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Astronomy: Beginners Guide to Galaxies, Cosmos & the Universe

Narrated by: Kirk Stevens
Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Astronomy
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Summary

Have you ever wondered how we came into being? Have you ever looked in the sky, marveled by the stars?

This book is a friendly and accessible guide to our universe, our galaxy, our solar system, and the planet we call home.

If you are an aspiring astronomer or someone who wishes to know more about the topic, this is the perfect book. It is not just for astronomers. Any layman or someone who is intrigued by the universe, planets, stars, and the like will be capable of understanding this book.

Here's a preview of what you'll learn:
 

  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Space: What’s Really Out There?
  • Chapter 3: Cosmology
  • Chapter 4: The Sun and the Moon
  • Chapter 5: The Solar System
  • Chapter 6: Evolution of the Universe
  • Chapter 7: Latest Fascinating Discoveries
  • Chapter 8: Easy Guide Too Stargazing
  • Chapter 9: Things to be seen in the night sky
  • Chapter 10: Black Holes
  • Chapter 11: Black Hole Family Tree
  • Chapter 12: Some Amazing Facts
  • Chapter 13: History Of Astronomy
  • Chapter 14: Theories on how the universe came to exist

This audiobook is filled to the brim of amazing Astronomy facts and stats. This is the ideal astronomy book for beginners. Filled with stargazing resources, shocking facts and much more. Welcome the the world of astronomy!

Buy your copy today!

©2018 Linda J Johnson (P)2018 Linda J Johnson

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  • Phil A
  • near Lincoln
  • 28-12-18

Not Actually An Astronomy Book.

This book is not an astronomy book, either for beginners or otherwise. (It does go through a general set of basics of cosmology and astrophysics which are mostly correct - but there are a few definite errors. Cosmology and astrophysics are fine, but they are not the same thing as astronomy!) I think the author has randomly picked astronomy as a subject for a book, and then proceeded to talk about something she mistakenly thinks is astronomy (but actually isn't). Furthermore, one part of the book quite abruptly becomes a fairly dogmatic (albeit pleasantly phrased) assertion that the universe is all the work of God - the author's god to be exact. An "interlude" chapter on the author's own philosophy may have been okay - but what she has done is not at all acceptable. In a beginners astronomy book you should find information on how to start observing; what are the best starting instruments; where to find the planets; the major constellations; star clusters; observing the moon; the Pleiades; the Andromeda galaxy; etc. etc. Readers will find none of these in this book. It may be well intended, but this is not a beginners astronomy book - or even an astronomy book!

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Not impressed

Started off well but very basic. It's not till you get to the end that the author's real message comes out. A very bad argument for the existence of God. In short it's God what did it so not much point in studying astronomy.

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  • Anemarie Hirschmann
  • 29-10-18

Too simple and the reading could be better

I'd say it's almost too simple for a beginners introduction to astronomy. It's at the level of 5th or 6th grade. I hardly learned any new information that I haven't heard before. It may be good for young children to start off with, but for adults it's almost an insult to their intelligence to pick up this book to start off in astronomy. I would've liked to have more technical terms in there and a bit of longer explanations in each chapter, if it should've been for adults as well. As it stands it's just too simple for adults, unless they're really simple themselves.
The narrator should've had someone correct him with the pronunciation of quite a few words where he puts the emphasis in the wrong places. My thought is that he's dyslexic, though my bf is the same and he does a way better reading, even with long and difficult words. Either way the narrator needs to get someone to help him with the more difficult words for next time he's doing a narration of this kind. And maybe practice some acting as well as he tends to become quite monotone and quiet. Other than that he's got a quite pleasant voice ^^

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  • Matthew Willis
  • 30-10-18

Religious book disguised as an astronomy book.

Pretty entry level astronomy as the name says, good explanation of the building blocks of the universe. The problem I had was the chapter on creationism vs the Big Bang. The book doesn’t give explanation of both and leave it alone, the author continues to state the creationism makes more sense while not evenly presenting balance arguments for both sides. The Big Bang is suppose to explain how the universe was created , not why the universe was created. I was looking for a book on what we know about the universe- not the authors opinions.

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  • John Williams
  • 05-07-19

"See chapter 12"

I can see how chapter 12 of this book might make some atheists mad. It's the only chapter of this science book that supports even the possibility of a God. Being a non-traditional Christian, I found that section rather bold & daring. Glad they were able to get by with it. (I.e. did the universe just happen, or does it have an intelligent design & an intelligent designer?) I want to buy this book in print to keep on my shelf as a conversation piece, because there are so few mentions of any God in any science book. However, I found the rest of the book kind of boring & complicated, & not easy to understand.

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  • Symbiosis
  • 04-03-19

Stealth tome on Creationism

Simply awful. Several factual errors and a disorganized text finally succumb to the real reason for having written this: a ham-fisted promotion of the unscientific Creationist view. Can I have my credit back?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-09-18

This is a fantastic book for children to adults.

It was apparently an easy read that was not overly technical, which can be the case with some intro books. Introduction in the world of astronomy. Good book to page back through for reference.

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  • Andrea
  • 23-09-18

Great book for learning about astronomy.

It explains quite a bit about the reasons for the way things appear in the lens, what you can expect to see, things that you should aim to see and how to get the most from your telescope. It's the best place to start. I was very happy to be reintroduced by reading this book.

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  • Langley
  • 21-09-18

This Book is a must for the Amateur Astronomer

This book was great for the class. Has a lot of great content and covered pretty much everything there is to know about astronomy. If you were to buy a telescope for your child, this would be a good book to pick up as an accessory. Flash card option is very nice to have when studying, I only wish I could've made the text larger. Otherwise, a great app for a student that doesn't want to pay full price for a textbook that is only needed for a month

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  • Rhodes
  • 20-09-18

A delightful read, as engaging as it is elegant

This incredible book should be mandatory reading in high school, if we can raise the bar for science education to a level where students could actually comprehend it. Ruskin discusses the changes then taking place in the field of astronomy and how the Great Eclipse helped to firmly establish America's place in the field.

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  • Richie
  • 19-09-18

Great introductory text with illustrative photos

Excellent current Knowledge of the Universe, well written. Diagrams are clear and help to visualise what is happening, with nice space pictures also.I liked the summary pieces too that helped anchor learning.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-09-18

Good book aimed at beginners of astronomy

This book discussed the basics of astronomy. It gave a brief astronomy history, talked about the galaxy and the solar system, the sun, the moon, stars and other parts or elements of the universe. I love the way it presents information.

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