This landmark book is for those of us who prefer words to equations; this is the story of the ultimate quest for knowledge, the ongoing search for the secrets at the heart of time and space. Its author, Stephen W. Hawking, is arguably the greatest mind since Einstein. From the vantage point of the wheelchair, where he has spent the last 20 years trapped by Lou Gehrig's disease, Professor Hawking has transformed our view of the universe. A Brief History of Time is Hawking's classic introduction to today's most important scientific ideas about the cosmos. It is read here by the Emmy Award-winning host of The Michael Jackson Show on KABC-TV.
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"A masterful summary of what physicists now think the world is made of and how it got that way." (The Wall Street Journal)
"Lively and provocative, Hawking clearly possesses a natural teacher's gift, easy, good-natured humor, and an ability to illustrate highly complex propositions with analogies plucked from daily life." (The New York Times)
The content is engaging and the writing style is well suited to an audio book.
The narration occasionally follows an incongruous cadence that is a little disconcerting but overall not an unpleasant experience.
The reading is one of the less polished with audible peg turns, background hiss, and verbal crutches. Nice voice though
This is a fascinating book by brilliant mind who clearly possesses a gift for explaining the complex in easy to understand terms. My one point of concern is the recording quality: there are numerous instances of distracting background noise which detracts from the narrator's otherwise flawless reading. Overall this is definitely worth the money, but flawed.
Loved the narrator. Loved the approach of bringing mind-blowing physics to the realm of the near-layman (you need some foundation for it to be of any use, really). in the end, I had an overall feeling like the parts didn't fit together with an overall coherence that it could have. each chapter was good, but together they seem like a patchwork, and an odd ending about Newton that didn't seem to fit. I think you can find better stories on theoretical physics out there. no mention of dark energy or the acceleration of the expansion of the universe, it really should be updated. also a sense of self-aggrandizing that surprised me from Hawking, at times. not taking anything away from his achievements, just saying.
I really liked this audio book, I also have the physical book and most likely I'll make time to read it because it has some diagrams that you definitely miss with the audio version but it is very enjoyable, made me think a lot about space, time and humanity. I would definitely recommend but be aware that some chapters get really complex. Michael Jackson did a great job with the narration.
For the geeky science following nerd type, You'll love getting an introductory listen to the beginning of the Universe and explanation (dumbed down so the layperson can follow ...myself included) by Hawking. This will be a better read than a listen. The narrator was not the best. Noticeable stumbling, page turning, uneven pace, quite a few "uhhhh" and "ummm"s were pretty distracting. I will pick this up in paper format so I can fully absorb it and enjoy it.
The only thing I did not enjoy was how inaccurate the chapter numbers were. It would make reading along a lot easier if they were named by the name of the chapter in the book, rather than just "chapter #".
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