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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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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.

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Why this narration?!?! How sad!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • Miguel Quina
  • 06-01-15

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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  • Francisco
  • 10-03-17

good book but I will need to revisit it.

enjoyed it but couldn't understand certain things. I think reading the book is better and will give you more time pondering on certain things said in the book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-15-22

Read at high speed. Play it at 0.9x

Great book well worth it, maybe preview the narrator first. I preferred it slowed down slightly

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  • 08-15-22

Wealth of knowledge

I think I'll definitely need to read the physical book in order to grab more details on specific explanations, etc but it is definitely insightful.

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  • matthew f.
  • 04-19-22

Thoroughly interesting

This book covers a lot more topics than I originally thought
I have learnt so much, was always excited to listen to more and didn’t want the book to end

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  • Hamze Allaham
  • 03-20-22

Interesting but narration killed it.

I'm not sure if it was the author or the narration that ruined it for me but at somepoint i just kept listning just to finish it.. It could be that i didn't like the way information was told or maybe it was the way the narrator brought it through that made it all so tedious but i didn't find it in me to enjoy this one as much as i like to hear about to cosmos.

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  • Zissou
  • 02-06-22

Couldn't get on with the narration

Had to give up. DGT writes and speaks with such flair. The narration lacks any of this and to my ear is nigh on painful to listen to. Also read without pause, tending to speed up during complexity. Shame.

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  • Cliente Amazon
  • 01-22-22

I need to go back to school...


...and after, read this book again.
I wish I could understand the scientific terminology and partake of the excitement about abstract thinking.

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  • Jamie F
  • 12-18-21

Wonderfully narrated.

Excellent, worth every second of listening.
Explained brilliantly in the most understandable way.

Download this now.

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  • Stephen Duffy
  • 12-13-21

Fascinating.

I thoroughly enjoyed it. Well read and informative. As I took my morning walk each day I was transported to other worlds and universes by the sheer breadth of this book. Incredible.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-06-17

Awesome insights

Love hearing the scientific explanations for everyday phenomenon. Like why ice actually floats on top of water rather than sink to the bottom.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-12-22

Utterly Brilliant!

I loved this.
The explanations of complicated concepts are amazingly clear and well done.
I've been sceptical about dark matter and dark energy, but this has made me think again.
The scope of the book is quite breathtaking.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-04-22

The WOW Factor is in this book

Every so often I come across an Astro Physics book that speaks to me about the Wonders of The Universe from Big Bang and through to the end of time. This Audiobook by Niel De Grasse-Tyson and Donald Goldsmith does just that. I have read it once and many times they explain in simple Lay man terms aspects of our universe that leaves me with That WOW FACTOR. It’s written for people just like you and I. People looking for explanations of why things are the way they are. I learned so much from ORIGINS that I will have to listen a few more times to fully understand this unique Universe of ours and probably infinitely many other universes for those that figure yes Why wouldn’t we actually live in a MultiVerse. A brilliant listen for any with a thirst for Theoretical And proven thoughts on our tiny spot in the great mass of Universes.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-09-21

Great book

Just that I would've liked it more if Neil deGrasse Tyson read it himself instead

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  • Bheema
  • 09-21-21

Absolutely fascinating, and accessible.

Entertaining writing, and competently performed, but this book's real value is the plethora of fascinating information it divulges with such delight and panache. Facts ranging from the familiar to the astounding are nestled, cheek by jowl, in this gem of a book. I expected to enjoy it. but was still pleasantly surprised.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-20-21

An alright start

Very basic introduction into physics and just makes me want more information about certainsubjects discussed