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Publisher's Summary

Neil deGrasse Tyson's number-one New York Times best-selling guide to the cosmos, adapted for young listeners.

From the basics of physics to big questions about the nature of space and time, celebrated astrophysicist and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson breaks down the mysteries of the cosmos into bite-sized pieces. Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry describes the fundamental rules and unknowns of our universe clearly - and with Tyson's characteristic wit, there's a lot of fun thrown in, too.

This adaptation by Gregory Mone includes extra explanations to make even the trickiest concepts accessible. Building on the wonder inspired by outer space, Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry introduces an exciting field and the principles of scientific inquiry to young listeners.

©2019 Neil deGrasse Tyson and Gregoy Mone (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Fantastic and educational

Narrator, a voice you trust, educates, and entertains. An author who is so clever with his words, you forget you are hearing an educational book. This book is a win for parents and a win for young folks.

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I Wanted to Love It... But

Neil DeGrasse Tyson is one of the best writers, if not the best writer, of science for the layperson. And I have always enjoyed LaVar Burton's work so I had very high hopes. But unfortunately, the best way I can describe the narration is choppy. I could not get past it, so as good as the writing is I found I could not finish this audio production.

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Well written for anyone to understand

The target audience is clearly for younger children, but it may be a good starter for adults as well who don't like a lot of scientific lingo nor math. I personally like it because it's included in my audible membership. Most of NGT's books need to be purchased or credits available. This book breaks down astrophysics in a very elementary way and the narrator reads it well in a similar style as NGT himself. 5 stars.

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Good read for all ages

I really liked the book. Easy to follow. The narrator was soothing to listen too.

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Great for a science kid!

Love Lavar Burton. Love Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Easy listen for kids, I'd say 10 and up.

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Exactly what a young explorer needs

Very informative and great explanations for young individuals and for an adult who may not know any science when it comes to astrophysics

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Please no

Narrator has the most distracting voice. I’ve listened to NDGT’s original at least 3x; I bought this for my niece and won’t be sharing it with her. Thanks for using female pronouns yet cannot get over weirdest syncopation, beat slam read voice, it needs to go... yikes, let’s pls. have own voice going forward!

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An entertaining introduction to astrophysics!

This book was choc-full of fascinating nuggest of Astronomical goodness entertainingly delivered in an engaging manner which can be enjoyed by children and adults alike!

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Wonderful

We have this book and it is one of my daughters favorites so to have this with the amazing Lavar Burton reading was truly a treat for both of us.

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Good content but bad conclusion.

The content was easy to understand. I appreciate the attempt to simplify astrophysics but The conclusion was horrible.
The author is good in his field but ignorant in other fields. Just talk about Astrophysics.

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  • 12-02-21

Great introduction to a complex subject.

Very accessible, for adults too! it might aimed and young people but I still got a lot out of it.

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  • 08-26-22

The book was inspiring

This book make me look into the stars in a different way, knowing all the stuff i know now i fee like i can be an astrophysicist, the book tells an awesome story about how the universe evolved and how it arranged itself just right to make us. The book was easy to listen to and didn’t feel like a chore.

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  • C. D. GRIFFITHS
  • 07-13-22

Reasonably good for children

This book is quite good for children, but I don’t understand why the author insists on calling a hypothesis a theory.

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  • Mrs Collins
  • 04-05-22

really engaging

great book, my daughter loved it, as did I. well written and well read. fun and educational.

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  • Wibble
  • 04-04-22

Jumps in too deep and fast for the young or uninitiated

This book is great at tying together and summarising the concepts, if you’re already familiar with the story of the universe and basic scientific terms.

However, protons, electrons, cosmic rays, absolute zero all pop up with minutes, with explanations coming later. If you’re young and new to all this, it’s easy to lose interest.

I appreciate there’s no easy way of doing this, since if you spend time explaining all the ‘science’, you lose the momentum of the Big Bang story. So highly recommended for eager cosmologists of all ages, but not necessarily for the young in a hurry.

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  • 03-08-22

Astrophisssssssis

Great 👍 book !The problem is I didn’t understand half of the things that he said.

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  • Ann Buchan
  • 01-18-22

four and a half.

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  • WereTortoise
  • 09-23-21

Amazing 🤩

A really amazing explanation of our universe. Understandable and not over complicated but not patronising which is quite rare in books aimed at younger people. Definitely recommend!

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  • Toast
  • 11-10-21

Inspiring story for kids

My kids were thoroughly engaged in this audiobook and have been asking questions about space ever since. Thoroughly recommended.

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