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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry Audiobook

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

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Publisher's Summary

What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.

But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day. While waiting for your morning coffee to brew, or while waiting for the bus, the train, or the plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the big bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.

©2017 Neil DeGrasse Tyson (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    ian 23/06/2017
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    "Fascinating, if a little short"

    Fascinating, but as I said in the title, just up there, a bit short. I mean, I know its for people in a hurry, but mate. I'm not in THAT much of a hurry.

    24 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    J. SYMES 18/05/2017
    J. SYMES 18/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic!"

    An informative and entertaining account of modern astro physics. This book is well written, and well read. My only complaint is that the book ended. Thank-you Dr DeGrasse Tyson!

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Miss V. Bakova London 25/05/2017
    Miss V. Bakova London 25/05/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "Neil rocks!"

    The book is very interesting and Neil reading it it's just fantastic. I highly recommend this book.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03/01/2018
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    "Very interesting"

    I know nothing about this subject, and this book made me interested in learning more about astrophysics :)

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Bolger 04/12/2017
    Kevin Bolger 04/12/2017 Member Since 2018
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    "Stocking stuffer. Same old same old."

    Nothing novel. Nothing really of substance. It is what it says. It’s a good stocking stuffer. It’s just as well that it is only 3 hours long because it wouldn’t be worth much more time.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    john grey 12/09/2017
    john grey 12/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "the dude is on point"

    you get lost in his voice and very down to earth guy a must if you love space

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    John. 10/07/2017
    John. 10/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "interesting"

    I enjoyed this book, I think Tyson is also a great narrator. I had to rewind it a few times just to take it in......well I probably only took about 10% in...:-)

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    IainJan 11/06/2017
    IainJan 11/06/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Good overview"

    My first Audible. Chilling by the pool, making a change from MOOCs. Well written, well read, mostly very enjoyable, interesting, and easy to grasp. The faults are due to my own bias, not liking quips, or analogous references to US items I don't know so can't visualise. Trivial compared with the depth of Science communicated in this excellent summary.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    S B. 12/01/2018
    S B. 12/01/2018 Member Since 2015
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    "Good and intresting"

    well worth a listen to if as the title suggest you're in a hurry or need something to wonder about.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jacques Leisegang 02/01/2018 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting and Mindblowing"

    Great performance and always interesting and entertaining by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Well worth a listen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Author Adel
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    06/05/17
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    "Condensed, concise science meets social philosophy with humor and wit"

    I was expecting science, I got it. I was expecting meta science, I got it. I was expecting wit, I got it. I was expecting humor, I got plenty of it. Neil deGrasse Tyson delivered on all fronts, satiated my hunger for it all. Astrophysics and science in general are not for everyone but it should be! This book paves the way to reset our ego and places us in a framework that we are participants in this ever expanding universe.... a dust particle within a pale blue dust particle. Thank you Neil.

    170 of 189 people found this review helpful
  • Rob
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    15/07/17
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    "Disappointing - not much physics"

    I was hoping for an entertaining, lay person's overview of quantum theory, the Standard Model, string theory, etc. This book doesn't even touch on astrophysics. There is a little discussion of dark matter and dark energy, but this book is more about the history of astronomy, how the planets were named, the relative prevalence of elements in the universe, how aliens might discover our radio transmissions, and other non-physics stuff.

    308 of 351 people found this review helpful
  • TMort
    07/06/17
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    "Awesome book for those new to astrophysics."
    Would you listen to Astrophysics for People in a Hurry again? Why?

    YES!! I learned so much the first go around, but even then I had to have him repeat things a few times for me to fully grasp some of the concepts. So I would most definitely listen to it again, because I believe their would be something new to takeaway each time, whether it be knowledge or perspective.


    What other book might you compare Astrophysics for People in a Hurry to and why?

    Cosmos, by Carl Sagan. The audiobook is excellently narrated by LeVar Burton, and I find it to be just as "down to earth" as this one is. Little to no math, but explaining detailed concepts in a way we, those bad at math, can understand.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably the scene with the whipped cream in the coffee shop. Don't argue with Neil deGrasse Tyson about physics, he will win.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I had to take it in bits and pieces, and feel that I enjoyed it more that way. Some of the things said challenged my world/universe view a bit, and I found it helpful to just have time to ponder and be wowed by the universe.


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend others to read/listen to this, especially if you are curious about Astrophysics, but are intimidated by the math. Neil deGrasse Tyson has a way of explaining difficult concepts in a manner that is easier to understand than others I have found. This book has given me me a great platform of knowledge to build upon, and I learned an incredible amount. It even helped me have the confidence needed to answer a question I was asked shortly after finishing. I couldn't help but holler, "I know this! I just learned it from Neil deGrasse Tyson!"

    57 of 65 people found this review helpful
  • Gillian
    Austin, TX, United States
    03/05/17
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    "From The Department Of Exotic Happenings...!"

    Yes! We are all stardust!
    Only the truly knowledgeable might not like "Astrophysics for People in a Hurry." I'm sure they're into much more in-depth works. But for those of us who dream up into the sky, it's a pure delight. Heck, even the knowledgeable might like it as Neil deGrasse Tyson is the best narrator out there, one of the best writers there is. Period.
    Filled with wonderful ideas, galaxies devouring dwarf galaxies (ooh, bad karma!), massive radio telescopes, a fun run through the periodic table of elements, comets, a study of time, so much is packed into just over 3 1/2 hours. Yes, you do come out wanting more, more info, more ideas.
    More deGrasse Tyson! Only he can make the strange ominous on one hand, fantastically enthralling on the other. Only he can make comparisons that are laugh out loud funny on the one hand, complete and utter poetry on the other.
    Worth the price, worth the woefully short time, you'll be engaged and smiling the whole way through all these well-written essays that'll have you looking up at the sky again, fascinated, laughing in your heart and soul. Maybe you'll lose sight of the vast, vast, oh so vast picture, but you'll be delighted by the many small and provocative wonders you're left with.

    88 of 103 people found this review helpful
  • Bret
    05/01/18
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    "where's the science?"

    1 hour of scientific history, 2 hours of Neil Tyson's personal philosophy. Not sure what else I expected really.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Warren Engledove
    23/07/17
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    "meh"

    I liked cosmos, and other things I've seen Neil Degrasse Tyson do. This was littered with opinionated jabs that I didn't care for.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • dan baldwin
    30/08/17
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    "I think I will stick to Brian Greene's books"

    This book was informative, but felt like a platform for his political and social agenda as much as it was scientific.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Gurneyape
    Tracy, Ca
    18/08/17
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    "Good Listen , a bit restated but told well"
    If you could sum up Astrophysics for People in a Hurry in three words, what would they be?

    LOL... everything literally. from the big bang to why you are alive. its a well told summation of how the universe came into being , the creation of everything. but intertaining


    What did you like best about this story?

    To be honest am a huge fan of NDT so glad to hear him read his own work


    Which scene was your favorite?

    no real scenes but one second after the big bang


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    COSMOS... they already did a whole series


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Federico
    Bangkok
    15/10/17
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    "Nothing new if you follow Star Talk"

    I was expecting something more... It's basically a shortened version of what you can hear in Tyson's podcast. I was expect some extra details.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Anthony Smith
    20/08/17
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    "A good listen for all interested in Astrophysics."

    Loved the simple explanation of something otherwise deeply detailed. I also learned a few things along the way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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