Dion Graham sounds a lot like Neil deGrasse Tyson. By the end of the book I had forgotten that it was not the author narrating the book.
If I have a quibble, it is that an unabridged version need not be totally unabridged. When the text contains pronunciation guides (e.g. "V'ger, pronounced vee-jer"), it really isn't necessary to read the whole thing aloud.
an interesting book. but if you read a brief history of time, and understood it, then most of this is just a recap. there are a few funy anecdotes and updates to previous knowledge to keep the mood light and make the book intresting.
in short, if u have a discovery channel level of understanding of string theory, then u can skip this title. if u think string theory has something to do with violins, then this is a good place to expand your horizons.
Tyson packs an incredible amount of scientific knowledge and history into this book in a format that is both easy to comprehend and extremely interesting. He covers an incredible range of topics and wraps up with some excellent thoughts on the importance of opening our minds to science and discovery.
I really don’t have much to comment about on this one. I did like it but not much stood out that I wrote down that I would want to discuss.
The thing I most enjoyed about the book was not the content but rather the narration by Dion Graham. It was very conversational and read with the intonation the author intended. The audio book must have been a close collaboration between the two.
The best part of the book did not come until near the end. It was a discussion of Hollywood’s “astro-illiteracy” in which he describes the inconsistencies regarding cosmology in the movies. It’ll make you look more closely the next time you watch them.
As stated in the preface, this book is a collection of essays. The connection between the essays is very loose and the book reads like a random walk. I'm about half way through the book and it does not feel like the book is building toward anything. A Short History of Nearly Everything has a similar scope but does a better job of structuring the content.
The narrator's reading does accentuate the author's goofy humor and commentary deposited throughout the book. I agree with the other reviewer who noted that the narrator doesn't understand all of what he is reading. This limitation is more noticeable in the first few chapters of the book. His tone and enthusiasm is a bit forced but not totally inconsistent with the style of writing of the book.
I will most likely finish listen to the rest of this book. There are some interesting factoids and concepts that capture my interest and inspire me to seek out more information on these topics.
If you have any familiarity with recent developments in modern physics, then you will find 99% of this book old news. It covers good material, but only on a very simplistic level (think USA Today). Do yourself favor and get Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything" (much better "casual reader" version of this material and more) or Brian Greene's "Fabric of the Cosmos" (in-depth coverage, "denser" but well worth it).
This book is meant for the average astronomy enthusiast , but is amazingly lucid even for someone who doesnot understand any such concepts as "Black Hole", "Supernova" or "Quasars". Tyson has done an amazing job in compiling this book and even more so to narrate it so effortlessly.
I have gone through this book atleast 3 times and would recommend it to be a part of your must read list also.
The title of the book is extraordinarily misleading and I was extremely disappointed in the content of the book and having to wait for more than half the volume to even hear a mention of Black Holes! Not that this book is poorly written, it is not. However, much of the content seems like it belongs in a H.S. science book and the other half is glossed over so much as to annoy those that really want to delve into these subject areas.
Narration is even more annoying than the wait to find out that the author is going to talk about what he titled the book! I do not want to believe that the author intended to come across so arrogantly and condescendingly? If so, then they sure found the right narrator, not to mention his voice is grating and not at all soothing to listen to.
You will not have wasted a credit if you choose to download this book; however, there are many many better choices in the science area than this one. I give is a 2 star rating.
This book would only be good for children if it weren't so chock-full of technical science. The narrator talks as if he's instructing kindergartners. In other words, he's teaching with great condescension. I had to turn it off. If you like your science presented to you in a very childish way, buy this.
I will soon be eighty one years young. I have had a very interesting life learning from it as well as enjoying it. I just published a book.
Even though I found this particular deGrasse book some what substandard to what I had hoped for when starting a work by Neil deGrasse I am still glad that I took the time to read it. Dr.deGrasse is a most intellegent and interesting man. The problem here is that the book was a collection of magazine articles that standing alone each article could have been of interest. Using them as a collection in the form of a book almost seemed as if the author was told to fill a certain amount of pages with information and opinons by the publisher. To me this book was filled with just too much information with not enough explanation.