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J. A. Varzaly

Kurralta Park, South Australia, Australia
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  • The Order of Time

  • By: Carlo Rovelli
  • Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
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    5 out of 5 stars 62
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

Time is a mystery that does not cease to puzzle us. Philosophers, artists and poets have long explored its meaning while scientists have found that its structure is different from the simple intuition we have of it. From Boltzmann to quantum theory, from Einstein to loop quantum gravity, our understanding of time has been undergoing radical transformations. Time flows at a different speed in different places, the past and the future differ far less than we might think, and the very notion of the present evaporates in the vast universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stimulating and accessible time!

  • By Mark on 20-04-2019

Timely

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Reviewed: 13-11-2018

Interesting, thought provoking and philosophical. An in depth analysis of time beyond what many may have ever thought before.
The narration by Benedict Cumberbatch was exquisitely matched and wonderfully presented.

  • Einstein and the Quantum

  • The Quest of the Valiant Swabian
  • By: A. Douglas Stone
  • Narrated by: Gabriel Vaughan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
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Einstein and the Quantum reveals for the first time the full significance of Albert Einstein's contributions to quantum theory. Einstein famously rejected quantum mechanics, observing that God does not play dice. But, in fact, he thought more about the nature of atoms, molecules, and the emission and absorption of light - the core of what we now know as quantum theory - than he did about relativity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful look at the history of physics

  • By J. A. Varzaly on 10-09-2017

A wonderful look at the history of physics

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Reviewed: 10-09-2017

Such a fascinating look at the history of physics and the part played by Einstein which has shaped the understanding of our physical reality in a more monumental way then most of us have ever realised. A must read for science and history enthusiasts alike!

  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 820
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 730

What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is just brilliant.

  • By completeaerogeek on 01-06-2017

Great book with a great overview of astrophysics

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Reviewed: 02-08-2017

The book is very interesting and is presented in such an engaging manner by Neil deGrasse Tyson (him reading was a major reason I bought this one!).

  • So, Anyway...

  • The Autobiography
  • By: John Cleese
  • Narrated by: John Cleese
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
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    5 out of 5 stars 197
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 196

John Cleese describes his nerve-racking first public appearance, at St Peter's Preparatory School at the age of eight and five-sixths; his endlessly peripatetic homelife, with parents who seemed incapable of staying in any house for longer than six months; his first experiences in the world of work, as a teacher who knew nothing about the subjects he was expected to teach; his hamster-owning days at Cambridge; and his first encounter with the man who would be his writing partner for over two decades, Graham Chapman.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great for Cleese fans

  • By Stan on 10-12-2017

Very good, but I feel like a lot was left out

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Reviewed: 22-07-2017

The story and narrating ability if John Cleese yo make things funny is truly wonderful. But I would have liked to hear more about Fawlty Towers and how he wrote that with Connie Booth - which was completely absent from this. This is a shame as it was one of the primary reasons for buying this. Otherwise it was indeed very good.

  • Ego Is the Enemy

  • By: Ryan Holiday
  • Narrated by: Ryan Holiday
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
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"While the history books are filled with tales of obsessive visionary geniuses who remade the world in their images with sheer, almost irrational force, I've found that history is also made by individuals who fought their egos at every turn, who eschewed the spotlight, and who put their higher goals above their desire for recognition." (From the prologue)

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Anecdotal and Boring

  • By Dom Bodie on 02-07-2017

Excellent book - know the importance self mastery.

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Reviewed: 25-11-2016

A wonderful companion to the obstacle is the way. While at times it almost seems self deprecating in it's nature, it delivers wonderfully salient points that we need to remember. Very enjoyable and thought provoking.