• How to Die in Space

  • A Journey Through Dangerous Astrophysical Phenomena
  • By: Paul M. Sutter PhD
  • Narrated by: Paul M. Sutter PhD
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (93 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A brilliant and breathtakingly vivid tour of the universe, describing the physics of the dangerous, the deadly, and the scary in the cosmos

So you’ve fallen in love with space and now you want to see it for yourself, huh? You want to witness the birth of a star, or visit the black hole at the center of our galaxy? You want to know if there are aliens out there, or how to travel through a wormhole? You want the wonders of the universe revealed before your very eyes? 

Well stop, because all that will probably kill you. 

From mundane comets in our solar backyard to exotic remnants of the Big Bang, from dying stars to young galaxies, the universe may be beautiful, but it’s treacherous. Through metaphors and straightforward language, How to Die in Space breathes life into astrophysics, unveiling how particles and forces and fields interplay to create the drama in the heavens above us.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Paul M. Sutter, PhD (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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Was not a fan of the narration at first. The book is perfect for someone with little knowledge of physics/astronomy/cosmology. The author/narrator went a little overboard with the comedy (opinionated statement)

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It passed the time

It was ok, the topics covered were interesting but I wasn't a huge fan of the tone. The material was fascinating in some parts, dry in others, just not a mindblowing favorite by any means.

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Great book about exploring space!

This book is about science and space exploration. It has recent discovery in science and space exploration.

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Educational With Humor

This was the best non-fiction book I have read in a long time! I could not put it down. Paul Sutter is an excellent teacher and author. His sense of humor rescues what could be dry hard science and keeps it fun.

I always wanted to go to outer space. Mr. Sutter might have just discouraged me with his many ways to die.

I highly recommend the Audible version as his voice is so expressive and full of fun. This might be a legit class, and this its textbook. It is a class I would have wanted to take over and over. Maybe eventually, I'd get an A. If not, I still would have loved the education that sunk in.

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Physics isn't exciting to everyone!

Paul has managed to take a somewhat boring subject to most, and add a bit of real personality to the subject. I personally like Paul better than Neil deGrasse Tyson when it comes to personality types. but that is a personal observation.

if you like his podcast, Paul's book is done in the same sarcastic style.

the only reason I didn't give it a full five stars is because of the subject matter and I don't know how to make it inviting to anybody who's not a die-hard space fan. so in my book this is a 4.8 out of 5.

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  • 03-16-21

Great guide!

A fantastic approach to communicating what can often be perceived as daunting cosmological concepts. The humour is top notch and intelligent.

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  • David C
  • 01-10-22

Absolutely brilliant

Wow, I learnt and laughed so much as a lay astrophysics loving geek. the whole premise of having a horrible space death taught me so much. Really fun book and spoke to make more then other books / documentaries on the cosmos.I will be sure not to get too close to a quasar in my travels. Thank you Paul for making learning fun!

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  • Auberjoyed
  • 08-15-21

Smart communication

I love a science book and was worried this might be a little flippant. I shouldn't have been. Writing as a user guide allowed the author to add wit, and significant personality to the content, creating a more engaging, but no less intelligent read. Hoping the publishers have said yes to the follow up, as I'd love more.

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  • J. Arkinstall
  • 09-23-20

An entertaining listen

I do love a good book about space, but this one was particularly entertaining with its approach as a joke survival guide. I hope the author's publisher accepts their sequel, "how to die in quantum space". You know, just in case.

Audio quality is perfect, chapter lengths are perfect for an "end of chapter" timeout for bedtime listeners.

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  • Matt
  • 07-31-22

So enjoyable I'm listening to it again

A thoroughly enjoyable and fascinating trip through space. Absolutely one of the best popular science books ever. And the author's narration is excellent. Finished it and immediately started listening from the beginning again. Highly recommended.

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  • 05-22-22

Do try and keep up!!

Great, and if you're in to space science to any degree this is a must but my goodness don't do anything else whilst listening; found myself repeatedly having to rewind to make sure I've got the thread. Performance was decent, a little theatrical in place but kept it light hearted.

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  • kelly louise davis
  • 05-03-22

brilliant!

probably one of the most entertaining books I've read on space so far, just brilliant.

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  • Byron Da Silva
  • 02-14-22

boring

very basic overview felt I learnt nothing new and had no flow very jumpy I imagine a text book fo 12 year olds is comparable basic book for basic people

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  • martin oram
  • 01-11-22

entertainingly terrifying but does not deter

the book is gripping but serves only to peak your curiosity and want of adventure not deter it!

much credit to the narrator as he brings the book to life and I hope to hear him in more in the future especially if how to die in quantum space is green lit !

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  • 06-03-20

Wit and wisdom so you learn and laugh - 6 stars

I didn't know this guy's work until this book (yeah sucks to be me). What a gift of a human being - so wise and learned and off-the-charts smart BUT all wrapped up in fun and drama and humor and energy.

Paul M Sutter PhD takes everything that is wonderful about understanding the nature of reality from an astrophysical standpoint and slaps you around the head with it, shakes some sense into you with it, picks you up and dusts you off, hugs you, tickles you, reassures you and then sucker punches you and offers you his outstretched hand with a wink and a smile.

It is a brilliant strategy. He totally understands that if you want people to engage with your work and really pay attention, really hear what you are saying and actually think about it, you firstly need to draw them in real close, entertain them, put them at ease. Soon they adore you and are enjoying your energy and wit, so you can begin to share a multitude of the scientific world's most abstruse and counter-intuitive concepts, facts and theories and they will understand because they are intently tuned in.

Before you know it, he has you wanting to know more, so he puts what he has shared in its historical context and traces the development of our understanding and ideas as science has evolved. He has you feeling super smart but not in the least lectured, or schooled, as he encourages you to think about what he has shared in real-world terms, what are the consequences of this science for us, what do these ideas actually mean in practical terms, how could they shape our experience and the nature of our reality.

You will have such a great time becoming an astrophysicist that you won't even notice it happening. If you haven't developed a little crush by the end of the book then you weren't listening properly, so best you go back and listen again. Paul M Sutter PhD is no doubt the secret lovechild of Vera Rubin and Steve Martin and this books proves it.

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