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  • Gravity's Engines

  • How Bubble-Blowing Black Holes Rule Galaxies, Stars, and Life in the Cosmos
  • By: Caleb Scharf
  • Narrated by: Caleb Scharf
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

We’ve long understood black holes to be the points at which the universe as we know it comes to an end. Often billions of times more massive than the Sun, they lurk in the inner sanctum of almost every galaxy of stars in the universe. Recent research, however, has led to a cascade of new discoveries that have revealed an entirely different side to black holes. As the astrophysicist Caleb Scharf reveals in Gravity’s Engines, these chasms in space-time don’t just vacuum up everything that comes near them; they also spit out huge beams and clouds of matter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best science books for non-scientist

  • By Gary on 08-20-12

Black holes a quite heavy

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-18

A book about black holes by a scientist working with black holes, narrated by the said scientist. I was expecting interesting and inspired book. Instead .. everything felt lukewarm.

Narration sounded bit like the narrator was somewhat fed of the subject. Also, I don't know if the problem was in the recording or somewhere else, but I had hard times keeping focused on the book.

Subject itself was interesting, and I think I learned something new. But it all felt a bit drag. Might work better as paper book, but if you find the subject interesting then this may be worth of the try.

  • Cosmos

  • By: Carl Sagan
  • Narrated by: LeVar Burton, Seth MacFarlane, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,095
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,659
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,644

Cosmos is one of the best-selling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Levar Burton channelling Captain Kirk

  • By DM on 09-11-17

Not the meaning of cosmos I expected

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-17

When buying a book with title "Cosmos" by an astronomer, I expect to read (hear) about the cosmos in astronomical sense. Instead, most of this book is more about 'inner cosmologies', with random story about cavemen and this and that.

  • The Invisible Library

  • By: Genevieve Cogman
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,314
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,233
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,219

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant, Kai, she's posted to an alternative London. Their mission: to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it's already been stolen. London's underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • could not get past the voice

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-04-16

Awful reader, fun book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-28-15

I had to really fight to stand the reader's intonation. It was like listening to somebody read a phone catalog. But the book itself was fun to listen. I enjoyed the writers take on fantasy literature stereotypes, and somewhat surprising twists in plot. I hope there is a sequel, will listen to that too... even if the reader is the same.

  • Origins

  • Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution
  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Donald Goldsmith
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,915
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,730
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,723

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliance!

  • By Max on 06-21-15

Fourteen billion yours speed reading contest

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-26-15

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.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition

  • By: Richard Wolfson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Richard Wolfson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,577
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,102

"It doesn't take an Einstein to understand modern physics," says Professor Wolfson at the outset of these 24 lectures on what may be the most important subjects in the universe: relativity and quantum physics. Both have reputations for complexity. But the basic ideas behind them are, in fact, simple and comprehensible by anyone. These dynamic and illuminating lectures begin with a brief overview of theories of physical reality starting with Aristotle and culminating in Newtonian or "classical" physics.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great primer for hard SF fans and physics laymen

  • By David on 01-05-15

Great stuff - but not good audio book.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-19-14

I had some difficulties with this book, as the lecturer probably uses lots of pictures and illustrations. "As you see here..", "In the picture...", "Here we have clock A..." Fortunately the lecturer has so clear style in presentation, that it is possible to follow through examples without the illustrations.

AND where are the illustrations? As I have bought a book that uses illustrations, I would expect them to be visible. Can't at least find them in the Audible pages.

I would guess this would be good video lecture to follow. As audiobook .. leaves lots of room for improvement. As general book about theory of Relativity and Quantum physics, quite nice.

84 of 88 people found this review helpful

  • 12 Essential Scientific Concepts

  • By: The Great Courses, Indre Viskontas
  • Narrated by: Indre Viskontas
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 457

Science is such a vast arena of knowledge that people looking for a better grasp of its secrets often wonder where to begin. The answer: with the essentials. Now, finally satisfy your desire for scientific inquiry in a way that makes this enormous field accessible, understandable, and undeniably captivating.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent overview of major science concepts

  • By Tanglebones on 03-24-14

Not what the title promises

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-14

The first 10 chapters seem to be more about physiology than anything else. This may be better suited to people with interests to workings of human body and cognitive systems, but this is not what the title promises.

20 of 30 people found this review helpful

  • Particle Physics for Non-Physicists: A Tour of the Microcosmos

  • By: Steven Pollock, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Steven Pollock
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,084

Would you like to know how the universe works? Scientists have been asking that question for a long time and have found that many of the answers can be found in the study of particle physics, the field that focuses on those impossibly tiny particles with unbelievably strange names - the hadrons and leptons, baryons and mesons, muons and gluons - so mystifying to the rest of us.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic but Dated

  • By Greg on 01-07-15

Excellent introduction for a non-physicists

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-14

I would recommend this to anybody who is interested in fundamental parts of our universe. Very clear presentation, easy to follow, and seems at least to me to cover the subject very well.

I have no interest to dwell into the mathematics of particle physics, and the aim of the series of lectures is indeed to deliver as comprehensive overview of particle physics to a listener just like me.

Very clear presentation, and I would like to listen to more material of this subject produced with such clarity and attention to delivery. Excellent!

19 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Why Does E=MC2 and Why Should We Care

  • By: Brian Cox, Jeff Forshaw
  • Narrated by: Jeff Forshaw
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201

In one of the most exciting and accessible explanations of The Theory of Relativity in recent years, Professors Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw go on a journey to the frontier of 21st century science to consider the real meaning behind the iconic sequence of symbols that make up Einstein's most famous equation, exploring the principles of physics through everyday life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Generally Good

  • By Ian C Robertson on 11-30-13

Bad reader, bad audiobook

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-26-14

What did you like best about Why Does E=MC2 and Why Should We Care? What did you like least?

Very interesting book, well written about hard-to-grasp subject.

What didn’t you like about Jeff Forshaw’s performance?

I am afraid this might be an accent thing, but the reader has tendency to Emphasis every Other word WithOut any Relation To Context. Also, he avoids vowels, for example word "unimaginable" becomes "'nmginble". This makes listening to at least this book tiresome experience.

Any additional comments?

There probably are many explaining illustrations in this book - which are not available when you are listening in a car.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Quantum Thief

  • By: Hannu Rajaniemi
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

The Quantum Thief is a dazzling hard SF novel set in the solar system of the far future - a heist novel peopled by bizarre post-humans but powered by very human motives of betrayal, revenge and jealousy. It is a stunning debut. Jean le Flambeur is a post-human criminal, mind burglar, confidence artist and trickster.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor recording quality

  • By Matthew on 07-23-15

good story, horrible quality of sound

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-20-13

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rupert Degas?

There is a problem with the quality of recording: the different voices are played with so much difference on volume, that listening the book in car is impossible.