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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (10,574 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brian Greene Narrator: Michael Prichar Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From Brian Greene, one of the world’s leading physicists, comes a grand tour of the universe that makes us look at reality in a completely different way.

Space and time form the very fabric of the cosmos. Yet they remain among the most mysterious of concepts. Is space an entity? Why does time have a direction? Could the universe exist without space and time? Can we travel to the past? 

Greene uses these questions to guide us toward modern science’s new and deeper understanding of the universe. From Newton’s unchanging realm in which space and time are absolute, to Einstein’s fluid conception of spacetime, to quantum mechanics’ entangled arena where vastly distant objects can bridge their spatial separation to instantaneously coordinate their behavior or even undergo teleportation, Greene reveals our world to be very different from what common experience leads us to believe. Focusing on the enigma of time, Greene establishes that nothing in the laws of physics insists that it run in any particular direction and that “time’s arrow” is a relic of the universe’s condition at the moment of the big bang. And in explaining the big bang itself, Greene shows how recent cutting-edge developments in superstring and M-theory may reconcile the behavior of everything from the smallest particle to the largest black hole. This startling vision culminates in a vibrant eleven-dimensional “multiverse,” pulsating with ever-changing textures, where space and time themselves may dissolve into subtler, more fundamental entities.

Sparked by the trademark wit, humor, and brilliant use of analogy that have made The Elegant Universe a modern classic, Brian Greene takes us all, regardless of our scientific backgrounds, on an irresistible and revelatory journey to the new layers of reality that modern physics has discovered lying just beneath the surface of our everyday world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Greene’s] excitement for science on the threshold of vital breakthroughs is supremely contagious. The Fabric of the Cosmos is as dazzling as it is tough, and it beautifully reflects this theoretician's ardor for his work. In interviews he is sometimes asked where the next generation of physicists will come from. One clear answer: from the brain-teasing, exhilarating study of books like this.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Perhaps the single best explainer of abstruse science in the world today…Greene has a gift for finding the right metaphor.”

    Washington Post

  • “Greene is as elegant as ever, cutting through the fog of complexity with insight and clarity. Space and time, you might even say, become putty in his hands.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “As pure intellectual adventure, this is about as good as it gets…Even compared with A Brief History of Time, Greene’s book stands out for its sweeping ambition…stripping down the mystery from difficult concepts without watering down the science.”


  • “The author’s informed curiosity is inspiring and his enthusiasm infectious.”

    Kansas City Star

  • “Mind-bending…[Greene] is both a gifted theoretical physicist and a graceful popularizer [with] virtuoso explanatory skills.”


  • “Brian Greene is the new Hawking, only better.”

    Times (London)

  • “Greene’s gravitational pull rivals a black hole’s.”


  • “Inexhaustibly witty…A must-read for the huge constituency of lay readers enticed by the mysteries of cosmology.”

    Sunady Times (London)

  • “Greene takes us to the limits of space and time.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Greene is an excellent teacher, humorous and quick.”

    Boston Globe

  • “If anyone can popularize tough science, it’s Greene.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Greene is a marvelously talented exponent of physics…A pleasure to read.”


  • “Magnificent…Sends shivers down the spine.”

    Financial Times

  • “The best exposition and explanation of early 21st-century research into the fundamental nature of the universe as you are likely to find anywhere.”


  • “Holds out the promise that we may one day explain how space and time have come to exist.”


  • “I recommend Greene’s book to any nonexpert reader who wants an up-to-date account of theoretical physics, written in colloquial language that anyone can understand.”

    New York Review of Books

  • “Relish this exhilarating foray into the alien terrain that is our own universe.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Highly informed, lucid, and witty…There is simply no better introduction to the strange wonders of general relativity and quantum mechanics, the fields of knowledge essential for any real understanding of space and time.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • One of the 2004 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Denise | 2/15/2014

    " Now among my top favorites. A superb book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kendar88 | 1/31/2014

    " Difficult stuff to fathom, but very interesting. Lots went over my head and as an audio book it is hard to stop and think about everything that is being said. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alen | 1/29/2014

    " mulder and scully are starting to give me a headache. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jrobertus | 1/29/2014

    " This is the latest for our UU book group. It looks demanding, but the subject is very profound. I really love this kind of physics which, in my opinion, is the heart of modern ontology. Unfortunately, the book itself was not as noble as the subject. It was over-long, rambling, and packed with bizarre metaphors that were more confusing than enlightening. I can't recommend it really. "

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