DeGrasse gives you blurbs that makes scientific ideas relatively easy to understand conceptually. If you're a physicist, I guessing it would be bore. But as a layman, I found it very informative and approachable.
DeGrasse's irreverence comes through, sometimes bordering on snarky.
This book is series of essay that are not necessary dependent upon each other. You can easily put it down and come back between other books, or listen for a half hour or so between other interests. My general interest is history and especially ancient history. This book is nice way to cleans the palate between other books.
Educating, fun, amazing
Makes complicated stuff simple to understand. Narration is brilliant.
He makes this book even better than it would have been had I read it myself.
I heard it twice. I think I'll hear it again.
I am constantly on the road and a voracious reader, so audiobooks are a must!
Neil deGrasse Tyson makes it cool to be a space geek. He is the epitome of the rock star scientist, and he plays that role very well. His book (though dated now) covers a range of fascinating subjects that will appeal to the space geek in all of us. He makes very complex subjects (relatively) easy to understand. This book is actually a collection of essays, all of them enjoyable.
Then there's the narration. Dion Graham does a fine job for the most part, but someone REALLY needs to teach him how to read Roman Numerals. He also makes a few deliberate mispronunciations that ground my mental gears when I'd hear them. Other than that the production quality is fine. If you're curious, or just want to satisfy your inner geek, buy this book.
This book was not only enjoyable it was engrossing. I could not wait to get back to it every time I had to put it down. The author explains complex astrophysics in layman's terms. I enjoyed his lighthearted explanation of how the universe works. A broad spectrum of topics from the sub-atomic to complex molecules and how they are made are covered. I found myself saying "Oh yeah - I remember that from high school!" (40 years ago). Explaining the nuts and bolts of matter and how they make up our universe was very useful to me in understanding the relationship between planets, stars and galaxies.
I love this book. Brought somewhat compicated concepts to life, with lots of colorful examples, great metaphores. I really love the humor, and the skill of the narrator. This book gives me a way to share my passion for science with my 9-12 year old children.
A New Zealander with a wide range of tastes in books. Very fond of humour and now learning things (such as astronomy and physics) that I found boring in school over 30 years ago. Seriously keen on classic mysteries, especially locked room mysteries (you know, the ones you can't get anymore).
This book is pure magic. I hated physics when I was at school, possibly because the teacher didn't have the talent for teaching that Mr (or Dr) Tyson does. The information is presented in an humourous form but imparts the basic knowledge in a way that's easy to learn. The narrator does an excellent job, making the book come alive for you. I was totally impressed and adore the book.
I really loved this book. My only complaint which is a small one is that he touched on so many different topics that he didn't go quite as far in depth as I would have liked in some areas. That being said there is still a substantial amount of science to wrap your brain around in this book. Enough there to merit a second listen even. I enjoyed every minute.
Yes. There is a lot of information available in the book, I don't think it is possible to glean everything from the book in a single read or listen.
Dion Graham does an amazing job reading the book.
The excitement in his voice was contagious.
Simple humans trying to understand an immense universe.
The astrophysics described in this book is riveting and accessible to the non-astrophysicist. He makes the universe seem much more real to the layperson.
Dion Graham does a good job with this narration.
I laughed a few times, but also became frustrated when the author began to stray away from his field of expertise.
The author does a commendable job of describing extraordinarily difficulty subject matter and making it understandable to the non-physicist. However, there are times when he (seemingly inadvertently) delves into a psychological examination astrophysics and how it relates to the average person. This is where he falls somewhat short. At one point, he lists "the southern cross as a beautiful constellation" among several other much more empirical statements, and tries to persuade the reader that it is not particularly beautiful. He goes into length about how the southern cross maybe should not have the reputation it does, but at no point presents empirical evidence about its beauty. This and a few other examples serve to point out the author's misunderstanding of the psychology involved with the human reaction to astrophysics. However, it is a very interesting listen and I do recommend it to people. This is with the caveat that this physicist is adept at explaining physics to lay people, but despite his expertise in his field, he has a limited understanding of other scientific foci.
Okay, I'll admit it: popular science is one of my favorite literary genres. That being said, I usually stay firmly planted on terra firma. This was my first foray into the mind-bending field of astrophysics, and it won't be my last. Neil deGrasse Tyson strikes an excellent balance between academic and interesting. I found myself taking notes, rewinding, googling, and just sitting in awe and wonder. Dion Graham was the perfect narrator for this journey abroad.