A thrilling and accessible tour of the cosmos
Our true origins are not just human, or even terrestrial, but in fact cosmic. Drawing on scientific breakthroughs and the current cross-pollination among geology, biology, astrophysics, and cosmology, Origins explains the soul-stirring leaps in our understanding of the cosmos. From the first image of a galaxy birth to Spirit rover's exploration of Mars, to the discovery of water on one of Jupiter's moons, coauthors Neil deGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith conduct a galvanizing tour of the cosmos with clarity and exuberance.
©2004 Neil deGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith (P)2014 Blackstone Audiobooks
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Neil deGrasse Tyson's "Origins" is an adventure that begins during the earliest moment of our universe, and is written for the common person who desires a basic understanding of astrophysics. You'll learn about subatomic particles, black holes, revolutionary physicists, all in a manner that is clear and easy to understand. I strongly recommend purchasing the paperback as well, as I reread many chapters many times over, and being able to see specific terminology aids greatly. The audiobook is also read fairly quickly, as others have mentioned, increasing the need for the physical book for clearer understanding. I strongly recommend this book to anyone and everyone who wishes to learn the history and secrets of our cosmos.
"audio speed a bit fast for liking"
narrator spoke to fast sounds as if the audio was stepped up after recording, solved by stepping down the reading speed to .5
"Terrible narrator - I got a refund"
I would have LOVED to have listened to this book, but after 30 minutes of Kevin Kenerly's narration I turned it off and requested a refund.
Any other book with an overzealous narration which lilts and sings and makes you turn off.
The lead author to have narrated.
Why this narration?!?! How sad!
"WHY CAN'T THE AUTHORS READ THEIR OWN BOOK?"
I listen to neil tyson because he sparks my interest. i could not grasp a lot of what was said because this kevin kenerly is a very boring narrator.
the story went off the rails at times, but hey... welcome to the cosmos.
non- kevin kenerly wouldn't be my vote to narrate this book
"so much knowledge in one book"
Great book, so much information but very easy to digest. Neil Degrass tyson never disappoints.
"A Bland Summary of the Science behind our Origins"
This book attempts to provide a science based summary of our history of our universe and humanity. While nothing is wrong with the book, the subject matter is too broad too allow the material to be probed with any depth to make it interesting.
"Interesting, but difficult in the car"
Interesting book, but following it in the car is not ideal due to its complexity. The performance is poor... Too exaggerated in intonation in a way it gets irritating
"Fourteen billion yours speed reading contest"
This might be a good book, if not the reader. At least the performance sounds like he was in speed reading contest, consisting of words he does not understand. Avoid this version of this book.
Good sum-up for the evolution of the universe from the big bang to abiogenesis, but it will sound repetitive and general to anyone who've been watching Neil Tyson's work and interviews, but good sum-up nevertheless. I only wished it was recorded by his own voice..
"Fun read as usual for Tyson"
I wish Tyson had narrated it, but great read! Narrator is strong even if not the author himself. Beware if you've read his other books though as some material is recycled. The great weight of the text is new material and interesting, so go for it.
it makes me sad the fact that is not Neil deGrasse Tyson narrating the book, the way e talks helps me keeping concentrated and understanding some of this Ideas so unnatural for the common folk, still locked to a 3 maybe 4 dimensions idea.
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