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  • Brief Answers to the Big Questions

  • By: Stephen Hawking, Professor Kip Thorne - foreword
  • Narrated by: Ben Whishaw, Garrick Hagon - foreword, Lucy Hawking - afterword
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 717
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 630

The final book from Professor Stephen Hawking, the best-selling author of A Brief History of Time and arguably the most famous scientist of our age, Brief Answers to the Big Questions is a profound, accessible and timely reflection on the biggest questions in science. Professor Hawking was a brilliant theoretical physicist, an influential author and thinker and a great popular communicator. Throughout his career he was asked questions by business leaders, politicians, entrepreneurs, academics and the general public on a broad range of subjects, from the origins of the universe to the future of the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Look up to the stars, not down at your feet.

  • By Heisenberg on 16-10-18

A Brief History of Physics & The World

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

Reviewed: 17-10-18

Stephen Hawking needs no introduction (sadly, something the book has in abundance - WAY too long and unnecessary padding, which I was forced to skip) but it's still more than worth the money. Also, and even though it's clear this has been embellished/tweaked/padded in places, it's still a fascinating look at Stephen Hawking's unique world viewpoint, cultured from countless thousands of hours spent contemplating the universe and our/his place within it.

Like a lot of people, I'm very sad he's gone - he was a fighter, a character, a genius, and an excellent ambassador for science and physics in particular. So, in my opinion, although the book is not a patch on works he completed himself and within his own lifetime, I'm still glad I've read it. RIP.

  • The Mayan Secrets

  • A Fargo Adventure, Book 5
  • By: Clive Cussler, Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo are in Mexico, when they come upon a remarkable discovery - the skeleton of a man clutching an ancient sealed pot, and within the pot, a Mayan book, larger than anyone has ever seen. The book contains astonishing information about the Mayans, about their cities, and about mankind itself. The secrets are so powerful that some people would do anything to possess them - as the Fargos are about to find out. Before their adventure is done, many men and women will die for that book - and Sam and Remi may just be among them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mayan Secrets

  • By Dibodiddly on 11-02-17

Another Fargo Adventure

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

Reviewed: 08-12-13

I really like these Fargo stories by Clive Cussler and Thomas Perry, and I always look forward to the next one. They're my guilty pleasure. I compare them to watching a film like National Treasure - you just switch off, relax, and enjoy the show. It can be a bit cheesy at times, but I actually like that about these books - the relationship between Sam and Remi. All in all, these are fun adventures and I always look forward to the next one. Keep 'em coming! Oh, and Scott Brick does a good job at narration. I actually seek out Scott’s other work now too.

  • One Summer

  • America 1927
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,271

One Summer: America, 1927, is the new book by Britain’s favourite writer of narrative nonfiction, Bill Bryson. Narrated by the man himself, One Summer takes you to the summer when America came of age, took centre stage, and changed the world forever. In the summer of 1927, America had a booming stock market, a president who worked just four hours a day, a semi-crazed sculptor with a plan to carve four giant heads into a mountain called Rushmore, a devastating flood of the Mississippi, a sensational murder trial, and a youthful aviator named Charles Lindbergh who started the summer wholly unknown, and finished it as the most famous man on Earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bryson hits another Home Run

  • By Colin on 21-10-13

Bill Bryson Does It Again

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

Reviewed: 30-09-13

Bill Bryson has a clever way of making everything interesting. Even subjects I'm not normally bothered about. He has a fantastic dry wit and an entertaining way of putting things across. He's one of those rare authors I'd actually like to meet and have a cuppa with. Also, I normally hate it when the author reads their own work, but I must say I enjoy his laid-back tone and his unique accent - USA/UK. Well done, Bill. Great work. Can't wait to see what you've got to show us next.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Bill Bryson for The Love Hearts Appeal

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

Audible is proud to join Bill Bryson in supporting The Love Hearts Appeal at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. So here’s an exclusive audio piece, written and narrated by Bill, just for you. For every copy downloaded, Audible will donate money to The Love Hearts Appeal so it can continue to fund pioneering research into childhood cardiac conditions. Please share the link with friends and family: www.audible.co.uk/lovehearts, and let’s raise as much money as we can for a great cause.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth listening to

  • By mollyeyre on 20-10-13

Love Hearts Appeal

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

Reviewed: 05-09-13

Great Idea. Everyone should support. Entertaining to listen to. This author never ceases to impress. Well done Bill Bryson!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful