• The Ascent of Gravity

  • The Quest to Understand the Force That Explains Everything
  • By: Marcus Chown
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 04-06-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Orion
  • 5.0 (1 rating)

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Publisher's Summary

Gravity is the weakest force in the everyday world, yet it is the strongest force in the universe. It was the first force to be recognised and described, yet it is the least understood. It is a 'force' that keeps your feet on the ground, yet no such force actually exists. Gravity, to steal the words of Winston Churchill, is 'a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma'. And penetrating that enigma promises to answer the biggest questions in science: what is space? What is time? What is the universe? And where did it all come from?

Award-winning writer Marcus Chown takes us on an unforgettable journey from the recognition of the 'force' of gravity in 1666 to the discovery of gravitational waves in 2015. And as we stand on the brink of a seismic revolution in our worldview, he brings us up to speed on the greatest challenge ever to confront physics.

Read by Adjoa Andoh.

©2017 Marcus Chown (P)2017 Orion Publishing Group

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  • Mr G
  • 10-12-17

A book much bigger than it's title

The audio book the ascent of gravity is a very well rounded picture of everything we know about physics from the classic laws through to the cutting edge of theoretical physics

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  • Ciaran
  • 07-16-17

Difficult at times but worth it. Very well read

Difficult at times but worth it. Very well read , recommended , gives some great insights.

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  • Ron
  • 04-10-17

Interesting approach, but not much new

If one is accustomed to the work of folks like Brian Greene and Stephen Hawking, this is pretty thin stuff. Entertaining, but not terribly enlightening. I gave the narrator one star because she does AWFUL German and Danish accents for Einstein, Bohr, and others. There was no call for that at all.

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  • RW
  • 10-02-17

Cartoon accents were very distracting

I would have given top marks for the narration except for the appalling cartoon accents that littered the performance. A few words were consistently mispronounced (e.g. vacuum and Feynman) which leads me to believe this wasn't edited by a native English speaker. The book was an otherwise decent summary of the current scientific understanding of gravity.

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  • Jason
  • 09-20-17

too much drama

didn't enjoy the impersonations
history interesting but I find setting the seen a little irrelevant and would need more factual evidence of feelings expressed on the stories.

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  • L
  • 09-15-17

Poor narration

Dreadful, unneeded accents and cringeworthy imagined scenrios, also not needed, make this dry audiobook unenjoyable.

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  • mark robinson
  • 07-20-17

Questionable narration

Who made this poor lady do all those accents and impressions. Spoiled an otherwise good performance. To the producers: these embellishments were really not needed.

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  • Craig
  • 05-02-17

Brilliant and engaging!

Narration is everything with an audiobook (I have abandoned many due to poor narration .....dull, monotone being prime amongst the reasons) but Ashoka Andoh is brilliant. Great author (Chown is probably the best popular physics writer in the world right now) with a truly engaging "story". I can't recommend this book highly enough!

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  • Graham
  • 04-21-17

gravity sucks!

or does it?

Great book well read.

Great value as you will need to listen to this book several times to understand how gravity works.
And once you think you understand you will join a club of 3 who do.
At this point you will then realise that actually you don't understand it and you'll have to start again or move on to something a little more simple...try a little Douglas Adams.
enjoy xx