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Stephen Hawking: His Life and Work

Written by: Kitty Ferguson
Narrated by: Carole Boyd
Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Stephen Hawking is one of the most remarkable figures of our time, a Cambridge genius who has earned international celebrity as a brilliant theoretical physicist and become an inspiration and revelation to those who have witnessed his courageous triumph over disability. This is Hawking's life story by Kitty Ferguson, who has had special help from Hawking himself and his close associates and who has a gift for translating the language of theoretical physics for non-scientists.

Twenty years ago, Kitty Ferguson's Stephen Hawking: Quest for a Theory of Everything became a Sunday Times bestseller and took the world by storm. She now returns to the subject to transform that short book into a hugely expanded, carefully researched, up-to-the-minute biography.

©2011 Kitty Ferguson (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Heizenberg
  • 2012-04-04

Not What it Appears

Would you try another book from Kitty Ferguson and/or Carole Boyd?

No! Stephan Hawking is truly amazing and many of the stories that Ms. Ferguson tells are awe inspiring. Unfortunately Ms. Ferguson appears to have a huge chip on her shoulder over the fact that Hawking happens to be an atheist and goes off on strange religious tangents that really distract from what could have been a great story. For a better glimpse into the genius of Stephan Hawking, consider reading the books he has personally written, which are also available on Audible.

Has Stephen Hawking: His Life and Work turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

What aspect of Carole Boyd???s performance would you have changed?

None - Ms. Boyd did a fine job.

You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The stories of Hawking are fantastic, but Ms. Ferguson's religious rants are grating.

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  • Audio Gra Gra
  • 2013-08-09

A little bit of life - a lot of work..

The title of this book is a little misleading - I was expecting a biography. More than three quarters of this book is devoted to an examination of his theories, and very little to Stephen Hawking the man. Obviously a reader is expecting some science if choosing this book, but the illness he has lived with throughout his life is relegated to playing just a bit part in this book. By the end of the book I knew less about the man than I did his theories.
I suspect that's just the way he would want it as well, but unfortunately the portrait painted of Stephen Hawking by this book is black and white rather than the colour his life of adversity, brilliance and quirkiness could have been.

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  • Jeremy
  • 2012-04-21

Too Much Focus on Religion

This is an interesting book on Stephen Hawkins and his work. The theories of cosmology, string theory, inflation are explained very clearly for the lay science reader. My big issue was how much the author focused on the religious aspects of his work as she seemed to become more distraught over his theories leaving less and less room for a god. If the author's concern over the religious implications of his theories were mentioned once in the book that would have been fine, however, it was a recurring topic that really detracted from what otherwise was an excellent book.

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  • R.
  • 2017-04-05

Very insightful look into a brilliant mind!

Very insightful look into a brilliant mind! It is inspirational to see how this man and his family overcame adversity and contributed so much to science and the world. Makes me want to obtain a physics degree at the age of 46!

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  • alfonso
  • 2015-11-28

A biography of his life AND work

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn about his life and his work. Might be a bit derivative for those who has followed his work. But there are loads of new stuff anyway^^

What other book might you compare Stephen Hawking: His Life and Work to and why?

I would compare it to "Einstein: His Life and Universe" by Walter Isaacson. Very shows many sides of the many issues in his life and shows him as a person instead of a immortal hero

What about Carole Boyd’s performance did you like?

Loved it! She makes the story come to life!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It really gave me a new way to look at his fame. I felt as if I knew him. It made me think of how we always seem to forget how even famous people are just that... people

Any additional comments?

The book might be challenging sometimes, but it's not forbidden to listen to it twice. It's worth it, if you really care about understanding it.

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  • carol
  • 2012-04-25

Good Technical Explanations

Any additional comments?

Explanations of very difficult concepts explained well. Life story and description of work combined was thorough and interesting.

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  • RANDALL JAFFE
  • 2014-05-10

Biography 20 % Physics 80%

What did you like best about Stephen Hawking: His Life and Work? What did you like least?

How a person with a brilliant mind but severely disabled body not only copes with life, but actually excels others in his field equally as brilliant but not as accomplished as Hawking.BUT, although I am totally impressed by her grasp of difficult theoretical physics and attempt to bring this would to us, I really wanted more biography and much less physics. I do like science but this was way more than i had anticipated. I had to wade through the physics to get back to the biography.

Would you ever listen to anything by Kitty Ferguson again?

Maybe

What about Carole Boyd’s performance did you like?

She made me feel like she was the author having these interviews with Stephen Hawking.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

If it had less physics and more story.

Any additional comments?

I did learn a lot about cosmology and physics.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful