• The Pluto Files

  • The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet
  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Narrated by: Mirron Willis
  • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 01-19-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 3.9 (767 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In August 2006, the International Astronomical Union voted Pluto out of planethood. Far from the sun, tiny, and eccentric in orbit, it's a wonder Pluto has any fans. Yet during the mounting debate over Pluto's status, Americans rallied behind the extraterrestrial underdog. The year of Pluto's discovery, Disney created an irresistible pup by the same name, and, as one NASA scientist put it, Pluto was "discovered by an American for America." Pluto is entrenched in our cultural, patriotic view of the cosmos, and Neil deGrasse Tyson is on a quest to discover why.
©2009 Neil deGrasse Tyson; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"A lighthearted look at the planet....Presents the medicine of hard science with a sugarcoating of lightness and humor." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Laura on 02-12-09

A Light and Still Revealing Read

This is a great read (or listen) that provides a overview of the story around the 'demotion of Pluto'. Witty, with just enough science to satisfy, this is a wonderful case study of the challenges involved in changing entrenched views and how even fact-demanding scientists can be swayed by public opinion and emotion. My only modest complaint is that Dr. Tyson did not do the recording. Having seen him on The Universe (and even The Daily Show), I found myself wanting to hear him do the speaking.

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By Lauffeuer on 02-01-09

A Great Value

If you are looking for a science textbook (as some reviewers of Dr. Tyson's other book seem to be) this is not for you.

However, if you are looking for something enjoyable you can't wrong for the price Audible is offering this book for. It really is a steal at around, 5 dollars . . . I mean, Unabridged for less than 10? It is (as of this writing) more expensive to buy the real book!

There is little "advanced" science in this book (most of it you will likely know from middle school), so if you are looking for something to make you "Mr. Smart Pants" in front of your friends, again, not the book for you.

What you will find in it is a lot of history of science, comments on how we present science to the public, and observations on how the public views science. Dr. Tyson writes it all with wit and charm, which the narrator brings off with a degree of skill.

If you are looking to be entertained this audiobook is a good choice, and as a bonus you might even take away some new ideas on how information is presented.

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32 of 34 people found this review helpful

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