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The Hidden Reality Audiobook

The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos

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There was a time when “universe” meant all there is. Everything. Yet, in recent years discoveries in physics and cosmology have led a number of scientists to conclude that our universe may be one among many. With crystal-clear prose and inspired use of analogy, Brian Greene shows how a range of different “multiverse” proposals emerges from theories developed to explain the most refined observations of both subatomic particles and the dark depths of space: a multiverse in which you have an infinite number of doppelgängers, each reading this sentence in a distant universe; a multiverse comprising a vast ocean of bubble universes, of which ours is but one; a multiverse that endlessly cycles through time, or one that might be hovering millimeters away yet remains invisible; another in which every possibility allowed by quantum physics is brought to life. Or, perhaps strangest of all, a multiverse made purely of mathematics.

Greene, one of our foremost physicists and science writers, takes us on a captivating exploration of these parallel worlds and reveals how much of reality’s true nature may be deeply hidden within them.

©2011 Brian Greene (P)2011 Random House Audio

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    05-04-11
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    "A deep thoughtful listen."

    Makes my everyday thoughts seem quite trivial. I can't imagine his wife having breakfast with Brian. I'm sure he would see a universe in his scrambled eggs ! I listented to it twice on long car journeys alone, and was amazed at the discoveries made by cosmologists in recent times. You will look upon our world through different eyes after listening to this book. Some concepts went right over my head, but some also are clear, due to everyday analagies (SP?) presented by the author. I wish I would have paid more attention in Science class. Highly recommended.

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    John Aalgaard, Norway 05-02-11
    John Aalgaard, Norway 05-02-11
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    "Maybe I am not clever enough....."

    I have read the other two books of Brian Greene, The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos.
    I think those two books are very good in explaining complex issues. They are both very interesting, understandable and entertaining.
    Compared to these books I find this book is very disappointing. “The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos” seems to me to be a lot more speculative and notional than the two previous mentioned books. A quote from Paul Davies came to mind while reading :
    "Matters in physics have now reached such a pitch that it is almost impossible for the non-scientist to discriminate between the legitimately weird and the outright crackpot".
    Unfortunately – this book doesn’t provide any help.

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    Gerry M. Ijamsville, MD, United States 04-20-11
    Gerry M. Ijamsville, MD, United States 04-20-11
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    "Brilliant and Fascinating"

    Brian Greene is one of the greats. Not because he understands this stuff, but because he can explain it to those who don't. He reads this audiobook and you can pick up his enthusiasm for the subject. I wish he had read Elegant Universe and Fabric of the Cosmos also. If I win the lottery, I'm heading to Columbia University to take his courses.

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    E Tenino, WA, United States 04-13-11
    E Tenino, WA, United States 04-13-11
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    "Breathtaking!"

    Brian Greene's use of metaphor is so razor sharp that I my understanding of things that I thought I already knew has reached a much deeper level. In addition, I now have some understanding of concepts at the cutting edge of physics that are totally new to me. Thank you Mr. Greene! You've opened up my world!

    As for the naysayers? The book is challenging both in terms of logic and in terms of worldview. If you think that you already have all of the answers about the very fabric of reality, then this probably isn't the book for you. And to those who found Brian Greene's voice annoying, I can't even fathom the comment. Hearing the enthusiasm in Mr. Greene's voice as he described the most fantastic concepts was a treat that couldn't have been duplicated by a "professional" reader.

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    David MacDonald St. Louis, MO USA 04-04-11
    David MacDonald St. Louis, MO USA 04-04-11 Listener Since 2007
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    "Great book, difficult for audio"

    I love Brian Greene, and he does a great job of reading his own book here. However, some concepts in The Hidden Reality (as you might imagine) are pretty complex and dense. It's extremely difficult to grasp this without reading the same sentence several times over, or pausing to find a diagram or something. Again, my issue is not with the book, but with my experience listening. It's entirely possible that this shortcoming is my own, but I think others are likely to have a similar experience.

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    Timothy College Station, TX, United States 03-28-11
    Timothy College Station, TX, United States 03-28-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent, but not quite as good as his others."

    I enjoyed this a great deal, but still believe "Fabric of the Cosmos" (Greene's second book) to be his best.

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    Linda Royal Palm Beach, FL, United States 03-13-11
    Linda Royal Palm Beach, FL, United States 03-13-11
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    "The wow factor"

    By the end of the 2nd chapter I felt I got my monies worth. I have never read a book that made me think about our existence in the universe in an entirely different way.

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    Meena Piscataway 01-28-11
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    "Good book"

    Well narrated book with a good story line. Thanks to Audible for having this in store. I would recommend this to my family and friends.

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    Dennis G 03-12-11
    Dennis G 03-12-11
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    "Mind Expanding and Metaphysically Curious"

    Wonderful book and easy to understand for us that do not speak higher math. I found myself thinking of metaphysical writtings of Hindu Philosophy and the truths that they speak from the cusp of a higher age. God is an awesome God, this book gave me a glimpse of those things that are known to the Creator and that we are but scratching the surface of a deeper understanding of these Hidden Realities!.

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    Dirk West Jordan, UT, United States 02-19-11
    Dirk West Jordan, UT, United States 02-19-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Lisp Is Very Distracting"

    The author should have done his listeners a service and had someone else narrate his book.

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