This book is a very nice overview of modern astrophysics and in particular the role of black holes in astrophysical processes. The author is an astrophysicist / astrobiologist and knows his subject well and presents it with a kind of warmth and care that is infrequent in popular science writing. The author narrates the book himself and does a wonderful job of it. This book is a nice complement to other books such as "The 4% Universe" and "The Day We Found the Universe".
This book is a well done history of the emergence of the idea of galaxies or island universes from the 19th to the mid-20th century. The people such as Shapely and Hubble are portrayed with their foibles as well as their more admirable qualities. The narration is quite good.
Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.
History of Science, sure, but that certainly is not all by any means. It is the history of the remarkable men and women who contributed to a knowledge about ourselves, our planet and our place in time and space. It is a story about some of the greatest minds, their thinking, treachery, genius and stupidity. Never does the book seem like a lecture though at nearly every turn there is something to learn and fairly easily understand. The subjects are serious though Bryson's wit and humor should keep everyone smiling and chuckling all the way through. The content is great; the narration superb.