The End of Everything: (Astrophysically Speaking) Audiobook, by Katie Mack Play Audiobook Sample

The End of Everything: (Astrophysically Speaking) Audiobook

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Read By: Gabra Zackman, Katie Mack Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 4.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.13 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: August 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781797106502

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Longest Chapter Length:

63:21 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

31 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

34:39 minutes

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From one of the most dynamic rising stars in astrophysics, an accessible and eye-opening look at five ways the universe could end, and the mind-blowing lessons each scenario reveals about the most important concepts in cosmology.

We know the universe had a beginning. With the Big Bang, it expanded from a state of unimaginable density to an all-encompassing cosmic fireball to a simmering fluid of matter and energy, laying down the seeds for everything from black holes to one rocky planet orbiting a star near the edge of a spiral galaxy that happened to develop life as we know it. But what happens to the universe at the end of the story? And what does it mean for us now?

Dr. Katie Mack has been contemplating these questions since she was a young student, when her astronomy professor informed her the universe could end at any moment, in an instant. This revelation set her on the path toward theoretical astrophysics. Now, with lively wit and humor, she takes us on a mind-bending tour through five of the cosmos’s possible finales: the Big Crunch, Heat Death, the Big Rip, Vacuum Decay (the one that could happen at any moment!), and the Bounce. Guiding us through cutting-edge science and major concepts in quantum mechanics, cosmology, string theory, and much more, The End of Everything is a wildly fun, surprisingly upbeat ride to the farthest reaches of all that we know.

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“Mack’s endlessly entertaining survey is infused with a palpable love of her subject, and will transmit to readers the same joy she finds in exploring the wide and fascinating universe.”

— Publishers Weekly (starred review) 


  • “A thrilling tour of potential cosmic doomsdays.”

    — Wall Street Journal
  • “Guides us along a cosmic timeline studded with scientific esoterica and mystery.”

    — New York Times Book Review
  • “Makes for a fascinating story.”

    — Nature
  • “Through informal but rigorous prose, she describes the weird wrinkles and implications of these potential endings.”

    — Scientific American
  • “Thinking through the science of end times is actually a thrill…Mack’s pleasing writing style makes speculating about the death of the universe unexpectedly entertaining.”

    — Kirkus Reviews


  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week
  • A #1 bestseller in Astronomy

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About Katie Mack

Dr. Katherine (Katie) Mack is a theoretical astrophysicist who studies a range of questions in cosmology, the study of the universe from beginning to end. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Physics at North Carolina State University, where she is also a member of the Leadership in Public Science Cluster. Alongside her academic research, she is an active science communicator and has been published in a number of popular publications such as Scientific American, Slate, Sky & Telescope, Time, and Cosmos magazine, where she is a columnist.

About Gabra Zackman

Gabra Zackman is an actress, author, and narrator who has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards. She was educated at Northwestern University. A classically trained actress, she has appeared in theaters all over the country as well as on film and television.