• A Brief History of Time

  • From Big Bang to Black Holes
  • By: Stephen Hawking
  • Narrated by: John Sackville
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-22-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.7 (42 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Was there a beginning of time? Could time run backwards? Is the universe infinite, or does it have boundaries? These are just some of the questions considered in an internationally acclaimed masterpiece by one of the world's greatest thinkers.
It begins by reviewing the great theories of the cosmos, from Newton to Einstein, before delving into the secrets which still lie at the heart of space and time, from the big bang to black holes, via spiral galaxies and strong theory.
To this day A Brief History of Time remains a staple of the scientific canon, and its succinct and clear language continues to introduce millions to the universe and its wonders.
©2016 Stephen Hawking (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks
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5 out of 5 stars
By Adrian on 10-25-16

Good depth on black holes and universe

Better narator and recording than other versions of this book.
Learned new stuff about black holes and time travelling.
A lot of times I found myself rewinding back so I can understnd the concepts, so its not an esy book if you want to understand it, even naively explained.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Christian R. Unger on 04-30-18

Probably something that is better read

Fantastic book, by a brilliant physicist. No surprises here, it is as good as people say and the only drawback is that some things are easier understood if read (and re-read).

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4 out of 5 stars
By Anthony on 03-21-17

Interesting and intelligible

This book has a famous reputation as being the most popular unread book on the market.As a result I thought long and hard about buying it thinking I wouldn't be able to understand it.However,apart from the penultimate chapter on string theory I followed it (relatively) easily.It is also very well narrated by John Sackville.

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33 of 33 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Erdferkel on 10-18-16

Wonderful narrator

Like most people, I had heard of this book - it is quite famous after all. But despite a layman's interest in the subject I somehow always assumed it would be way over my head. Seeing the good reviews on Audible I decided to pick it up - great decision! It is easily accessible and in fact, since Hawking has been such a prominent figure in physics in the last decades, much of what he talks about I was already familiar with from other popular science books on the subject. He makes the subject feel easy to understand (which I'm sure is a delusion on my part) and very interesting.
I particularly want to mention the performance by John Sackville, who has such a wonderfully calm and rich voice. He makes this a real pleasure to listen to.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 11-27-17

Hard to listen, but overall great book!

Excellent book! A bit hard to listen as audio book, I had to rewind certain parts to listen to. But otherwise, it's great. Reader has a soothing, calm voice, does excellent job.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Ross McDougall on 08-18-17

a brief history of amazing concepts and thinkers!

This was a great, albeit overwhelming book. John Sackville read this book, and while I thought i'd find a dissonance in hearing anyone else read Hawking, I have to say his performance was excellent. The rhythm of the reading was pleasant and left me feeling confident the context was being communicated.

More than really engaging with the book, I mostly was listening as it was being read. The level of the content started out relatively simply then rocketed off away from my puny brain. I did find myself in awe of some of the concepts Hawking explains and ties together so well.

Less of a history of time and moreso an analysis of the concepts and theories that determine the way we consider time and all that it entails. I was very impressed by the work that Hawking and the physics community have put into the thinking around our universe and place within.

The book encouraged me to find another entry point and pursue such thoughts to better understand all the forces that hold our world(s) together. Fantastic book!

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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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