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I mistakenly purchased, and listened to this book when I meant to get the original "A brief history of Time" by Hawkins.
So now I have listened to both. In my opinion the original is a more rich and detailed book. Of course, that's the point of this book, to consolidate that one.
But I ask why? The original wasn't beyond most readers ability to understand, and if it was, they probably weren't the type of people reading it.
So my advice: Stick with the original.
Perhaps if you want you bright 6 year old to read such a book, this one would be a better option.
The irony: The beginning of the original (more detailed, and complex version) starts with a sound bite from "Audible Kids", this one does not - that seems backwards. Or perhaps I am just living time backwards - as Hawkins explains - our current theories of physics can't conclusively prove that this isn't the case. :)
23 of 24 people found this review helpful
I read the original and was hoping for an update and good explanation of the theories of the original. It turned out to be a synopsis of the original. Get the original and skip this one.
16 of 18 people found this review helpful
This is a really good summary of some of the more complicated laws, theories and events we use currently to help us understand our universe. Thankfully there is little included that would require the listener to have a solid background in the physical sciences, and the analogies provided in the text assist competently in illuminating the theories that Hawking presents. From the elements to relativity or the age of the universe, or from Newton to Einstein and the more earthy events that influenced the great thinkers of the modern age, this publication really is great place to learn some of the basics about our anything but basic universe.
Good narrator, easy to listen to.
I'd be happy to recommend - I'm definitely going to listen to it again.