• The Ascent of Gravity

  • The Quest to Understand the Force That Explains Everything
  • By: Marcus Chown
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-04-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Orion
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (54 ratings)

Regular price: £19.99

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Summary

Gravity is the weakest force in the everyday world, yet it is the strongest force in the universe. It was the first force to be recognised and described, yet it is the least understood. It is a 'force' that keeps your feet on the ground, yet no such force actually exists. Gravity, to steal the words of Winston Churchill, is 'a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma'. And penetrating that enigma promises to answer the biggest questions in science: what is space? What is time? What is the universe? And where did it all come from?

Award-winning writer Marcus Chown takes us on an unforgettable journey from the recognition of the 'force' of gravity in 1666 to the discovery of gravitational waves in 2015. And as we stand on the brink of a seismic revolution in our worldview, he brings us up to speed on the greatest challenge ever to confront physics.

Read by Adjoa Andoh.

©2017 Marcus Chown (P)2017 Orion Publishing Group

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A book much bigger than it's title

The audio book the ascent of gravity is a very well rounded picture of everything we know about physics from the classic laws through to the cutting edge of theoretical physics

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Difficult at times but worth it. Very well read

Difficult at times but worth it. Very well read , recommended , gives some great insights.

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Genius throughout!

I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book, it bought a marvellous subject to life, well done!

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A fascinating and well rounded book

The analogues are well made, enabling clear and logical explanation of immensely complicated theories and ideas.

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good book

The narrator had a pleasant voice and style. But why did she decide to parody all the non-british scientists quoted by putting on a weird quasi racist stereotypical accent for the country they came from? It was really disturbing. And her idea of a Canadian accent sounded like a disney cartoon animal. As to Richard Feynman well she was so far off the mark it just played on my mind for ages. And did she really not know how to pronounce "integer"? She could have looked that one up at least.

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Cartoon accents were very distracting

I would have given top marks for the narration except for the appalling cartoon accents that littered the performance. A few words were consistently mispronounced (e.g. vacuum and Feynman) which leads me to believe this wasn't edited by a native English speaker. The book was an otherwise decent summary of the current scientific understanding of gravity.

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Interesting approach, but not much new

If one is accustomed to the work of folks like Brian Greene and Stephen Hawking, this is pretty thin stuff. Entertaining, but not terribly enlightening. I gave the narrator one star because she does AWFUL German and Danish accents for Einstein, Bohr, and others. There was no call for that at all.

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Dreadful narration.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A better narrator. Less history and more science.

Would you be willing to try another book from Marcus Chown? Why or why not?

Yes, but not with this narrator.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Adjoa Andoh?

Clive Mantle's narration of 'What a Wonderful World' by this Author was fine.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No. I am finding it hard to finish the book as the narration is so annoying. This obviously talented actress should not use a science book to demonstrate her range of European accents. Mr Chown should not suppose what might have been said by historical scientists and stick to the facts. What is gravity?

Any additional comments?

I am considering whether or not to swap this book for another.

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Why the accents ...

Great material as ever, but appalling accents when quoting Einstein etc. Also please get narrators to check pronunciations they are not sure of (eg Feynman).

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too much drama

didn't enjoy the impersonations
history interesting but I find setting the seen a little irrelevant and would need more factual evidence of feelings expressed on the stories.