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A Briefer History of Time

Narrated by: Erik Davies
Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (962 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

From one of the most brilliant minds of our time comes an audiobook that clarifies his most important ideas.

Stephen Hawking’s worldwide best seller A Brief History of Time remains a landmark volume in scientific writing. But for those who have asked for a more accessible formulation of its key concepts - the nature of space and time, the role of God in creation, and the history and future of the universe - A Briefer History of Time is Professor Hawking’s response.   

Although “briefer”, this audiobook is much more than a mere explanation of Hawking’s earlier work. A Briefer History of Time both clarifies and expands on the great subjects of the original and records the latest developments in the field - from string theory to the search for a unified theory of all the forces of physics. Thirty-seven full-color illustrations enhance the text and make A Briefer History of Time an exhilarating and must-have addition in its own right to the great literature of science and ideas.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2005 Stephen Hawking (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Readers will come away with an excellent understanding of the apparent contradictions and conundrums at the forefront of contemporary physics....Throughout these discussions, the authors maintain the same wry, lively tone that made the original Brief History such a delight." (Publishers Weekly)

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Stick with the original: A brief history of time

I mistakenly purchased, and listened to this book when I meant to get the original "A brief history of Time" by Hawkins.

So now I have listened to both. In my opinion the original is a more rich and detailed book. Of course, that's the point of this book, to consolidate that one.

But I ask why? The original wasn't beyond most readers ability to understand, and if it was, they probably weren't the type of people reading it.

So my advice: Stick with the original.

Perhaps if you want you bright 6 year old to read such a book, this one would be a better option.

The irony: The beginning of the original (more detailed, and complex version) starts with a sound bite from "Audible Kids", this one does not - that seems backwards. Or perhaps I am just living time backwards - as Hawkins explains - our current theories of physics can't conclusively prove that this isn't the case. :)

32 of 34 people found this review helpful

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  • Kevin
  • Seattle, WA, USA
  • 07-04-06

Refreshingly understandable

I am currently listening to this audio and I have to say after having tried to decipher several books covering the same or like subjects I think that Mr. Hawking and his partner have finally given me something I can use. After listening to this I can say that I have a greater understanding of these principles and am not frustrated by their complexity. Things are more understandable when plain English and clear examples are used to describe various phenomena without overly complex language and mathematics being used to complicate things. A good book and a solid read if you are looking for an intro to the topic.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Very Interesting

This is a very intersting book and really gives a person an insight with Physics and many other harder science subjects. I will listen to this off and on just for refreshing and to really try to understand things I might of missed the first or second or third time. :)

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • James
  • Alto, MI, USA
  • 08-17-08

Too Brief

I read the original and was hoping for an update and good explanation of the theories of the original. It turned out to be a synopsis of the original. Get the original and skip this one.

19 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • Hal VT
  • Bennington, VT USA
  • 05-21-11

Science I can get!

As a teacher, I know that it's one thing to understand complex ideas; it's quite another to articulate them clearly to someone who lacks a good frame of reference for understanding. Hawking's real genius is not in his knowledge and understanding of complicated ideas, it's in his ability to simplify them so that a guy like me, who dropped high school physics because it seemed so much like pure magic, is able to understand them on a basic level.

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Etertaining and understandable

Where does A Briefer History of Time rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

This audiobook would rank in the top 30th percentile of the hundreds that I have read/listened to.

What other book might you compare A Briefer History of Time to and why?

THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH by Richard Dawkins compares favorably to A BRIEFER HISTORY IN TIME because they both offer believable options as to how and why we might exist.I would add: THE BLANK SLATE by Steven Pinker and 36 ARGUMENTS FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD by Rebecca Newberger.

What about Erik Davies???s performance did you like?

I believe Erik Davis's performance made a complicated subject alive, understandable and enjoyable.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This is a book that I enjoyed reading and re-listening to over a 2 day time period because there was so much that I wished to remember.

Any additional comments?

I have about 90 books on my wish list so it will be a while before I add A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME to my list.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Darwin
  • Granite City, IL, USA
  • 05-30-10

A Briefer History of Time

This was my first audio book and I thought the narrator did an excellent job.
The subjects discussed were covered well for someone with my knowledge of science. Stephen Hawking did an excellent job of bringing this subject down to a level that most people could understand.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Douglas
  • Stafford, VA, USA
  • 11-14-07

Aces!

Top notch narration with a pleasant voice, and an awesome book! I never took a physics course and I stink at math; but the concepts were dumbed down just enough for me to get a basic grasp of the concepts, and I still have to listen to it again. Fortunately, I look forward to listening to it several more times.

You need this book. Download now!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Learned some good stuff.

This is a good book for anyone who is interested in a summary of how modern physics came to be and a general explanation of the theories of modern physics. I do think I could have done without the attempts to try to explain why or how God could have been involved - that is why I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars. Those attempts were inserted in a brief disjointed manner that didn't fit with the flow or purpose of the book.

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  • Stephen
  • Red Bluff, CA, United States
  • 02-16-13

Short and Sweet

As good as the slighly longer version. I like the narrator. As a non scientist the book still reads well. Worth reading.

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  • Balor of the Evil Eye
  • 07-17-13

An accessible introduction to complicated ideas

This is a really good summary of some of the more complicated laws, theories and events we use currently to help us understand our universe. Thankfully there is little included that would require the listener to have a solid background in the physical sciences, and the analogies provided in the text assist competently in illuminating the theories that Hawking presents. From the elements to relativity or the age of the universe, or from Newton to Einstein and the more earthy events that influenced the great thinkers of the modern age, this publication really is great place to learn some of the basics about our anything but basic universe.

Good narrator, easy to listen to.

I'd be happy to recommend - I'm definitely going to listen to it again.