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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7,709 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow Narrator: Erik Davies Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2005 ISBN: 9780739321881
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Stephen Hawking's worldwide bestseller, A Brief History of Time, has been a landmark volume in scientific writing. Its author's engaging voice is one reason, and the compelling subjects he addresses is another: the nature of space and time, the role of God in creation, the history and future of the universe. But it is also true that in the years since its publication, readers have repeatedly told Professor Hawking of their great difficulty in understanding some of the book's most important concepts.

This is the origin of and the reason for A Briefer History of Time: its author's wish to make its content more accessible to readers -- as well as to bring it up-to-date with the latest scientific observations and findings.

Although this book is literally somewhat "briefer," it actually expands on the great subjects of the original. Purely technical concepts, such as the mathematics of chaotic boundary conditions, are gone. Conversely, subjects of wide interest that were difficult to follow because they were interspersed throughout the book have now been given entire chapters of their own, including relativity, curved space, and quantum theory.

This reorganization has allowed the authors to expand areas of special interest and recent progress, from the latest developments in string theory to exciting developments in the search for a complete unified theory of all the forces of physics. Like prior editions of the book - but even more so - A Briefer History of Time will guide nonscientists everywhere in the ongoing search for the tantalizing secrets at the heart of time and space."

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sumera | 2/19/2014

    " For someone who was completely lost in Physics class to acing the class in the last couple of months, this book was amazing. It was so easy to read and understand and was very informative to what I needed to know for my first physics course. I found myself retelling the information to my brother, who knows nothing of physics, and explaining the theories to him. The best beginner's choice for the broad topic of physics and it really opens up the interest in the field. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kalen Graham | 2/11/2014

    " Interesting concepts about space and time. A good balance of technical jargon and explaining concepts in laymans terms. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Coyotejoe2 | 2/6/2014

    " In This book, hawking keep using the same example and explanations of scientific princilble over nad over agian. He describes the Doppler Effect 5 time and the trees in the forest 6 times. This book was just ok,,,, "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rodney Hart | 1/26/2014

    " Need to read it again to really get all that it was saying, but some fascinating topics are made understandable by the incredibly brilliant Stephen Hawking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rishi Garg | 1/9/2014

    " Still a bit hard to access for my feeble little brain!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Robins | 1/5/2014

    " Like the previous Brief History, but with better illustrations (and in color). No huge substantial changes: but there's no need to read this one only if you've read the other. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Conrad | 12/20/2013

    " Five stars, but be aware that even though it is dumbed-down, it is very hard to understand in some places. I listened to the audiobook, and intend to listen to it again. If you are interested in cosmology and astrophysics, this is the book for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 11/9/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book, although I think I will have to read it again at least once before I can say I understand everything! The only thing I didn't like were the references to god (38 according to my Kindle). This is a non-fiction book about Physics - why mention god at all? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andreas | 10/2/2013

    " The classic this book will resonate thoughout the ages everyone should read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sergio Pizzo Barrale | 8/10/2013

    " learn about where you live. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joel Haynes | 5/23/2013

    " This was an amazing pleasure read. Hawking is an extremely intelligent man, and his books are easy to comprehend! I can't wait to read the original "A Brief History of Time"!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Flora | 12/4/2012

    " God help me, I was too dumb for Hawking for Dummies. I got some of it, but when he started talking waves and wormholes, he lost me. Even in this kind, gentle version. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christian | 11/21/2012

    " A great book to read for people at all different levels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simon | 3/9/2012

    " Overall, a good introduction to modern physics. The initial chapters are strong, however, I felt the final discussion of string theory was rushed and weak - could definitely have done with some more revision (or at least, I need to read further to understand it!). Recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Francis Vala | 12/20/2011

    " Fabulous and inspiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ethan | 12/16/2011

    " Explains familiar things well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claudia | 6/15/2011

    " Stephen Hawking is, for physics, what CS Lewis is for theology. Complex thought become "well of course!" ideas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Camilo | 5/24/2011

    " In reading this book, I got the impression that my mind would be blown... assuming that I actually understood what was going on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 5/18/2011

    " Solid intro for the layman to how the universe works. Hard to argue with that! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 5/14/2011

    " One of the best books I've ever read, somehow Stephen Hawking explains a ridiculously complicated subject in a way that people of normal intelligence can understand. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ross | 5/14/2011

    " Clear and succinct without being dismissive or imprecise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ultraban | 5/9/2011

    " Its a common mans guide to the galaxy. Stephen Hawking's genius lies in his ability to turn theoretical physics into a coffee table book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nay | 4/20/2011

    " Good science book about cosmology targeted at layman people. Clear and understandable. It left me with more knowledge of time and universe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frances | 4/18/2011

    " I totally enjoyed this book and his writting. He is amazing to overcome his problems and still go on. I have read this twice and will read it again and again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 4/16/2011

    " Slightly more understandable than the last book I read, but still, I'm a physics dummy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dtwilder | 4/15/2011

    " I think this book should be read by everyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 4/15/2011

    " It's not fair for me to rate this book because I read it when I was about 13. "

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About the Author
Author Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking is and English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author. His ability to make science understandable and compelling was established with his first book, A Brief History of Time, which has sold nearly ten million copies all over the world. Hugely influential in his field, he has authored or participated in the creation of countless other popular science books, including The Universe in a Nutshell, A Briefer History of Time, On the Shoulders of Giants, and George’s Secret Key to the Universe. He is the current director of research at the Institute for Theoretical Cosmology at Cambridge.

About the Narrator

Erik Davies is an accomplished audiobook narrator and voice-over actor. His stage credits include G.R. Point, Unpublished Letters, and Flats Fixed. Some of his television and film appearances include ER, Third Watch, and a starring role in the hit indie comedy High Society: A Pot Boiler. His audiobook narration has won three AudioFile Earphones Awards.