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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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  • Burk Prael
  • 2017-11-18

great audio book.

good naration. lots of content. will need to listen to it again

some chapters are heavier on the science than others, but all very insightful

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  • a2thak
  • 2017-10-19

make the world smart again.

The best. Well researched well written well read. doing Carl Sagan proud. Buy this book.

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  • Paleo hound
  • 2017-12-31

if you're interested in science, this is awesome.

fantastic. hard to listen to at 2x speed, but very informative. if you're into physics and space, this is great.

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  • M. Smith
  • 2017-10-16

A beautiful work that makes you really think<br />

Very enjoyable. Made me pause and think many times. Beautifully read by DeGrasse Tyson. He explains these concepts with insight and understanding. A must read. Don't be frightened to rewind and relisten to parts of this as not everything is straight forward, despite only skimming the surface.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2017-10-12

Great

loved it, sill listen again for sure. easy to follow along but with enough questions raised to investigate more.

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  • Joe Armstrong
  • 2017-09-05

Great book!

loved the book helped me get a basic understanding of astrophysics now I can move onto more advanced books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-02-15

astounding

Tyson does what he always does and wow's the reader/listener. What a book I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-02-12

Easy to understand

I have a brother who is a physicist and I have a hard time understanding what he is talkung about. This was easy to understand and follow. I really enjoyed it.

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  • Julie
  • 2018-02-02

great voice. big topic

I love the author but just couldn't follow a lot of it. What I did follow was poetic and well written but I just don't feel like I really learned anything. I'd go to sleep to Tyson's voice though

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-01-17

Super Awesome no more words

this is THE most awesome book. The fact that Neil read it is even more awesome.

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  • Author Adel
  • Chicago
  • 2017-05-06

Condensed, concise science meets social philosophy with humor and wit

I was expecting science, I got it. I was expecting meta science, I got it. I was expecting wit, I got it. I was expecting humor, I got plenty of it. Neil deGrasse Tyson delivered on all fronts, satiated my hunger for it all. Astrophysics and science in general are not for everyone but it should be! This book paves the way to reset our ego and places us in a framework that we are participants in this ever expanding universe.... a dust particle within a pale blue dust particle. Thank you Neil.

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  • TMort
  • 2017-06-07

Awesome book for those new to astrophysics.

Would you listen to Astrophysics for People in a Hurry again? Why?

YES!! I learned so much the first go around, but even then I had to have him repeat things a few times for me to fully grasp some of the concepts. So I would most definitely listen to it again, because I believe their would be something new to takeaway each time, whether it be knowledge or perspective.

What other book might you compare Astrophysics for People in a Hurry to and why?

Cosmos, by Carl Sagan. The audiobook is excellently narrated by LeVar Burton, and I find it to be just as "down to earth" as this one is. Little to no math, but explaining detailed concepts in a way we, those bad at math, can understand.

Which scene was your favorite?

Probably the scene with the whipped cream in the coffee shop. Don't argue with Neil deGrasse Tyson about physics, he will win.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I had to take it in bits and pieces, and feel that I enjoyed it more that way. Some of the things said challenged my world/universe view a bit, and I found it helpful to just have time to ponder and be wowed by the universe.

Any additional comments?

I would highly recommend others to read/listen to this, especially if you are curious about Astrophysics, but are intimidated by the math. Neil deGrasse Tyson has a way of explaining difficult concepts in a manner that is easier to understand than others I have found. This book has given me me a great platform of knowledge to build upon, and I learned an incredible amount. It even helped me have the confidence needed to answer a question I was asked shortly after finishing. I couldn't help but holler, "I know this! I just learned it from Neil deGrasse Tyson!"

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  • Rob
  • Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • 2017-07-15

Disappointing - not much physics

I was hoping for an entertaining, lay person's overview of quantum theory, the Standard Model, string theory, etc. This book doesn't even touch on astrophysics. There is a little discussion of dark matter and dark energy, but this book is more about the history of astronomy, how the planets were named, the relative prevalence of elements in the universe, how aliens might discover our radio transmissions, and other non-physics stuff.

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  • Gillian
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 2017-05-03

From The Department Of Exotic Happenings...!

Yes! We are all stardust!
Only the truly knowledgeable might not like "Astrophysics for People in a Hurry." I'm sure they're into much more in-depth works. But for those of us who dream up into the sky, it's a pure delight. Heck, even the knowledgeable might like it as Neil deGrasse Tyson is the best narrator out there, one of the best writers there is. Period.
Filled with wonderful ideas, galaxies devouring dwarf galaxies (ooh, bad karma!), massive radio telescopes, a fun run through the periodic table of elements, comets, a study of time, so much is packed into just over 3 1/2 hours. Yes, you do come out wanting more, more info, more ideas.
More deGrasse Tyson! Only he can make the strange ominous on one hand, fantastically enthralling on the other. Only he can make comparisons that are laugh out loud funny on the one hand, complete and utter poetry on the other.
Worth the price, worth the woefully short time, you'll be engaged and smiling the whole way through all these well-written essays that'll have you looking up at the sky again, fascinated, laughing in your heart and soul. Maybe you'll lose sight of the vast, vast, oh so vast picture, but you'll be delighted by the many small and provocative wonders you're left with.

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  • dopson
  • 2017-08-10

Space is crazy

For someone who has a verifiably basic understanding of the universe that encompasses us I found this audio book to be nothing short of an enlightenment. With highschool level science you will find that there are very few (if any) new terms to learn however, the author is very capable of expanding your understanding of concepts in a short period of time. At many times throughout this short listen I found myself in awe recognising that I actually have no idea how space works. Many thanks to the author who has contributed to my ever expanding, like our universe, knowledge of our existence.

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  • Bret
  • 2018-01-05

where's the science?

1 hour of scientific history, 2 hours of Neil Tyson's personal philosophy. Not sure what else I expected really.

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  • Gurneyape
  • 2017-08-18

Good Listen , a bit restated but told well

If you could sum up Astrophysics for People in a Hurry in three words, what would they be?

LOL... everything literally. from the big bang to why you are alive. its a well told summation of how the universe came into being , the creation of everything. but intertaining

What did you like best about this story?

To be honest am a huge fan of NDT so glad to hear him read his own work

Which scene was your favorite?

no real scenes but one second after the big bang

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

COSMOS... they already did a whole series

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  • Warren Engledove
  • 2017-07-23

meh

I liked cosmos, and other things I've seen Neil Degrasse Tyson do. This was littered with opinionated jabs that I didn't care for.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-06-05

Definitely for people in a hurry ;)

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to DeGrasse narrate his work. I have always been intrigued by his ideals and decided this was the perfect introduction to summarizing the universe. I can only say negatively that the title does the book major justice; it was definitely a book for people in a hurry. I listened while doing some work around the house today and was honestly sad when chapter 14 started introducing his acknowledgements. The book was over before I knew it! However, it covered so much ground in so little time, and has intrigued me to go more in depth with his and fellow astrophysicist's works. I would say it was the perfect introduction to the universe and DeGrasse is an entertaining speaker. His humorous examples supporting theories widely known but still somehow disbelieved are hilarious and kept me entertained while learning something.

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  • dan baldwin
  • 2017-08-30

I think I will stick to Brian Greene's books

This book was informative, but felt like a platform for his political and social agenda as much as it was scientific.

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