• The Milky Way

  • An Autobiography of Our Galaxy
  • By: Moiya McTier
  • Narrated by: Moiya McTier
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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The Milky Way

By: Moiya McTier
Narrated by: Moiya McTier
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Astrophysicist and folklorist Dr. Moiya McTier channels the Milky Way in this approachable and utterly fascinating autobiography of the titular galaxy, detailing what humans have discovered about everything from its formation to its eventual death, and what more there is to learn about this galaxy we call home.

After a few billion years of bearing witness to life on Earth, of watching 100 billion humans go about their day-to-day lives, of feeling unbelievably lonely, and of hearing its own story told by others, the Milky Way would like a chance to speak for itself. All 100 billion stars and 50 undecillion tons of gas of it.

It all began some 13 billion years ago, when clouds of gas scattered through the universe's primordial plasma just could not keep their metaphorical hands off each other. They succumbed to their gravitational attraction, and the galaxy we know as the Milky Way was born. Since then, the galaxy has watched as dark energy pushed away its first friends, as humans mythologized its name and purpose, and as galactic archaeologists have worked to determine its true age (rude). The Milky Way has absorbed supermassive (an actual technical term) black holes, made enemies of a few galactic neighbors, and mourned the deaths of countless stars. Our home galaxy has even fallen in love.

After all this time, the Milky Way finally feels that it's amassed enough experience for the juicy tell-all we've all been waiting for. Its fascinating autobiography recounts the history and future of the universe in accessible but scientific detail, presenting a summary of human astronomical knowledge thus far that is unquestionably out of this world.

©2022 Moiya McTier (P)2022 Grand Central Publishing

Critic Reviews

"It's about time we heard the story of the Milky Way in its own words. The good news is that our galaxy is not only ancient and majestic; it's also whimsical, amusing, and downright chatty. Moiya McTier's book is an entertaining introduction to some of the most profound features of our astrophysical neighborhood."—Sean Carroll, New York Times bestselling author of Something Deeply Hidden

"If you want to learn about the Milky Way, who better to go to than the source? Well, up until now, the Galaxy hasn’t been talking–but all of that has changed! Turns out, the Milky Way has a sense of humor, an attitude, and, frankly, isn’t super impressed with us as of late. If you’re looking for a fun and unique way to learn about astrophysics—this is the book for you! "—Kelly Weinersmith, New York Times bestselling author of Soonish

"A direct, fun, and charming mix of the science, folklore, and history of our Milky Way galaxy. And since that galaxy is technically composed at least in part by ME, I cannot help but take some of the credit."—Ryan North, New York Times bestselling author of How to Invent Everything

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Really cool!

Loved it! It was entertaining and informative. Basic knowledge of astronomy really helped a lot.

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Personifying the Milky Way- Brill!

What a unique approach to science. I can see this book being a stepping stone for so many who aren't sure that a STEM education or career is the right way to go. If I were teaching a course to curious minds, I would definitely grab this book as a starting point. McTier's incorporation of science, math, mythology, religion and some subtle social commentary, makes is a book worth reading.

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Sentient Galaxy

This was a wonderful story and method of instructing the general public that may be unfamiliar wis familiar with cosmology!

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Disappointed

I heard about this book on an NPR interview and thought the concept sounded interesting. I love the topic, but the delivery… I couldn’t get through chapter 2. The galaxy’s “attitude” is terribly irritating and takes away from the message I believe the author intended.