• The Theory of Everything

  • The Origin and Fate of the Universe
  • By: Stephen Hawking
  • Narrated by: Michael York
  • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (1,018 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In physicist Stephen Hawking's brilliant opus, A Brief History of Time, he presented us with a bold new look at our universe, how it began, and how our old views of physics and tired theories about the creation of the universe were no longer relevant. In other words, Hawking gave us a new look at our world, our universe, and ourselves.

Now, Hawking presents an even more comprehensive look at our universe, its creation, and how we see ourselves within it. Imagine sitting in a comfortable room listening to Hawking discuss his latest theories and place them in historical context with science's other great achievements--it would be like hearing Christopher Columbus deliver the news about the new world.

Hawking presents a series of seven lectures in which he describes, more clearly than ever, the history of the universe as we know it. He begins with the history of ideas about the universe, from Aristotle's idea that the Earth is round to Hubble's discovery two millennium later that our universe is growing.

Using this history as a launching pad, Hawking takes us on a fascinating journey through the telescopic lens of modern physics to gain a new glimpse of the universe--the nature of black holes, the space-time continuum, and new information about the origin of the universe. He uses this scientific basis to come up with a "unified theory of everything" that the author claims will be "the ultimate triumph of human reason."

©2007 Stephen Hawking (P)2009 Phoenix

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Shares a lot of text with a Brief History of Time.

While listening to this I kept thinking I had accidentally restarted A Brief History of Time. They share quite a lot of identical material.

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Stephen Hawking - what more is there to say?

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Being a studying theoretical physicist, I can respect Hawking's views greatly. In here, he does his best to summarize the Universe, and does so with flying colors, and in vivid detail. I would certainly recommend this audiobook to anyone who wants to discover the Universe and how it came to be. Hawking does so beautifully.

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Abridged version of "Brief History of Time

Good content, but directly out of his other books. Not much original content. Two of the chapters are direct copies of Brief History!!!

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Excellent book and narration, though out of date

This book was an excellent collection of lectures at the time it was written, but major new discoveries since then have changed the state of knowledge. Of specific importance, it was not known at that time that the universe's expansion is actually accelerating. This discovery of this unknown expansionary force (labelled "Dark Energy") has changed much of the cosmological landscape Hawking discusses in this book.

It is still interesting as an historical viewpoint, but could be improved by having some recognition that it is out of date in the description or added as an afterword.

The reading is truly excellent. A very lively and textured narration that really brings to life Hawking's personality.

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I bought the same book twice.

This is an edited, dumbed down, and more boring version of "A Brief History of Time". Pass on this one.

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Me, Me, Me & More Me

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Reads like "A Theory of Narcissism." No wonder Steven Hawking is twice divorced...

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Good Technical Information

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Nice Narration

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Too simplistic for most people.

He does not even get to String theory till the last 30 minutes and never gets to M-theory. If you have even a rough idea of what String theory is this book is too simple for you. You will be happier listening to " Parallel Worlds"

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A bit jumpy...

This was an interesting but not very good book. The book is not really about anything in particular. It was quite interesting about once every 20 minutes for a few minutes. It is really several lectures very roughly related, one of which is directly related to the title. The lectures don't quite seem to be at an introductory level, as they are jumpy and without simple themes, yet they are also not very technical. It is not really a history either. It is a bit of a ramble around the areas that interest the author. The writing is somewhat dry and uneven and a bit pompous at times.

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Simply awesome

Realy liked the voice of reader. Great and Definitely not boring. Hard to understand all, I will need to listen it one more time.

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Where does The Theory of Everything rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I loved this book. A fascinating look into the theory. A true masterpiece

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  • Adrian
  • 04-14-13

Brilliant!

There is a lot to know in the unknown. Now I know I know even less than before.

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  • Wild camper mountain biker
  • 04-04-18

S.H..Legend..Thank God for science LOL. Brilliant

Have enjoyed all of the books from Stephen Hawking, this one is fantastic, listen and learn but be prepared to have your mind shaken and filled with more questions.

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  • Kane
  • 07-20-15

Interesting book, albeit at times complex.

A very interesting and well structured audiobook. Perhaps owing to my basic understand of modern day physics, I found some chapters quite complex, but nonetheless I will be following it up with A Briefer History Of Time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-28-19

interesting ... only few queries

an interesting subject and and a capable attempt to simply a voluminous field of research. sort of forces you to reconsider our place and priorities in life. i shall have to listen to it again and research topics since to me some of the examples used to explain some points proved incoherent. worth reading nonetheless

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  • Paul C.
  • 07-05-22

Repeated information

This book repeats almost word for word his last book I listened to but was much shorter and still cost a credit.

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  • danny
  • 10-07-21

Very interesting

Really enjoyed this book, I found it very interesting and even from someone who knows very little about this subject I could follow along just about, the readers voice is a treat to listen to also, although I slightly wish it had an option for Steven’s voice also 😂 I’m sure he would laugh at that as he had a great sense of humour. Definitely worth a listen 🎧

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  • jon clark
  • 08-11-21

Genius

Totally absorbing, relatively easy to understand, mostly! Have read three times now, beginning to sink in.

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  • Josh SW
  • 07-06-21

More than I can understand

I have a fair (by all means average) understanding of the concepts discussed however it was largely easy to follow and very interesting. Would recommend to anyone with an interest in physics, science and the universe!

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  • catherine begg
  • 08-31-20

Good but hard going.

Really interesting listening but at times lost me with theories. I did learn quite a bit & he was certainly a very clever man.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-03-20

Complex

Although interesting it was still very complex & difficult to follow. Perhaps a much shorter version would be better.

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  • Alex
  • 03-21-18

Well worth a listen

Gain a basic understanding of the universe, even if you do not know all the math behind it.

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  • Bill McPherson
  • 09-01-21

predictably excellent

after this I feel I could create my own universe, or give it a good try

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-27-20

greatest book I've ever heard

fascinating! easy to understand, I am going to buy one for everyone I know. x

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  • R. B. Smith
  • 03-04-19

To technical

Narrator was good but the book was far to technical for us. Listened for about 1 hour but had to stop as it was beyond us.