Great performance, I love listening to books by this narrator.
The book is very thought provoking and provides some very interesting concepts but even to the authors own admission, much of this is untestable and approaches the realm of philosophy
Software engineer and avid, lifetime student. I like deep, thoughtful non-fiction, and fiction that compliments and enriches it.
I can't recommend this book enough for anyone even remotely interested in science. Susskind covers both in-depth hard science as well as all the simpler layers you need to understand. However I've re-read it 5 times now - in each reading, I get more out of it.
The narrator, Ray Panek, is simply the best audio book reader there out there.
I have to listen again to absorb it all, maybe twice more, which might take me years to get around to. I was very happy with this audio book. It could be too long and too obscure for me to personally recommend to most of my friends.
Absolutely, this book is excellent. It does an incredible job telling the story of science, professional relationships, the capacity of the human mind to understand, and foreshadows important areas of study in the upcoming century.
The human relationships involved within scientific discovery were fascinating.
No, there were discussions that required a bit of reflection before I could continue.
This is one of the best books I have ever read/heard. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in science and human achievement.
Say something about yourself!
Not necessarily better... different. It's brilliantly written but the narration has to be the best reading I have ever heard in ANY genre.
As a student of Professor Susskind I already know how good a teacher he is but this book affirms his bone fides as a storyteller as well Again, Ray Porter's reading is brilliant!
Talmudic law on whether or not it's OK to fill a toilet paper holder on the Sabbath :-)
A physics book? Ummm... no.
I knew nothing about black holes, quantum mechanics/physics, string theory. I'm not saying I'm now an expert but I'm no long totally clueless. This was a very entertaining and compelling read.
Susskind's personal dispute with Stephen Hawking over the seemingly esoteric question of whether information is lost at the event horizon of a black hole could easily have been a yawn-filled, mind-numbing listen. But it wasn't. He carries the reader through the decades-long dispute with a number of very personal annecdotes -- some funny, some heart-warming. And along the way, he teaches the reader about quantum mechanics, string threory and the nature of the sub-atomic universe in all its glorious nine dimensions.
In truth, while this book claims to be the simple little story of a debate between theoritical physicists, it is actually a layman's textbook on sub-atomic physics. It is a wolf in sheep's clothing, masquerading as a story book. Susskind wrote this book knowing that his audience wouldn't put up with the hyper-dimensional mathematics required to fully understand his brand of physics and instead finds ways to present the concepts in digestible, non-mathematical metaphors. Over time he builds within the listener the confidence that they can grasp at least a piece of his very complex scientific world.
Richard writes in a conversational and often blunt style that works very well in an audiobook format. I would warn that he pulls no punches about who he is or what he thinks. Listeners of a religious bent (like me) may be offended by some of his comments, but as this book is a presented as a personal journey, it shouldn't detract from the overall content.
Ray Porter's narration is an excellent complement to Susskind's text. It is obvious that he understands and enjoys the subject matter and, as a result, is able to inject into his narration the same passion and humor that Richard intended. Indeed, if I didn't know better to begin with, I would have thought the book was being read by the author. The reading is clean, well-paced and enjoyable to listen to.
The author, Leonard Susskind, is one of the most articulate physicists in the world today. He takes the most complex issues and contemplations of the universe and its workings and makes them accessible to the average person. Ray Porter narrates it perfectly. Easily the best physics book I have ever come across, and it is worth multiple listens to 'grock' all the amazing thinking he explains. It is a beautiful piece of work.