A Briefer History of Time

  • by Stephen Hawking
  • Narrated by Erik Davies
  • 4 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Students of the sciences and armchair physicists alike will all find something of worth in A Briefer History of Time. Well thought out and delivered with Hawking's straightforwardly scientific approach, it is an insightful and intelligent work.
Stephen Hawking's worldwide best seller, A Brief History of Time, has been a landmark volume in scientific writing. Its author's engaging voice is one reason, and the compelling subjects he addresses is another: the nature of space and time, the role of God in creation, and the history and future of the universe. But it is also true that in the years since its publication, readers have repeatedly told Professor Hawking of their great difficulty in understanding some of the book's most important concepts. This is the origin of and the reason for A Briefer History of Time: its author's wish to make its content more accessible, as well as to bring it up-to-date with the latest scientific observations and findings.
Although this audiobook is literally somewhat "briefer", it actually expands on the great subjects of the original. Purely technical concepts, such as the mathematics of chaotic boundary conditions, are gone. Conversely, subjects of wide interest that were difficult to follow because they were interspersed throughout the production have now been given entire chapters of their own, including relativity, curved space, and quantum theory. This reorganization has allowed the authors to expand areas of special interest and recent progress, from the latest developments in string theory to exciting developments in the search for a complete, unified theory of all the forces of physics.
Like prior editions, but even more so, A Briefer History of Time will guide non-scientists everywhere in the ongoing search for the tantalizing secrets at the heart of time and space.

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Too much talk of God. American market focused.

Great information, as is to be expected but a lot of references to God and a feeling that in some ways efforts have been made to make the information more acceptable to religious folk!
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- M. Harding

Excellent book...so so narration

This book is excellent. It's clear and simple descriptions of some pretty mind bending science is the reason why this book has been such a world-wide hit for so long. My only quibble is the narration. I worked for many years producing spoken audio and, though the narrator has an interesting voice and obvious passion for the subject, he seems a little unprepared. Several times he stubbles over difficult names, words or scentence structures. As an audio producer I know that this is down to either not being supplied with a pronunciation list, or not rehersing the script. The audio producer/editor should also have noticed these mistakes and made a retake to be edited at a later date; so the responsibility is not solely the narrators.
The audio quality is not very high definition either. Perhaps because it was produced many years ago for the tape market. (Did someone lose the master copies, perhaps?)
As I said; a wonderful book with a passionate narration, which is only marred by the narration which at times can stummble.
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- Philip

Book Details

  • Release Date: 17-03-2006
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks