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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,154 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Hawking, Lucy Hawking Narrator: Hugh Dancy Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9780743571623
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Stephen Hawking, author of the multi-million copy bestselling A Brief History of Time, and his daughter, Lucy, explain the universe to readers of all ages.  George's parents, who have always been wary of technology, warn him about their new neighbors: Eric is a scientist and his daughter, Annie, seems to be following in his footsteps.  But when George befriends them and Cosmos, their super-computer, he finds himself on a wildly fun adventure, while learning about physics, time, and the universe.  With Cosmos's help, he can travel to other planets and a black hole.  But what would happen if the wrong people got their hands on Cosmos?  George, Annie, and Eric aren't about to find out, and what ensues is a funny adventure that clearly explains the mysteries of science.  Gary Parsons' energetic illustrations add humor and interest, and his scientific drawings add clarity; there are also eight 4-page full-color inserts of scientific photos. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A terrific page-turner that will be a revelation to every young reader who has ever looked into the skies and wondered.” 

    Education Today

  • “What better way to interest young readers in science-and specifically in its relevance to the long-term survival of humankind-than for one of the world’s most renowned theoretical physicists to put his subject at the center of a children's book?” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Hugh Dancy’s skilled narration contributes significantly to this story.”

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  • “Teachers will welcome this entertaining read-aloud.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/13/2014

    " A book where they sneak in facts about space while telling a good story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LB | 1/22/2014

    " Not a great plot. The writing wasn't great either. But the science concepts were sound. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 1/19/2014

    " Enjoyed reading this to my 8 year old son - the story was great and listened intently and wanted more each night, but the science bits were kind of poked in and so interrupted the story line. This meant i kept skipping them and then coming back to them later - he didn't really follow this as well as he could have. HAving said that, he now has an appreciation of the importance of Hawking as a great modern thinker, and is aware loosely of what Hawking radiation proves.... Not bad for a 8 year old. A vast improvement on the Enid Blytons of my childhood! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veronica | 1/17/2014

    " It was very sientific, a good, fun way to learn about the universe and everything in it. There were a bunch of pages that were just info and a few pages with glossy, full color photos! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 1/16/2014

    " It has a bit of a slow start, made me wonder if it was just a science lesson. But the story picked up and it was interesting. It did approach teaching the Big Bang theory, which was a little odd, but otherwise it was okay. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caroline | 1/4/2014

    " The concept of a fun science book for kids is a good one. I found the layout to be distracting however - e.g. in the middle of a chapter, sometimes a sentence, would be an inset about one of the topics. I found it confusing as an adult to either stop the story and read it, or to carry on with the story until a sensible point and then skip back to the inset. I'm not sure I would have been able to follow it had I been a child - unless perhaps I was already interested in science, in which case I would be likely to know most of the basic information the book contains. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalia | 1/4/2014

    " This was a really cute and original story...I liked the good quality illustrations, the informative pages, and the engaging plot. Where will Cosmos take us reader next??? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mmatiatos | 12/23/2013

    " Could be a great way to interest young readers in science. A combination of humor and adventure mixed in with some facts about science and our universe. Nice photos. I'll update when I finish reading it but so far I'm being sucked in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jarkko Laine | 12/7/2013

    " A great read with an interesting story line and a lot of science. I read this book to my five-year-old and we both enjoyed it a lot. For example, at the end of the book, we read it for two hours just to find out how the story ends. Afterwards, we had a long discussion on saving the planet :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah Z | 12/5/2013

    " This is a fascinating story about a regular young boy who goes on an amazing journey. It teaches you a ton of basics about scape, and also about black holes. But don't bother to read this if you aren't looking to learn from your book, or just looking for entertainment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annemarie | 10/16/2013

    " my boys really loved this, they looked forward to bed time and loved all the facts and details. Great book and really well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nun | 8/14/2013

    " this book is amazing! Entertaining and instructive. Learn the sky with that book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yanty | 7/3/2013

    " a funny children stirybook with many descriptive stories about the universe "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Belby | 12/23/2012

    " couverture trop flashy mais histoire sympa "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kali.706 | 11/21/2012

    " I think the best chunk of this book was the speech that George gave at the end. The rest of it was pretty classic children's storybook plot structure except that astronomy plays a big part in the plot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ben | 11/8/2012

    " Cool way to introduce kids to astrophysics. Not intended for young adults or up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Verdi | 7/9/2012

    " I learned a lot of space stuff from this, like that a comet's tail is caused because a comet is made of ice. Well the tail of the comet is the melting dirty ice. The tail only comes when it comes into the part of it's orbit which is closer to the sun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dylan | 6/6/2012

    " Greatest book I've read, with the work of Stephen Hawking and a great story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edit Noorita Kusuma | 4/4/2012

    " Book about astronomy that very interesting.It's make me amaze, about the Universe and also who create it. 4JJI SWT..Subhanallah.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayla | 2/26/2012

    " I think it was and interesting filled with a lot of good facts about the solar system. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 2/7/2012

    " Great science book to read with kids. It has a great characters that children can relate to and introduces astronomy facts and physics concepts along the way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eli | 10/19/2011

    " This is a great kids book. I have used it to teach students in middle school and they loved it. The pictures (real science and fantasey) are great. However, some of the vocab is challenging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colette | 9/12/2011

    " My 9 year old really enjoyed this story written by Stephen Hawking and his daughter.A boy called George and an incredible computer called Cosmos, that could transport you into outer space. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Henry Hurwitz | 8/17/2011

    " A great educational story though also, just a great story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanya | 5/22/2011

    " Okay... so I only read the first chapter with my 2nd grader to make sure it was a good book and one he would want to continue reading on his own. He loved it and took off. I like that it has an interesting plot as well as scientific information woven through the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teri | 4/11/2011

    " This book fills a unique niche--scientific children's literature. The edition we had listed both Stephen Hawking and Lucy Hawkin as authors; I LOVE that a theoretical physicist co-authored the book. My girls really loved the story and all the science they were exposed to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Henry | 3/25/2011

    " A great educational story though also, just a great story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah Z | 3/17/2011

    " This is a fascinating story about a regular young boy who goes on an amazing journey. It teaches you a ton of basics about scape, and also about black holes. But don't bother to read this if you aren't looking to learn from your book, or just looking for entertainment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 2/5/2011

    " Really fun read with lots of science mixed in. Hooray for Stephen Hawking and his daughter for writing such fun fiction to help kids learn about the universe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fran | 1/20/2011

    " Really simple to read. It's written on an easy way and it's perfect if you want to learn about the universe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benjamin | 1/18/2011

    " This is a great book that has lots of facts about the universe and space. If you like space and computers this book is perfect for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hustinetten | 12/28/2010

    " La cuarta estrella se la doy por algunos detalles de la traducción que me han gustado mucho. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marlon | 12/27/2010

    " Ist mehr eine Kindergeschichte. Man lernt nur einige wenige Fakten. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 12/21/2010

    " What an awesome book to read with your kids! It's a story with actual factual space info thrown in. I learned so much about stars and black holes. Great pictures. And bonus: it's well-written, too! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kali.706 | 11/29/2010

    " I think the best chunk of this book was the speech that George gave at the end. The rest of it was pretty classic children's storybook plot structure except that astronomy plays a big part in the plot. "

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