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The Order of Time

Written by: Carlo Rovelli
Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch
Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (46 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Specsavers Audiobook of the Year 2018. 

Penguin presents the audio edition of The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli. The best-selling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics takes us on an enchanting journey to discover the meaning of time. 

Time is a mystery that does not cease to puzzle us. Philosophers, artists and poets have long explored its meaning while scientists have found that its structure is different from the simple intuition we have of it. From Boltzmann to quantum theory, from Einstein to loop quantum gravity, our understanding of time has been undergoing radical transformations. Time flows at different speeds in different places, the past and the future differ far less than we might think and the very notion of the present evaporates in the vast universe. 

With his extraordinary charm and sense of wonder, bringing together science, philosophy and art, Carlo Rovelli unravels this mystery, inviting us to imagine a world where time is in us and we are not in time. 

©2018 Carlo Rovelli (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

Critic Reviews

"A global superstar...Rovelli is making the grammar of the universe accessible to a new generation." (Channel 4 News)

"Benedict Cumberbatch's warm, resonant voice makes him a very fine narrator." (The Times)

"Cumberbatch possesses a deep and rich voice and reads the text in a precise but unhurried manner, with the result that we feel as if we are getting an exposition by an erudite but gentle teacher." (The New York Times)

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This book will change your perspective on life.

It takes you from the very basics of time to what time really could be and what it means to be human and experience this 'time'.

beautifully written, poetic and to the point. those are rare qualities in a book. Cumberbatch's narration is wonderful and you can tell he enjoyed the book.

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Time is a construct made by the mind.

Human existence is nothing but a relentless dance between memories and anticipation. The past, present and the future are nothing but the constructs made by our mind to give meaning to the events that are happening around us.

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Brilliance...!

A brilliant narrative of time through times. Worthy successor of the 'Brief history of time'

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Makes you rethink existence and concept of time

A brilliant book which is narrated equally brilliantly by Benedict Cumberbatch. It makes your seriously rethink of existence and most importantly time.

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Mesmerizing

Science blended with philosohy, reason with perception-beautifully narrated in resonating voice. Excellent exposition of concept of time for uninitiated in science

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Flabbergasted by it

It's for lifetime. People must know that which is yet esoteric. This explains all that is , time , in physical psychological and philosophical aspects.

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A fantastic read about time!

Time is relative took on a whole new meaning with this book, and Cumberbatch’s narrative makes it so much better. Wow! Off to listen to it again!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-09-18

Amazing book! Very deep and interesting.

I think Benedict Cumberbatch should read every audiobook! His voice is lovely! The book is amazing. It really makes you wonder.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-06-18

Beautiful

Takes all of us on an adventure and explores the deep enigmatic mysteries of our reality.

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  • SYL
  • 17-08-19

It's time see IT clearly

Very clear, yet very subtle explanation of what we are made of through the lens of time.

The poetic and at the end of it, a very moving, melodic, melancholical, memorable reminder about our potentials and limitations of what we consider as ourself bound by our memories, our body and what we sense as TIME.

I listened to it at least two or three times, just wishing for further insight.

I wish Carlo Rovelli would have read it himself as I heard his first book in his heavy Italian accent with a charm. Although, this does not take away the marvelous delivery by the narrator.

One of the most impactful book I have listened to in last few months.

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  • Andre
  • 03-07-19

Overdramatized

The sound is as its a bestime story, certainly a disservice to an interrsting read.

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  • kirathi2042
  • 22-04-19

What a joy

I always wonder what is “Time”? This book provide an explanation based on previous scientific knowledge and I enjoy reading it.

The voice of Benedict Cumberbatch is just like a massage to my ears. What else can I say?

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  • Dennis Amankwah
  • 02-04-19

Lovely Book about Time and its Order

Now I understand that time is far more complex than we think it to be. For long I've held the sense that we always living in the past; every action happens in the past, that the only thing ever in the present is the thoughts we originate. It's really a nice book and I enjoyed listening to it

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-07-18

Enjoyable, intriguiging read on time.

Loved the performance of Benedict Cumberbatch. Warm voice and nice rhythm.

Refreshing combination of physics and poetry.

Not a technical book, rather a nice and thought-provoking read with interesting views and theories on time.

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  • Linn
  • 13-06-18

Mundane linguistic insights coupled with a good description of our current understanding of the universe.

Mundane linguistic insights coupled with a good description of our current understanding of the universe. Many great references, poems and a timeline of our understanding of time in relation to thermodynamics. Field theory is a little glossed over. The worst part is the recurrence of the linguistic discussion, you can tell the author has a great frustration with the sort of questions people ask, but the faculties to help re-evaluate them are limited to repetition.

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  • Management Consultant
  • 14-09-18

Fails to explain what time is

I was hoping this book would explain in layman's terms, what time is according to physics. The book is in laymans terms, but explains very little. There were also too many quotes from historical, religious and mythological characters and the authors own life philosophy instead of attempts to explain what time is.

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  • Steffan H.
  • 29-08-18

Brilliant!

Like being sat down in a button back leather armchair and having chocolate poured into your ears until your mind is blown.

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  • Heisenberg
  • Cambridge, England
  • 27-04-18

Beautifully written and beautifully read.

Popular physics books can often by dry or full of technical language, but with Rovelli you get such wonderfully lyrical writing, drawing references from art and literature, and the wider cultural life, to illustrate the points he is making. A joy to read, or listen to, especially when read by Benedict Cumberbatch. A brief but profound book, that examines the physics and the philosophy of time. What is time? Does it even exist? What does the concept of now mean? This builds on Rovelli's earlier works, and is, I think, his best yet. Highly recommended.

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  • Jamie
  • 14-05-18

Tell me doctor, where are we going this time?

It’s has been some time, naturally from my own relative perspective that a book has so profoundly blown my mind to absolute smithereens. This book will take me a few reads to fully comprehend, but if you want to learn more about what time is, and what it is not then this work is for you. It’s poetic and beautiful and to have it read by Mr Cumberbatch is just ambrosia to the ears.

I will read this again, and again perhaps now or in the past; in the future or somewhere in between. Who knows?

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-01-19

Well worth listening to

As someone with next to no previous knowledge on the subject, some parts where tricky to get my head around (and some for chunks I didn't manage it at all). Other sections, particularly the first few chapters, were very illuminating and really changed my perception of time.
The final chapter is beautifully written and quite philosophical, I teared up a few times, which I wasn't expecting.
The narration is excellent and really brought the text to life.
I think I'm going to give it a second listen...

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  • Andrew D
  • 09-12-18

An interesting book that made me think differently

I like reading about science, but sometimes I get the same facts in a different way. This offered me something different. The concept of entropy defined in terms of order, but the concept of orderliness defined relative to a particular viewpoint. This means that there can be no absolute definition of orderliness and so the direction of time is a local concept.

It was well written and interesting, in a very accessible way.

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  • mark
  • 26-10-18

elegant

really enjoyed the simple and elequent phrasing and could listen to it again. Highly recommended

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  • Will
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  • 12-08-18

Brilliant

An artful combination of science, philosophy and classics. You know when someone talks passionately about an interesting subject and you get so drawn in that you almost have an out of body experience? This book is that, with added physics.

Cumberbatch reads it extremely well too.

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  • matt hall
  • 09-06-18

Masterful and personal

This is partly a book about physics, partly consciousness, partly about being human and or limitations.

Rovelli spends a considerable amount of time discussing what physics has to say about time, before returning to the question of why we perceive time in the way that we do when the evidence is so strong that this is an illusion.

On the way he delves into philosophy, history, music, and literature and throughout cumberbatch's narration bring a resonance and erudition which make the journey an absolute joy.

As a physicist, there are points where the argument seems a little thin - the low entropy state of the early universe is dealt with as a dictation in a wider universe. Really just a statement of the anthropic principle, which is a little off hand. These are minor quibbles, though. The real point is the journey and the synthesis, which is masterly.

Thoroughly enjoyed this. I recommend it to anyone in a meditative frame of mind.

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  • T. Pearce
  • London, UK
  • 15-05-18

Literally the best thing I ever read.

Amazing. Profound. Illuminating. Beautiful. Moving. Measured. Passionate. Thoughtful. Mind-expanding. Mind-blowing. Astonishing. Graceful. Vast. Relatable. Perfect.

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  • Laura Hammond
  • 03-05-18

A brilliant pairing of author and narrator

Magnificently read by Benedict Cumberbatch. It's an experience I'll never forget, lyrically written but accessible. A must listen!

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  • JM
  • 28-08-18

Fascinating and thought provoking

I thought some of the concepts would get lost on me, however this was beautifully written and explained. Not to mention poetically conveyed by Benedict Cumberbatch (I want him to narrate all audio books!). I took a lot away from this work that will stay with me, can't wait to listen to it again. Just loved it!

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  • Mark
  • 20-04-19

A stimulating and accessible time!

I found 'The order of time' a fascinating, stimulating and accessible exploration into the physics and philosophy of time. I've already listened and re-listened to most chapters twice in an attempt to take on board most of the ideas Carlo Rovelli presents.

However, I'm sure there's so much more and this is one audio book that I'll return to again - regularly - for the pleasure of the narration and the depth of the ideas under discussion. A great exercise in mental stimulation and awareness. Really enjoyable!

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  • J. A. Varzaly
  • 13-11-18

Timely

Interesting, thought provoking and philosophical. An in depth analysis of time beyond what many may have ever thought before.
The narration by Benedict Cumberbatch was exquisitely matched and wonderfully presented.

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  • Netwin Waldro
  • 22-06-18

Hard physics and flowery in equal measure

Highly memorable, though sometimes very meandering. Rovelli is unlike any other writer of physics. An extremely confronting exploration of physical reality and the human condition. The first two sections contain all the important and cosmos-shattering assertions about the emergence of time from stranger underlying structures. The last few chapters were too poetic for my liking. Benedict obviously enjoyed narrating this book.

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  • Jennifer
  • 24-05-18

wonderful

An inspiring book by a brilliant thinker delivered through superb narration. l enjoyed the challenge of digesting poetic science. Sometimes the science was difficult and sometimes the poetry too dominant, but a greatly enriching experience.

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  • Murray Dagley
  • 20-05-18

A deep and intriguing view of time

Totally absorbing. A perspective I had not previously entertained but one well worth pursuing. l find Carlos insights refreshing.