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The Pluto Files Audiobook

The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet

In August 2006, the International Astronomical Union voted Pluto out of planethood. Far from the sun, tiny, and eccentric in orbit, it's a wonder Pluto has any fans. Yet during the mounting debate over Pluto's status, Americans rallied behind the extraterrestrial underdog.
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Publisher's Summary

In August 2006, the International Astronomical Union voted Pluto out of planethood. Far from the sun, tiny, and eccentric in orbit, it's a wonder Pluto has any fans. Yet during the mounting debate over Pluto's status, Americans rallied behind the extraterrestrial underdog.

The year of Pluto's discovery, Disney created an irresistible pup by the same name, and, as one NASA scientist put it, Pluto was "discovered by an American for America." Pluto is entrenched in our cultural, patriotic view of the cosmos, and Neil deGrasse Tyson is on a quest to discover why.

©2009 Neil deGrasse Tyson; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A lighthearted look at the planet....Presents the medicine of hard science with a sugarcoating of lightness and humor." (Publishers Weekly)

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    P. R. Ecker 05-04-12
    P. R. Ecker 05-04-12

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    "Understanding Pluto"
    Any additional comments?

    Before reading this book I was one of the people offended on behalf of Pluto. After hearing this book I had a much greater understanding of several aspects of astronomy and how decisions come to be "They say...." statements that get picked up by the press.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lara Plano, TX, USA 10-08-09
    Lara Plano, TX, USA 10-08-09
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    "Tyson v. Pluto (Tyson wins)"

    Certain parts of this were really interesting, especially the history of Pluto's discovery and what was going on culturally at the time. But mid-way through the book it turned into a sort of long, boring, defensive ego-fest/rehash of media hubbub. The majority of the book felt far more focused on Tyson himself than it did on Pluto. I couldn't help but wish it had been written by someone a little less involved--then we might have gotten a little more actual substance.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Ross 02-14-11
    Ross 02-14-11 Member Since 2010
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    "We love you Neil!"

    Neil brings fun to the history of Pluto. As a fan of Pluto who was originally very upset about the demotion, I was angry with Neil. But after this book, I forgive you Neil.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    C. McIntyre San Jose, CA, USA 01-31-13
    C. McIntyre San Jose, CA, USA 01-31-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting, Informative, Entertaining"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Pluto Files to be better than the print version?

    I have never read the print version. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the audio edition.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    As it was nonfiction, there weren't really characters to speak of. There were real people involved - mostly the author or the book, Neil deGrasse Tyson.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Mason, OH, United States 05-10-16
    Katherine Mason, OH, United States 05-10-16 Member Since 2010

    I love to read mysteries, histories, biographies, humor, and Jane Austen.

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    "This book changed my mind!"

    In my closet, I have a sweatshirt that says, "Bring Back Pluto!" I was dismayed when I read that Pluto's status had been downgraded. This book explains, clearly and humorously, the scientific reasons for the change. It also reminded me that sometimes objects don't fit neatly into our human catagories. I have a lot of respect for NDT's science education work, and now I can forgive him (and the rest of the astronomical community) for deciding that, scientifically, it does not make sense to call Pluto a planet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CR Frisco, TX 12-30-15
    CR Frisco, TX 12-30-15 Member Since 2002

    I listen to a variety of audio books constantly in car and gym. My reviews remind me what I’ve read & are hopefully helpful to you as well.

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    "Learned quite a bit in author defence of decision"

    3.5 stars. Author defends his decision to call Pluto not a planet and covers why it such a challenge to classify it one way or another. In any case, I learned a lot being a complete novice on this subject. It was interesting, somewhat entertaining, but I wasn't necessarily a fan of how the material was presented, which seemed a bit defensive and not strictly informative. Anyway, not having much to compare this to, I don't regret reading it. Others with more pre-existing knowledge may find the book overkill and prefer he just get to / stick to the scientific facts. recommended on a limited basis.

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    Jason Powell Cincinnati, OH United States 10-21-15
    Jason Powell Cincinnati, OH United States 10-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Who cares?"

    I'm a big fan of Neil deGrasse Tyson, but this audiobook was nothing more than four hours of petty nitpicking and infantile arguments justifying various points of view.

    This book could have been summed up in less text than the original New York Times article that spawned the whole damn controversy in the first place.

    Methinks thou doth protest too much, Dr. Tyson.

    I normally grind through even the most annoying of audiobooks, but in this case, I gave up with an hour and a half remaining.

    I also almost never write reviews, so that should give you an idea of just how little I thought of this work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carroll Hilo, HI, United States 08-06-15
    Carroll Hilo, HI, United States 08-06-15
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    "Informative and funny"

    Well written to not cover the scientific debate last decade that "demoted" Pluto, but also collect the many popular media comments & stories into a single, hilarious chapter!! Covered the science and made me chuckle throughout!

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    Amazon Customer 06-06-15 Member Since 2011
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    "almost as good as in person"

    recently attended a lecture with Dr.Tyson..could only be better with him actually reading it to me .

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    Romeo421 03-24-15
    Romeo421 03-24-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Pluto will always be a planet to me."

    I appreciate Neil Degrasse Tyson's work and think he has done a lot to further peoples interest and understanding of the cosmos.. I think people gave him a hard time when they blamed him for kicking Pluto out of the solar system it was the IAU that made the decision, not him. I think we will find even more things that will make us question how we think about things as we explore the universe. That is science.

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