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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!"
73 of 81 people found this review helpful
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.
184 of 209 people found this review helpful
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.
28 of 30 people found this review helpful
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!
15 of 16 people found this review helpful
I found this book to be amazing , I'd listen to it while at work , it made the night go so quickly :)
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Where does Astrophysics for People in a Hurry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This is by far, the best audiobook I have listened to, helped in no small part by the fact that Neil deGrasse Tyson narrates it. Neil's charming, entertaining, passionate and witty delivery makes the material accessible to everyone and you will not only enjoy the listening experience but also the ability to absorb meaningful concepts in a way that will allow you to drop the occasional mind-expanding fact into a conversation, leaving people to think you're the smartest person in the room.For those of us not gifted with the kind of brain that can dissect the workings of an impossibly complex universe, this book weaves information in such an interesting and entertaining way that you actually begin to feel that a conceptual understanding of astrophysics is actually possible.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Neil's narration. If you love 'Star Talk', you will love this audiobook.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
Too many to mention.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I listened to this book while doing my regular run and at times I had to stop and absorb the enormity of what had just been explained. Other times I laughed out loud. Not sure what passers-by thought but I don't care!
Any additional comments?
I would recommend this audio book to anyone from teenagers on and interestingly for an avid reader, I would opt for the audiobook over the print version, just for the pleasure of hearing Neil deGrasse Tyson narrate it.
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