a can read person
so many cool facts, kind of like mythbusters for Astronomy
Neil, he was the best
all the moon facts
one step for man
if you are a nerd, and like to be correct, this is the book for you
Astronomic Myth Buster.
The reader does a good job of adding emphasis at the right places and drawing you in with his performance. It is only jarring to hear him read URLs in the middle of a paragraph.
This is a great book to listen to with teenagers who are interested in astronomy. It can give you the actual explanations for things that you only thought you knew.
There is so much misunderstanding, misinformation, and disinformation on these issues that this book should be a required text in the public education system. An outstanding book - I am shocked at how often I refer to it in conversations.
The narration is jarring. Kevin Scullin has a pleasant voice, but it seemed like he was reading the material for the first time, in one take. His cadence is choppy and it makes the material difficult to listen to. Dr. Plait's book is being done a disservice in this format.
The subject matter is inherently fascinating and is extremely important in our science-challenged society. Sadly, I found the reading of the book suffered by the narrator's unfortunate tendency to stumble and slur words.
It is a collection of information about some of the most common mistakes people make about the sky.
Scullin wrecked this audiobook. Plait is an engaging author and speaker, but you have to know his voice and down to earth style to narrate his writing effectively. Scullin not only doesn't know Plait's voice, he doesn't seem to understand the material. Scullin misses important emphases, shows discomfort pronouncing basic terms, and overplays Plait's various puns. Early in the introductory paragraphs of the book, Plait makes his key point about the need to turn around our nation's attitude about basic scientific literacy by recounting a story of several national newscasters admitting one air that they did not understand a NASA-related news story they had just read. The irony was painful.
Philip Plait does a very educational, entertaining and exhaustive job at clearing up many misconceptions making it understandable for the general public. Kevin Scullin’s narration is excellent.
Funny, intelligent, scary
I liked that the author didn't seem scolding, just educational in a humorous way.
This book taught me more about the workings of the solar system than half a dozen or so more textbook style astronomy publications. You might not learn the sizes of planets and their distances from the sun, but there is so much more to be learned from this book.
I thought I understood the phases of the moon, but this book proved me wrong. With the aid of the author, a lamp and a ball, I can now say that I really do get it.
If you have a friend who refuses to believe that we landed on the moon, the moon landing chapter will provide all the information you need to rebut their claims that "the flag shouldn't move like that", that "there should be stars in the pictures" or that "the shadows are wrong" etc.
I particularly liked the closing chapter in which the author describes a typical scene from a science fiction film and then replays the scene demonstrating how it would actually look in real life.
The book is well written, it's concepts are clear and concise, and information that could be virtually impenetrable to the layperson are presented in an understandable and entertaining way