How Old Is the Universe?

  • by David A. Weintraub
  • Narrated by Brad Smith
  • 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Astronomers have determined that our universe is 13.7 billion years old. How exactly did they come to this precise conclusion? How Old Is the Universe? tells the incredible story of how astronomers solved one of the most compelling mysteries in science and, along the way, introduces listeners to fundamental concepts and cutting-edge advances in modern astronomy.
The age of our universe poses a deceptively simple question, and its answer carries profound implications for science, religion, and philosophy. David Weintraub traces the centuries-old quest by astronomers to fathom the secrets of the nighttime sky. Describing the achievements of the visionaries whose discoveries collectively unveiled a fundamental mystery, he shows how many independent lines of inquiry and much painstakingly gathered evidence, when fitted together like pieces in a cosmic puzzle, led to the long-sought answer. Astronomers don't believe the universe is 13.7 billion years old - they know it. You will too after listening to this book.
By focusing on one of the most crucial questions about the universe and challenging readers to understand the answer, Weintraub familiarizes listeners with the ideas and phenomena at the heart of modern astronomy, including red giants and white dwarfs, cepheid variable stars and supernovae, clusters of galaxies, gravitational lensing, dark matter, dark energy and the accelerating universe - and much more.
Offering a unique historical approach to astronomy, How Old Is the Universe? sheds light on the inner workings of scientific inquiry and reveals how astronomers grapple with deep questions about the physical nature of our universe.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

The worst-read audiobook I've ever listened to.

What would have made How Old Is the Universe? better?

A different reader

Has How Old Is the Universe? turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, but I will think twice about buying anything else published by Audible

How did the narrator detract from the book?

This has been an extremely frustrating book to listen to. The narrator's cadence is EXTREMELY unnatural. He sounds like he has to pause to flip a page in the middle of a sentence — EVERY sentence. I truly believe a computer would have done a better job of narrating this book.

Any additional comments?

I've listened to dozens of audiobooks over the past 12 years, and this was the worst performance I've ever endured.

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- J. D. Stevens "tamagosan"

Unlistenable Reader

What did you like best about How Old Is the Universe?? What did you like least?

This is an excellent book summarizing the history of cosmology, particularly the age of the universe. Unfortunately, the reader is terrible. He reads as if he is late for an appointment and just wants to get to the end. Also, he clearly spent no time learning how to pronounce names and words that are well known amongst astronomers.

What other book might you compare How Old Is the Universe? to and why?

I recommend an interested reader try Cosmology: A Very Short History. It's a bit dense, but it is at least listenable.

What didn’t you like about Brad Smith’s performance?

I didn't like any aspect of Brad Smith's performance. His reading was rushed and was like listening to a jack-hammer. I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks, and I think he rates as one of the worst readers I have ever come across.

Did How Old Is the Universe? inspire you to do anything?

Listen to other relevant audiobooks with a better reader.

Any additional comments?

It would be great if this book could be re-recorded with a different reader. It is simply unlistenable right now.

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- T. M. Engels "winterbooks"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-21-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios