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Was there a beginning of time? Could time run backwards? Is the universe infinite, or does it have boundaries? These are just some of the questions considered in an internationally acclaimed masterpiece by one of the world's greatest thinkers.

It begins by reviewing the great theories of the cosmos, from Newton to Einstein, before delving into the secrets which still lie at the heart of space and time, from the big bang to black holes, via spiral galaxies and strong theory.

To this day A Brief History of Time remains a staple of the scientific canon, and its succinct and clear language continues to introduce millions to the universe and its wonders.

©2016 Stephen Hawking (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

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Good depth on black holes and universe

Better narator and recording than other versions of this book.
Learned new stuff about black holes and time travelling.
A lot of times I found myself rewinding back so I can understnd the concepts, so its not an esy book if you want to understand it, even naively explained.

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Probably something that is better read

Fantastic book, by a brilliant physicist. No surprises here, it is as good as people say and the only drawback is that some things are easier understood if read (and re-read).

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Great Stuff,

Or not stuff, after hearing this you might be in doubt about everything - or nothing

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  • Anthony
  • 03-21-17

Interesting and intelligible

This book has a famous reputation as being the most popular unread book on the market.As a result I thought long and hard about buying it thinking I wouldn't be able to understand it.However,apart from the penultimate chapter on string theory I followed it (relatively) easily.It is also very well narrated by John Sackville.

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  • Erdferkel
  • 10-18-16

Wonderful narrator

Like most people, I had heard of this book - it is quite famous after all. But despite a layman's interest in the subject I somehow always assumed it would be way over my head. Seeing the good reviews on Audible I decided to pick it up - great decision! It is easily accessible and in fact, since Hawking has been such a prominent figure in physics in the last decades, much of what he talks about I was already familiar with from other popular science books on the subject. He makes the subject feel easy to understand (which I'm sure is a delusion on my part) and very interesting.
I particularly want to mention the performance by John Sackville, who has such a wonderfully calm and rich voice. He makes this a real pleasure to listen to.

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  • Amjad
  • 05-07-17

A Marvelous Book

This is one of the best books on time and universe. Worth your time and a must read for cosmologists.

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  • Mr Adam John Warriner
  • 01-23-18

difficult to fully understand but worth a read

it's one of those books that people say you "must read" and I agree; just don't expect it to be an easy read. Some very difficult, hypothetical theories. Some are well explained in layman's terms, others are touched upon as though you should already know the basics. Overall definitely worth a read, and did enjoy it, though it took nearly a month to get through it as it wasn't exactly a page turner.

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  • Hannah-Jay
  • 04-24-17

Very interesting!

If you're interested in all things space and time then you'll love this! Admittedly I'd hope Stephen Hawking would read it himself but John Sackville does a great job.

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  • christopher meth-cohn
  • 10-04-16

opened my mind

Hawking is adept at visualising the most complex scenarios.
a brief history of time is a great insight into to the minds of our planets greatest thinkers.

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  • Charlotte
  • 05-12-18

Thoroughly enjoyed

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this - not much more to say than that. It wasn' too hard to understand either

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  • Richard
  • 05-09-18

Quite hard to follow but worth trying

I tried reading this book as a book and did not complete it. As an audiobook, I managed to get through the whole book, just letting the most difficult parts drift past me, without worrying too much that some are too hard for a layman, even one with A level physics, to follow. Fascinating insight into the complexities of our solar system and known universe.

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  • Martin Watts
  • 04-11-18

The classic account of the Universe.

Somewhere I have an early edition of this book, not an unread copy I hasten to add. Following the recent sad news of the death of Stephen Hawking I took the opportunity to buy it again on Kindle and to add the Audible performance. I was pleased to find that the book had been updated with some of the recent developments in the field. What more could I ask?

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  • garry
  • 12-18-17

Still a book that blows your mind

Would you listen to A Brief History of Time again? Why?

I need to listen to it until my ears bleed and even then I know in my heart that I will never understand its concepts.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Time itself.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The first chapter. I was holding it together until the second started.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Coming to the realisation that you can never know certain things no matter how hard you try to.

Any additional comments?

I need another version of this book. Once written for idiots like me. Still it was Amazing to think that even though it seemed crazy at times its how our world works.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-27-17

Hard to listen, but overall great book!

Excellent book! A bit hard to listen as audio book, I had to rewind certain parts to listen to. But otherwise, it's great. Reader has a soothing, calm voice, does excellent job.

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  • Ross McDougall
  • 08-18-17

a brief history of amazing concepts and thinkers!

This was a great, albeit overwhelming book. John Sackville read this book, and while I thought i'd find a dissonance in hearing anyone else read Hawking, I have to say his performance was excellent. The rhythm of the reading was pleasant and left me feeling confident the context was being communicated.

More than really engaging with the book, I mostly was listening as it was being read. The level of the content started out relatively simply then rocketed off away from my puny brain. I did find myself in awe of some of the concepts Hawking explains and ties together so well.

Less of a history of time and moreso an analysis of the concepts and theories that determine the way we consider time and all that it entails. I was very impressed by the work that Hawking and the physics community have put into the thinking around our universe and place within.

The book encouraged me to find another entry point and pursue such thoughts to better understand all the forces that hold our world(s) together. Fantastic book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-15-18

Poorly written

Struggled to finish
Concepts were poorly explained
Was Easily distracted and difficult to steer back

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-07-18

Struggled through it

A challenging book for us more simple folk. Still quite an enjoyable read despite my incomprehension

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-22-18

great audio book

Great audio book absolutly loved it. The presentation was fantastic with great story telling with a perfect amount of science.

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  • shuhan li
  • 10-22-17

Narrator's voice is too monotoned.

Narrator's voice is too monotoned, makes it hard to concentrate at time.
Otherwise a very good read.