We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Traveling to Infinity Audiobook

Traveling to Infinity: The True Story Behind 'The Theory of Everything'

Regular Price:$36.29
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

In this compelling memoir, Jane Hawking relates the inside story of her extraordinary marriage. As Stephen's academic renown soared, his body was collapsing under the assaults of motor neurone disease, and Jane's candid account of trying to balance his 24-hour care with the needs of their growing family is inspirational. This is a book about optimism, love and change that will resonate with listeners everywhere.

©1999 Jane Hawking (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Jane writes about her former husband with tenderness, respect and protectiveness." (Sunday Express)

"A great read." (Daily Mail)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.9 (128 )
5 star
 (47)
4 star
 (45)
3 star
 (19)
2 star
 (12)
1 star
 (5)
Overall
3.9 (114 )
5 star
 (47)
4 star
 (34)
3 star
 (17)
2 star
 (9)
1 star
 (7)
Story
4.2 (113 )
5 star
 (56)
4 star
 (33)
3 star
 (15)
2 star
 (6)
1 star
 (3)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Sara 03-11-15
    Sara 03-11-15

    Avid Reader

    HELPFUL VOTES
    8484
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    364
    312
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    405
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Perplexing & Puzzling"

    I am having difficulty understanding why an intelligent woman would marry a man with whom she had so little in common. For example, Jane's favorite activity was ballroom and folk dancing but Stephen did not like to dance and really could not participate. She loved attending the ballet, travel to Spain, studying Spanish all of which he hated. Stephen ridiculed Jane for her choices in music, favorite composers, career and educational focus. Jane was religious and Stephen a devout atheist. The list of their incompatibility goes on. Isn't finding out if a couple has shared interests before they marry what dating is all about? I am perplexed at the general level of surprise that people have on hearing that the marriage failed.

    What's more--there is a strong thread of anger running between the lines of this sad story. To me it is an unhappy look back at a failed marriage from one point of view, Jane's. She uses this book as a vehicle to name names and say what she really thought about people and events from the past. For me this focus was overly negative and the book very long. The narration captures this anger and occasionally even shows a hint of Jane's rage.

    I have not seen the movie but from what I have read and the previews it seems to be totally different from the book. A Hollywood spin of gigantic proportions. I suggest a long ponder before venturing out into this memoir.

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
  •  
    RW Clovis, CA 01-21-15
    RW Clovis, CA 01-21-15

    RW

    HELPFUL VOTES
    48
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    108
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Loved the Movie"

    I loved the movie and wanted to learn more about the amazing Jane Hawking through her book. Jane describes herself as one that has a great sense of humor. Unfortunately the unwaveringly somber tone of the narrator never allows the humor or lightheartedness of the author to come through for me. In spite of this, the story is a beautiful story of love, commitment, determination, and eternal optimism. Listen carefully to the words instead of the delivery and you will enjoy the book and respect this woman's strength of character!

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Susan Stann Burke 05-06-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    37
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    64
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Victim"

    Though Jane hawking was a brave woman, her cloying self absorption do draw in the reader. She's a cold, self-absorbed woman who lived a very a

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    My 50 cents 05-03-15
    My 50 cents 05-03-15 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    0
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    34
    17
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Not exactly what I expected. interesting though,."

    Book is one~sided pperspective. Seems like the movie is done differently to gain a wilder audience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lucinda Htman 04-07-15 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Far better than the movie!"

    Extremely well written. I can't imagine a better narrator. I am glad seeing the movie motivated me to read the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sherry McNee 03-21-15 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    21
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    61
    28
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A look into the diary of Mrs Stephan hawking"

    Profoundly personal story of the early family life and career of the famous professor Hawking and its toll on his wife and children

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Pita Miami 02-28-15
    Pita Miami 02-28-15 Member Since 2013

    Life long compulsive reader & lover of recorded books

    HELPFUL VOTES
    274
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    198
    79
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    14
    6
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Reality is always more complicated than fiction"
    Would you listen to Traveling to Infinity again? Why?

    This is the long and very detailed story of two very special human beings and a very complex marriage. I bought the book after watching the recent movie based on it. Although I liked the movie a lot, the book and the story it tells is far more interesting. This book is very "rich" and although I enjoyed it, it will be some time before I am ready for the experience again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Jane Hawkings manages to tell the story of her marriage to a genius who also suffers from a chronic debilitating disease without pathos. She does not feel sorry for herself (even though Steven left her after she sacrificed a great deal for him) or for Hawking, for that matter. She comes across as a smart, strong lady. The picture she paints of Steven is that of a special person who has not been immune to the deleterious effects that fame and fortune can sometimes have. In other words, geniuses are human.


    Have you listened to any of Sandra Duncan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The narration was unremarkable. This was probably what was required given the nature of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a well written memoir about very interesting people. It never bores and like most "lives" it teaches a lesson or two. It is a good listen.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Linda Refling Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada 01-27-15
    Linda Refling Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada 01-27-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    13
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Interesting and Compelling Story!"

    Met my expectations and then some. The narration was very good.
    A memorable story.

    Review is complete .
    Nothing more to add.












    6 of 13 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sherlock Fan kitsune99! 01-23-15
    Sherlock Fan kitsune99! 01-23-15 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    52
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    18
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Loved this book!"

    A wonderful story about the trials Hawking wife went through in their marriage and after.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Pegaz Phoenix, AZ, United States 03-01-15
    Pegaz Phoenix, AZ, United States 03-01-15

    I don't read anymore!! But do I listen better??

    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I love Jane Hawking!"

    Jane tells the story of women. Behind the man genius ego of Stephen Hawking, she put her own talent and intelligence on the back burner for the man she loved. Her divorce was a blessing and the best thing Stephen did for her. Through pain comes a rebirth.

    Her caring for her family and loved ones is palpable.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • H. F. Warner
    London
    1/22/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Refreshingly honest"

    At times hard to listen to Jane Hawkings is at all times, refreshingly honest. This is a no-holes barred and revealing telling of a complex relationship. Awe inducing, not only for the life lived but for the skilful story telling.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs K L Byron
    1/16/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Honestly shared"

    A fabulous mix of personal insight and love of literature music and travel that was a delight to listen to.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Louise Marie Holt
    2/27/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A fair balanced account of two sides"

    The Genius and The Saint
    Behind every great man never a truer word ! A story of personal growth of both.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A
    2/16/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Truly inspiring!"

    So honest, a wonderful listen of a truly remarkable family and woman who committed herself to the ones she loved.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. S. E. Bellwood
    United Kingdom
    2/13/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Interesting"

    An insight into the fascinating lives of the Hawkings. An enjoyable but sad read, a genius hit by tragedy affecting all around him

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Noelle
    3/30/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent"

    Loved it immensely and would highly recommend! Very suitable title for book clubs as it has something for everyone.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bus
    UK
    3/22/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A fascinating account of the Hawking family"
    Would you listen to Travelling to Infinity again? Why?

    I generally don't read books twice because there are so many more that I have not read once, but I would read more books by the same author or on the same subject


    What about Sandra Duncan’s performance did you like?

    Good pace and clarity


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did not want to put it down, but it is a very long audio book and requires several sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    I have an interest in Physics and have long been a fan of Stephen Hawking. This books details another side of the story - a wife and family that struggle with living with not only a strong willed and celebrated genius but also a very disabled person during a period when there was little medical or financial support or even disabled access to public buildings. The trails and tribulations, personal sacrifices and fight for space to allow for personal achievement that ensure and the complex relationships that are formed make a for a fascinating book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Paula-denise
    3/10/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Loved it"

    Wonderful, highly recommended. I must say I never knew about Jane or the rest of Stephen's family, but the story was enchanting and I couldn't help but find myself sat in my car long after if reached my destination just wanting to hear that little bit more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • mmrqpuk
    1/10/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Behind every great man is a great woman"

    Keep going with the story, the mood lifts and soars. Jane is a steadfast woman with an abundance of love. Her weaknesses make her human and language make the story a must read text. Depressing at times but a story of humility and profound kindness. Jane is an example citizen and the kind of woman you'd like to have as a friend.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Vava
    4/20/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Infinitely entertaining"

    Great book. Was absorbed from beginning to end. Well written and performed. NHS and nursing regulatory bodies should be ashamed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.