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  • Gravity's Engines: How Bubble-Blowing Black Holes Rule Galaxies, Stars, and Life in the Cosmos

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Caleb Scharf
    • Narrated By Caleb Scharf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (71)
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    (74)

    We’ve long understood black holes to be the points at which the universe as we know it comes to an end. Often billions of times more massive than the Sun, they lurk in the inner sanctum of almost every galaxy of stars in the universe. Recent research, however, has led to a cascade of new discoveries that have revealed an entirely different side to black holes. As the astrophysicist Caleb Scharf reveals in Gravity’s Engines, these chasms in space-time don’t just vacuum up everything that comes near them; they also spit out huge beams and clouds of matter.

    Gary says: "One of the best science books for non-scientist"
    "TOP QUALITY SCIENCE AND VOICE DELIVERY"
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    Where does Gravity's Engines rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the very top


    What did you like best about this story?

    The amazing capacity the author has to produce vivid visual and intellectual shortcuts to our understanding of these phenomenons. Having photons travel in time from the origin f the universe to the satellite that capture the faint image of an early galaxy was the greatest opening a book on that subject could have come up with.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to enumerate. A total treat. And there is nothing wrong to want and have to listen over and over. Few audiobook get this...or have the quality to make the exercise bearable when the need is there.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No laughing and crying. Just grateful to have a mind-expanding experience of that type, a rarity.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep up the good work, Audible,and tell the disgruntled reviewer to get a life!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Frank Close
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (47)
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    In Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction , best-selling author Frank Close provides a compelling and lively introduction to the fundamental particles that make up the universe. The book begins with a guide to what matter is made up of and how it evolved, and goes on to describe the fascinating and cutting-edge techniques used to study it.

    Sergio says: "The best"
    "The best on this topic"
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    What did you love best about Particle Physics?

    it is complete...although described as 'short' - As compact a book as the bonds between quarks...you cannot listen to this book with your eyes open or walking your dog.


    What other book might you compare Particle Physics to and why?

    none


    What about Dennis Holland’s performance did you like?

    It's fine, a real pro, like one is not frequently found with Audible books readers. His breathing is impeccable, considering the difficulty of the material read.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    'the whole enchilada in the shortest possible time.


    Any additional comments?

    A graphic companion to show numbers, since numbers do not register well in the audio mode -

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Astronomy II: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By James Kaler
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (92)
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    (90)

    As far as we can see there are countless other galaxies of all shapes and sizes set within an ever-expanding space that was created in a "Big Bang" nearly 14 billion years ago. Along with solutions to old puzzles, however, come new riddles, as most of our Universe appears to be in the form of some kind of unseen "dark matter" and incomprehensible "dark energy" whose natures and origins remain unfathomable.

    R. David Mintz says: "Absolutely awesome!"
    "By far my best science AudioBook ever..."
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    If you could sum up The Modern Scholar in three words, what would they be?

    Hugely Passionately Informative


    What other book might you compare The Modern Scholar to and why?

    richard panek's 4% universe for the voice, but actually better since we hear the professor himself


    What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    his infectuous enthusiam for the subject


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no,...I just paid attention like a madman because the delivery is fast, admiring the enormous command of the subject, and knowing that at any rate I would have to and want to go for second listen the next time i walk the dogs to the beach, a long one.


    Any additional comments?

    Get it...it is the most pleasant way I found to be awe-inspired this month.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Cycles of Time: An Extraordinary New View of the Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Roger Penrose
    • Narrated By Bruce Mann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (49)
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    (49)

    From the best-selling author of The Emperor’s New Mind and The Road to Reality, a groundbreaking book that provides new views on three of cosmology’s most profound questions: What, if anything, came before the Big Bang? What is the source of order in our universe? What is its ultimate future?

    Darkcoffee says: "Difficult, Awe-inducing and Fascinating"
    "Milking the quantum cow"
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    What did you like best about Cycles of Time? What did you like least?

    Another one of these scientists's half-hearted attempt at getting a few dollars out of the public's curiosity for anything 'stringy' and 'cosmy'. I must say that this latest effort is more honest than most, but mostly more clumsy. Penrose is more honest in the sense that a lot of the research spelled out in excruciating details is actually his own or that of his collaborators. More clumsy because of low quality illustrations, referred to by a notation system that is counterintuitive (in the accompanying PDF, illustration 2.9 appears pages BEFORE 2.14. ) Worse still, the choice of a narrator is awful, a voice that takes several chapters getting used to. I suppose that the tone and timbre chosen was to match that of the old professor, but it sounds shakingly feeble and quite monotonous, certainly no match for the excellent voice in Richard Panek's 4% Universe.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the first part is a good exposition of historical development leading to the standard model.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    give the job to someone else, possibly a reader that understands physics and takes throat drops.


    Was Cycles of Time worth the listening time?

    some of it was


    Any additional comments?

    Forget all string theorists and read outside the box - This trend is getting to be very annoying, too much dogma by too many priests who copy each other with too much hype. Avoid any book that uses the word 'profound' more than 100 times, as Dr Susskind's latest book does. Those books are deeply superficial and provide glorified snakeoil with narcissistic overtones. Penrose avoids some of that, and this is why I bought the book. Buy at your own risk.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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