I've been asked to review this book. Actually, I'm still working on it. It's very information rich. Brian Greene makes great use of analogy and explains complicated topics in easy language and in great detail. If you have an interest in cosmology, this is a great book and is up to date. Best taken a chapter at a time so you can absorb it and think about it before moving on.
I’m interested in astronomy and cosmology so it’s been interesting and worth it for me.
I usually enjoy reading/listening to anything by Brian Greene, but Prichard's narration did not convey any of Greene's enthusiasm for physics. I felt like I was being lectured to rather than being taught something.
I do think that the book was less fun and interesting the Greene's Elegant Universe, but it was still an interesting topic and written well. It did a really good job expanding on topics in The Elegant Universe. Even being very interested in the subject, I struggled to finish the book. The lack of excitement from the narrator drained my desire to listen to book.
I found the book to be very informative and having depth,the authors imaginings (of the simpsons etc are a bit too detailed).I found the narrator to be clear and concise!
54 yrs, ,memb 12yrs,library -75%nonfic 10% fiction,15% classics. History, all sciences, bio, classics,diverse other interests.
This and Greenes other book THE ELEGANT UNIVERSE were the 2 books that opened my world to the mind blowing phantasmagoria of quantum physics and all the other drop-jaw wonders of the universe. There have been slews of books written since that have been trying to ride on the wave from greene's books, but most don't compare. .
Greene is one of the very finest science writers ever, and he was one of the first to successfully transfer these very complex ideas to the general public. This is why PBS has made huge specials out of both of these books. Narration on both books is excellent. HIGHEST RATING !!
Although I have not completed listening I like the understated irony of the narrator's reading. It is as if he know's that Greene's dismissal of Leibniz's conception of time as a mere concept, like motion which is an infinite continuum, may be a wrong headed dismissal.
I'm so glad that I didn't listen to the other reviewers who didn't like Michael Prichard's narration. In this book, I enjoyed it a lot. His infections are great and he understands when Brian Greene is telling a "joke" and tells it a such. I thought the narration was very well done and I didn't find it boring in the least.
The book itself is a wonderful, whirlwind tour though the depths of what we know about the universe we live in. Very well told with detailed, mind bending, and yet easy(ish) to absorb descriptions of very abstract subjects such as extra dimensions, string theory, and branes. One of the things I like most about Greene's writing is that he makes a point of clearly stating what theories are supported by experimental data, which are supported by mathematical manipulations, and which are speculative.
Entertaining and extremely educational. I highly recommend this book.
If you're looking for a book that will seriously mess with your head, this is it. Much better than A Brief History of Time; overall an excellent listen.
I majored in physics and this book was understandable without it. Excellently narrated, this book will either enhance scientific education you already possess, or make strange science easy to understand.
I have read tons of popular scientific physics books but THIS IS THE BEST BY FAR! Although a little lengthy sometimes, it really brings you to the current frontiers of science and will definitely leave you marveled!
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Huh? Great rating but that title?
Mr. Greene is a fine educator and Mr. Pritchard does a wonderful job as the reader, but even for this guy who actually studied physics, I need the paper and math in front of me. Some of the material blew by so fast I found myself fighting with the iPod to rewind to get that "last bit one more time". The audiobook is well done although it needs more chapter and section markers because if you do decide to go audio and do decide to maximize your return from this terrific book, you will be rewinding, unless of course you've been reincarnated Professor Einstein.