I give it two stars, not because it's bad particularly, but because it was too basic and simple. This would be a fine book for those that haven't read any other popular cosmology books before. If you have you will likely be bored with it's rudimentary nature. The audio quality is OK and the narration is quite good. So if it's you are looking for a simple survey of cosmology then this is your book, otherwise give it a pass and try Brian Greene's "The Elegant Universe" or "The Fabric of the Cosmos".
I like science and technology, and I don't like the Idea of being like the people from the movie Morons from outer space (Mel Smith) so many people I meet today don't know how the things work even a little, so this gives you some understanding in a enjoyment way, not just maths, formulators and equations, you need to listen to it a couple of time to remember all the information it offers, but it's worth it.
I listened to it while I was working.
I personnel think it's work buying.
Hi. For those who know what I'm talking about - its clear that this narrator has either no a)Interest in or b) Ability to speak in the proper tone about physics and astronomy. The guy narrates it like he's reading Sports Illustrated....his tone is all wrong. Listen to the "Short History of Nearly Everything" sample or "Pulp Physics" to see what good narration can do for a book.
Listen to this book to hear what bad narration can do. I'm not saying the guy is a bad narrator - but his vocal characterisations just AREN'T APPROPRIATE for this type of book.
I've listened to every physics/astronomy book on this site - and I've learned its very difficult to narrate one in an interesting and authoritative way, especially if you aren't a technical person. But pass on this one, it will drive you NUTS!
I can only be talked down to for so long and then I have to shut it off. I could not finish this one. It might be interesting for somebody with no knowledge of the subject, but if you know anything about it you will be pulling out your hair in spots. Kids might like it.
The book is generally interesting but the narrator talks as though his audience were were in about 5th grade; too golly gee-whiz isn't this amazing for adult taste.
Written playfully and with the nerdy energy of a professional physicist, this has a lot of good information, but isn't gripping. Probably best for people with a deep-seated interest in becoming an amateur astronomer.
I read many science books, and this is one of my least recommended. It is a very light and popular type of presentation, with a wildly exagerated title. You would do much better with anything by Brian Greene, especially The Fabric of the Cosmos.
The author adequately provided an alternate perspective on many issues facing the scientific community and succeeded in being an enjoyable distration from the daily commute. The only reason this didnt get 5 stars from me was because of the obvious prejudice he demonstrated against Creationism. The author would have been better served had he left out that chapter as I feel he lost a good deal of his objectivity in favor of his dislike for Creationist on the cutting room floor. Up to the final chapter where he expressed more feeling than fact, I would say this is an excellent book. Definately worth the credits if you enjoy science.
I agree with others who feel the narrator was not effective or perhaps appropriate for the subject: Way to "jovial" and "wiseguy-ish" for my taste. He has a wonderful speaking voice but, for me, his take is totally off the mark. Had this been narrated in a more serious tone, perhaps a voice with more gravitas such as Edward Herrmann, this would have been excellent.
The narration is terrible, as though he doesn't even understand the words. Just a monotonous fake enthusiasm, which nearly made this unendurable.
I still haven't finished.
The book has some interesting information, but it seems to jump around, and I tire of the author's "style." Sounds like it was written for High School students maybe?
Try "A Short History of Nearly Everything" instead.