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Justin

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  • 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
    (67)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    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"
    "Terrible as an audiobook"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who already knows about the subject and just wants equations he can't see.


    What was most disappointing about Roger Penrose’s story?

    There is no story -- at least for the first 30 minutes when I gave up. It's more like a math textbook, and that translates horribly to storytelling, especially for audio, when it requires looking at equations and mentions diagrams we can't see.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bruce Mann?

    I don't know, but this narrator came off as pretentious which didn't help this subject.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Cycles of Time?

    These kinds of subjects -- quantum physics, relativity etc. -- can work but you have to tell a story. You can't get into equations and diagrams when you can't see them. For audio, you must tell a compelling story instead of just be a reference book.


    Any additional comments?

    Four similar books that know how to tell a story are: The Age of Entanglement, Quantum, Parallel Worlds, The Grand Design.

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