- How Astronomers, Inventors, and Eccentrics Discovered the Modern Universe
- Narrated by: Joe Barrett
- Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 09-12-14
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
The path to a broader mode of cosmic observation was blazed by a cadre of 19th-century amateur astronomers and inventors, galvanized by the advent of photography, spectral analysis, and innovative technology to create the entirely new field of astrophysics. From William Bond, who turned his home into a functional observatory, to John and Henry Draper, a father and son team who were trailblazers of astrophotography and spectroscopy, to geniuses of invention such as Lon Foucault and George Hale, who founded the Mount Wilson Observatory, Hirshfeld reveals the incredible stories and the ambitious dreamers behind the birth of modern astronomy.
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Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By @deftly_admiral on 16-03-18
Good stories let down by ghastly narration.
What did you like best about Starlight Detectives? What did you like least?
Human stories are interesting and engaging. The technical aspects of telescopes are reasonably covered, and I would like to have heard more about the astrophysics that was discovered.
The narration is the worst I have ever heard on any audiobook.
What didn’t you like about Joe Barrett’s performance?
Breathless delivery, all throat and croaking, trying to insert passion into the wrong parts of sentences, which he only partially understands.
Just when you have managed to ignore the incessant breathiness and concentrate on the story, the narrator starts trying what he believes are accents.
My god, the accents.
It is difficult to listen to the letters of an English astronomer when they are voiced by someone apparently doing an impression of Dick van Dyke who has picked up vowels from Yorkshire, Memphis and Mumbai.
Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By Zachary Adams on 26-05-15
Experience the discovery of most of the universe.
Extraordinarily well written!! Perfect balance of technical and human storytelling. A must read for anyone interested in astronomy. Easily read and enjoyed by non-technical savy y listeners.
18 of 21 people found this review helpful
By Jeff Parry on 17-08-15
Telescopes, cameras and Spectographs
What made the experience of listening to Starlight Detectives the most enjoyable?
I found the history of the characters behind the evolution of the telescope and the camera the most interesting. Although the story behind the spectrograph was surprisingly well told. The reader is perfect.
What other book might you compare Starlight Detectives to and why?
Which scene was your favorite?
Louis Daguerre and the invention of the camera. The history behind the modern and old observatories.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
13 of 18 people found this review helpful