America's space program is at a turning point. After decades of global primacy, NASA has ended the space-shuttle program, cutting off its access to space. No astronauts will be launched in an American craft, from American soil, until the 2020s, and NASA may soon find itself eclipsed by other countries' space programs.
With his signature wit and thought-provoking insights, Neil deGrasse Tyson - one of our foremost thinkers on all things space - illuminates the past, present, and future of space exploration and brilliantly reminds us why NASA matters now as much as ever. As Tyson reveals, exploring the space frontier can profoundly enrich many aspects of our daily lives, from education systems and the economy to national security and morale. For America to maintain its status as a global leader and a technological innovator, he explains, we must regain our enthusiasm and curiosity about what lies beyond our world.
Provocative, humorous, and wonderfully listenable, Space Chronicles represents the best of Tyson's recent commentary, including a must-listen prologue on NASA and partisan politics. Reflecting on topics that range from scientific literacy to space-travel missteps, Tyson gives us an urgent, clear-eyed, and ultimately inspiring vision for the future.
©2012 Neil deGrasse Tyson (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
"A compelling appeal, at just the right time, for continuing to look up." (Air & Space)
Quite enjoyable book. Good to know someone is in there batting for space exploration. I did find the phrasing of Mirron Willis somewhat disconcerting but as with many things - you get used to it.
"The least helpful review of Space Chronicles."
I'm very hesitant to give Space Chronicles a low rating because I like Dr. Tyson as a television host, and I love the subject matter of this book. Plus, I was entertained while listening to it. The problem is that I wasn't very educated by it. I've known 95% of the material covered by it for many years, and that's just from watching the Discovery and History channels. In fact, you would have to be extremely novice on the subject to not have heard it before.
To be fair, I did learn some things about NASA's budget and the government politics that can make or break a NASA project...
...but that's about it.
Another thing you should know before purchasing this book is that it's really more of a collection of articles than an actual book. Due to this fact the same material is covered over and over using the exact same words and phrases over and over (seriously, over and over... Dozens of times in some cases). Honestly, it could have been edited down to about two hours and there would have been no material loss.
Something else that bothered me is how Dr. Tyson inserts his tweets into the narrative. They wouldn't be so bad at the ends of the chapters or something, but they are randomly scattered throughout the book and break up the train of thought in many places. Trust me, it gets very annoying.
Mirron Willis is the narrator. At first I didn't like his voice, (nothing in particular, I just didn't like it) but he's a very competent reader and after a while he grew on me.
That concludes my review.
"Neil DeGrasse Tyson does it again!"
Of all the books that expand on the love of space travel and the importance being at the forefront of science as a nation. This is the best book I have listened to. I would rank this book in the top 20% of the almost 200 titles I have listened to. But this is a bad measuring method of quality or investment worthiness. Of all the books that I have listened to, few fall in this same category. In fact I can't think of any with the same general topic Neil is tackling here.
Mirron Willis has a great voice and narration. But his lackluster pronunciation of some very prominent men drives me nuts. Also, the V in Saturn V is the Roman numeral for 5, should be read Saturn 5. I would hope that Audible would pick a narrator for a book that has at least some knowledge or interest in the subject mater and would know some of the pronunciations of these terms and names. There are multiple times where it felt like he just guessed at it and kept on going. It feels almost like a lack of professionalism.
I blasted Mirron Willis here for his poor pronunciations. But I wonder if the producers should be the ones that need to do a better job? Its just annoying. Its not tomato tomato (That doesn't work in text, but you know what i mean) It's not even close. It's a lack of trying.
The narrator did not sound human. The book itself is a little repetitive, I felt like some chapters were exactly the same as chapters in one of Dr Tyson's other books "Death By Black Hole"
The chapter about NASA funding and politics was very informative.
He was very monotone in his performance, almost robotic. It made it very hard to focus on what was actually being said.
"Great book, narrator lacking"
Another great NDT book, as always. Huge fan! Met him in Salt Lake 2 years ago. The narrator just sounds so stuck up throughout the entire book. It bothered me every day how pompous his voice sounds in this reading.
If you're going to read a book by an astrophysicist you ought not be scientifically illiterate.
some of the repetitious blog posts
"I couldn't get through the first chapter."
Why can't the author read his own book? Dr Tyson has a great voice, which is something I was looking forward to. This narrator's voice is kind of annoying, and made it hard to focus on the content.
"wish Neil was the reader! he has a great voice."
the performance was good but I wished he would of read his own book. he definitely is one of the best writers that have PhD in astrophysics.
A must read for any space enthusiast. I forgave our reader when he mispronounced Susquahanna, but if I had to hear centrifugal force pronounced as "centri-few-gal" one more time!!!! In all seriousness, if that is my only gripe, then this book must be fantastic.
"Terrible reading cadence"
Could not last 5 minutes listening to this book. No judgement on the content. The readers cadence was all over the map.
"A poor audiobook"
I normally refrain for righting reviews, however I usually do not have cause to rate an audiobook with one star. Due to rating this so low I felt like I should explain my opinion.
Firstly, I have read books by Dr. Tyson before and enjoyed them. I enjoy topics written on space and astronomy very much, so I was disappointed to find that I did not enjoy this audiobook.
There were a few issues that I had with Space Chronicles. The one that I believe is the most deserving of the one star was how repetitive topics felt. Dr. Tyson would mention specific lines and topics constantly throughout the novel. When done in a way that gives the listener a sense that the topic is being built upon, this can be great. However in this novel it feels like a way to pad the run time/size.
There are large sections of this novel that are transcripts of podcasts or shows being read by the narrator. This really made for a poor audio nook experience.
Likewise, having ~67 "Space Tweets" read to me was not something that I would have spent money on. In fairness, sometimes the thought in the tweet was elaborated, however sometimes it was not.
I would say a more apt title for this novel would be "The musings of Neil DeGrasse Tyson". While that could make for a fine novel for fans of his, it was not at all what I was expecting when I purchased Space Chronicles.
All in all I feel like this should have been edited down significantly. It feels like Space Chronicles should be about half or one third the current run time.
"Who the hell names their child "Mirron" ???"
Narrated by Tool
Any other book narrated by a tool
He's a tool
It made me laugh at Mirron Willis's absolute toolness, then it made me cry for the same reason
"Worst speaker ever"
Sounds like a robot, hacked the sentences into words. Couldn't listen to the end. Damn shame
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