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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry Audiobook

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

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Publisher's Summary

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
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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.

    103 of 113 people found this review helpful
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    Rob Phoenix, AZ, United States 07-15-17
    Rob Phoenix, AZ, United States 07-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointing - not much physics"

    I was hoping for an entertaining, lay person's overview of quantum theory, the Standard Model, string theory, etc. This book doesn't even touch on astrophysics. There is a little discussion of dark matter and dark energy, but this book is more about the history of astronomy, how the planets were named, the relative prevalence of elements in the universe, how aliens might discover our radio transmissions, and other non-physics stuff.

    205 of 232 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
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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.

    80 of 93 people found this review helpful
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    TMort 06-07-17
    TMort 06-07-17
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    "Awesome book for those new to astrophysics."
    Would you listen to Astrophysics for People in a Hurry again? Why?

    YES!! I learned so much the first go around, but even then I had to have him repeat things a few times for me to fully grasp some of the concepts. So I would most definitely listen to it again, because I believe their would be something new to takeaway each time, whether it be knowledge or perspective.


    What other book might you compare Astrophysics for People in a Hurry to and why?

    Cosmos, by Carl Sagan. The audiobook is excellently narrated by LeVar Burton, and I find it to be just as "down to earth" as this one is. Little to no math, but explaining detailed concepts in a way we, those bad at math, can understand.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably the scene with the whipped cream in the coffee shop. Don't argue with Neil deGrasse Tyson about physics, he will win.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I had to take it in bits and pieces, and feel that I enjoyed it more that way. Some of the things said challenged my world/universe view a bit, and I found it helpful to just have time to ponder and be wowed by the universe.


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend others to read/listen to this, especially if you are curious about Astrophysics, but are intimidated by the math. Neil deGrasse Tyson has a way of explaining difficult concepts in a manner that is easier to understand than others I have found. This book has given me me a great platform of knowledge to build upon, and I learned an incredible amount. It even helped me have the confidence needed to answer a question I was asked shortly after finishing. I couldn't help but holler, "I know this! I just learned it from Neil deGrasse Tyson!"

    26 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Cecil Daniel Kansas City, MO United States 06-20-17
    Cecil Daniel Kansas City, MO United States 06-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "The Cosmic Perspective"

    Neil's book was engaging from start to finish! It's a wonderful summary of what one finds in astrophysics. He reaffirms my wide-eyed awe of the universe and our tiny place within it.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    L. K. Sterling Brighton, MA United States 06-07-17
    L. K. Sterling Brighton, MA United States 06-07-17
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    "Hear it In Dr. Tyson's own rich & resonant voice!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry to be better than the print version?

    I do not own the print version. I bought the audiobook specifically to hear him reading it.


    Any additional comments?

    I like to listen to his lectures on YouTube and this is like having a whole book full of lectures at once! The more I listen the more I learn and after repeated listenings I am beginning to feel like I know what he is talking about. It is not simple enough for people who have absolutely no familiarity with the subject, but if you have heard some of his talks before or seen his version of Cosmos then you will know enough to follow along. He's a born teacher whose enthusiasm for each topic is infectious. He brings real personality to his public speaking, and makes what was could be a dry subject very engaging and even funny. This one is AN ABSOLUTE MUST for NdGT fans, and will make new fans out of people who don't know him already. A great gift for anyone of any age with an inquisitive mind!

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Christina Petty 05-17-17 Member Since 2015
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    "high re-play value"

    I was very excited to hear Tyson narrated his own book. it was easy enough to follow. I can assure you will listen to it more than once.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 06-26-17
    06-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "excellent if you like physics"

    as usual Tyson delivers a great performance with his perfect teacher voice and delivers the content so everyone can understand it

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Michael C. Heaton Cincinnati, OH 06-23-17
    Michael C. Heaton Cincinnati, OH 06-23-17
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    "I was not smart enough"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It depends on their knowledge of the topic already. NDT discusses a large amount of material without defining words or giving details to help someone understand that doesn't have a good knowledge.


    What could Neil deGrasse Tyson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    If he would have just given more details about everything, I would have enjoyed it more. He glosses over important theories I had never known.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed listening and he does talk about things I remember from high school, but my knowledge was just not to the point of understanding everything.

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    Randie Gonzales 06-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Incredibly easy to indulge!"

    NDT is incredible as always. I will most certainly listen to this book more than once.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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  • J. SYMES
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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!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Miss V. Bakova
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    5/25/17
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    "Neil rocks!"

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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • ian
    6/23/17
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    "Fascinating, if a little short"

    Fascinating, but as I said in the title, just up there, a bit short. I mean, I know its for people in a hurry, but mate. I'm not in THAT much of a hurry.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • John.
    7/10/17
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    "interesting"

    I enjoyed this book, I think Tyson is also a great narrator. I had to rewind it a few times just to take it in......well I probably only took about 10% in...:-)

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    6/23/17
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    "Cosmic Eye-opener"

    NDT offers astounding insight into the spectacularities of the cosmos as well as the place of Mankind amongst them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • IainJan
    6/11/17
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    "Good overview"

    My first Audible. Chilling by the pool, making a change from MOOCs. Well written, well read, mostly very enjoyable, interesting, and easy to grasp. The faults are due to my own bias, not liking quips, or analogous references to US items I don't know so can't visualise. Trivial compared with the depth of Science communicated in this excellent summary.

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  • Zak
    11/9/17
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    "Great listen and book "

    Interesting listen Neil degrasse Tyson captures the universe perfectly, worth a listen
    I would recommend

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  • Aleksej
    10/29/17
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    "Awesome introduction into Astrophysics"

    Loved it! Enjoyed it thoroughly! Only one disappointment - it has ended too soon. Thank you, great book

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  • Anonymous
    10/17/17
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    "This book is amazing"

    you can spend your free cosmic time reading this book while blowing your own mind doing it, quick and fun and informative, would recommand to everyone 👌

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    9/19/17
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    "Great"

    Scientific information, delivered in an unelitisc way. Easy to follow, almost entertaining! I loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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