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Reality Is Not What It Seems Audiobook

Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity

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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics comes a new audiobook about the mind-bending nature of the universe.

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Reality Is Not What It Seems by Carlo Rovelli, read by Roy McMillan.

What are time and space made of? Where does matter come from? And what exactly is reality?

Scientist Carlo Rovelli has spent his whole life exploring these questions and pushing the boundaries of what we know. Here he explains how our image of the world has changed throughout centuries. From Aristotle to Albert Einstein, Michael Faraday to the Higgs boson, he takes us on a wondrous journey to show us that beyond our ever-changing idea of reality is a whole new world that has yet to be discovered.

©2016 Carlo Rovelli (P)2016 Penguin AudioBooks

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  • Robert A. Shapiro
    Washington, DC USA
    21/10/16
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    "Rovelli is a master"

    This and Seven Brief Lessons are two of my favorite books of the year. Rovelli communicates advanced physics clearly, with imagination, and with such a great sense of humanity and the arts. I rarely listen to books twice, but these are the exceptions.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Reasonably Dubious
    5/11/16
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    "Sparkling foundational history of physics"

    The history makes sense of current thought
    Then listen to the last half as many times as it takes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rich
    2/11/16
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    "great"

    Requires some knowledge of science, but definitely trying to also speak to the non-physicist . Great also for those needing the latest on physics. New concepts on space, time and gravity.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Stefan Richter
    Leicester, United Kingdom
    28/11/16
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    "Eye opening and mind expanding"

    This was the first audiobook that I listened to in one weekend and one of the very few that I will listen to again.
    Put it on your list now.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mike
    UK
    22/12/16
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    "Nothing really new here."

    Explained really well though and doesn't get bogged down, will listen again, to get a better grasp on the concepts covered, although author tends to ridicule anything spiritual, but at the same time explains how little we do know!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nathan Townsend
    28/11/16
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    "One of my favourites"

    This book is not only a mesmerising account of both the story and world of physics (that somehow manages to be both eloquently worded and yet still simple enough for a person of average intelligence to grasp) but is also read with all the passion and character I can imagine Rovelli penning it with.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Petrit
    13/12/16
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    "An absolutely outstanding book."

    Great book for anyone, with very good narration! You will not be able to stop listening and you'll ask for more...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Den
    25/11/16
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    "Reaching out for understanding"
    Where does Reality Is Not What It Seems rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the very best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Logical, clear and honest about this fascinating area of science.


    Have you listened to any of Roy McMillan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Content and performance combine to make this a memorable experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • David
    11/11/16
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    "Read this"

    A wonderful, almost poetic scientific exposition of quantum gravity and related developments which you will enjoy, I feel sure even as a non scientist.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Meirion
    26/10/16
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    "Brilliant book"

    Roy McMillan manages to convey the enthusiasm, wonder and clarity of Carlo Rovelli's staggering masterpiece

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • BEHNAZ
    11/12/16
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    "On point"

    The way he put the story was on point! good summary of physics and it was so smooth to listen to this book

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ed from Ireland
    Dublin, Ireland
    9/02/17
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    "A marvellous mix of science and philosophy."

    Beautifully explained, passionately narrated. Worth listening to multiple times. Some parts are complex but the author manages to mix it with our daily experience and philosophy, making it much more digestible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Max
    31/01/17
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    "Very interesting and accessable."

    It has really helped me get a bit of a handle on the complicated subject mater to the point where I can hold an informed concussion with a Physicist. The book is entrancing and absorbing. Although it did not use the mathematics it did describe them. Although the book takes issues on the cutting edge, I dose not deserve the reader as to what is and what is not known. The reader has a worm voce and conveys the humour of the passages well. If a friend asked for a book discussing some current efforts in fundamental physics research, I would recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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