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Space Chronicles Audiobook

Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier

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Publisher's Summary

America's space program is at a turning point. After decades of global primacy, NASA has ended the space-shuttle program, cutting off its access to space. No astronauts will be launched in an American craft, from American soil, until the 2020s, and NASA may soon find itself eclipsed by other countries' space programs.

With his signature wit and thought-provoking insights, Neil deGrasse Tyson - one of our foremost thinkers on all things space - illuminates the past, present, and future of space exploration and brilliantly reminds us why NASA matters now as much as ever. As Tyson reveals, exploring the space frontier can profoundly enrich many aspects of our daily lives, from education systems and the economy to national security and morale. For America to maintain its status as a global leader and a technological innovator, he explains, we must regain our enthusiasm and curiosity about what lies beyond our world.

Provocative, humorous, and wonderfully listenable, Space Chronicles represents the best of Tyson's recent commentary, including a must-listen prologue on NASA and partisan politics. Reflecting on topics that range from scientific literacy to space-travel missteps, Tyson gives us an urgent, clear-eyed, and ultimately inspiring vision for the future.

©2012 Neil deGrasse Tyson (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A compelling appeal, at just the right time, for continuing to look up." (Air & Space)

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    Bastscho 31/03/2016
    Bastscho 31/03/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Worst speaker ever"

    Sounds like a robot, hacked the sentences into words. Couldn't listen to the end. Damn shame

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    z00ey 03/07/2016
    z00ey 03/07/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Who the hell names their child "Mirron" ???"
    If you could sum up Space Chronicles in three words, what would they be?

    Narrated by Tool


    What other book might you compare Space Chronicles to, and why?

    Any other book narrated by a tool


    What didn’t you like about Mirron Willis’s performance?

    He's a tool


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

    It made me laugh at Mirron Willis's absolute toolness, then it made me cry for the same reason


    Any additional comments?

    Tool

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Joshua Kring
    Harriman, TN
    17/06/15
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    "The least helpful review of Space Chronicles."
    Any additional comments?

    I'm very hesitant to give Space Chronicles a low rating because I like Dr. Tyson as a television host, and I love the subject matter of this book. Plus, I was entertained while listening to it. The problem is that I wasn't very educated by it. I've known 95% of the material covered by it for many years, and that's just from watching the Discovery and History channels. In fact, you would have to be extremely novice on the subject to not have heard it before.<br/><br/>To be fair, I did learn some things about NASA's budget and the government politics that can make or break a NASA project...<br/><br/>...but that's about it.<br/><br/>Another thing you should know before purchasing this book is that it's really more of a collection of articles than an actual book. Due to this fact the same material is covered over and over using the exact same words and phrases over and over (seriously, over and over... Dozens of times in some cases). Honestly, it could have been edited down to about two hours and there would have been no material loss. <br/><br/>Something else that bothered me is how Dr. Tyson inserts his tweets into the narrative. They wouldn't be so bad at the ends of the chapters or something, but they are randomly scattered throughout the book and break up the train of thought in many places. Trust me, it gets very annoying.<br/><br/>Mirron Willis is the narrator. At first I didn't like his voice, (nothing in particular, I just didn't like it) but he's a very competent reader and after a while he grew on me. <br/><br/>That concludes my review.<br/>

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    Cincinnati, OH, USA
    13/07/15
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    "Neil DeGrasse Tyson does it again!"
    Where does Space Chronicles rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Of all the books that expand on the love of space travel and the importance being at the forefront of science as a nation. This is the best book I have listened to. I would rank this book in the top 20% of the almost 200 titles I have listened to. But this is a bad measuring method of quality or investment worthiness. Of all the books that I have listened to, few fall in this same category. In fact I can't think of any with the same general topic Neil is tackling here.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Mirron Willis?

    Mirron Willis has a great voice and narration. But his lackluster pronunciation of some very prominent men drives me nuts. Also, the V in Saturn V is the Roman numeral for 5, should be read Saturn 5. I would hope that Audible would pick a narrator for a book that has at least some knowledge or interest in the subject mater and would know some of the pronunciations of these terms and names. There are multiple times where it felt like he just guessed at it and kept on going. It feels almost like a lack of professionalism.


    Any additional comments?

    I blasted Mirron Willis here for his poor pronunciations. But I wonder if the producers should be the ones that need to do a better job? Its just annoying. Its not tomato tomato (That doesn't work in text, but you know what i mean) It's not even close. It's a lack of trying.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lea W.
    19/05/16
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    "Robotic Performance"
    What would have made Space Chronicles better?

    The narrator did not sound human. The book itself is a little repetitive, I felt like some chapters were exactly the same as chapters in one of Dr Tyson's other books "Death By Black Hole"


    What did you like best about this story?

    The chapter about NASA funding and politics was very informative.


    What didn’t you like about Mirron Willis’s performance?

    He was very monotone in his performance, almost robotic. It made it very hard to focus on what was actually being said.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • nathan535
    29/07/15
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    "Great book, narrator lacking"

    Another great NDT book, as always. Huge fan! Met him in Salt Lake 2 years ago. The narrator just sounds so stuck up throughout the entire book. It bothered me every day how pompous his voice sounds in this reading.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • William F. Adams
    Rotonda West, FL United States
    30/11/15
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    "Poor Read"
    Would you try another book from Neil deGrasse Tyson and/or Mirron Willis?

    yes


    Would you ever listen to anything by Neil deGrasse Tyson again?

    yes


    How could the performance have been better?

    If you're going to read a book by an astrophysicist you ought not be scientifically illiterate.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Space Chronicles?

    some of the repetitious blog posts


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Samuel
    22/06/15
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    "I couldn't get through the first chapter."

    Why can't the author read his own book? Dr Tyson has a great voice, which is something I was looking forward to. This narrator's voice is kind of annoying, and made it hard to focus on the content.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • miskiw
    25/09/16
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    "Terrible reading cadence"

    Could not last 5 minutes listening to this book. No judgement on the content. The readers cadence was all over the map.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • J Moss
    27/07/17
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    "Great book abysmal narration"

    Yet another amazing book by Neil Degrasse Tyson however the narrator on this reminds me of a much more nasally sounding professor Snape.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Colorado
    21/04/17
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    "The Logistics of Continued Space Discovery"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Space Chronicles to be better than the print version?

    Sure - Mirron Willis has great expression in his telling of this story.


    If you’ve listened to books by Neil deGrasse Tyson before, how does this one compare?

    This one is less about science, and more about how we can get around to doing the science. I enjoyed this book, but it was very different from others by the author.


    What does Mirron Willis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    What a great voice! He has a style similar to the author, but he is not an imitator.


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

    Another well-written book with dry wit, realism, and an overall passion for science (and doing science).


    Any additional comments?

    This book talks about the history of US space exploration, particularly the interconnections of space exploration with the drive for military superiority during the Cold War. The overall arch of the story builds toward a compelling argument for the future of NASA, and US space exploration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Luke Tyhurst
    17/04/17
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    "Pretty Decent Overview of Space in Society"

    Other than quite a bit of repetition, Dr. Tyson shares a simple overview of how space is typically viewed in society (and the random space facts that don't quite fit in the overall story).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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