©2003 James Kaler; (P)2003 Recorded Books
Professor Kaler is a great lecturer in the way he conveyes knowledge, simple, factual, and interesting, it keeps you eager to listen and research further into the diverse fields of knowledge he explains in his book. The supplementary reference manual is well made too.
This is a must have audiobook for anyone remotely interested in astronomy - you can learn so much from it as it spills over into all sorts of areas of life - indeed life itself and its origin. Prof. Kaler has a good voice for it too and is pleasant to listen too as well as knowing his subject inside out and upside down. So glad I got this audiobook - I plan to it all through again as many times as possible.
"Wow... just wow"
I'm very very impressed. Some concepts are quite complex and he has explained with extraordinary ease. Immediately made me buy Part II.
Boy, did I learn a lot from this one! Professor Kaler tends to rush through some of the details from time to time but, overall, this was a primer on astronomy that will get me looking to the skies more frequently and with a lot more comprehension of what's up there. Excellent for wanna-be stargazers and parents of inquiring kids. Do you know why the moon comes up at different times of day? Why one side of the moon always faces us? Why Pluto is considered a planet by some and not others? You will know all these and much, much more after listening..
Like the other reviewers say, every minute was interesting and kept me hooked. Professor Kaler is able to explain our solar system in our terms and ways we can understand. I already have part II in my cart.
"Listen to it over and over"
This title, and is companion (Astronomy 2) is fascinating. Narrator presents material with enthusiasm and sincerity. I don't ever get tired of listening to it.
"Worth Every Minute"
Author is interesting and sharp. The material presented is concise and packs a ton of knowledge in every minute, perfect for me, but you may to do some graphical research on the side if you are new to Astronomy. Loved every minute.
"A gifted lecturer"
Dr. Kaler has the rare ability of being able to teach astronomy in a way that is easy to understand without making the subject banale or unscientific. His presentation is clear, coherent and I found the progression of the lectures to be neither too slow or too fast.
My only objection is that I would have loved to see a more comprehensive coverage of the geology and features of the planets, but this is a natural consequence of the length of the book.
A great listen for anyone interested in astronomy.
"Now I understand..."
The large majority of these lectures are exactly what a curious, beginning astronomy-enthusiast needs to get an understanding of what is going on in the universe. A minor part is over-the-head mathematics that given time, you can comprehend.
Prof. Kaler does a fantastic job and clearly knows he's subject well!
The author has the incredible ability to describe objects and their interactions. His descriptions let you visualize the Astronomical processes. Some of which you would think needed visual media. Excellent speaker
"Awesome, Dr. Kaler is spot on."
First, I must say that Dr. Kaler really knows how to keep your interest. He really explains the details of our planets, and our solar system in a very enthusiastic way that really keeps your ears glued. I have owned this book for a short while now and I have listened to it 3 times already. I highly recommend this book if you want to get detailed knowledge of our great earth, moon, and all the planets orbiting the sun with us.
The final chapter is great where Dr. Kaler goes in depth on how solar systems are born and developed. A Must Read!!
Learning about astronomy from an educator who knows his stuff and is obviously passionate and enthused about sharing it.
Very fun to listen to. Will be one to listen to more than once for sure. In the future, I'd like Audible to offer hard copies of some books as an add on. Would be a great feature for a lot of lectures, and science topics.
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