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The Greatest Story Ever Told - So Far Audiobook

The Greatest Story Ever Told - So Far: Why Are We Here?

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Internationally renowned, award-winning theoretical physicist, New York Times bestselling author of A Universe from Nothing, and passionate advocate for reason, Lawrence Krauss tells the dramatic story of the discovery of the hidden world of reality - a grand poetic vision of nature - and how we find our place within it.

In the beginning there was light.

But more than this, there was gravity.

After that, all hell broke loose...In A Universe from Nothing, Krauss revealed how our entire universe could arise from nothing. Now, he reveals what that something - reality - is. And, reality is not what we think or sense - it's weird, wild, and counterintuitive; it's hidden beneath everyday experience; and its inner workings seem even stranger than the idea that something can come from nothing.

In a landmark, unprecedented work of scientific history, Krauss leads us to the furthest reaches of space and time, to scales so small they are invisible to microscopes, to the birth and rebirth of light, and into the natural forces that govern our existence. His unique blend of rigorous research and engaging storytelling invites us into the lives and minds of the remarkable, creative scientists who have helped to unravel the unexpected fabric of reality - with reason rather than superstition and dogma. Krauss has himself been an active participant in this effort, and he knows many of them well. The Greatest Story challenges us to re-envision ourselves and our place within the universe, as it appears that "God" does play dice with the universe. In the incisive style of his scintillating essays for The New Yorker, Krauss celebrates the greatest intellectual adventure ever undertaken - to understand why we are here in a universe where fact is stranger than fiction.

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©2017 Lawrence Krauss (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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    Albert Sjoberg (PA) 04-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful read/listen."

    I was concerned that this sort of book may not be suited to an audible book because of continued references to figures and images from the printed version.
    To make this a little less jarring, and confusing a PDF file is supplied with the requisite images.
    If you are going to listen while driving, please take a long hard look at the images so that you can bring them to mind when mentioned in the book.

    I will need to listen through again, as there is a lot that I do not yet understand.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Mank California 04-02-17
    Mank California 04-02-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Good grief! The narrator is just fine."

    It's Krauss. I would rather hear him speak than anyone else. It's like attending one of his lectures.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy G 03-24-17
    Jeremy G 03-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Entertaining and awe-inspiring"

    Wonderfully entertaining. Might need to read some sections more than once, but generally very graspable and absolutely worth the time.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Jan D. Leslie salem,nh usa 05-14-17
    Jan D. Leslie salem,nh usa 05-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "krauss is awesome"

    Really enjoy the way he brings the story of quantum mechanics from its beginnings to its current frontiers.
    Referring to illustrations in the attached PDF wasn't that helpful. But only because i couldn't reffer to them whils i am driving.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Regan 03-30-17
    Regan 03-30-17
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    "A Human Journey Through Knowledge"
    What made the experience of listening to The Greatest Story Ever Told - So Far the most enjoyable?

    Hearing the journey humanity went through to learn about physics what we know today, the people involved, the trials and tribulations, is incredibly interesting to hear and also a celebration of what humans are capable of. You learn quite a bit about physics, however, prepare for a lot of dense explanations on quantum mechanics, which is the vast majority of the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The triumph of the human mind in science and a relatable and understandable explanation of a large swath of physics.


    What aspect of Lawrence Krauss’s performance would you have changed?

    If Lawrence could stop speaking through his sinus, that would have made this a whole heck of a lot better and bearable to listen to.


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

    Yes. I couldn't stop it playing.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    lolers 03-28-17
    lolers 03-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "thanks larry"

    larry is one of my favorite people to listen to on youtube. his passion and confrontational manner and his desire to slap you in the face and scream WAKY WAKY is pure joy to my ears.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-01-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Difficult listening...but not for THAT reason"
    Would you try another book from Lawrence M. Krauss and/or Lawrence Krauss?

    No


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I am a greedy fan of physics for the layperson. I selected this book primarily because of the Audible recommendation.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator's sloppy diction, untimely fades, swallowed or missing consonant clusters, and other performance shortfalls made listening a real chore. He should have hired a professional narrator.


    Do you think The Greatest Story Ever Told - So Far needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Indifferent


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I had done some research about Dr. Krause before buying this book. Perhaps I would have learned of the extent to which his harsh antipathy for religion would come out in his books. His strong opinion on the role of religion in human intellectual development is irrelevant to the story he is telling. It is a distraction and makes it seem like he has some lingering childhood issues or hang-ups about religion. Weird that he introduced each chapter with a Bible verse.

    His repeated jabs at Deepak Chopra are moody, petulant and out-of-place.

    All in all an average book. I was eager for it to end so I could move on to another book. There are many better offerings in the already crowded "physics for the lay person" marketplace.

    P.S. Dr. Krause is a brilliant physicist and professor with much better books out there. This one is just kind of a dud.

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    AUBREY BRICE MCCARTER 05-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Not for me."

    The title was interesting, so I thought I would give it a try. I am no master of science by any means, and this book definitely requires a good understanding of science and the forces at play when it comes to particles to follow along.

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    Brett A. White 05-22-17
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    "Fascinating stuff, but..."

    I've loved Krauss' writing in the past and this book is no exception. He does a pretty good job of covering a lot of reasonably complex ideas in a relatively short fashion and provides practical meaning to otherwise esoteric concepts. His narration is equally terrific. That said, for myself personally, while he made the subject accessible, I nevertheless found listening to this book a bit more challenging than usual, as I had to construct mental frames of reference to consider movement, spin and energies from whole cloth rather than be able to refer to the valuable diagrams and illustrations found in the book.

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    C. Mcculloch 05-21-17
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    "This book should be mandatory reading"

    This book clarified some science left incomplete or vague in other books from other authors.

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  • Chris
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    4/6/17
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    "it's basically a brief history of science"

    ok and worth a read, but there isn't really anything new here if you already have a interest in science and read around. there are no big ideas or new perspectives that make you go wow. For me, there are too many science facts and not enough philosophical musings about what is really happening.
    I preferred his excellent book 'Atom'

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bob
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    "Esoteric!"

    Needs more than a once over but I do love Mr krauss and delivery excellent

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  • Leigh-Anne
    4/19/17
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    "good but you need to listen multiple times"

    this was such a nice history of science that we have discovered at the moment. however it can be hard to understand due to the complex nature of nature.

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    "Not inspiring"

    Little personality. I think I was dissatisfied because I expected more from the author. As he's a public communicator the book lacks hooks or images to get me interested.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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