in these three novellas. In “Homecoming”, Jake Brigance (of A Time to Kill fame) makes the dicey choice to help a former colleague who absconded with a fortune. “Strawberry Moon” follows young death-row inmate Cody Wallace in his weighty final hours. And the title story introduces Diantha Bradshaw, the loyal associate charged with saving a failing family law firm from the feuding brothers tearing it apart. In each novella, the stakes aren’t just legal but intensely personal as well, with bonds of blood and friendship on the line. Whether he’s portraying the desperation behind Cody’s simple but heartrending final wish or forcing Diantha to examine the true cost of corruption, Grisham is a master of making legal and criminal issues feel intensely personal. Sparring Partners gives us a triple helping of Grisham at his best.

    Sparring Partners was a good book, and given the there are three novellas it does not take super long to finish any of them, so you can listen to them in spurts.

    I am not sure how many books I will listen to next month, but I suspect it may not be that many either.

    Title Author First Listen Amazon Apple
    Sparring Partners John Grisham Yes Amazon Apple
    The Evening and the Morning (Kingsbridge Book 0) Ken Follett No Amazon Apple
    Pillars of the Earth (Kingsbridge Book 1) Ken Follett No Amazon Apple
    World Without End (Kingsbridge Book 2) Ken Follett No Amazon Apple
    Exiled from Earth (Exiles Book 1) Ben Bova No Amazon Apple
    Flight of Exiles (Exiles Book 2) Ben Bova No Amazon Apple
    End of Exile (Exiles Book 3) Ben Bova No Amazon Apple
    The Event (The Survivors Book 1) Nathan Hystad No Amazon Apple
    New Threat (The Survivors Book 2) Nathan Hystad No Amazon Apple
    New World (The Survivors Book 3) Nathan Hystad No Amazon Apple
    Valhalla Rising (Dirk Pitt 16) Clive Cussler No Amazon Apple
    Trojan Odyssey (Dirk Pitt 17) Clive Cussler No Amazon Apple
    Black Wind (Dirk Pitt 18) Clive Cussler No Amazon Apple
    Total   13    

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  • Reading List for May 2022

    Reading List for May 2022

    A full third of the year has now passed and we have reached meteorological summer, it is time to provide my reading list for May 2022. For the month of May 2022 I read a total of 23 titles, 2 of which are new, or about 8.70% being first time listens for me.

    The title I want to highlight this month is “Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood.

    The Handmaid’s Tale is a novel of such power that the reader will be unable to forget its images and its forecast. Set in the near future, it describes life in what was once the United States and is now called the Republic of Gilead, a monotheocracy that has reacted to social unrest and a sharply declining birthrate by reverting to, and going beyond, the repressive intolerance of the original Puritans. The regime takes the Book of Genesis absolutely at its word, with bizarre consequences for the women and men in its population

    I think next three months will be lighter on books I will listen to due to personal projects going on throughout the summer.

    Title Author First Listen Amazon Apple
    Gateway Frederick Pohl No Amazon Apple
    When to Rob a Bank: …And 131 More Warped Suggestions and Well-Intended Rants Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner No Amazon Apple
    Freakonomics: A Rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner No Amazon Apple
    Super Freakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner No Amazon Apple
    One Second After William Fortschen No Amazon Apple
    Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World (Great Courses) Robert Heinlein No Amazon Apple
    Kill Decision Daniel Suarez No Amazon Apple
    Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest Stephen E. Ambrose No Amazon Apple
    Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters Dick Winters, Cole C. Kingseed No Amazon Apple
    Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood Yes Amazon Apple
    #1 in Customer Service (Complete Tom Stranger Series) Larry Correia Yes Amazon
    Double Star Robert A. Heinlein No Amazon Apple
    Ordinary Heroes Scott Turow No Amazon Apple
    The Jester James Patterson and Andrew Gross No Amazon Apple
    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter Book 1) J.K. Rowling No Amazon Apple
    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter Book 2) J.K. Rowling No Amazon Apple
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter Book 3) J.K. Rowling No Amazon Apple
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter Book 4) J.K. Rowling No Amazon Apple
    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter Book 5) J.K. Rowling No Amazon Apple
    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter Book 6) J.K. Rowling No Amazon Apple
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter Book 7) J.K. Rowling No Amazon Apple
    You’re Going To Mars Rob Dircks No Amazon
    Pillars of the Earth (Kingsbridge Book 1) Ken Follett No Amazon Apple
    Total   23    

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  • Reading List for April 2022

    Reading List for April 2022

    We are now well into the spring and April is now over and May has begun. It is time to provide my reading list for April 2022.

    For the month I listened to 22 different titles, of these 6 were new titles, or 27.2%. The title I want to highlight for April is “Still Just a Geek” by Wil Wheaton.

    Celebrated actor, personality, and all-around nerd, Wil Wheaton updates his memoir of collected blog posts with all new material and annotations as he reexamines one of the most interesting lives in Hollywood and fandom–and now for the first time in audio, narrated by Wil himself!

    From starring in Stand by Me to playing Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation to playing himself, in his second (third?) iconic role of Evil Wil Wheaton in The Big Bang Theory, to becoming a social media supernova, Wil Wheaton has charted a career course unlike anyone else, and has emerged as one of the most popular and well respected names in science fiction, fantasy and pop culture.

    Back in 2001, Wil began blogging on wilwheaton.net. Believing himself to have fallen victim to the curse of the child actor, Wil felt relegated to the convention circuit, and didn’t expect many would want to read about his random experiences and personal philosophies.

    Yet, much to his surprise, people were reading. He still blogs, and now has an enormous following on social media with well over 3 million followers.

    In Still Just a Geek, Wil revisits his 2004 collection of blog posts, Just a Geek, filled with insightful and often laugh-out-loud annotated comments, additional later writings, and all new material written for this publication. The result is an incredibly raw and honest memoir, in which Wil opens up about his life, about falling in love, about coming to grips with his past work, choices, and family, and finding fulfillment in the new phases of his career. From his times on the Enterprise to his struggles with depression to his starting a family and finding his passion–writing–Wil Wheaton is someone whose life is both a cautionary tale and a story of finding one’s true purpose that should resonate with fans and aspiring artists alike.”

    Note There are some trigger warnings for “Still Just a Geek”. There are some aspects which might be hard to listen to, so be warned.

    If you opt to listen to the audiobook, you can listen to Wil read it himself, which is a very interesting experience given that the book is an annotated and expanded version of “Just a Geek”.

    For May, I am not sure how many titles I will listen to. I know I mentioned that there is at least one new item for March, April, and May, but the new title for May is not released until May 31st, so we will see if there is a new title for May or not.

    Title Author First Listen Amazon Apple
    Last Command (A Fallen Empire Book 0) Lindsay Buroker Yes Amazon Apple
    Star Nomad (A Fallen Empire Book 1) Lindsay Buroker Yes Amazon Apple
    Honor’s Flight (A Fallen Empire Book 2) Lindsay Buroker Yes Amazon Apple
    Ready Player One Ernest Cline No Amazon Apple
    Red Shirts John Scalzi No Amazon Apple
    Revolt in 2100 Robert Heinlein No Amazon Apple
    Methuselah’s Children Robert Heinlein No Amazon Apple
    Pilot X Tom Merritt No Amazon Apple
    Trigor Tom Merritt No Amazon Apple
    Short History of Nearly Everything Bill Bryson No Amazon Apple
    Still Just a Geek Wil Wheaton Yes Amazon Apple
    Delta-V Daniel Suarez No Amazon Apple
    How To Randall Munroe No Amazon Apple
    Project V.E.R.A. Tom Merritt No Amazon Apple
    And Then She Vanished (Joseph Bridgeman Book 1) Nick Jones Yes Amazon Apple
    New York 2140 Kim Stanley Robinson No Amazon Apple
    Off to be the Wizard (Magic 2.0 Book 1) Scott Meyer No Amazon Apple
    Spell or High Water (Magic 2.0 Book 2) Scott Meyer No Amazon Apple
    An Unwelcome Quest (Magic 2.0 Book 3) Scott Meyer No Amazon Apple
    Fight and Flight (Magic 2.0 Book 4) Scott Meyer No Amazon Apple
    Out of Spite, Out of Mind (Magic 2.0 Book 5) Scott Meyer No Amazon Apple
    The Vexed Generation (Magic 2.0 Book 6) Scott Meyer No Amazon
    Total   22    

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  • Reading List for March 2022

    Reading List for March 2022

    March is now over and April has begun, so it is time for my reading list from March.

    For the month I listened to 14 different titles and in the past month seven of them were new titles, or 50%. This is the highest percentage in a while. For the highlighted title, it is the Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi.

    Giant monsters run amok in Hugo Award–winning author John Scalzi’s wild adventure. Jamie is spinning his wheels at a rotten job when an old friend offers him an intriguing new opportunity. As part of a “wildlife protection” group known as KPS, Jamie is tasked with protecting our world from kaiju (think giant monsters like Godzilla)—as well as protecting the massive beasts from humans. Scalzi drops us into a thrilling multiverse where nuclear weapons have torn the boundaries between worlds and giant monsters are one atomic blast away from smashing through our cities. Maybe the best thing about this comic fantasy novel is that it’s not the setup to a massive trilogy—although we wouldn’t say no to a sequel! The Kaiju Preservation Society is a short, fast, fun cross-dimensional romp. 

    I am not sure how many books I will end up reading during April, but there will be at least one new book in April.

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    Title Author First Listen Amazon Apple
    Origins and Ideologies of the American Revolution (Great Courses) Peter C. Mancall Yes Amazon Apple
    Miniatures John Scalzi Yes Amazon Apple
    Chicago: City of the Century Donald L. Miller Yes Amazon Apple
    The American Identity (Great Courses) Patrick Allitt Yes Amazon Apple
    Warship (Black Fleet Trilogy Book 1) Joshua Dalzelle No Amazon Apple
    Call to Arms (Black Fleet Trilogy Book 2) Joshua Dalzelle No Amazon Apple
    Kaiju Preservation Society John Scalzi Yes Amazon Apple
    Rumors of War (Green Zone War Book 1) Jake Elwood No Amazon Apple
    Star Peregrine (Green Zone War Book 2) Jake Elwood No Amazon Apple
    Prison Planet (Green Zone War Book 3) Jake Elwood No Amazon Apple
    Rogue Navy (Green Zone War Book 4) Jake Elwood No Amazon Apple
    Rogue Battleship (Green Zone War Book 5) Jake Elwood No Amazon Apple
    Columbus Day (Expeditionary Force Book 1) Craig Alanson Yes Amazon Apple
    SpecOps (Expeditionary Force Book 2) Craig Alanson Yes Amazon Apple
    Total   14    

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  • Reading List for February 2022

    Reading List for February 2022

    February of 2022 has just completed and it was a big one in world politics. Since February is now over, it is time to cover my reading list for the month.

    For the month I only listened to 20 different titles and of these only one was brand new. I can say that I will likely listen to at least one new item for the next few months because I have a few items on pre-order and there is one new item in March, April, and May.

    The title I want to highlight this month is “After On: A Novel of Silicon Valley” by Rob Reid.

    Meet Phluttr—a diabolically addictive new social network and a villainess, heroine, enemy, and/or bestie to millions. Phluttr has ingested every fact and message ever sent to, from, and about her innumerable users. Her capabilities astound her makers—and they don’t even know the tenth of it.

    But what’s the purpose of this stunning creation? Is it a front for something even darker and more powerful than the NSA? A bid to create a trillion-dollar market by becoming “The UberX of Sex”? Or a reckless experiment that could spawn the digital equivalent of a middle-school mean girl with enough charisma, dirt, and cunning to bend the entire planet to her will?

    Phluttr has it in her to become the greatest gossip, flirt, or matchmaker in history. Or she could cure cancer, bring back Seinfeld, then start a nuclear war. Whatever she does, it’s not up to us. But a motley band of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and engineers might be able to influence her.

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    Title Author First Listen Amazon Apple
    Lock In (Lock In Book 1) John Scalzi No Amazon Apple
    Head On (Lock In Book 2) John Scalzi No Amazon Apple
    Tunnel in the Sky Robert Heinlein No Amazon Apple
    Rise and Fall of the British Empire (Great Courses) Patrick Allitt Yes Amazon Apple
    Stranger in a Strange Land Robert Heinlein No Amazon Apple
    Daemon (Daemon Book 1) Daniel Suarez No Amazon Apple
    Freedom(TM) (Daemon Book 2) Daniel Suarez No Amazon Apple
    After On: A Novel of Silicon Valley Rob Reid No Amazon Apple
    Old Man’s War (Old Man’s War Book 1) John Scalzi No Amazon Apple
    The Ghost Brigades (Old Man’s War Book 2) John Scalzi No Amazon Apple
    The Last Colony (Old Man’s War Book 3) John Scalzi No Amazon Apple
    Zoe’s Tale (Old Man’s War Book 4) John Scalzi No Amazon Apple
    The Human Division (Old Man’s War Book 5) John Scalzi No Amazon Apple
    The End of All Things (Old Man’s War Book 6) John Scalzi No Amazon Apple
    Fuzzy Nation John Scalzi No Amazon Apple
    Stories I Only Tell My Friends Rob Lowe No Amazon Apple
    Orion Colony (Orion Colony Book 1) Jonathan Yanez and J.N. Chaney No Amazon Apple
    Orion Uncharted (Orion Colony Book 2) Jonathan Yanez and J.N. Chaney No Amazon Apple
    Orion Awakened (Orion Colony Book 3) Jonathan Yanez and J.N. Chaney No Amazon Apple
    Orion Protected (Orion Colony Book 4) Jonathan Yanez and J.N. Chaney No Amazon Apple
    Total   21    

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  • Reading List for January 2022

    Reading List for January 2022

    It is now February of 2022 and that means it is time to provide the list of items that I read throughout January of 2022. There have been a couple of changes. First, there is now a graphic at the top of the post with the recommendation for the month. The second change is that there are now separate links for Amazon and Apple.

    I only listened to 17 titles last month. Of which only 11.76 percent, or just two titles, being the first time I listened. This title is “Singularity Trap“, by Dennis E. Taylor. This was a good science-fiction book that might be worth a read or listen. Here’s a synopsis:

    Determined to give his wife and children a better life back home, Ivan Pritchard ventures to the edge of known space to join the crew of the Mad Astra as an asteroid miner. He’s prepared for hard work and loneliness—but not the unthinkable. After coming into contact with a mysterious alien substance, Pritchard finds an unwelcome entity sharing his mind, and a disturbing physical transformation taking place. With his very humanity at stake, Pritchard must save mankind from a full-scale interstellar war.

    You may notice that I have listed the Interdependency Trilogy again, because I did actually listen to the trilogy again because it is a good series. I wish there were more stories within the universe.

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    Title Author First Listen Amazon Apple
    The Android’s Dream John Scalzi No Amazon Apple
    Snow Crash Neal Stephenson No Amazon Apple
    Have Spacesuit Will Travel Robert Heinlein No Amazon Apple
    Ender’s Game Orson Scott Card No Amazon Apple
    Red Mars Kim Stanley Robinson No Amazon Apple
    Mars Ben Bova No Amazon Apple
    Man in the High Castle Phillip K. Dick No Amazon Apple
    Martian Chronicles Ray Bradbury No Amazon Apple
    Farmer in the Sky Robert Heinlein No Amazon Apple
    Run Program Scott Meyer No Amazon Apple
    Human Prehistory and the First Civilizations (Great Courses) Brian M. Fagan No Amazon Apple
    Singularity Trap Dennis E. Taylor Yes Amazon Apple
    The Collapsing Empire (Interdependency Book 1) John Scalzi No Amazon Apple
    The Consuming Fire (Interdependency Book 2) John Scalzi No Amazon Apple
    The Last Emperox (Interdependency Book 3) John Scalzi No Amazon Apple
    Starman Jones Robert Heinelin No Amazon Apple
    Power Challenges Ben Bova Yes Amazon Apple
    Total       17

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  • Reading List for December 2021

    2022 is now upon us, so that means it is time to provide the list of books that I read/listened to in December. I did not listen to a bunch of holiday-themed titles, only two, both of which I have listened to previously. I did listen to a total of 17 titles. 12 of the 17 were first time listens, or approximately 70.58%, which is more than two-thirds and the highest percentage of new listens in a single month so far.

    Out of all of the items listened to, I would recommend “The Apollo Murders”. It is a good murder mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Plus, it’s written by an actual astronaut.

    If any of the titles pique your interest, be sure to click on the link to bring up the information for the book.

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    Title Author First Listen
    The American Civil War (Great Courses) Gary W. Gallagher Yes
    Years that Changed History: 1215 (Great Courses) Dorsey Armstrong Yes
    Hornet Flight Ken Follett No
    10 Women Who Ruled the Renaissance (Great Courses) Mark Tufo Yes
    The Great Escape Paul Brickhill No
    Genesis Ken Lozito Yes
    Pale Blue Mike Jenne Yes
    Dusty’s Diary Bobby Adair Yes
    Freedom’s Fire (Freedom’s Fire Book 1) Bobby Adair Yes
    Freedom’s Fury (Freedom’s Fire Book 2) Bobby Adair Yes
    Zero Day Code: A Novel of the End of days: a cyberwar apocalypse (Book 1) John Birmingham Yes
    Fail State: A Novel of the End of days: a cyberwar apocalypse (Book 2) John Birmingham Yes
    The Apollo Murders Chris Hadfield Yes
    A Very Scalzi Christmas John Scalzi No
    The Christmas Train David Baldacci No
    Starship Grifters (Rex Nihilo Book 1) Robert Kroese No
    Forerunner (AI Fleet Book 1) Isaac Hooke Yes
    Total   17

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  • Reading List November 2021

    Thanksgiving has just finished and the holidays have just begun. Now it is time to provide you with my reading list for last month, November 2021.

    Unlike last month, there is not much of a theme this month. Instead, it is primarily history, science, and science fiction with two George Carlin books.

    Of the 22 titles that I listened to 13 of them were first time listens, or approximately 54.1%, which is more than half.

    If any of the titles pique your interest, be sure to click on the link to bring up the information for the book.

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    Title Author First Listen
    Grand Theft Astro Scott Meyer Yes
    Saturn’s Monsters Thomas K. Carpenter Yes
    Star Shroud (Ascension Series Book 1) Jeff Hays Yes
    Star Divide (Ascension Series Book 2) Jeff Hays Yes
    Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void Mary Roach No
    Breasts Florence Williams No
    Voyagers Ben Bova Yes
    Voyagers II: The Alien Within Ben Bova Yes
    Voyagers III: Star Brothers Ben Bova Yes
    General and Geniuses: A history of the Manhattan Project (Great Courses) Edward G. Lengel Yes
    A Short History of Nearly Everything Bill Bryson No
    The Medieval World (Great Courses) Professor Dorsey Armstrong No
    Feel Your Way Through: A Book of Poetry Kelsea Ballerini Yes
    Wolves and Werewolves in History and Popular Culture (Great Courses) Shannon Scott Yes
    The Science of Extreme Weather (Great Courses) Eric Snodgrass No
    West Cork (Audible Originals) Jennifer Forde / Sam Bungey No
    The Martian Andy Weir No
    The Egg and Other Stories Andy Weir Yes
    George Carlin Reads to You George Carlin No
    Last Words George Carlin with Tony Hendra No
    The Berlin Wall: A World Divided (Great Courses) Kelley Deetz Yes
    Charismatic Leaders Who Remade America (Great Courses) Molly Worthen Yes
    Total   22

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