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The Theory of Everything

The Origin and Fate of the Universe
Written by: Stephen W. Hawking
Narrated by: Michael York
Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
Categories: Science & Math, Physics
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In physicist Stephen Hawking's brilliant opus, A Brief History of Time, he presented us with a bold new look at our universe, how it began, and how our old views of physics and tired theories about the creation of the universe were no longer relevant. In other words, Hawking gave us a new look at our world, our universe, and ourselves.

Now, Hawking presents an even more comprehensive look at our universe, its creation, and how we see ourselves within it. Imagine sitting in a comfortable room listening to Hawking discuss his latest theories and place them in historical context with science's other great achievements--it would be like hearing Christopher Columbus deliver the news about the new world.

Hawking presents a series of seven lectures in which he describes, more clearly than ever, the history of the universe as we know it. He begins with the history of ideas about the universe, from Aristotle's idea that the Earth is round to Hubble's discovery two millennium later that our universe is growing.

Using this history as a launching pad, Hawking takes us on a fascinating journey through the telescopic lens of modern physics to gain a new glimpse of the universe--the nature of black holes, the space-time continuum, and new information about the origin of the universe. He uses this scientific basis to come up with a "unified theory of everything" that the author claims will be "the ultimate triumph of human reason."

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Simple explanation of great things

I thank the author and narrator for explaining science in 3 and odd hours in a fabulous way.

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Must read book

Awesome book!
You must have much higher attention span to read this book. I personally consider fiction is better option for audio book. The problem with non fiction and technical books like this is you have to rewind if you miss anything or want to hear it again for better clarity.

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Totally Mesmerized.

The book is awesome. Now seeing the world and universe with a total different view. Narration is clear and this thing is excellent piece of work.

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  • Thomas
  • 11-10-12

Stephen Hawking - what more is there to say?

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Being a studying theoretical physicist, I can respect Hawking's views greatly. In here, he does his best to summarize the Universe, and does so with flying colors, and in vivid detail. I would certainly recommend this audiobook to anyone who wants to discover the Universe and how it came to be. Hawking does so beautifully.

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  • Roc Myers
  • 07-01-15

Shares a lot of text with a Brief History of Time.

While listening to this I kept thinking I had accidentally restarted A Brief History of Time. They share quite a lot of identical material.

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  • JR Dory
  • 06-11-15

Abridged version of "Brief History of Time

Good content, but directly out of his other books. Not much original content. Two of the chapters are direct copies of Brief History!!!

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  • Myk
  • 26-11-12

Excellent book and narration, though out of date

This book was an excellent collection of lectures at the time it was written, but major new discoveries since then have changed the state of knowledge. Of specific importance, it was not known at that time that the universe's expansion is actually accelerating. This discovery of this unknown expansionary force (labelled "Dark Energy") has changed much of the cosmological landscape Hawking discusses in this book.

It is still interesting as an historical viewpoint, but could be improved by having some recognition that it is out of date in the description or added as an afterword.

The reading is truly excellent. A very lively and textured narration that really brings to life Hawking's personality.

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  • Patch
  • 26-06-17

I bought the same book twice.

This is an edited, dumbed down, and more boring version of "A Brief History of Time". Pass on this one.

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  • Daniel
  • 21-03-13

Me, Me, Me & More Me

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Reads like "A Theory of Narcissism." No wonder Steven Hawking is twice divorced...

Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

Good Technical Information

What about Michael York’s performance did you like?

Nice Narration

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-06-20

Understanding the mind of god

As no surprise, the works of hawking are a baffling ride of pure knowledge and understanding, that place physics and the fundamental knowledge of the universe in a digestible medium. A fantastic book that will leave you craving for more and inspire you to keep looking toward the skies, as well as the palm of you hand, seeking out every individual atom as a completely different universe.

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  • stephen
  • 08-03-20

science is fun

I really liked this book I listened to it twice. the what if questions are fun to think about

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-01-20

Simply awesome

Realy liked the voice of reader. Great and Definitely not boring. Hard to understand all, I will need to listen it one more time.

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  • mona
  • 25-08-19

Informative and inspiring

Hawking's book was enjoyable, however, on a medium work day, it was hard to stay focused on work because the subject was complex and entertaining. Definitely recommended it for a slower work day.

There were three things I took from this book about Hawking's view of the universe. First, how easy it was to understand the concepts. Second, I was surprised how honest Hawking was about science and faith. You could feel his passion towards science and his push to seek answers and where faith fits in it. Third and lastly, How wonderful Hawking opened up questions to the next generation of scientists and philosophers, to broaden their scope. I know I am one of them.

If you need a push of inspiration, this is a good starting place.

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  • Adrian
  • 14-04-13

Brilliant!

There is a lot to know in the unknown. Now I know I know even less than before.

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  • ken
  • 04-04-18

S.H..Legend..Thank God for science LOL. Brilliant

Have enjoyed all of the books from Stephen Hawking, this one is fantastic, listen and learn but be prepared to have your mind shaken and filled with more questions.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-03-20

Complex

Although interesting it was still very complex & difficult to follow. Perhaps a much shorter version would be better.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-01-20

The book itself I thoroughly enjoyed

But on occasion, Michael York sounded like he needed a drink. You could hear his mouth moving. Was a little off putting.

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  • Chrissie Ann
  • 24-10-19

Concentration required

I didn't understand or follow all of the theories in the book, but have been able to get a layman's understanding. Needs concentration to follow the flow of the book. Not an easy read but extremely interesting.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-04-19

interesting ... only few queries

an interesting subject and and a capable attempt to simply a voluminous field of research. sort of forces you to reconsider our place and priorities in life. i shall have to listen to it again and research topics since to me some of the examples used to explain some points proved incoherent. worth reading nonetheless

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-06-18

The simplest Physics material I've ever came acros

Wow. Bless him, R.I.P Professor. You stand high amongst Humans. Your theories are gold dust. " I'm May be bound on a wheelchair but in my mind, I'm free" . This book is asking a single question.

Is it possible for humans to unravel the secret of the inner working of the universe?

Did the universe start from a point just like the stars and the galaxies.

If so , then the universe started from a point and expanding or have reached its full capacity and contracting.

Great arguments are raised in this book. I'm gonna listen to it again. 🚀

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  • Kane
  • 20-07-15

Interesting book, albeit at times complex.

A very interesting and well structured audiobook. Perhaps owing to my basic understand of modern day physics, I found some chapters quite complex, but nonetheless I will be following it up with A Briefer History Of Time.

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  • Alex
  • 21-03-18

Well worth a listen

Gain a basic understanding of the universe, even if you do not know all the math behind it.

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  • R. B. Smith
  • 04-03-19

To technical

Narrator was good but the book was far to technical for us. Listened for about 1 hour but had to stop as it was beyond us.