Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Audiobook Review: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

By Neil deGrasse Tyson
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

"We do not simply live in this universe. The universe lives within us." 
~Neil deGrasse Tyson

Tyson takes us on a journey through the cosmos, from the formation of the earth, a trip through the galaxy, dark matter, spheres and so much more in this compact book. This book is an easily digestible introduction to astrophysics, a complicated and vast scientific field few of us know much about, but might want to learn more if only given the time. This book is made up of twelve short chapters in only 208 pages, but even then it is even less since the physical size of this book is quite small. 

The audiobook is narrated by Tyson himself, which I could not picture anyone else reading this book. He adds his trademark wiry humor wherever he intended it to be, adding to the listening enjoyment. He reads at a steady pace, not too hurriedly though that those who are not familiar with any of the subjects would feel lost during it. Just for reference, this audiobook is only 3 hours and 41 minutes. 
While listening to the audiobook, I also read the chapters--not necessarily at the same time, but I would read the book ahead of time or go back through and look at it after I finished listening for that moment. For me, this worked better so parts I might have gotten distracted during, I could go through and reinforce it with reading the book. It did not detract from my listening experience, nor do I regret listening to it instead of just reading it. It was like attending a lecture with Tyson himself, which I would love to do some day. Overall, this book is highly recommended--it is a great way to learn some interesting facts in a digestible format. 

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