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Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution | [Neil deGrasse Tyson, Donald Goldsmith]

Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution

Origins explains the soul-stirring leaps in our understanding of the cosmos. From the first image of a galaxy birth to Spirit rover's exploration of Mars, to the discovery of water on one of Jupiter's moons, coauthors Neil deGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith conduct a galvanizing tour of the cosmos with clarity and exuberance.
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Publisher's Summary

A thrilling and accessible tour of the cosmos

Our true origins are not just human, or even terrestrial, but in fact cosmic. Drawing on scientific breakthroughs and the current cross-pollination among geology, biology, astrophysics, and cosmology, Origins explains the soul-stirring leaps in our understanding of the cosmos. From the first image of a galaxy birth to Spirit rover's exploration of Mars, to the discovery of water on one of Jupiter's moons, coauthors Neil deGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith conduct a galvanizing tour of the cosmos with clarity and exuberance.

©2004 Neil deGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith (P)2014 Blackstone Audiobooks

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    M. brockman 11-23-14
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    "WHY CAN'T THE AUTHORS READ THEIR OWN BOOK?"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Origins to be better than the print version?

    I listen to neil tyson because he sparks my interest. i could not grasp a lot of what was said because this kevin kenerly is a very boring narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the story went off the rails at times, but hey... welcome to the cosmos.


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Kenerly – was your favorite?

    non- kevin kenerly wouldn't be my vote to narrate this book


    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Glendale, ca 01-27-15
    Amazon Customer Glendale, ca 01-27-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Fun read as usual for Tyson"

    I wish Tyson had narrated it, but great read! Narrator is strong even if not the author himself. Beware if you've read his other books though as some material is recycled. The great weight of the text is new material and interesting, so go for it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-20-15
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    "audio speed a bit fast for liking"

    narrator spoke to fast sounds as if the audio was stepped up after recording, solved by stepping down the reading speed to .5

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    Ian Guapisaca 02-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "so much knowledge in one book"

    Great book, so much information but very easy to digest. Neil Degrass tyson never disappoints.

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    Wooden Nichol 05-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A Bland Summary of the Science behind our Origins"

    This book attempts to provide a science based summary of our history of our universe and humanity. While nothing is wrong with the book, the subject matter is too broad too allow the material to be probed with any depth to make it interesting.

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    Randy 01-17-15
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    "learned a bunch!"

    This book helped me understand the universe. It was a fantastic listen, would listen again.

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    Jason Deveau 09-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Narrated by a computer on speed"
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    Audible FAILED big time on this. I'm barley started and the voice is driving me crazy, I think I'll get a refund and buy the book. This is not really the narrators fault, it has clearly been sped up. It makes it very hard to listen to, PREVIEW it before buying the audio book.

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    Gatewayy Springfield, MO United States 06-23-15
    Gatewayy Springfield, MO United States 06-23-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Wow!"

    A fascinating look into the origin of the Universe! I admit I will need to listen to this a few more times to totally understand it but it is a great read!

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    Max 06-21-15
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    "Brilliance!"

    Neil deGrasse Tyson's "Origins" is an adventure that begins during the earliest moment of our universe, and is written for the common person who desires a basic understanding of astrophysics. You'll learn about subatomic particles, black holes, revolutionary physicists, all in a manner that is clear and easy to understand. I strongly recommend purchasing the paperback as well, as I reread many chapters many times over, and being able to see specific terminology aids greatly. The audiobook is also read fairly quickly, as others have mentioned, increasing the need for the physical book for clearer understanding. I strongly recommend this book to anyone and everyone who wishes to learn the history and secrets of our cosmos.

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    Mike 06-18-15
    Mike 06-18-15

    Stumbled upon audio books a little while ago and I enjoy them now. I mostly listen to books related to science, Buddhism, and some fantasy.

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    "Good Summary of what we know of the Universe"

    I liked listening to this book. It was a relatively light listen and kept my interest. At the same time I would have liked some parts to go into more detail, but overall a great introduction to cosmology.

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    "great book"
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    it makes me sad the fact that is not Neil deGrasse Tyson narrating the book, the way e talks helps me keeping concentrated and understanding some of this Ideas so unnatural for the common folk, still locked to a 3 maybe 4 dimensions idea.

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