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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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    Kenneth WOODBRIDGE, CT, United States 04-15-16
    Kenneth WOODBRIDGE, CT, United States 04-15-16 Member Since 2010

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    "Be Honest: Largely Incomprehensible to Most People"
    Would you try another book from Stephen Hawking and/or Michael Jackson?

    Yes. In fact, I already did.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Try much harder to simplify these concepts.


    What about Michael Jackson’s performance did you like?

    His accent, crisp diction, and lively pace.


    Was A Brief History of Time worth the listening time?

    Yes, but many of the concepts remained incomprehensible even after several listenings.


    Any additional comments?

    I suspect that this book was a best seller due to its coffee-table appeal and that most buyers never actually tried to read it. I'm a physician with a law degree who graduated from Harvard and still really understood less than half of the esoteric theories he discussed, so I would bet that most readers and listeners understood even less. I also listened to his "Briefer History of Time" which was a much shorter and clearer version of this book but still did a poor job of explaining at least 1/3 of the material discussed. But perhaps the biggest weakness in both books, and in this field altogether, is the apparent assumption that things that are presently beyond our ability to examine exist and behave exactly in the same manner as things that we can examine.

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    Kristopher Prahler 03-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "First time with Audible"

    I thought the book was really good and the narrator was great. Can't wait to look for another book!

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    JapMerican 03-08-16
    JapMerican 03-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent book and decent performance."

    The author really knows his stuff. Things are presented clearly and very understandable.
    My only complaint is that the narrator doesn't know how to pronounce Ptolemy. Or at least not the way that I've heard it pronounced by everyone in my life. Correct me if I'm wrong but the P is silent, right? It drove me crazy every time I heard him say it. "Puh-Tall-Uh-Mee". You've got to be kidding. If you're going to be reading a science book you definitely need to know how to pronounce the words that play the most important part in science.

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    JayPat Griffith 02-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "I'm not smart enough"

    Hawking does his best to simplify the processes and theories; I'm still not smart enough to understand much of the content. I googled many nouns and persons, in this book. Don't underestimate yourself and give this a read / listen.

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    Amazon Customer 02-13-16
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    "Holy Bible of Astrophysics"

    A Brief History Of Time and Carl Sagan's Cosmos together make up the Holy Bibles of astrophysics

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    "Good overview of why quantum mechanics are important"

    If you don't understand the need for a unifying theory, this is a great start.

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    Michael Bann 10-27-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Good book, bad narration"

    The book itself is good. Sadly, the narrator sounds like he's reading it for the first time too. Lots of starts and stops. Pausing mid sentence then scrambling to finish. Perhaps for lighter reads this world be fine, but if you're attempting to follow along with Steven hawking, the last thing you need is to struggle with the narrator.

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    Chandresh 10-27-15
    Chandresh 10-27-15
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    "awesome book!.................. no words for it. "

    just awesome,.......................this book is really awesome i reccomend it to all those who love to listen to books on audible.

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    Michael Paul Rapparlie 10-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Yep"

    this was incredible and something everyone should read, regardless of religious beliefs. three more words.

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    Johnny Wahlberg 10-12-15
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    "Great book with awesome narrator"

    Even though English is my second language, I really enjoyed this book. It gave a good perspective on the universe, quantum physics and the interaction of time and space. The book was incredibly well narrated by Michael Jackson. It felt alive, and if I didn't know better I would have thought it was Mr. Hawking himself that read it!

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