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Death by Black Hole Audiobook
Death by Black Hole
Written by: 
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Narrated by: 
Dion Graham
Death by Black Hole Audiobook

Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

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Publisher's Summary

Neil deGrasse Tyson has a talent for explaining the mysteries of outer space with stunning clarity and almost childlike enthusiasm. This collection of his essays from Natural History magazine explores a myriad of cosmic topics, from astral life at the frontiers of astrobiology to the movie industry's feeble efforts to get its images of night skies right.

Tyson introduces us to the physics of black holes by explaining what would happen to our bodies if we fell into one; he also examines the needless friction between science and religion, and notes Earth's status as "an insignificantly small speck in the cosmos".

Renowned for his ability to blend content, accessibility, and humor, Tyson is a natural teacher who simplifies some of the most complex concepts in astrophysics while sharing his infectious excitement for our universe.

©2007 Neil deGrasse Tyson; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Tyson takes readers on an exciting journey from Earth's hot springs...to the universe's farthest reaches....witty and entertaining." (Publishers Weekly)
"Smoothly entertaining, full of fascinating tidbits, and frequently humorous, these essays show Tyson as one of today's best popularizers of science." (Kirkus Reviews)
"[Tyson] demonstrates a good feel for explaining science in an intelligible way to interested lay readers; his rather rakish sense of humor should aid in making the book enjoyable." (Library Journal)

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    Shawn Barrie, Ontario, Canada 04-06-13
    Shawn Barrie, Ontario, Canada 04-06-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting but Meandering"

    This is a collection of articles edited into a book. While interesting and full of information I didn't know, the pieced together nature made it seem like it was wandering and not really a full narrative.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Nick Grayslake, IL, United States 02-05-08
    Nick Grayslake, IL, United States 02-05-08
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    "Light and Fluffy-No Substance"

    If you have any familiarity with recent developments in modern physics, then you will find 99% of this book old news. It covers good material, but only on a very simplistic level (think USA Today). Do yourself favor and get Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything" (much better "casual reader" version of this material and more) or Brian Greene's "Fabric of the Cosmos" (in-depth coverage, "denser" but well worth it).

    11 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan indianapolis, IN, United States 07-15-09
    Jonathan indianapolis, IN, United States 07-15-09 Member Since 2007
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    "recap for most"

    an interesting book. but if you read a brief history of time, and understood it, then most of this is just a recap. there are a few funy anecdotes and updates to previous knowledge to keep the mood light and make the book intresting.
    in short, if u have a discovery channel level of understanding of string theory, then u can skip this title. if u think string theory has something to do with violins, then this is a good place to expand your horizons.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Ira Indianapolis, IN, United States 07-22-09
    Ira Indianapolis, IN, United States 07-22-09 Member Since 2016

    I will soon be eighty one years young. I have had a very interesting life learning from it as well as enjoying it. I just published a book.

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    "Too little about too much"

    Even though I found this particular deGrasse book some what substandard to what I had hoped for when starting a work by Neil deGrasse I am still glad that I took the time to read it. Dr.deGrasse is a most intellegent and interesting man. The problem here is that the book was a collection of magazine articles that standing alone each article could have been of interest. Using them as a collection in the form of a book almost seemed as if the author was told to fill a certain amount of pages with information and opinons by the publisher. To me this book was filled with just too much information with not enough explanation.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    W. Heller Seattle, WA USA 07-28-07
    W. Heller Seattle, WA USA 07-28-07 Member Since 2007
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    "A Random Walk Through Cosmology"

    As stated in the preface, this book is a collection of essays. The connection between the essays is very loose and the book reads like a random walk. I'm about half way through the book and it does not feel like the book is building toward anything. A Short History of Nearly Everything has a similar scope but does a better job of structuring the content.

    The narrator's reading does accentuate the author's goofy humor and commentary deposited throughout the book. I agree with the other reviewer who noted that the narrator doesn't understand all of what he is reading. This limitation is more noticeable in the first few chapters of the book. His tone and enthusiasm is a bit forced but not totally inconsistent with the style of writing of the book.

    I will most likely finish listen to the rest of this book. There are some interesting factoids and concepts that capture my interest and inspire me to seek out more information on these topics.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tim United States 08-28-14
    Tim United States 08-28-14 Member Since 2011

    Do you read the book before you dislike my reviews?

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    "TV Host, an Astrophysicist"

    I ended up watching a revise version on Cosmos when it was on Fox. I've only seen a few episodes of the original with Carl Edward Sagan and was always amazed on how well he was able to explained space and life. I was a bit skeptical when I started to watch the new Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson, but I was hooked from the very beginning. His style of explaining the universe is almost good as Sagan.

    After the series ended, I wanted to know more about Neil deGrasse Tyson. I found out that he is a famous astrophysicist and wrote many books on the subject. "Death by Black Hole" is a bunch of articles into a book that Tyson wrote and they are outstanding at explaining the unknown that are out of this world.

    Dr. Tyson has the same charisma as Dr. Sagan that you can listen to him for hours and always learn something new.

    This is a great introduction of astronomy and science. I will be reading more of Tyson's work.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Max 12-08-13
    Max 12-08-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Nova Science Now"

    If you like Tyson on Nova Science Now, you'll enjoy this, but it's more or less the same thing. Would have been better if Tyson had narrated.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Charlottesville, VA, USA 01-01-08
    David Charlottesville, VA, USA 01-01-08
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    "Nice But Not Grabbing"

    Written playfully and with the nerdy energy of a professional physicist, this has a lot of good information, but isn't gripping. Probably best for people with a deep-seated interest in becoming an amateur astronomer.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Dallas, TX 05-08-07
    Michael Dallas, TX 05-08-07 Member Since 2016
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    "Reeaalllyy Bad Narration"

    Hi. For those who know what I'm talking about - its clear that this narrator has either no a)Interest in or b) Ability to speak in the proper tone about physics and astronomy. The guy narrates it like he's reading Sports Illustrated....his tone is all wrong. Listen to the "Short History of Nearly Everything" sample or "Pulp Physics" to see what good narration can do for a book.

    Listen to this book to hear what bad narration can do. I'm not saying the guy is a bad narrator - but his vocal characterisations just AREN'T APPROPRIATE for this type of book.

    I've listened to every physics/astronomy book on this site - and I've learned its very difficult to narrate one in an interesting and authoritative way, especially if you aren't a technical person. But pass on this one, it will drive you NUTS!

    17 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    Paul SkelmersdaleUnited Kingdom 09-14-07
    Paul SkelmersdaleUnited Kingdom 09-14-07
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    "Blackholes for Morons"

    I like science and technology, and I don't like the Idea of being like the people from the movie Morons from outer space (Mel Smith) so many people I meet today don't know how the things work even a little, so this gives you some understanding in a enjoyment way, not just maths, formulators and equations, you need to listen to it a couple of time to remember all the information it offers, but it's worth it.
    I listened to it while I was working.
    I personnel think it's work buying.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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