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T. M. Engels

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  • How Old Is the Universe?

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By David A. Weintraub
    • Narrated By Brad Smith
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    Astronomers have determined that our universe is 13.7 billion years old. How exactly did they come to this precise conclusion? How Old Is the Universe? tells the incredible story of how astronomers solved one of the most compelling mysteries in science and, along the way, introduces listeners to fundamental concepts and cutting-edge advances in modern astronomy.

    J. D. Stevens says: "The worst-read audiobook I've ever listened to."
    "Unlistenable Reader"
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    What did you like best about How Old Is the Universe?? What did you like least?

    This is an excellent book summarizing the history of cosmology, particularly the age of the universe. Unfortunately, the reader is terrible. He reads as if he is late for an appointment and just wants to get to the end. Also, he clearly spent no time learning how to pronounce names and words that are well known amongst astronomers.


    What other book might you compare How Old Is the Universe? to and why?

    I recommend an interested reader try Cosmology: A Very Short History. It's a bit dense, but it is at least listenable.


    What didn’t you like about Brad Smith’s performance?

    I didn't like any aspect of Brad Smith's performance. His reading was rushed and was like listening to a jack-hammer. I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks, and I think he rates as one of the worst readers I have ever come across.


    Did How Old Is the Universe? inspire you to do anything?

    Listen to other relevant audiobooks with a better reader.


    Any additional comments?

    It would be great if this book could be re-recorded with a different reader. It is simply unlistenable right now.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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