I would have liked to hear more about science and astronomy and less about his personal life, e.g. his wife, daughter and adversaries.
I'd be more likely to read any scientific papers he's written than an entire book.
I think the narrator probably captured Mike Browns personality. I don't know, as I know nothing of him other than this book. I feel the performance conveyed egotism and arrogance in the character he was representing.
Certainly less mention of the daughter and wife would have been nice. I suppose the story of the alleged accusations against the Spanish and German astronomers were relevant. However, I would have like for it to be disclosed with a little less venom and "nanny-nanny, boo-boo!"
I really enjoyed hearing about scientific procedure and astronomical insight and protocol. I hadn't anticipated that a large percentage of the book is on the subject of the importance of his wife and daughter on his life and how much smarter the author is than everyone else. That would be fine if that is the type of book I wanted to read. The book came across to me as having an air of hastiness and ostentatiousness. While I acknowledge his accomplishments, I have read books from other authors with equal or greater accomplishments without the air of superiority. Perhaps the book should have been titled. "Hey, Look what I've done!"
Really enjoyed this audio book ... Was an easy listen and story well written . more about details of process to discover planets and his life then actually astronomy lessons. But you will still learn some fundamental astronomy / physics concepts . A+
Dr. Rick McClain
The personal story intertwined with the science made both enjoyable. I learned a lot about the solar system. Mike Brown is an excellent teacher. I strongly recommend this book.
If you are interested in space and astronomy, this is a great account of how Pluto came to lose its planet status. Mike Brown has an easy manner of speaking that teaches without seeming like a lecture. His dry wit keeps things lively, as does his preference for giving simple, logical explanations for things without relying on astronomical jargon or unnecessary detail. I enjoyed the story and learned a lot, too.
It was a light, fun and informative book. While it covers many scientific principles it is also a sort of autobiography, at least a portion of one, and has some scandal as well as laughs. I give it ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. I'll be playing portions of it for my class this week as well whether they like it or not.
Sorry, but I could have been okay without so much about wife and kid. But it was a good read ;uhem...I mean listen. Prose was descriptive enough so that listening to the book was doable. I find that if a book is too technical , then listening does not work as you must take the time to refer to diagrams, look up definitions, etc. this book was not like that.