Stephen Hawking: His Life and Work

  • by Kitty Ferguson
  • Narrated by Carole Boyd
  • 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Stephen Hawking is one of the most remarkable figures of our time, a Cambridge genius who has earned international celebrity as a brilliant theoretical physicist and become an inspiration and revelation to those who have witnessed his courageous triumph over disability. This is Hawking's life story by Kitty Ferguson, who has had special help from Hawking himself and his close associates and who has a gift for translating the language of theoretical physics for non-scientists.
Twenty years ago, Kitty Ferguson's Stephen Hawking: Quest for a Theory of Everything became a Sunday Times bestseller and took the world by storm. She now returns to the subject to transform that short book into a hugely expanded, carefully researched, up-to-the-minute biography.


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Customer Reviews

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A book about the man behind the mind

His story is interesting to say the least. Narration is good. It is more about his life than another view on his theories, but because it is written by a scientist it does make a few attempts to explain his work with black holes and the search for the theory of everything. For me, I like physics, and I like biography so this was a good mix. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is that I ended up not liking Stephen at the end.
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- jeffrey

Hawking - Interesting, Boyd - Not.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Carole Boyd. I have listened to her before many times and enjoyed her reading, however this time she seemed detached and that made it hard going. A shame because I was really looking forward to this. I don't know if it was that she wasn't that fussed or what?

Who was your favorite character and why?

Stephen, obviously. Not just for his unparalleled intelligence, humour and humility but his perseverance against odds most of us couldn't even begin to imagine.

What didn’t you like about Carole Boyd’s performance?

Her narration in other books is quite engaging, lively and seems energetic, not so in this book which is very disappointing as I was really looking forward to it. I waited to see Theory until after this book, I'm glad I did otherwise I wouldn't have bothered finishing it.

Was Stephen Hawking: His Life and Work worth the listening time?

Definitely worth listening to but in order of preference read the book, see the film listen to the audio - sorry Carole, I have heard you do better.

Any additional comments?

A very well written book with personality throughout.

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- Craig Robinson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-02-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios