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Publisher's Summary

America's space program is at a turning point. After decades of global primacy, NASA has ended the space-shuttle program, cutting off its access to space. No astronauts will be launched in an American craft, from American soil, until the 2020s, and NASA may soon find itself eclipsed by other countries' space programs.
With his signature wit and thought-provoking insights, Neil deGrasse Tyson - one of our foremost thinkers on all things space - illuminates the past, present, and future of space exploration and brilliantly reminds us why NASA matters now as much as ever. As Tyson reveals, exploring the space frontier can profoundly enrich many aspects of our daily lives, from education systems and the economy to national security and morale. For America to maintain its status as a global leader and a technological innovator, he explains, we must regain our enthusiasm and curiosity about what lies beyond our world.
Provocative, humorous, and wonderfully listenable, Space Chronicles represents the best of Tyson's recent commentary, including a must-listen prologue on NASA and partisan politics. Reflecting on topics that range from scientific literacy to space-travel missteps, Tyson gives us an urgent, clear-eyed, and ultimately inspiring vision for the future.
©2012 Neil deGrasse Tyson (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
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"A compelling appeal, at just the right time, for continuing to look up." ( Air & Space)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Joshua Kring on 06-17-15

The least helpful review of Space Chronicles.

Any additional comments?

I'm very hesitant to give Space Chronicles a low rating because I like Dr. Tyson as a television host, and I love the subject matter of this book. Plus, I was entertained while listening to it. The problem is that I wasn't very educated by it. I've known 95% of the material covered by it for many years, and that's just from watching the Discovery and History channels. In fact, you would have to be extremely novice on the subject to not have heard it before.

To be fair, I did learn some things about NASA's budget and the government politics that can make or break a NASA project...

...but that's about it.

Another thing you should know before purchasing this book is that it's really more of a collection of articles than an actual book. Due to this fact the same material is covered over and over using the exact same words and phrases over and over (seriously, over and over... Dozens of times in some cases). Honestly, it could have been edited down to about two hours and there would have been no material loss.

Something else that bothered me is how Dr. Tyson inserts his tweets into the narrative. They wouldn't be so bad at the ends of the chapters or something, but they are randomly scattered throughout the book and break up the train of thought in many places. Trust me, it gets very annoying.

Mirron Willis is the narrator. At first I didn't like his voice, (nothing in particular, I just didn't like it) but he's a very competent reader and after a while he grew on me.

That concludes my review.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Lea W. on 05-19-16

Robotic Performance

What would have made Space Chronicles better?

The narrator did not sound human. The book itself is a little repetitive, I felt like some chapters were exactly the same as chapters in one of Dr Tyson's other books "Death By Black Hole"

What did you like best about this story?

The chapter about NASA funding and politics was very informative.

What didn’t you like about Mirron Willis’s performance?

He was very monotone in his performance, almost robotic. It made it very hard to focus on what was actually being said.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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2 out of 5 stars
By Bastscho on 03-31-16

Worst speaker ever

Sounds like a robot, hacked the sentences into words. Couldn't listen to the end. Damn shame

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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By z00ey on 07-03-16

Who the hell names their child "Mirron" ???

If you could sum up Space Chronicles in three words, what would they be?

Narrated by Tool

What other book might you compare Space Chronicles to, and why?

Any other book narrated by a tool

What didn’t you like about Mirron Willis’s performance?

He's a tool

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh at Mirron Willis's absolute toolness, then it made me cry for the same reason

Any additional comments?

Tool

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4 out of 5 stars
By Peter Westley on 05-11-16

Entertaining read

Quite enjoyable book. Good to know someone is in there batting for space exploration. I did find the phrasing of Mirron Willis somewhat disconcerting but as with many things - you get used to it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 11-26-15

NDT - Just Awesome

As usual, his writing is awesome. He lies somewhere between academic and educator being equally great as both.

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