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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry Audiobook

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

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What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.

But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day. While waiting for your morning coffee to brew, or while waiting for the bus, the train, or the plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the big bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.

©2017 Neil DeGrasse Tyson (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Author Adel Chicago 05-06-17
    Author Adel Chicago 05-06-17 Member Since 2017

    If I want to be FREE I’ve got to be ME!

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    "Condensed, concise science meets social philosophy with humor and wit"

    I was expecting science, I got it. I was expecting meta science, I got it. I was expecting wit, I got it. I was expecting humor, I got plenty of it. Neil deGrasse Tyson delivered on all fronts, satiated my hunger for it all. Astrophysics and science in general are not for everyone but it should be! This book paves the way to reset our ego and places us in a framework that we are participants in this ever expanding universe.... a dust particle within a pale blue dust particle. Thank you Neil.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Gillian Austin, TX, United States 05-03-17
    Gillian Austin, TX, United States 05-03-17 Member Since 2017

    SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!

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    "From The Department Of Exotic Happenings...!"

    Yes! We are all stardust!
    Only the truly knowledgeable might not like "Astrophysics for People in a Hurry." I'm sure they're into much more in-depth works. But for those of us who dream up into the sky, it's a pure delight. Heck, even the knowledgeable might like it as Neil deGrasse Tyson is the best narrator out there, one of the best writers there is. Period.
    Filled with wonderful ideas, galaxies devouring dwarf galaxies (ooh, bad karma!), massive radio telescopes, a fun run through the periodic table of elements, comets, a study of time, so much is packed into just over 3 1/2 hours. Yes, you do come out wanting more, more info, more ideas.
    More deGrasse Tyson! Only he can make the strange ominous on one hand, fantastically enthralling on the other. Only he can make comparisons that are laugh out loud funny on the one hand, complete and utter poetry on the other.
    Worth the price, worth the woefully short time, you'll be engaged and smiling the whole way through all these well-written essays that'll have you looking up at the sky again, fascinated, laughing in your heart and soul. Maybe you'll lose sight of the vast, vast, oh so vast picture, but you'll be delighted by the many small and provocative wonders you're left with.

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    "Yep, he was right. I want more!"

    I loved it. Of course I really, really like Neil deGrasse Tyson to begin with, so this book was a joy to listen to.

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    Great and powerful IDE 05-05-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent!!!"

    If you are at all interested in the topic, this is an excellent to start with. Tyson does a phenomenal job of going over many different topics but not dragging on anyone topic too long. The book moves and transitions very well to keep it fast pace and extremely interesting.

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    kemar simpson 05-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "If you listened to my favorite universe avoid this"
    What did you like best about Astrophysics for People in a Hurry? What did you like least?

    good general introduction to astrophysics.If you listened to my favorite universe from the great courses I would say skip this one its just a rehash from but with less content. Even the little anecdotes like the waiter and the whipped cream density I heard it all before.


    Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

    Easy to follow for beginners


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    Michael Cullinan 05-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Glad to have NDT reading"

    Started off basically the same as Origins. haven't gotten through the first few chapters of it so I guess now I'll go back and listen to it and others. I expected this to be longer with shorter individual topics / chapters, more or less smaller serving sized morsels, but I was surprised at how short it was overall. Great content though. Love the way NDT can make astrophysics among other topics interesting, captivating, and exciting to the layman.

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    Joseph Howell 05-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing educational writer."

    Very likely the most adept educator I've heard. He has a very natural way of explaining complex ideas and making them very understandable.

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    Christina Sanchez 05-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Fast read"

    The book was well written however I have no basic knowledge in astrophysics. I was hoping there would be a little simplicity but I'm excited to reread it after a better understanding on some subjects. I definitely encourage everyone to read it. But know if your someone like me your going to have a little homework.

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    Blake mitchell Massachusetts 05-18-17
    Blake mitchell Massachusetts 05-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Like Astrophysic made into a bed time story."

    Neil is a great story teller with a very elegant reading style. he makes big ideas and turns them into easy listening.

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    Amazon Customer 05-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Concise, Easy Reading"

    The book is concise, and easy to understand for the average scientifically curious reader. Neil does a fantastic job conveying complex topics, that could have hours dedicated to them, in a deliberate and impactful way.

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    5/18/17
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    "Fantastic!"

    An informative and entertaining account of modern astro physics. This book is well written, and well read. My only complaint is that the book ended. Thank-you Dr DeGrasse Tyson!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Miss V. Bakova
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    "Neil rocks!"

    The book is very interesting and Neil reading it it's just fantastic. I highly recommend this book.

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