How It Began

  • by Chris Impey
  • Narrated by Andy Caploe
  • 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"Impey combines the vision of a practicing scientist with the voice of a gifted storyteller."
—Dava Sobel
In this vibrant, eye-opening tour of milestones in the history of our universe, Chris Impey guides us through space and time, leading us from the familiar sights of the night sky to the dazzlingly strange aftermath of the Big Bang. What if we could look into space and see not only our place in the universe but also how we came to be here? As it happens, we can. Because it takes time for light to travel, we see more and more distant regions of the universe as they were in the successively greater past. Impey uses this concept—"look-back time"—to take us on an intergalactic tour that is simultaneously out in space and back in time.
Performing a type of cosmic archaeology, Impey brilliantly describes the astronomical clues that scientists have used to solve fascinating mysteries about the origins and development of our universe. The milestones on this journey range from the nearby to the remote: we travel from the Moon, Jupiter, and the black hole at the heart of our galaxy all the way to the first star, the first ray of light, and even the strange, roiling conditions of the infant universe, an intense and volatile environment in which matter was created from pure energy. Impey gives us breathtaking visual descriptions and also explains what each landmark can reveal about the universe and its history. His lucid, wonderfully engaging scientific discussions bring us to the brink of modern cosmology and physics, illuminating such mind-bending concepts as invisible dimensions, timelessness, and multiple universes.
A dynamic and unforgettable portrait of the cosmos, How It Began will reward its listeners with a deeper understanding of the universe we inhabit as well as a renewed sense of wonder at its beauty and mystery.

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The only thing good about the book was it synopsis

What disappointed you about How It Began?

Billed as a book of science, this was hardly more than a high level overview of basic cosmology wrapped in poor, amateurish vignettes.


Would you ever listen to anything by Chris Impey again?

Not a chance.


Would you be willing to try another one of Andy Caploe’s performances?

The overly melodramatic reading makes the book unbearable. It is hard to take any of the book seriously given the stilted, melodramatic narration. I would not listen to this narrator again.


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- Earl

Amazing Journey

What did you love best about How It Began?

This is an amazing and mesmerizing book, a real window on our universe. Chris Impey illustrates one of the most complex topics in cosmology and physics in a pleasurable and page turner manner


What other book might you compare How It Began to and why?

This book its a rarity on its own


What does Andy Caploe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Andy is an Excellent reader although my IPod version was recorded with base a bit to high and therefore there is a noticeable reverb that can be annoying at time


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

How something so complex can be made so basic and interesting to everyone!!! Excellent teaching materials. I only wished it was longer


Any additional comments?

TOP BOOK please Chris do more...............

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- Terri

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-21-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios