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The Whale Song Translation (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 9. September 2013

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The moment I realized computers could solve math problems at the "speed of light," I was hooked. My career passion for software engineering began during the seventies energy crisis as an alternative energy research scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. However, it wasn't until I'd joined a startup company specializing in digital voice products that I discovered my true calling. My writing is informed by a twenty-five-year Silicon Valley software engineering career that's led to five patents in wireless voice technology. In the adaptation of voice and modem algorithms for communication devices, I became fascinated by the theoretical and physical foundations of speech. I was amazed to recognize the connection between the natural process that created spoken language and the design of cell phone technology-they had both found the solution predicted by a fundamental law of communications. The realization of this convergence is the inspiration for my fictional trilogy-in-progress, The Torch of Prometheus. The Whale Song Translation is the first installment of the trilogy. The idea for the book's "Speakeasy" speech-therapy system is based on a speech-modulated, shape-writing prototype I developed and demonstrated at the Fremont campus of the California School for the Deaf in 1985. My understanding that human speech evolved into a process of shape-writing and shape-matching generated the interspecies communication experiment at the core of the novel. To learn more about the underlying principles common to speech, language, and whale songs and, if my time permits, maybe even a demo of the shape-writing app featured in the book, visit www.HowardStevenPines.com. This book's inspiration was spawned the moment I first thrilled to a humpback rocketing from the deep blue sea. I was ultimately compelled to tell this story when, during a "recreational" analysis session of a humpback whale song recording, I grokked the intriguing implications of waveforms eerily similar to frequency-modulated human speech. Born in Los Angeles and a lifelong Californian, I have a love affair with the Pacific Ocean that is steeped in childhood summers playing in the waves. Entranced by Northern California's coastline, beaches, and migrating whales, I currently shuttle between the scenic bay and coastal communities of El Cerrito and Mendocino. Maui is a favorite vacation getaway destination, and the inspirational setting of my debut novel and its forthcoming sequel.


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Die Situation als solche hat mich an dem Buch interessiert. Es war spannend zu verfolgen, wie sie das Problem lösen versuchen und wo die Probleme liegen.
Andererseits kann man merken, dass der Autor selber Wissenschaftler ist. Die Sprache (vor allem in Original) ist schwer, es gibt viele Begriffe, mit denen man als Normalsterblicher nichts anfangen kann. Entweder sucht man dann nach Erklärungen oder Übersetzungen (was lange dauert und den Lesefluss beeinflusst) oder man überfliegt die Teile und konzentriert sich auf "Aktion". Ich habe beides versucht, keins funktionierte für mich so zufriedenstellend, dass ich das Buch genoss. Vor allem das Überfliegen war teilweise schwer, weil man doch irgendwie etwas verpasste.
Die Charaktere fand ich teilweise zu positiv oder zu negativ, ich hatte den Eindruck, dass es um die nicht wirklich geht, es ging für mich zu viel um das Wissenschaftliche und moralische hinter dem Buch.
Ich konnte mich zwischen 2 und 3 Sternen nicht entscheiden, aber da ich das Buch bis Ende geschafft habe, gibt es doch 3.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting story but not my style 28. März 2014
Von Geeky guy - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I like the premise, I like the characters, I like the plot. The story could make for an interesting movie. But the writing style is way too descriptive for me. This is not a person who follows Strunk and White. I have to say, though, that the author does talk about his helpful editors, who helped him _reduce_ the level of descriptiveness. So he was aware of his tendency, and, to his credit, did something about it, but it just wasn't enough for me. I find it interesting that so many of the other reviewers don't mind this. At least one other reviewer has the same problem though. Which camp will you fall into? Read a sample and decide before you buy.

3/29/14 Fixed typo. Guess I need an editor :)
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Whale of a Tale. 11. Dezember 2013
Von Nicholas Young - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
This book is a story of the triumphs and travails that accompany the thought-provoking scientific and communication breakthroughs in understanding the language of humpback whales off the coast of Maui. At the same time, it raises awareness of the fact that many whales and dolphins are being harmed by offshore Navy sonar testing annually, a phenomenon reflected in the cover art.

One of the strengths of this book is the character development. One of the protagonists, Dmitri, is rather gung-ho and anxious with respect to the whales, owing to the fact that he's an acoustics professor. Greg, his good friend and colleague, is comparatively easygoing and lighthearted. Together, the two characters' personalities complement each other nicely, particularly in the first half of the book.

The supporting characters are unique without stealing too much from the plot. Throw in a potential love interest and the threat of forces conspiring to prevent the protagonists from attaining their goal, and this book makes for an entertaining read.

That being said, at times, the text can feel like paragraphs from a textbook, especially if the reader, like myself, is not too familiar with linguistics. While this is not inherently a bad thing, I did struggle to read through a few portions of the book, but I learned something unique about the principles that shaped the evolution of language.

The author has done a great job of crafting a story that brings the relationship between humans and humpbacks to the forefront. I can't wait to read what happens next to Greg and Dmitri!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting story 7. April 2014
Von Rosier - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A very fun read, with the story taking precedence over character development. The author developed an intriguing thesis, then used enough scientific background to make the story appear plausible. The plot is drawn right from current headlines and is appealing from an ecological standpoint as well as from an animal behavior slant. I very much enjoyed and look forward to futures tales from this author. The reason it didn't get 5 stars is that some of the character interaction was a bit stilted and occasionally irritating. The bad guys twirled their mustaches perhaps a bit much and made their actions a bit predictable. The good storytelling overcame that minor objection.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen What an incredible movie this will make ! 19. März 2014
Von EDUARDO - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The discoveries are amazing , a real adventure. The descriptions painted by the author took me there to Maui , my favorite place in the world . Although I could not fully understand some of the dialogue between the characters , they are the real deal . A team of scientists capable of making discoveries that will change the course of mankind, and at the same time , down to earth , enjoying and respecting the wonders of our planet . I could both relate to them and respect their gifted intellect far beyond my understanding. The novel is science fiction now but could be fact in the future . I have always been in awe of whales and dolphins. This novel has taken my understanding and amazement of Cetaceans to a higher place. This author has not just written a novel to entertain us . He has written this with purpose and passion . He is not just a writer but a scientist himself , a champion for the planet , setting out to discover a bridge of communication between ourselves and the rest of the animal kingdom. While pondering the existence of other forms of higher intelligence out in space, we have missed the mark. Get ready, put on your scuba gear and dive into the crystal blue waters of Maui to ask the question , "take me to your leader ". I will anxiously await The Whale Song Translation coming to the big screen !
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Wow, What a Story! 7. April 2014
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The Whale Song Translation was a well written great story. It's only drawback was much of the text was so technical that it was not understandable to the non-communications engineer. I truly enjoy the book but was dumbfounded by its complexity?
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