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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,601 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Leonard Susskind Narrator: Ray Porter Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This is the inside account of the battle over the true nature of black holes—with nothing less than our understanding of the entire universe at stake.

What happens when something is sucked into a black hole? Does it disappear? Three decades ago, a young physicist named Stephen Hawking claimed that it did—and in doing so, put at risk everything we know about the fundamental laws of the universe. Leonard Susskind and Gerard ’t Hooft realized the threat and responded with a counterattack that changed the course of physics. The Black Hole War is the thrilling story of their united effort to reconcile Hawking’s theories of black holes with their own sense of reality, an effort that would eventually result in Hawking admitting he was wrong and Susskind and ’t Hooft realizing that our world is a hologram projected from the outer boundaries of space. A brilliant book about the deepest mysteries of modern physics, The Black Hole War is mind-bending and exhilarating reading.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As good an introduction as you’re going to find to the strange world of black hole astrophysics. Add that to the chance to ride along as real scientists resolve a fundamental issue and you have the makings of a great read.”

    Washington Post

  • “In a remarkable skilled reading, Ray Porter goes beyond Susskind’s mostly deft, engaging, and (reasonably) comprehensive writing to add energy and nuance to passages that could have been dry, and to render the sometimes very challenging material with admirable clarity. Porter adds proper—even illuminating—emphasis and intonation to passages a layman could hardly be expected to understand, never mind express correctly. This is a resourceful, intelligent reading of a fine book.”


  • “An interesting view of today’s physics as it moves into ever more abstract areas. Writing for the general public, Susskind…uses a relaxed and often humorous style of presentation.”

    Library Journal

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Winner of the 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science & Technology
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Tania | 2/14/2014

    " This is not the right book to listen to on audio. It is very technical - most of the book is taken up with getting the reader up to speed so that he can even understand what the black hole war was about. Good book if you want exposure to the basic concepts of quantum theory, elementary particle physics, and quantum gravity without math being involved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mark Coffey | 2/10/2014

    " A bit too far out there for me...love popularized science, but never conceptually wrapped myself around this one... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Glenport | 1/24/2014

    " This guy is a jackass. I don't really like either side of the argument described within. Sorry. Physics slam. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Matt | 1/23/2014

    " Overall the book was very entertaining and easy to read. The author tended to jump around quite a bit from chapter to chapter, even within a chapter, but even with that the book flowed pretty well. In addition to some fascinating scientific insights the book had a very personal touch. "

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