Funny, intelligent, scary
I liked that the author didn't seem scolding, just educational in a humorous way.
The facts in this book are good, but they are presented in a dull and uninteresting fashion. The author likes to make some bad puns. I can almost picture him giggling at his keyboard after writing each one. The narrator doesn’t help much either. Whenever the narrator expresses an opposing view point he goes into this weird nasal whiney voice, which I admit made me chuckle the first couple of times, but it gets old really fast.
Many interesting "Facts" but when he got to the Creationist issues, he only looked at it from the extremest view and did not add anything positive to the whole debate.
I much preferred the Astronomy book Pluto Files, where there was no agenda for the authors view points.
My preference for a good story is something totally unusual and not run of the mill stuff. Give me something I haven't heard before.
It had some interesting stuff and good explanations for curtain phenomenon which I didn't know before. If you like science over conspiracy/paranormal bullshit.
If you woke up this morning thinking you saw Goofy in a cloud and thought it was a sign from God and really wanted to believe it, then this is not your book. This book will burst you imaginary bubble and bring you back to reality.
Here is something about myself.
A very good audiobook about science and misconceptions about astronomy all around the world. Even though the story is starting to be a little bit old (written in 2002), only the last chapter of the book will feel a little bit odd.
Philip Plait does a great job explaining the misconceptions and doesn't dwell in unecessary science details. He's very factual and straight to the point.
I liked to listen to this book. The narrator was convincing and very engaged. If you're looking for a fun and instructive book about astronomy and science without the technical stuff.. well this is for you.
among science books, top 20%
The bit about Artilleryman needing to adjust for the earths spin when firing North or South had never occurred to me, at least back when they actually fired cannon balls.
no, I kept re-winding after giving the subject thought. This may actually be a better book to read. I am certain it had illustrations that would simplify. I enjoy the mental exercise however.
Yes, but it's tongue in cheek. The author was being very precise over word use so I feel I should point out that if he had a nickel for 'every' time someone asked him about the moon and the tides, he would still only have a nickel. Now if he had gotten a nickel 'each' time...different story. My Dad always got me on the correct use of each and every when it came to dimes and nickels. Thoroughly enjoyed the book anyway.
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
my 3 word summary: people believe that?
It was eye opening. I had no idea how far people's marbles were rolling.
I laughed a lot
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The first half of the book was very enjoyable and I learned a few things.
Yes. I did enjoy the first half of the book and the author is very well educated and conveys ideas in a manner that most people can understand. In the second half of the book, the author comes across as nit-picky and self righteous and belabors many points.
No opinion one way or the other.
Yep. The topics and facts sure are intriguing - and fairly well explained.
The narrator is the worst part. He's staccato and disinterested. Reminds me of when the teacher would force the stoners to read out loud in high school. The guy has no flow and no expression.
What? This is the stupidest question I have ever seen. Seriously, Audible?
The author's sense of humor is horribly dry and corny. I understand trying to lighten things up but the jokes come off as amateur and groan-inducing. Stick to science. The intro explaining how he was "inspired" to write this book is numbing, too. Skip it.