Active lifestyle so audiobooks fit in with nearly everything I'm doing.
Great information and fun explanations
No favorite. Just a great performance
Sure but couldn't and enjoyed the wait
Excellent subject that is superbly written and narrated. Intelligent yet light, easy to understand and quite funny. I’d say it’s perfect for all ages especially anyone interested in Pluto. I was hooked from beginning to end and then looked to see if Mike Brown was offering any online classes or lectures anytime soon….sad to say, no.
This is a truly fascinating discussion of not only Pluto but the solar system and, who knows, maybe a sequel is in order following NASA’s New Horizons pictures that came out in July of 2015.
Inside you will learn how discoveries are made, how things get named and all kinds of funny and useful information. You will also learn about Mike and his colleagues, the boring times, the exciting times and a few rough patches here and there. Then, there’s Ryan Gesell our narrator extraordinaire; this guy has a great voice. Ryan took this story to the next level of good with his easy-going humorous style that perfectly played up the words written.
I think this is a must read. Enjoy
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.