Get Your Free Audiobook

Forces of Nature

Narrated by: Samuel West
Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (138 ratings)

Non-member price: $30.38

After 30 days, Audible is $16.45/mo. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

A Sunday Times best seller.

A breathtaking and beautiful exploration of our planet, this groundbreaking audiobook accompanies the BBC One TV series, providing the deepest answers to the simplest questions.

'What is motion?'

'Why is every snowflake different?'

'Why is life symmetrical?'

To answer these and many other questions, Professor Brian Cox uncovers some of the most extraordinary natural events on Earth and in the universe and beyond.

From the immensity of the universe and the roundness of Earth to the form of every single snowflake, the forces of nature shape everything we see. Pushed to extremes, the results are astonishing. In seeking to understand the everyday world, the colours, structure, behaviour and history of our home, we develop the knowledge and techniques necessary to step beyond the everyday and approach the universe beyond.

Forces of Nature takes you to the great plains of the Serengeti, the volcanoes of Indonesia and the precipitous cliffs in Nepal to the humpback whales of the Caribbean and the northern lights of the Arctic. Brian will answer questions on Earth that will illuminate our understanding of the universe.

Think you know our planet?

Think again.

©2017 Professor Brian Cox and Andrew Cohen (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"In this book of the acclaimed BBC2 TV series, Professor Cox shows us the cosmos as we have never seen it before - a place full of the most bizarre and powerful natural phenomena." ( Sunday Express)
"Engaging, ambitious and creative." ( Guardian)
"Cox's romantic, lyrical approach to astrophysics all adds up to an experience that feels less like homework and more like having a story told to you. A really good story, too." ( Guardian)

What listeners say about Forces of Nature

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    110
  • 4 Stars
    25
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    98
  • 4 Stars
    18
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    100
  • 4 Stars
    15
  • 3 Stars
    5
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Engaging and compelling discussion of nature

A fantastic introduction to some basic principles of science and nature, put forward in an engaging and understandable way. The jargon and mathematics are kept brief and optional, and the ideas complex and simple are presented in a way that is easy to follow and grasp. The orator was perfect and his performance in the reading was thoroughly enjoyable.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Mind-blowing made more digestible

Will certainly be revisiting a few times...wish I’d had this when studying physics at school! Great combination of the factual set in the context of the real world...and very interesting to hear the how and who surrounding various discoveries. Initially disappointed Professor Brian Cox not narrating, but soon got over it.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

summary of formation of life

loved it! great explanation of physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology and optics and how they all combine to produce life

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A great intro to some big subjects

Great book, well narrated. These concepts can be hard to understand, especially in audio form. In this case Brian’s takes you through the story and history really clearly. I’d recommend this to friends starting out on these subjects. I’d also love to see more books from Brian diving more deeply into one of the topics.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Great book if you’re smart enough

I found this really interesting but had to relisten so many times ‘cause I’m just not smart enough :)

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Truly fascinating

This book brings glorious rabbit holes to explore. Really actually palaces to stimulate the minds of the curious. Excellent content and narration.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely Amazing

it was the most enjoyable book and completely in keeping with Brian Cox and his attitude towards science and the wonders of the universe.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ian
  • 13-11-2019

A great read

Thoroughly enjoyable and highly informative. A great book for anyone and well delivered. Highly recommended

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Worth listening....

Light, but deep. Loved the narrator, spot on! Explains things in a way that everyone can understand - but not dumbed down at all.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

The "nature" of physics

A wonderful book with deep insight into the world around us and the processes that make the magic happen on the planet and around the universe.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Philomath
  • Philomath
  • 13-06-2017

Complicated in its simplicity

Brian Cox and Andrew Cohen have the ability to explain science in a fashion that still maintains depth, yet you don't need to be a scientist to understand it. This is simpler said than done, specially when you explain all of what is out there from its simplest components.

The authors passion is carried vividly in this book, that even the few equations that are provided sound like poetry.

This book is not too simple, but definitely a gem. It is yet another up to date explanation of science in the cutting edge, where progress is moving faster than books can be written.

Highly recommended for those who want to be informed of where we are and are willing to strain their mind just a little, the lovers of science.

9 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Sharey
  • Sharey
  • 02-08-2017

Very Good

You will need to engage your brain to follow these complex concepts, so do not expect an easy listen. That said, once you have shifted gear to listen very intently, West will carefully deliver Cox's fascinating explanations of the forces of nature to the average person who is not well-versed in physics. If you are, however, this book may be too elementary for you and you might find this book too pedestrian. If you do get in over your head, just listen and pick up what you can!

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Chip C.
  • Chip C.
  • 13-07-2017

And I thought I had read it all ...

No, I hadn't. I also thought I knew most of the basics of this physics, astronomy and other natural sciences stuff. I didn't. This is a very well written and narrated book. A fun listen! Particularly for the price.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Great and powerful IDE
  • Great and powerful IDE
  • 24-07-2017

good read nice examples

Brian Cox is a great job of making complicated things easier to understand by using great examples that are very relatable.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Carlos Diaz
  • Carlos Diaz
  • 15-09-2020

Beautifully written and read

I loved learning about the reasons things are they way they are. Snowflakes are so much more interesting when you see why they are unique and have six sides. I teared up at Cox's description of the possibility that all events, such as your favorite memory, exist out there in spacetime. Samuel West was the perfect match for this book

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Brandon subia
  • Brandon subia
  • 01-08-2020

Brian Cox never fails to inspire

I am just always inspired by Brain Cox’s work! I heard him first on a Joe Rogan interview and have since finished several of his books! I have yet to be disappointed. Could not have been happier with this book!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Maestro F
  • Maestro F
  • 27-01-2020

Science as Story Telling

This was a cleverly conceived, accessible presentation of key scientific ideas based on simple, common questions like “Why is the Sky Blue”? It works well as an audiobook, requiring no diagrams for understanding about what’s being presented. I want to watch the BBC series it’s based on now.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Tyler
  • Tyler
  • 07-12-2019

Superb Scientific Communicator.

I was floored by Cox and Cohen’s precise and perfected delivery. Inspiring beyond belief, I can only dream to follow in their footsteps. Thank you. A truly beautiful read. A masterpiece summary of our times.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-08-2019

Excellent

Inspiring, thought provoking, impactful. Everything I needed to hear about the elements that shape the physical phenomenon of our natural world. One of those books you listen to where you feel the compulsive need to stop every five minutes to write it all down & upon completing find yourself driving to the bookstore to buy the hard copy. One to read again.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 03-03-2019

Outstanding and intriguing

Just an excellent piece of scientific writing. The only thing I would question is Einstein’s light clock. Since the angle at which the light is emitted remains 90 degrees for all observers, how can the light have travelled further?

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Honest Dude
  • Honest Dude
  • 25-01-2018

Supporting documents are needed

Would you listen to Forces of Nature again? Why?

I probably wouldn't listen to this book again, however some sections/chapters of this book were fascinating and would probably warrant a re-listen.

What other book might you compare Forces of Nature to, and why?

A short history of nearly anything by Bill Bryson. Although Bryson's book has the edge for me as Bryson was able to explain the physics without reference to a diagram. It was really annoying that in this book the narration was clearly referring to equations or diagrams that existed in the print version. So this audible was lacking supporting material.Some bits you can visualise in your mind what is being discussed which is fine. However. for some of the concepts being explained due to the technicality it's just not possible to follow without the supporting diagram or formula.

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

No

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Physics answers the questions to your questions on nature.

Any additional comments?

Although I had negative comments about the lack of supporting documents, I still think this is a very good work and worth listening to if you have interests in Physics. If you have no prior knowledge of physics probably no worth listening to just yet, Or might be worth listening to if you have seen the TV series.

7 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Soba Taiwo
  • Soba Taiwo
  • 25-01-2018

Great!

Very informative and intriguing. It made me question my very inquisitive about our universe. 😁

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-07-2020

Engaging but difficult to follow

To listen to this you must have some kind of background in science otherwise it is near impossible to understand everything just by listening. I downloaded the book and read and listened at the same time and I have some scientific knowledge and a huge interest in the subject but still this is no easy piece. There are many diagrams, graphs and pictures in the book which are not available in the audiobook but which are essential. These could have been included here easily. So if you don’t have a lot of interest in science and some kind of scientific background I don’t think this book is for you. If you are interested, I would still not suggest the audiobook. the written book is much better. I can’t say anything bad about the narration though it was superb.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for JPhil
  • JPhil
  • 09-12-2017

fantastic book

everyone should listen to this... it's great! a celebration of the beautiful patterns and principles that lie in wait to be discovered by the curious. To understand the rainbow is not to unweave its beauty but to appreciate it more fully.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for A
  • A
  • 02-08-2017

Brilliant.

Beauriful, brilliant and awe inspiring. A accessible and magnificent read. Highly Recomend this to anyone, even if science doesn't interest you.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Stop the lights
  • Stop the lights
  • 31-07-2017

great book

I really enjoyed this.

For all of us who still wonder how things work but we left physics and chemistry behind when we left secondary school this is a great book.

Enjoying also is the fact that Cox reminds us of his music background. so it's not just another anorak bleeting out endless theories and equations that Joe blogs can't fathom. He reminds us he's one of us.

might just listen again ! ! !

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Andrew Lee
  • Andrew Lee
  • 26-09-2020

Ideal for casual science enthusiasts

Very well executed explanations of simple questions that have complicated answers. Some of the mathematics went over my head but didn't blur the messages overall. Some parts will blow your mind, then reassemble it with new information inserted into the cracks. Great work guys

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Mr Andrew M Winder
  • Mr Andrew M Winder
  • 14-09-2020

A Wonder to Listen to...

Beautifully read by Samuel West, a huge thanks to him. All the subjects were mightily interesting if not a little over my head; however, the way it was written one knew where one was up to with the context. Professor Cox, you are the Master; not forgetting Andrew Cohen. Thank you all.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for craig mckenna
  • craig mckenna
  • 28-08-2020

Excellent read

Like how unbelievably intelligent Brian Cox is and how he tries to bring science into the mainstream.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for G O'Sullivan
  • G O'Sullivan
  • 27-06-2020

Really excellent

Brain Cox delights as a writer and not just in screen. Lovely sense of humour and explains the complicated stuff. The equations can be a bit much but Cox’s delight in them is an insight into the world of physics and it’s proponents for the less inducted of us.