I actually listened to this a few weeks ago now, so don't remember loads of details . A fun listen and I'm sure I learned (or was reminded of) loads of cool stuff.
The authors tried hard to give the audiobook a distinct feel, lots of sound effects etc., presumably to compensate for the lack of the cartoons to be found in the printed edition. To be honest I found these occasionally a bit jarring but I appreciated the effort.
Overall I think one can never learn too much Physics, so a recommended listen.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Engaging, passionate narration that makes complex concepts accessible to everyone. Who would have thought that a book which answers significantly less questions than it asks could be so fascinating and entertaining? Garth Marenghi take note! Lose the awful sound effects and it's five stars across the board.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I very much enjoyed the content of the book, and I think I would have enjoyed the humour had it been delivered well. Sadly, it wasn’t. This is even more sad when considering that the narrator is one of the book’s authors, but that ownership of the text did not translate into an engaging performance with better comedic delivery and more clear scientific excitement.
I would have loved to hear this performed by someone lik e.g. Dara O’Brian, preferably without the completely unnecessary and rather grating sound effects.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Brings up many fascination subjects in an approachable way, with regular comic examples to help keep it fun.
Lots of great content, but despite the subject matter, and the depth of the topics discussed at times I felt it went too far to install levity and make it light. It does this to such an extent that it feels like they think the audience are a bunch of idiots, despite the fact that the purchase of the book implies at least a background level of intellect and curiosity. I appreciate that books on science don't need to be dry and inaccessible... but attempting to tell poor groan-inducing jokes?
Or perhaps it was the delivery of the jokes.... I couldn't stand the narrator, himself sounding like Samuel L Jackson in Kingsmen, which was essentially overblown parody. It was kind of off putting and his timing poor.
In book form... I love this book.... but some of the things they do there, don't translate well to audio and they've attempted to fill in the cartoons and illustrations with stupid noises.
Science.... including hard science can be fun, humorous and light.... look at the excellent infinite monkey cage for hard science that is humorous, deep, challenging, accessible, in depth, and never patronizes it's listeners.
Generally okay as far as the material and narrator goes. Unfortunately, the book conveyed the feeling that I was being spoken down to. I've read many similar titles that have successfully managed to convey complex ideas without making me feel that the author had little faith in my intelligence and needed to humour me with dumb sound effects and dodgy jokes. I may be being unfair and I may simply be at odds with the style of these particular authors but for me this book missed the mark.