The author should have done his listeners a service and had someone else narrate his book.
While the theories in this book are certainly interesting they are heavily based on conjecture and belief. Many times throughout the book the author starts his argument with "many scientists believe" or "the majority of scientists believe". While I give him kudos for at least starting off with this admission, it seemed to me that one set of beliefs were being built on another to develop theories that, while intriguing, are by their nature not likely to ever be provable or disprovable. To me, that is where the "science" becomes religion. I suppose that this is the source of my discomfort with the book. I enjoyed the discussion of the underlying science but the way it was presented made it seem that the author wanted the reader to accept as true, conclusions that are based on what amounts to a belief system. All in all this book did an excellent job in explaining the current thinking of some of our brightest scientists. On the other hand, it left me feeling that perhaps there is a line being crossed here that the author was not quite willing to admit it.
Ok - we all want think we are intelligent. We love science and are often facinated by
new discoveries and theoretical developments we might hear about. We hunger for more learning that will challenge our limits. So...maybe we put our hard earned bucks where our minds are and spring for a 13 hour tour de force by a writer that claims to dumb everything down to simple analogies we all can grasp. Yes - great idea. This book ? Total failure. After cd 2, its what you always feared about cosmic level math and physics - lots of bizarre, badly explained theories that don't make much sense to laymen, and lots of
absurdly convoluted mathmatical formulas that somehow the editor went along with. We can all nod to each other with a wry knowing smile when someone mentions this book, we can even believe we understand it - but seriously, unless your compulsion for masocism is unchecked and needs expressing thru audio book self-torture - DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY. Then again, if you have the steel will of a loon - buy it, listen to all 13+ hours and as a chaser, follow it up by the horrid David Sedaris book Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk....
My review title says it all, and, no, I don't have to respect the math. Dr. Greene has a slight lisp that occurs infrequently, but frequently enough that it drove me nuts.