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  • The Order of Time

  • By: Carlo Rovelli
  • Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Timely

  • By J. A. Varzaly on 13-11-2018

wonderful

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-05-2018

An inspiring book by a brilliant thinker delivered through superb narration. l enjoyed the challenge of digesting poetic science. Sometimes the science was difficult and sometimes the poetry too dominant, but a greatly enriching experience.

  • Stranger Than We Can Imagine

  • Making Sense of the Twentieth Century
  • By: John Higgs
  • Narrated by: John Higgs
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

The 20th century should make sense. It's the period of history that we know the most about, an epic geopolitical narrative that runs through World War One, the Great Depression, World War Two, the American century and the fall of the Berlin Wall. But somehow that story doesn't quite lead into the world we find ourselves in now, this bewildering 21st century, adrift in a network of constant surveillance, unsustainable competition, tsunamis of trivia and extraordinary opportunity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Addictive - I listened to it 3 times

  • By Jennifer on 24-03-2017

Addictive - I listened to it 3 times

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-03-2017

What made the experience of listening to Stranger Than We Can Imagine the most enjoyable?

The narration of the fascinating subject by the author

What other book might you compare Stranger Than We Can Imagine to, and why?

Non I have read - although it is compatible with the work of the theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli - especially his "Seven Brief Lessons on Physics"

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

No

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

No - it needed time for reflection