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Publisher's Summary

This landmark book is for those of us who prefer words to equations; this is the story of the ultimate quest for knowledge, the ongoing search for the secrets at the heart of time and space. Its author, Stephen W. Hawking, is arguably the greatest mind since Einstein. From the vantage point of the wheelchair, where he has spent the last 20 years trapped by Lou Gehrig's disease, Professor Hawking has transformed our view of the universe. A Brief History of Time is Hawking's classic introduction to today's most important scientific ideas about the cosmos. It is read here by the Emmy Award-winning host of The Michael Jackson Show on KABC-TV.

©1988 Stephen W. Hawking (P)2005 Phoenix Books, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A masterful summary of what physicists now think the world is made of and how it got that way." (The Wall Street Journal)
"Lively and provocative, Hawking clearly possesses a natural teacher's gift, easy, good-natured humor, and an ability to illustrate highly complex propositions with analogies plucked from daily life." (The New York Times)

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Humongous!!

million million million million million million , strings, black holes.... the universe Is amazing :)

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Great information, but it's technical

Michael Jackson does a great job with Stephen Hawking's writings. However, this is a book on astrophysics - You can easily get lost listening to the details. If you're not interested in learning about the nature of the universe down to the quantum level, this is probably not the book for you.

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A layman's overview.

I loved this book in audio format. The narration was clear and easy to understand. This was my first book in audio format can't wait to download more. Wish I had done this
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Great book. Not deep enough though. Good for noobs

great book. not deep enough though. good for beginners. great overview on most of deepest unsolved mysteries. Stephen is a genius.

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I feel smarter now

very intellectual. I think I heard about 1/4 of the words and of that retained about 1/8.

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Physics in a nutshell

Very technical but good book aimed at those with a passion for science. Mind-blowing and makes one appreciate the expanse of the universe and a grand unified theory.

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bien

excelentes descripciones. Muy recomendable para los que somos curiosos y queremos escuchar a s científicos

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Amazing book

A total must read(listen) book. Will totally blows your mind. From start to finish you are constantly learning something new.

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Not for the average person

This book was marketed as something the average person could comprehend. Admittedly I do not have a strong science background but being a college graduate I figured I could follow along to some extent. This language and ideas of this book are so complex that it's like reading a textbook. Incredibly boring. Listened to much of it on audible and it seemed like the narrator was having difficulty even reading it. Don't waste your time with this book.

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Unlistenable

I seem to be in the minority on this one but I found the narrator's performance to be so bad as to taint the entire experience. Constant errors, stops-and-starts, 'umm's and 'uhh's - I couldn't concentrate on the actual content it was so bad. First audible book I've returned.