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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

By: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
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The essential universe, from our most celebrated and beloved astrophysicist.

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 bestselling 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.

While waiting for your morning coffee to brew, or while waiting for the bus, the train, or the plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.

©2017 Neil DeGrasse Tyson (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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This book is just brilliant.

Where does Astrophysics for People in a Hurry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is by far, the best audiobook I have listened to, helped in no small part by the fact that Neil deGrasse Tyson narrates it. Neil's charming, entertaining, passionate and witty delivery makes the material accessible to everyone and you will not only enjoy the listening experience but also the ability to absorb meaningful concepts in a way that will allow you to drop the occasional mind-expanding fact into a conversation, leaving people to think you're the smartest person in the room.For those of us not gifted with the kind of brain that can dissect the workings of an impossibly complex universe, this book weaves information in such an interesting and entertaining way that you actually begin to feel that a conceptual understanding of astrophysics is actually possible.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Neil's narration. If you love 'Star Talk', you will love this audiobook.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Too many to mention.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I listened to this book while doing my regular run and at times I had to stop and absorb the enormity of what had just been explained. Other times I laughed out loud. Not sure what passers-by thought but I don't care!

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this audio book to anyone from teenagers on and interestingly for an avid reader, I would opt for the audiobook over the print version, just for the pleasure of hearing Neil deGrasse Tyson narrate it.

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Challenging, inspiring and eye-opening.

For someone who has a rather basic understanding of the sciences and astrophysics, I at times found this book challenging. With concepts and vocabulary I had to search quite often, it took me a little while longer to listen to the average fiction book I indulge in. Regardless, I was driven to continue and often played back parts to fully grasp the information. A fantastic book and worth the perservance for one often intimidated by titles based in science. His voice is engaging and his passion is contagious.

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" Yes , Einstein was a Bad ass" :D

I found this book to be amazing , I'd listen to it while at work , it made the night go so quickly :)

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Great, quick and easy listening

Great book. Not one for astronomy or physics etc, but wanted to understand a bit more on a basic level of the universe. It does that excellently, explains some basic principles and some of the history behind them.

Enjoyed it thoroughly.

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not the first physics book to read

a great book but you need a good understanding of physics before reading. great read though

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an excellent intro into our big universe

I listened to the audio edition of this read by deGrasse Tyson himself - his style immediately makes it more interesting, even if it doesn't make the content more understandable.

This book is an excellent taster into molecules, space, gravitational waves, forces and all sorts of other mind-bending physics concepts. deGrasse Tyson keeps the reader engaged with interesting tidbits of information that are more digestible in each part so one never feels like they are being left too far behind.

After a while the facts and figures started to blur and I found myself confused, listening to deGrasse Tyson and catching pieces of the story intermittently. This is more of a reflection of my lack of concentration and general stupidness than any mis-pitching from deGrasse Tyson.

This is an excellent way to dip your toe into the zoomed-out universe that's all around us, and helps to give context and some answers to the royal 'why'. I loved it!

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NDT and his cosmic, heavenly voice!

fantastic listen!

so much knowledge distilled as easy to understand and consume information. NDT makes space more accessible.

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Exactly as the title suggests.

Basic Astrophysics. Delivered by the soothing tones of Doctor Tyson. Plainly written for the everyday person but still filled with concepts that peak the intellect.

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Listen over Read

Neil deGrasse Tyson brings a passion to what could be a very dull but informative book. He a great way of simplistically explaining complex matters and theories without dumbing it down.

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An exceptional communicator

I’m so glad that there are people like Mr. Tyson. He makes the unfathomable approachable and compelling.

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