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Origins Audiobook

Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution

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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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    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.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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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

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Skehan 09-14-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Terrible narrator - I got a refund"
    Would you try another book from Neil deGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith and/or Kevin Kenerly?

    I would have LOVED to have listened to this book, but after 30 minutes of Kevin Kenerly's narration I turned it off and requested a refund.


    What other book might you compare Origins to and why?

    Any other book with an overzealous narration which lilts and sings and makes you turn off.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The lead author to have narrated.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The author.


    Any additional comments?

    Why this narration?!?! How sad!

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    M. brockman 11-23-14
    M. brockman 11-23-14

    ‘And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.' - Friedrich Nietzsche

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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


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    A reader of fact and fiction 08-26-15
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    "Fourteen billion yours speed reading contest"

    This might be a good book, if not the reader. At least the performance sounds like he was in speed reading contest, consisting of words he does not understand. Avoid this version of this book.

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    Ian Guapisaca 02-18-15
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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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    "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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    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.

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    Peter 08-25-15
    Peter 08-25-15
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    "Interesting, but difficult in the car"

    Interesting book, but following it in the car is not ideal due to its complexity. The performance is poor... Too exaggerated in intonation in a way it gets irritating

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    Fares Alahmar Warsaw 06-13-15
    Fares Alahmar Warsaw 06-13-15
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    "Insightful"

    Good sum-up for the evolution of the universe from the big bang to abiogenesis, but it will sound repetitive and general to anyone who've been watching Neil Tyson's work and interviews, but good sum-up nevertheless. I only wished it was recorded by his own voice..

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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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