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My Brief History

Written by: Stephen Hawking
Narrated by: Matthew Brenher
Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins

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Stephen Hawking has dazzled listeners worldwide with a string of best-sellers exploring the mysteries of the universe. Now, for the first time, the most brilliant cosmologist of our age turns his gaze inwards for a revealing look at his own life and intellectual evolution.

My Brief History recounts Stephen Hawking’s improbable journey, from his post-war London boyhood to his years of international acclaim and celebrity. Lavishly illustrated with rarely seen photographs, this concise, witty and candid account introduces readers to a Hawking rarely glimpsed in previous books: the inquisitive schoolboy whose classmates nicknamed him ‘Einstein’; the jokester who once placed a bet with a colleague over the existence of a black hole; and the young husband and father struggling to gain a foothold in the world of academia.

Writing with characteristic humility and humour, Hawking opens up about the challenges that confronted him following his diagnosis of motor neurone disease aged twenty-one. Tracing his development as a thinker, he explains how the prospect of an early death urged him onwards through numerous intellectual breakthroughs, and talks about the genesis of his masterpiece A Brief History of Time - one of the iconic books of the twentieth century.

Clear-eyed, intimate and wise, My Brief History opens a window for the rest of us into Hawking’s personal cosmos. Read by Matthew Brenher, with chapters introduced by the author.

©2013 Stephen W. Hawking (P)2013 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Thomas
  • 25-03-15

Why not get a narrator who can pronounce Caius?

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Why was this narrator chosen? Mispronouncing common English names is pretty pathetic.

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  • Chris
  • 14-05-19

Bit technical

Goes a little too far in depth on a technical level. But otherwise it's a very good book about his life.