Astrophysics for People in a Hurry (audiobook)

3.7 hrs • 3 CDs• 1 MP3 CD • Unabridged
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 05/02/17
Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 05/02/17 9781538408001
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MP3 CD MP3-CDs: Come in a durable vinyl case similar to a dvd case. An index of contents and tracking information are included within the Mp3-CD format. MP3's can be played on any compatible CD player 
- 05/02/17 9781538408025
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What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and bestselling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.

But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

While waiting for your morning coffee to brew, or while waiting for the bus, the train, or the plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.

Review Quotes

“What we don’t know about the universe is as fascinating as what we do know, especially when Tyson is our guide. Tyson’s well-known narrative skills are used to full effect explaining concepts such as the big bang, quarks, dark matter, and unseeable light.”


“Tyson brings his conversational and educational style to audio with this latest collection of essays…As a narrator, Tyson is marvelous; his enthusiasm and excitement for the subject are infectious.”

Library Journal (audio review)

“Tyson manifests science brilliantly….[his] insights are valuable for any leader, teacher, scientist, or educator.”


“Tyson’s dramatic device of announcing the passage of time every few pages works well, giving a sense of scale and drama…Tyson is, nonetheless, the world’s best science communicator…he is the public face of science in America, and the country’s most prominent expert on the origins of life and matter.”

Times Literary Supplement (London)

“Tyson is a master of streamlining and simplification….taking mind-bogglingly complex ideas, stripping them down to their nuts and bolts, padding them with colorful allegories and dorky jokes, and making them accessible to the layperson.”


“Tyson makes a big bang with Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.”

Vanity Fair

“With wry humor, keen vision, and abundant humanity, Neil deGrasse Tyson distills the big questions of space, time, and reality into short, insightful chapters you can enjoy with your morning coffee.”


“Infectiously enthusiastic, humorous, and, above all, accessible.”


“A sublime introduction to some of the most exciting ideas in astrophysics that will leqve readers wanting more.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Even readers normally adverse to anything to do with physics or chemistry will find Tyson’s wittily delivered explanations compelling and disarmingly entertaining.”


“Exactly what the title promises, a basic understanding of a deeply fascinating subject.”


“A short and sweet explanation of the nature of space and time and how we mesh with the universe at large.”

Library Journal