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A Brief History of Time Audiobook

A Brief History of Time

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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.

What the Critics Say

"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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    Randy Bliefernich 08-04-16
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    "An enthralling tale!"

    Truly the single most convincing piece of literature to light ablaze a yearning for knowledge and understanding. WOW.

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    David 06-24-16
    David 06-24-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Entertaining and Informative"

    I found this book to be enjoyable not only because my own field of study (geology) relies on physics quite a lot, but also because I am rather curious about physics in general. this book is also made more enjoyable because Mr. Hawking wrote it so that it is easy for people who are not physicists to understand.

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    E. J. Potchen East Lansing Mi 06-18-16
    E. J. Potchen East Lansing Mi 06-18-16 Member Since 2017
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    "And expose of theoretical physics and cosmology."

    This is an in ordinate Lee lucid presentation of complex astrophysics which may allow for why dissemination of the important series of modern thought.

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    Nay Naing 06-16-16
    Nay Naing 06-16-16
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    "Need to stop listening to science books"

    I love audible but science books are just not good for the audio format. I'm sure it'd be easier to follow with a few visuals.

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    guru 06-15-16
    guru 06-15-16
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    "Good book, poor narrator"

    Did not like the narrator at all. Poor pacing, odd emphasis and inflections. Distracts from the contents.

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    Jeffrey 06-14-16
    Jeffrey 06-14-16
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    "Interesting listen"

    Loved it. Well narrated too.
    It's more of a pop science book for the uninitiated!

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    Amazon Customer 06-13-16
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    "bitchy about Issac Newton !!!"

    the last few chapters are the most interesting, especially Hawking's views about Einstein and Sir Issac Newton.

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    Client d'Amazon 05-21-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Good book, bad performance"

    Good book, very interesting. The reading however is awful. It's not fluid. He tries to put emotion into a scientific book (why), the numerous hesitations and mistakes have not been edited out. Definitely the worst performance I heard so far.

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    Mikita 04-24-16
    Mikita 04-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Terrible narration"

    The author should employ a better narrator. The plot is impossible to understand. The narrator speaks too fast and mumbles a lot.

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    Theo 04-22-16
    Theo 04-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Mostly Good"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No. The framework and contents of the book transitioned well with each other.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance of the narrator was average at best. It seems like much of the text was difficult for him to pronounce and understand. That led, for certain chapters and areas of the book to have a consistent flow.


    Do you think A Brief History of Time needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes. I would say "A brief history of time: selected chapters for dummies" would be a good idea. The title I chose is self explanitory.


    Any additional comments?

    The book's idea and goal is great. That said, certain chapters are easy to understand while other chapters seem to be written only for those with a background in quantum physics. Overall the book was average only because the level of knowledge required per chapter differs greatly.

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