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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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    J ROCHESTER, MN, United States 09-16-11
    J ROCHESTER, MN, United States 09-16-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Great book except for the last quarter"
    What did you like best about Death by Black Hole? What did you like least?

    The book presents the leading edge of astronomy in an easy to access and understand manner. Exotic concepts are presented in at a level a college freshman can understand. The book avoids a higher rating with the author's digressions into social and spiritual matters. If the author wishes to write a book about current scientific discoveries, great, he should leave his personal opinions in religion and popular culture out of it. If he wishes to publish an opinion piece, fine, but at least be honest about what it is.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Neil deGrasse Tyson again?

    Possibly, but there are others I would look for first.


    Did Death by Black Hole inspire you to do anything?

    Shop of a new telescope.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Yvonne Twentynine Palms, CA, USA 05-30-09
    Yvonne Twentynine Palms, CA, USA 05-30-09
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    "Explaining the Unknown"

    The author does a great job of explaining scientific concepts so someone without an advanced degree in physics can understand. Great non-fiction read for those who want to continue to expand their knowledge about the world(s) around us.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Shobhit 09-09-07
    Shobhit 09-09-07 Member Since 2011
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    "A must listen"

    This book is meant for the average astronomy enthusiast , but is amazingly lucid even for someone who doesnot understand any such concepts as "Black Hole", "Supernova" or "Quasars". Tyson has done an amazing job in compiling this book and even more so to narrate it so effortlessly.
    I have gone through this book atleast 3 times and would recommend it to be a part of your must read list also.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn Barrie, Ontario, Canada 04-06-13
    Shawn Barrie, Ontario, Canada 04-06-13 Listener Since 2010
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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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    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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    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.

    2 of 3 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 Member Since 2017
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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).

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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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    "I loved it. An excellent read."

    A great introduction to the world of astrophysics and our early attempts at understanding it.

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