Not what you'd expect from a science guy with fun quips and he moved the story along nicely. Also taught about a topic I've studied little but now feel I'm well versed on.
You may not know much about astronomy, but Mike Brown pulls you into an the field and makes it easy to understand and weaves a great story that could not be made up. I throughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the stars, even if, like my wife, you think Pluto is a planet.
I have been recommending this audio book to people. It gives a good look at the science behind why Pluto was "demoted." So many people allow their personal feelings to justify their stance with this subject and Mike Brown does a great job really explaining why everything happened.
This story is very well written and well performed. It was easy to listen to and follow. Mike Brown did a very good job describing the reasons behind Pluto becoming a dwarf planet. He had the potential to gain a lot by Pluto staying a planet so it really says something to me that he was willing to stand on the other side and agree that it really shouldn't be a full fledged planet.
Its hard to believe that a book about astronomy, by an astronomer, could stir up any emotion exceeding casual interest. Yet I found this book both entertaining and occasionally riveting. While intensely personal at times, the book is fundamentally about the passion of a driven scientist.While blessed with a position that allowed access to the best tools of the trade, what separates the author from the mainstream is his ability to make best use of what was available. This book straddles detail, but not of a technical variety, with an overview that is specific enough to keep it interesting. The key sub-story of academic intrigue is genuinely telling, as well as really gripping. I was thinking of buying the book to give to a nine year old that is excited by the subject, but I think think that the personal parts might put him off. Maybe next year.
It is not too long and plays well at double speed. All in all, well worth listening to.
YES! Now that is biased, as I have not read the written edition; however, this was a wonderful listen.
I do not have any at this time. This is THE best audio book I have EVER had the pleasure of listening to.
He is a great engaging vocalizer. I actually picture his voice as Mike Brown's.
Yes. I did both many times. Mike Brown is my new science crush.
Get this audio book. You will NOT be disappointed.
A great short read, what should have been a pretty boring subject really comes to life. The reader does a great job. Regardless of if you're interested in the subject this book will still entertain. 5-stars.
I may. If I were on a long drive and someone with me wanted to listen to it I would.
Mike's emotional ride through the book I loved. It was nice to hear some of the emotion that goes a long with discovery and the struggle to put scientific fact before ones own knee jerk reactions.
This was a very interesting story about Mike Brown. I think I expected a little more about the science of space study and such. I enjoyed this book very much, but it's really much more of an autobiography of the author at the time of these events. It's all from Mike's point of view and well told. Maybe that should have been obvious to me before I read it, but it wasn't. As I said though I did enjoy it.
yes there a lot of info in this book and it may take more then one listen to get it all however it is worst listen to more then once
i enjoy the explantion as to how this king of sci is done and how the info get to the rest of us
it was very enjoyable
Ryan brought life to the book that I haven't heard even from books read by their author.
Yes! To put this book down was to deny myself an extremely entertaining listen brought to life by a man so enthusiatic, I had to check to see if it was the man that wrote the book who I was listening to.
I am fairly new to audible, and even newer to just about anything astronomy, but this book made me want to go out and look at the stars. The author and the narrator both did amazing jobs, and I can only shower them with praise and recommend this book to everyone. Astronomy buffs or otherwise. Buy it. Use the Credit. Just listen to this book.
This was a very enjoyable - the science context was approachable (as a non-astronomer) and was presented in a way that captures the spirit and adventure of scientific inquiry. Although I don't normally find personal stories very compelling, in this case, I thought it lent just the right flavor to the book.