The Pluto Files

  • by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Narrated by Mirron Willis
  • 4 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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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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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- Lauffeuer

Mixed

I found the first half of the book informative and amusing. As to the second half, I thought if I heard one more e-mail read I would scream. I give the first half a 5 and the second half a generous 2.
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- William

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-19-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.