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.
Near the top of the audiobooks I've listened to.
The story of how other scientists tried to steal a major scientific discovery, and got caught!
Very smooth. You could just listen without focusing on his performance, which is exactly what you want.
Interesting to hear about the work, life and perspectives of an astronomer, but also excellent to hear about this one set of discoveries that is so important to human culture and understanding of our place in the solar system. Also, what a great title.
Better editing of content. I went for this item based on interest in the astronomy, not the authors personal life.
Too much focus on his personal life, none of which has any bearing on the main topic.
The narration is well paced and the narrator has a pleasant voice. Too bad his subject matter was not of the same standard has his narration.
The wife and baby.
Don't buy this title. Borrow it from the library as it is much easier to flip past the useless stuff. I feel that I wasted a credit on this.
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.