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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

Written by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
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Publisher's Summary

What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.

But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day. While waiting for your morning coffee to brew, or while waiting for the bus, the train, or the plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the big bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.

©2017 Neil DeGrasse Tyson (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Must Read, Impeccable narration

It’s a must read for anyone of any age! It’s a ‘conduit into the mechanics behind the small and the large’

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Good Listen! Go For It!

I liked it a lot. Amazing narration. Require continuous focus but was quite engaging overall. I loved the ending. Go for it without thinking a lot!

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More of an Essay with a philosophical touch

This book touches upon various facets of astrophysics and as promised without any equations or math. Each chapter is more of an essay balancing between astrophysics and philosophy.

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Not for the people in a hurry!;)

This is no way for the people in a hurry. It's for those who has the moment to imagine the unimaginable within and beyond the cosmic world.
I loved the book. It demanded focus and concentration. But Neil, as the great orator he is, was able to create a sense of wonder, fantasy and the curiosity to know more.
I loved the way he explained the periodic table and the planets in the solar system. I wish I had this book in school.
This is a book for the young enthusiast, not too young professionals who still dreams, and even for the old who has seen too much of this world and still wants to know more.

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Great book to uodate knowledge about astrophysics

Book tells us all the primary aspects of astrophysics and related fields of study. So that you can appear smart. I loved it.

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Must Listen

Must listen if you are a curious being. Dr. Tyson's own voice is like frosting on a cake.

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astonishing

if you feel insignificant about yourself after listening to this... you should consider going to a doctor and getting yourself checked.

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Cosmos explained in the husky voice of Neil

Neil's work on Astrophysics is so amazingly simple to understand even for a beginner like me. I have read this book twice consecutively because Neil has narrated it with so much love and conviction. It shows his beliefs and wants us to see the universe through his melodious voice. I love this book tremendously and would suggest all the star gazers and the cosmos lovers out there to read this book for the love of it. This is a must have audible on every one's library.. Thank you Neil for such an amazing book.

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Amazing short read

great insight what you need to know about space , time , gravity and earth

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One of the best books ever

I believe everybody should read this book at least once. This book enlightens your mind. It’s a must read for anybody who wants to understand their place in the universe. Just amazing.

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  • ian
  • 23-06-17

Fascinating, if a little short

Fascinating, but as I said in the title, just up there, a bit short. I mean, I know its for people in a hurry, but mate. I'm not in THAT much of a hurry.

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  • J. SYMES
  • 18-05-17

Fantastic!

An informative and entertaining account of modern astro physics. This book is well written, and well read. My only complaint is that the book ended. Thank-you Dr DeGrasse Tyson!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-07-18

A fairly straightforward walk through the basics

Not a bad book at all, but it's very much a cursory glance over the basics of the subject. Neil's narration is fantastic though.

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  • Miss V. Bakova
  • 25-05-17

Neil rocks!

The book is very interesting and Neil reading it it's just fantastic. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-01-18

Very interesting

I know nothing about this subject, and this book made me interested in learning more about astrophysics :)

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  • D. Marsh
  • 01-10-18

A nice listen, liked more unproven theories

Good listen, but didn't cover too much over the standard model of the universe. Would have liked more differing / opposing ideas to dark matter, expansion theory for example and any problems we are encountering with this present almost fixed ideology.

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  • IainJan
  • 11-06-17

Good overview

My first Audible. Chilling by the pool, making a change from MOOCs. Well written, well read, mostly very enjoyable, interesting, and easy to grasp. The faults are due to my own bias, not liking quips, or analogous references to US items I don't know so can't visualise. Trivial compared with the depth of Science communicated in this excellent summary.

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  • John.
  • 10-07-17

interesting

I enjoyed this book, I think Tyson is also a great narrator. I had to rewind it a few times just to take it in......well I probably only took about 10% in...:-)

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  • S B.
  • 12-01-18

Good and intresting

well worth a listen to if as the title suggest you're in a hurry or need something to wonder about.

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  • Zak
  • 09-11-17

Great listen and book

Interesting listen Neil degrasse Tyson captures the universe perfectly, worth a listen
I would recommend

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  • completeaerogeek
  • 01-06-17

This book is just brilliant.

Where does Astrophysics for People in a Hurry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is by far, the best audiobook I have listened to, helped in no small part by the fact that Neil deGrasse Tyson narrates it. Neil's charming, entertaining, passionate and witty delivery makes the material accessible to everyone and you will not only enjoy the listening experience but also the ability to absorb meaningful concepts in a way that will allow you to drop the occasional mind-expanding fact into a conversation, leaving people to think you're the smartest person in the room.For those of us not gifted with the kind of brain that can dissect the workings of an impossibly complex universe, this book weaves information in such an interesting and entertaining way that you actually begin to feel that a conceptual understanding of astrophysics is actually possible.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Neil's narration. If you love 'Star Talk', you will love this audiobook.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Too many to mention.

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

I listened to this book while doing my regular run and at times I had to stop and absorb the enormity of what had just been explained. Other times I laughed out loud. Not sure what passers-by thought but I don't care!

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this audio book to anyone from teenagers on and interestingly for an avid reader, I would opt for the audiobook over the print version, just for the pleasure of hearing Neil deGrasse Tyson narrate it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-05-17

" Yes , Einstein was a Bad ass" :D

I found this book to be amazing , I'd listen to it while at work , it made the night go so quickly :)

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  • Natalie
  • 25-09-17

Challenging, inspiring and eye-opening.

For someone who has a rather basic understanding of the sciences and astrophysics, I at times found this book challenging. With concepts and vocabulary I had to search quite often, it took me a little while longer to listen to the average fiction book I indulge in. Regardless, I was driven to continue and often played back parts to fully grasp the information. A fantastic book and worth the perservance for one often intimidated by titles based in science. His voice is engaging and his passion is contagious.

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  • Ross McDougall
  • 23-07-17

an excellent intro into our big universe

I listened to the audio edition of this read by deGrasse Tyson himself - his style immediately makes it more interesting, even if it doesn't make the content more understandable.

This book is an excellent taster into molecules, space, gravitational waves, forces and all sorts of other mind-bending physics concepts. deGrasse Tyson keeps the reader engaged with interesting tidbits of information that are more digestible in each part so one never feels like they are being left too far behind.

After a while the facts and figures started to blur and I found myself confused, listening to deGrasse Tyson and catching pieces of the story intermittently. This is more of a reflection of my lack of concentration and general stupidness than any mis-pitching from deGrasse Tyson.

This is an excellent way to dip your toe into the zoomed-out universe that's all around us, and helps to give context and some answers to the royal 'why'. I loved it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-07-17

Exactly as the title suggests.

Basic Astrophysics. Delivered by the soothing tones of Doctor Tyson. Plainly written for the everyday person but still filled with concepts that peak the intellect.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-08-19

10/10 would recommend

Iv listened to this book 20 + times and leaned something new each time, can't think of a reason not to listen to astrophysics for people in a hurry even if your not in a hurry :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-07-19

Fantastic

I always enjoy Neil deGrasse Tyson's work. It was very interesting and thoroughly enjoyable. I'll recommend it to anyone who enjoys 'star stuff'.

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  • Chris Carter
  • 18-06-19

Fascinating

Incredibly educational, amusing, and constantly interesting! I love Neil’s way of making astrophysics fun. Highly recommend listen.

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  • Moses Soliman
  • 16-06-19

wonderful and simple to follow

I highly recommend it because it is simple to follow. it will still puzzle you.
It is also short. which makes good for people in a hurry

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-06-19

Good Book

It is an amazing book and one that I would recommend to everyone because it makes complex scientific theories and hypotheses easy to understand for people who struggle to understand some scientific theories.