• Until the End of Time

  • Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe
  • By: Brian Greene
  • Narrated by: Brian Greene
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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From the world-renowned physicist and best-selling author of The Elegant Universe comes this captivating exploration of deep time and humanity's search for purpose.  

In both time and space, the cosmos is astoundingly vast and yet is governed by simple, elegant, universal mathematical laws. On this cosmic time line, our human era is spectacular but fleeting. Someday, we know, we will all die. And, we know, so too will the universe itself.  

Until the End of Time is Brian Greene's breathtaking new exploration of the cosmos and our quest to understand it. Greene takes us on a journey across time, from our most refined understanding of the universe's beginning, to the closest science can take us to the very end. He explores how life and mind emerged from the initial chaos and how our minds, in coming to understand their own impermanence, seek in different ways to give meaning to experience: in story, myth, religion, creative expression, science, the quest for truth and our longing for the timeless or eternal. 

Through a series of nested stories that explain distinct but interwoven layers of reality - from the quantum mechanics to consciousness to black holes - Greene provides us with a clearer sense of how we came to be, a finer picture of where we are now and a firmer understanding of where we are headed.  

Yet all this understanding, which arose with the emergence of life, will dissolve with its conclusion. Which leaves us with one realisation: during our brief moment in the sun, we are tasked with the charge of finding our own meaning. Let us embark.

©2020 Brian Greene (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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A book on science & philosophy

Good read. This is different in the sense that it’s more of a philosophy book from a scientists perspective. Greene has penned his thoughts around life matter and the way the likely path the universe will take.
I liked it as it gave an insight into the mind of one of the most eminent scientists of our times.

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  • 02-24-20

Too existencial poetic crap

Its just too poetic, its all these existential quotes and too wordy. you really can't concentrate on it because he has used a thesaurus on every second word, so its hard to keep up and there isnt enough science on it. Cant really finish it. Left it half read. He mentions authors by the first name as if we are supposed to know who they are without explaining who that is and what he has written. It just isnt my thing i guess. nothing like a Richard Fineman or richard dawkins or stephen hawkins where they can get a complicated thing and explain it simply, he makes a simple thing sound very complicated to make himself sound smarter. Pissed me off because i wanted to buy a neil de grasse tyson book.

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  • tom bunge
  • 05-30-20

too much philosophy

looking for physics found philosophy. Not what I was looking for. The physics parts were good though

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  • Peter Collinson
  • 04-06-20

Nothing new, just a rehash

I was a fan ofRi Brian Green having read his elegant Universe. Unfortunately this book is pretentious and says nothing new. His proposition that quantum mechanics means that human thoughts are determined by quantum process may be correct.But to the say that this means we have no free will is absurd.This point is one of self contradiction when in book end he talks about subjectivity of the human mind. He should read Victor Frankl

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  • Joye C.
  • 05-23-20

Another great book by Prof. Green.

Really enjoyable and thought provoking. A superb reflection on the cosmos with multiple perspectives explored and explained.

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  • Bradley
  • 04-05-20

enjoyable listen

Brian greene is a great story teller, physics is good and easy to follow, philosophy was pretty lightweight and feel good, was expecting more of it based off his JR interview

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-31-20

A mix of revealing analogy & over-egged waffle

what a shame this wasn't the treat or treatment I expected but worth a skim.

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  • Ozpiper
  • 04-03-20

Puts things in perspective!

A tour de force across a diverse range of topics in time, life and timelessness!

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  • Dr N
  • 07-31-22

Some good bits. Mostly abstract speculation.

Some enlightening sections on science which the author has a talent in explaining. Nowhere near as good as the excellent 'Fabric of the Cosmos'.

This book has many wildly abstract and speculative statements, in trying to break the meaning of life down to very basic components from a scientist's perspective. Ultimately depressing and - at the end of the day - just opinion.

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  • Danny Liddle
  • 05-28-22

An amazing journey from start to finish!

An extremely interesting journey from the big bang to the far off future where thought and matter itself cease to be. Brilliantly narrated by Brian himself he touches on everything from Entropy to Free Will, Art, Religion, Quantum Mechanics and Black Holes. This is my first Brian Greene book but I will most certainly be ordering the rest of his catalogue now. A brilliant communicator of science and even as a layman myself I managed to stay with him most of the way through this. There were a couple of tricky sections but still fascinating nonetheless. 100% recommend

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  • Chris Stellar
  • 04-06-22

Next level of sleep

The dead tone of the author, boring set of overexplanations and beating the same dead horse again and again makes this one of the most boring, most forgettable and most sleep inducing audiobook i have so far listened on the platform.

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  • Duncan J McIntyre
  • 04-17-20

Clever author just too compacted

Content interesting but the author presents way too much information too word-economically. Not a relaxing listen - you have to really apply yourself and think hard. I personally couldn’t be bothered- I do too much of that for work

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-23-20

Very good

Covered a great many areas of topic . Thoroughly enjoyable . Highly informative
Recommend to anyone with an interest in the big questions

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  • Frank
  • 07-25-21

Brilliant mix of science and philosophy.

A bit slow in places but persist as Greene builds his thinking.
So much inspiring insights into physics, multiverses, consciousness and infinity.

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  • Cindy
  • 10-07-20

Thought provoking and interesting

For those interested in physics and cosmology at a lay level and how the laws of physics can or can be used to explain the Universe and time this is a very good listen. Brian Greene narrates his book with enthusiasm and with clarity. It got a little repetitive towards the final chapters but overall was a great book and well worth the time. Most enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-22-20

Cathartic and enlightening

Brian Greene once again succeeds in capturing the childish curiosity that still lurks in everyone. This book is a fascinating dive into what the future may hold for our universe and how that fate relates to us as humans.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-19-20

loved every second of it

bought up a lot of stuff I had thought about....was very interesting couldn't stop listening to it

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  • Roman
  • 04-26-20

Too many big words

I could be dumb, but if you wanted this book to reach a wider audience, a selection of simpler words should be in order.