First two books were narrated by a pro. This seems to be someone's Canadian brother-in-law who was owed a favor.
It would seem that this guy did not read the first two, did not read through this one before recording it, and likely has never read a book aloud before this.
I didn't make it through half an hour before having to turn it off. Can't even follow the story because I'm too annoyed with the narrator saying "Ko-vaKS" (we all know, even people who have only READ the book, that it's pronounced "Ko-vach").
To the narrator: Sorry to be harsh, but these audio books cost money, and I have a very minimal set of expectations. Could I do better? Probably not, but I'd have at least made an effort.
To the author: your books are awesome. The first two in this series are brilliantly narrated. Why, why, why would you allow this?
I mostly read or listen to sci-fi/fantasy and leave getting my cosmology, quantum theory, and particle physics to the nice, digestible shows produced by Discovery, the History channel, and the like. I also really try not to use credits on something this short (less than 6 hours!)...but I'm glad I made an exception for this one. I'll admit I had to listen to the book twice (but enjoyed it both times), and that there are still some things this guy says that...I'll probably never comprehend, but wow...this book is interesting. The author also does the narration, which was actually good in this case - he's got this...sort of...animated, smart-alecky attitude combined with true passion and excitement for his work. I also like his attention to detail (or I should say attention to the right details - trying to cram all the details that went into this work would make a book like this completely inaccessible to someone like me) and his overall...take on science - that scientists don't know everything and how they should spend as much time trying to disprove their results as they do trying to prove them, etc.
Anyway - the book kind of brings you up to speed on where these guys are on figuring out...the universe, and presents some really interesting ideas on where everything came from (spoiler alert: it's in the title :P - but it's not that simple, trust me). If you're at all interested in the subject - get this book. Oh, and one final thing - Krauss doesn't say there isn't a god - just that there doesn't HAVE to be one - but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to be able superimpose god over what's being presented here either [translated: if you believe in god, this isn't going to change your opinion]
I really loved this series - could not put it down. The characters are great - immediately drawn into the story and felt connected with them. Assassins are awesome, we all know that, but this series is so much more... Extremely well written - and not...your standard, predictable story-line...
Get this one.
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