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The Pluto Files Audiobook

The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet

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Publisher's Summary

In August 2006, the International Astronomical Union voted Pluto out of planethood. Far from the sun, tiny, and eccentric in orbit, it's a wonder Pluto has any fans. Yet during the mounting debate over Pluto's status, Americans rallied behind the extraterrestrial underdog.

The year of Pluto's discovery, Disney created an irresistible pup by the same name, and, as one NASA scientist put it, Pluto was "discovered by an American for America." Pluto is entrenched in our cultural, patriotic view of the cosmos, and Neil deGrasse Tyson is on a quest to discover why.

©2009 Neil deGrasse Tyson; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A lighthearted look at the planet....Presents the medicine of hard science with a sugarcoating of lightness and humor." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Joe Kansas City, MO, United States 09-02-12
    Joe Kansas City, MO, United States 09-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun and Diverting"

    It's amazing how attached people got to Pluto, the little planet that tried. This book details with humor, grace, science, history and some good old fun narration, the way Pluto came to be a planet and then morphed into something else. For the science nerd (like me) there's a lot about the history of space examination and exploration, for the historian there's a lot about how Pluto became part of the national identity and for those who love whimsy you'll enjoy how this little planet became the center a huge debate.

    Tyson's other book "Death By Black Hole" is better, with a better narrator. But this is a fast and fun read that made me smile throughout. You'll like it. I promise.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 09-07-14
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    "Much Ado"

    I like Neil deGrasse Tyson (tho he's no Carl Sagan!), and I love the idea of this short book. The first couple of hours have some interesting information about the big bru-ha-ha over the "demotion" of Pluto from planethood.

    But, OMG, after that! I think Tyson may have mentioned by name every single member of every Astronomical Society in the world! Maybe twice! His need to wriggle out of responsibility for disappointing school children and Plutophiles everywhere is at times funny, at times very exasperating - and nearly always repetitous.

    I believe that this book just about sums up why our society has become so anti-intellectual. Scholars argue and backbite and fret about the "masses" daring to have opinions.

    And there is Pluto, still in the heavens and not the slightest bit concerned!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Blake Portland, OR, United States 02-11-13
    Blake Portland, OR, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2016
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    "A short, fun, fascinating easy listen."

    This book is part humor, part science and part history, but completely entertaining. Good clean fun and great bang for the buck. It's too bad it has to be so short, but every chapter is quality. This is a good one to pay money for, especially if you can get it on sale, because it's cheaper than using a credit and the book isn't long enough to merit using a credit on. You could easily blow through it while doing your chores on a Saturday afternoon. Especially because you won't want to stop listening.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Baters WEST LAFAYETTE, INDIANA, US 12-20-12
    Christopher Baters WEST LAFAYETTE, INDIANA, US 12-20-12
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    "Fun Trip Through Pluto's History"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This book is very interesting, and it brings up wonderful points about how people and the media can be so passionate about things they know so little about.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the systematic progression through the history of Pluto. This gives a background to work with when you get to the stories later in the book.


    Which character – as performed by Mirron Willis – was your favorite?

    Neil deGrasse Tyson


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

    Yes. It was great for a 6 hour drive home for Thanksgiving.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Harris 08-07-12
    Jeff Harris 08-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not a Pity Party for Pluto"
    Where does The Pluto Files rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoyed The Pluto Files very much. I enjoy most of what I've read and listened to from Neil deGrasse Tyson and this one was enlightening and fun. The blend of science and humor makes him easy for laypersons and scholars alike. The Pluto Files provides an understanding of why we only have 8 planets in the solar system now and the events leading to this.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the inclusion of some of the letters people wrote to Dr. Tyson. It was a nice touch to see things from his perspective.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Mirron Willis?

    I would probably give him another shot although I should say I was not entirely blown away. He had a nice steady pace which made it easy to follow along. He had a few moments of emotion coming through which I actually thought made some of the chapters more entertaining.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reactions.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. McIntyre San Jose, CA, USA 01-31-13
    C. McIntyre San Jose, CA, USA 01-31-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting, Informative, Entertaining"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Pluto Files to be better than the print version?

    I have never read the print version. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the audio edition.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    As it was nonfiction, there weren't really characters to speak of. There were real people involved - mostly the author or the book, Neil deGrasse Tyson.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Donald E. Gilpin 06-27-17 Listener Since 2007
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    "Pluto is not a planet"

    This book is very clear about the controversy over Pluto's status in the solar system. As in all the books I have read by Neil Tyson, his commentary is interesting , informative and a joy to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Houston, TX, United States 11-27-16
    Julie Houston, TX, United States 11-27-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Now I know the rest of the story!"

    I, too, was so upset at hearing that Pluto was no longer a planet, but now I feel a bit foolish for that. So glad to have read this and expand my knowledge.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan CAMBRIDGE, MA, United States 08-05-16
    Bryan CAMBRIDGE, MA, United States 08-05-16 Member Since 2012
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    "It's Not a Planet - Get Over It"

    NdGT really comes through on this one. He makes a fantastic case for Pluto's downgrading in 2006 (which he was a very large part of). He also makes it clear that he did not make the decision lightly, and he also shows us how much flak he caught for it - both from scientists and the general public. He does this deftly, with brilliance and humor throughout. High recommendations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine 05-10-16
    Katherine 05-10-16
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    "This book changed my mind!"

    In my closet, I have a sweatshirt that says, "Bring Back Pluto!" I was dismayed when I read that Pluto's status had been downgraded. This book explains, clearly and humorously, the scientific reasons for the change. It also reminded me that sometimes objects don't fit neatly into our human catagories. I have a lot of respect for NDT's science education work, and now I can forgive him (and the rest of the astronomical community) for deciding that, scientifically, it does not make sense to call Pluto a planet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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