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A Brief History of Time Audiobook

A Brief History of Time

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1988 Stephen W. Hawking (P)2005 Phoenix Books, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Roger Perez Panama City, Panama 05-08-15
    Roger Perez Panama City, Panama 05-08-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Necessary reading"

    Stephen Hawking takes you on a trip on how human thought of time and dimensions over the centuries. It is a must read for anyone trying to understand physics.

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    Alexander 05-03-15
    Alexander 05-03-15
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    "💎💎💎💎💎THE BEST BOOK EVER!"

    This book is actually reccommended in my Chinese school. It's super interesting! Neither is it hard to understand. I'm fifteen and I have no trouble understanding it at all. Everyone should read it. Some people here say its narrating is horrible, but it really depends on your preference.

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    Nathan London, Ontario Canada 04-24-15
    Nathan London, Ontario Canada 04-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good overview for interested audience"

    I followed alone fairly well for the first half of the book but I won't pretend to understand all of it. I remember a lot of the concepts from high school and previous personal research.
    Not only does he give a very good and understandable overview of multiple theories and concepts, Mr. Hawking also shows the evolution of how mankind understanding evolved. He shows how individual scientists came up with their theories, removing the mystery and making them relatable. Even when, or if already, some concepts become out dated this aspect of the book while remain relevant.
    Topic covers of Theory of gravity, theory of relativity, chaos theory, quantum theory, string theory, the quest for the theory of everything, and more.
    Relatively easy to read and surprisingly funny at times. It enough to peak your interest so you'll want to research more. Written at a level that the average person can understand the general ideas but requires you to stay focused. Recommend for anyone with a mild curiosity on mentioned topics and physics in general.

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    Yvette 04-18-15
    Yvette 04-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not a light read"

    A must read: I'm not sure the explanation but although most was quarks above my head, my brain really enjoyed it. Worth noting... I listened to this book. Doubt I would have made it through reading it Check this off my bucket list

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    THENAPSTER 04-12-15
    THENAPSTER 04-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book however"

    Great book however, you may want to hear it more than once if you don't have a good background . Enjoy..

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    Michael Linn 04-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Im at a loss...."

    This book is either pure genius or pure rubbish... Reality is we will probably never know as its all theory and he admits theory can never be proven.

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    Jeffrey McNeal 04-08-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Basically well done, just outdated now"

    Much of the theories in the book have been long since disproven such as the universe expanding and slowing followed by " the Big Crunch". This had been now shown that the universe is actually expanding at an ever increasing rate and will end in a quiet fade to dark. But at the time this was written this information was not known. No fault of the author as things change as new discoveries are made. Still worth a listen.

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    mozartsno1fan 04-08-15
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    "An Amazing Book"

    This is an awesome book; very eye opening, and definitely the best nonfiction book I've ever read.

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    Grant Wentworth 04-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Really good but I had to rewind a bit to get it"
    Where does A Brief History of Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is up there but it is very technical and you need to concentrate to get it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Brief History of Time?

    The section on black hole was great.


    What about Michael Jackson’s performance did you like?

    He read well


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Making the unknown, known


    Any additional comments?

    Really informative and fun. Can be a lot to take in but well worth the time.

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    Christopher Medford 03-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A good read/listen!"

    I love science so this was a good one for me. Stephen Hawking is awesome! I wish I could meet him.

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