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A Brief History of Time | [Stephen Hawking]

A Brief History of Time

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.
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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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    Amazon Customer Wylie, TX, United States 06-30-12
    Amazon Customer Wylie, TX, United States 06-30-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book..."

    wonderful book involving many branches of science... read it more than once to grasp more of the truth.

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    Craig OConnor, Albania 06-18-12
    Craig OConnor, Albania 06-18-12 Member Since 2010

    Audio book lover for over a decade. Live and listen in Aberystwyth, Wales

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    "Hawking's book still stands up..."
    Would you listen to A Brief History of Time again? Why?

    I've read this book twice and listened once. It is the kind of book you need to listen to several times to get the concepts but always a joy...


    Any additional comments?

    There are many other great science books around now but this was one of the first to bring such big concepts to small minds like mine! It's really quite accessible to the lay audience it's written and so very fascinating for all it's insights...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Oxford, MA, United States 04-27-12
    Alan Oxford, MA, United States 04-27-12
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    "If you are not aware of this title, mind yur pulse"
    What did you love best about A Brief History of Time?

    Wonderful alternative to American attempts at the Quantum subject matter.


    What other book might you compare A Brief History of Time to and why?

    A Briefer History of Time for obvious reasons.


    What about Michael Jackson’s performance did you like?

    Diction.


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

    Not necessarily.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Randleman, NC, United States 03-26-12
    Jason Randleman, NC, United States 03-26-12
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    "Great Book"
    What did you love best about A Brief History of Time?

    This book make one feel that there is a combination to the universe that humankind is just starting to decode.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pat Anaheim, CA, United States 12-01-11
    Pat Anaheim, CA, United States 12-01-11 Member Since 2012
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    "A Brief Review"

    Hawking does a pretty good job of "dumbing down" science and philosphy so that the average person can understand at least some of it. I feel I have a better handle on black holes and anti-matter, string theory, unification theory, etc. However, I also realize how much I just don't understand about black holes, anti-matter, string theory blah blah blah. I often felt like a real dunce listening to Michael Jackson (the Brit, not the pop singer) discussing quantum physics. At any rate, it was a short listen and probably more enjoyable to listen to than to slog through the text. Especially all the areas where large numbers are read (eg. ten million million million million million million million million million).

    The narrator was not bad but he did seem to stumble over the words a bit in places. Granted, the scientific vocabulary was not always easy and his little mistakes made it sound like he was simply having an informal discussion about scientific topics with friends. Again, large numbers and figures with many digits were hilarious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    yosi benezra 11-01-11 Member Since 2012
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    "A Must!"

    A must read ( or listen ) to EVERYONE, no exceptions. This book provides the basics of both astrophysics and physics in general. It goes a long way into explaining very simply the basics or the world around us

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Travis United States 10-12-11
    Travis United States 10-12-11

    Clean Freak in SF

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    "Tremendously disappointing"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I had a lot of anticipation for this book; it's been on my


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    subject matter could be interesting, but writing style is boring.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Jackson’s performances?

    No


    Was A Brief History of Time worth the listening time?

    No


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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 11-01-10
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 11-01-10 Member Since 2010

    Addicted to Audible since 2009

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    "Be prepared to listen again"

    A great book with some extremely interesting concepts but this material can be quite difficult to grasp on just a first listen. Definitely recommend listening to this a few times to better understand the material being presented.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    04-13-10
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    "You may find it interesting"

    An average reader may not grasp a concept of a 26-dimensional space but there are more than a couple of things he can be amazed to learn from this book. Hawking delves pretty deep into relativity theory, quantum mechanics and some other current theories (as of 1988). Among topics covered are speculation (though not without solid scientific basis) on the origins of the universe, black holes and singularities.

    Michael Jackson's narration is somewhat lax and a bit unprepared to say the least. But somehow it does not spoil the book. On the one hand Mr Jackson stumbles over words, mispronouces them (neutron/neuron, protons/Plutos?), pauses mid-sentence, hesitates, at times seems to be brooding over a previous paragraph and on the other hand he has a good voice and reads with genuine emotion. It is not often you hear a narrator actually laugh while they are reading something that was meant to amuse the listener.

    If it does not put you off - give it a try, by all means.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Peter BrightonUnited Kingdom 04-22-09
    Peter BrightonUnited Kingdom 04-22-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Great content, narration issues"

    Hawking's guide to the universe gives a handy and generally accessible precis of the theories and their development.

    The audiobook is both let down and added to by the narrator, Michael Jackson (no, not THAT one).

    Mr Jackson does put real character into the reading, making the delivery seem more personal than a reading. A number of uncorrected stumbles and mispronunciations definitely detract from an otherwise good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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