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Internationally renowned, award-winning theoretical physicist, New York Times bestselling author of A Universe from Nothing, and passionate advocate for reason, Lawrence Krauss tells the dramatic story of the discovery of the hidden world of reality - a grand poetic vision of nature - and how we find our place within it.

In the beginning there was light.

But more than this, there was gravity.

After that, all hell broke loose...In A Universe from Nothing, Krauss revealed how our entire universe could arise from nothing. Now, he reveals what that something - reality - is. And, reality is not what we think or sense - it's weird, wild, and counterintuitive; it's hidden beneath everyday experience; and its inner workings seem even stranger than the idea that something can come from nothing.

In a landmark, unprecedented work of scientific history, Krauss leads us to the furthest reaches of space and time, to scales so small they are invisible to microscopes, to the birth and rebirth of light, and into the natural forces that govern our existence. His unique blend of rigorous research and engaging storytelling invites us into the lives and minds of the remarkable, creative scientists who have helped to unravel the unexpected fabric of reality - with reason rather than superstition and dogma. Krauss has himself been an active participant in this effort, and he knows many of them well. The Greatest Story challenges us to re-envision ourselves and our place within the universe, as it appears that "God" does play dice with the universe. In the incisive style of his scintillating essays for The New Yorker, Krauss celebrates the greatest intellectual adventure ever undertaken - to understand why we are here in a universe where fact is stranger than fiction.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Lawrence Krauss (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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Truly the Greatest story ever told so far

Would you listen to The Greatest Story Ever Told - So Far again? Why?

Yes. Lawrence is so passionate at trying to teach or help people understand science, and his enthusiasm just doesn't seem to wane. Also his subtle and not so subtle digs at those who think they know about the universe but really do not. Such an expansive and up to date view of the nature of all things as humanity knows it to be. Its a must read for anyone interested in the natural world and the universe.

What about Lawrence Krauss’s performance did you like?

His love of the journey of science and discovery and of the true nature of the universe comes across. He removes the smoke and mirrors that clouds the understanding of those who care to see or want to know.

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

the title.

Any additional comments?

Can't wait for the follow up.

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Great book!

Pretty high level, which is good for non-physicists! Enjoyed this book, and it's a good length.

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Complex particle physics content.

Lawrence clearly has wonderful passion for the subject matter. I would however suggest a background in particle physics would assist the listener in truly appreciating the content. It was ultimately above my understanding which unfortunately (for me) limited my enjoyment.

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Excellent.

Another excellent book by Krauss. It's like a sequel to A Universe From Nothing. If you love science you will love this. 👍

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A good go at a very complex subject

I do love attempting to understand books like this and Krauss does a good job of attempting to help me do that. I did find myself wandering though, as it gets beyond me frequently. His delivery is good enough though, that a few more listens and hopefully a few "aha!" moments will follow.

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Point A leads to point B but only if point C...

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The only thing I'd change would be either my IQ or just my ability to hold 4-5 different concepts in my head at once waiting for the "ah ha" moment. I've listened to Bill Bryson's "A Short History" with himself narrating and it was fantastic, and I've listened to "Guns, Germs and Steel", likewise fantastic - could follow both no problem. I know this is a brilliant piece of writing but some of the explanations where too confusing to follow in audiobook format. Made it halfway and returned to Audible.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Documentary - yes.

Any additional comments?

It may just be me!

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  • Jim
  • 15-08-2017

A text book account

This is a highly technical account of a whole lot of scientific theory only really suitable for lecture material.

Not complete in its content and barely eligible for the book title used.

I am sure that it is all very clever but the Bible is a much better read even for an atheist like me.

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  • Albert Sjoberg (PA)
  • 04-04-2017

Wonderful read/listen.

I was concerned that this sort of book may not be suited to an audible book because of continued references to figures and images from the printed version.
To make this a little less jarring, and confusing a PDF file is supplied with the requisite images.
If you are going to listen while driving, please take a long hard look at the images so that you can bring them to mind when mentioned in the book.

I will need to listen through again, as there is a lot that I do not yet understand.

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  • Jasvir
  • 09-05-2017

" Not Physics for Dummies "

This is a fantastic book and not dumbed down for your average reader. It's extremely challenging and makes you want to research all the different aspects of current physics. Another fantastic book from Lawrence Krauss

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  • Mank
  • 02-04-2017

Good grief! The narrator is just fine.

It's Krauss. I would rather hear him speak than anyone else. It's like attending one of his lectures.

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  • Jeremy G
  • 24-03-2017

Entertaining and awe-inspiring

Wonderfully entertaining. Might need to read some sections more than once, but generally very graspable and absolutely worth the time.

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  • Brett A. White
  • 22-05-2017

Fascinating stuff, but...

I've loved Krauss' writing in the past and this book is no exception. He does a pretty good job of covering a lot of reasonably complex ideas in a relatively short fashion and provides practical meaning to otherwise esoteric concepts. His narration is equally terrific. That said, for myself personally, while he made the subject accessible, I nevertheless found listening to this book a bit more challenging than usual, as I had to construct mental frames of reference to consider movement, spin and energies from whole cloth rather than be able to refer to the valuable diagrams and illustrations found in the book.

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  • Peregrine Family
  • 04-06-2017

Too heady for audio.

Books with challenging material should be read, not listened to. I will purchase the print version.

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  • Mikey
  • 21-07-2017

Too many "see PDF" ... for a audio book imo.

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It's a good book, but listening on audible didn't really work for me. I usually listen on a run, drive, etc... This book has TONS of attached PDF's to reference when you're listening, which isn't very practical in my opinion for the average audible listener. If I am going to sit down and reference and study a bunch of PDF's I would rather just buy the physical book.

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  • Jan D. Leslie
  • 14-05-2017

krauss is awesome

Really enjoy the way he brings the story of quantum mechanics from its beginnings to its current frontiers.
Referring to illustrations in the attached PDF wasn't that helpful. But only because i couldn't reffer to them whils i am driving.

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  • R. A. Steele
  • 06-07-2017

Much better than the other book with this title

This is the story of particle physics as we understand it up to the present day. The evolving nature of the theories that have been proposed and confirmed about the stuff the universe is made of. Presented in an engaging manner, and in language anyone should be able to understand, the story unfolds from the hypothesis of the earliest philosophers to the confirmation of Einstein and Higgs theories in the last few years. Anyone with a curiosity about this subject will find something to like about this book.

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  • Ofer
  • 17-07-2017

Some of the book is far too technical

I enjoyed it, but some parts were just lost on me without a background in particle physics or advanced mathematics

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  • Chris
  • 06-04-2017

it's basically a brief history of science

ok and worth a read, but there isn't really anything new here if you already have a interest in science and read around. there are no big ideas or new perspectives that make you go wow. For me, there are too many science facts and not enough philosophical musings about what is really happening.
I preferred his excellent book 'Atom'

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  • Ionut Bajescu
  • 13-01-2018

The references to "the PDF" are extremely annoying

If I was able to look at a PDF, I wouldn't be listening to an audiobook! People listen to audio books while driving, cycling, working out etc exactly because they can't read a PDF while doing it - yet this book keeps referencing a PDF every 5 minutes, making the listening experience extremely annoying for me.

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  • Ben
  • 25-08-2017

Good listen

I enjoyed listen to this book. I got lost at some points when Lawrence was discussing the more in depth sections about particle physics but I think that's more my fault.

Good, clear narration.

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  • Leigh-Anne
  • 19-04-2017

good but you need to listen multiple times

this was such a nice history of science that we have discovered at the moment. however it can be hard to understand due to the complex nature of nature.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-05-2017

A passionate story on the history of science

Fantastic listen wonderfully read by Lawrence, At times I felt I should have my note book out, as some of the concepts needed to be understood to get the whole picture, def a book I will have to listen to again to understand the deeper science of particle physics.

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  • Claire Lyons
  • 16-03-2018

Not good for listening

I really tried to listen to this book but there were so many mathematical equations and references to hidden diagrams that it just doesn’t work! If this subject is of interest I suggest reading it in paperback format!

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  • Rob
  • 02-05-2017

Esoteric!

Needs more than a once over but I do love Mr krauss and delivery excellent

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  • Martin
  • 31-12-2017

The Greatest Story Ever Told...... in such a complicated fashion.

Sorry guys. If like me you are the ordinary man in the street without a degree in physics but trying to improve your understanding of the world around you, then this is NOT the book for you. Ok, it's a complicated subject but his descriptions are way above the understanding of the average person. Stick to Bill Bryson et al. Thank goodness I didn't pay full rate for this book .

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  • F Gibb
  • 12-05-2018

Grand Unification Story

This is an excellent book. It doesn't shy away from the hardest concepts of the quantum world, and it pulls everything together to present the coming together of all the strands of small particle physics into a group of theories that make sense to those in the field.

It is a book that should come with a warning, however...
"Warning: Unfathomable to mortals"

Personally, it lost me at the first mention of Gauge Symmetry. Which was at about page six!! (so I looked up Wickipedia for a bit of an explanation. This is how the Wickipedia page starts... "In physics, a gauge theory is a type of field theory in which the Lagrangian is invariant under certain Lie groups of local transformations..."!!!!)
Having said that, although I didn't understand it all. I did get many of the broad concepts, and it has cracked open some of these concepts to allow me to have another shot at them the next time I come across the ideas.
As well as that, it is a fascinating story of the people behind the ideas, and for that it is worth reading too.
It is well read by a person who clearly knows and loves his subject.

In summary, I would recommend it, despite its Lagrangian being invariant under certain Lie groups of local transformations!

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  • aa
  • 16-03-2018

I needed a bit more explanation

This audiobook is OK but I have found others better. I found The Great Courses series on relativity, particle physics and time to be better. I also enjoyed Fabric of the Cosmos more. I normally listen whilst doing other things so couldn’t give it my full attention. Although I did not follow everything he was saying I did get an appreciation for the story of discovery in fundamental physics. He is very good at naming the scientists who did the work. I think more ‘signposting’ ‘recapping’ and ‘metaphor’ would have made me enjoy this book more.