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  • Death by Black Hole

  • And Other Cosmic Quandaries
  • Written by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Neil deGrasse Tyson has a talent for guiding readers through the mysteries of outer space with stunning clarity and almost childlike enthusiasm. This collection of his essays from Natural History magazine explores a myriad of cosmic topics. Tyson introduces us to the physics of black holes by explaining what would happen to our bodies if we fell into one; he also examines the needless friction between science and religion, and notes Earth's status as "an insignificantly small speck in the cosmos".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great general book of science.

  • By Aarik on 2019-02-06

Great general book of science.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 2019-02-06

Great book on a wide assorted range of topics. I felt it was quite an unfocussed book of Dr.Tyson. I loved his other books. Despite the title, it has surprisingly less to do with Black holes. Please just half a chapter. In any case, the final few chapters are the best parts of the book. Worth a read, but not a "must read".

  • Accessory to War

  • The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military
  • Written by: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Avis Lang
  • Narrated by: Courtney B. Vance, Neil deGrasse Tyson - introduction
  • Length: 18 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

In this fascinating foray into the centuries-old relationship between science and military power, acclaimed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and writer-researcher Avis Lang examine how the methods and tools of astrophysics have been enlisted in the service of war. "The overlap is strong, and the knowledge flows in both directions", say the authors, because astrophysicists and military planners care about many of the same things: multi-spectral detection, ranging, tracking, imaging, high ground, nuclear fusion, and access to space. Tyson and Lang call it a "curiously complicit" alliance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mind Melting.

  • By T King on 2018-09-18

Excellent book, very informative and interesting.

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Reviewed: 2019-01-06

Another brilliant book by Dr.Tyson. Though I think he could have used a better more enthusiastic Narrator. Very informative and intriguing.

  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • Written by: Yuval Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,213
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,931
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,928

In Sapiens, Dr. Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical - and sometimes devastating - breakthroughs of the cognitive, agricultural, and scientific revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology, and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'll definitely listen to this again.

  • By Shea Earl on 2017-11-25

Excellent mind-blowing book

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Reviewed: 2018-06-28

covers a whole range of topics about homo sapiens from hunter gatherers to the triumph of modern economy. A must read