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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.

    37 of 39 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.

    17 of 20 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 Member Since 2015

    Chris Heat

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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.

    3 of 3 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!"

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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.

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    Christina Sanchez 05-23-17
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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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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 07-04-17
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 07-04-17

    I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^

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    "Universe is under no obligation to make sense to U"

    "People who believe they are ignorant of nothing have neither looked for, nor stumbled upon, the boundary between what is known and unknown in the universe."
    - Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

    Physicists are a unique breed. Most people exist in a sphere that is directly impacted by the work of physicists, but only possess a minimal knowledge of some basic Newtonian physics. But even with this gap of knowledge, a few physicists rise to the level of rockstars. Albert Einstein is arguably one of the most recognizable figures of the 20th century. Newton may be one of the most important, and influential, men to have ever lived and exists both in myth and history as a figure almost as important as the founders of major religions (Jesus, Moses, Muhammed).

    The group of physicists that came to age during the nuclear age also achieved a near rockstar-level reputation and noteriety (Oppenheimer, Fermi, Feynman, etc). In oru modern age, a physicist needs to be at one level a genius at math and high-level physics, but also needs to be a great communicator. Neil deGrasse Tyson is almost as much a translator of physics as an astrophysicist in his own right. He bridges that gigantic gulf between the bleeding edge of science and the average person's attention span (not an easy task). He has a talent for understanding his subject, but also getting his audience. He is funny, cheeky, and cognecent that the average reader isn't going to read a 500+ page book on physics (no matter how interesting). So Tyson distills, refines, and delivers just a glimps of what is happening and has happened in the Universe during the last 5 Billion years. He does this just as easily in a 140 character tweet as he does in a 208 page book. Some academics are geared towards research and some are geared towards education. Dr. Tyson = Education^3

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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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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    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.

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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!

    4 of 4 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • John Gill
    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...:-)

    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 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.

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  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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