Audiobook Review: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Publication date: May 2nd 2017
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.


What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.

But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

Source: Goodreads


Okay, so astrophysics isn’t a subject I know a lot about, but I figured this would be the perfect book to give me a beginner’s insight into the space and time.

Unfortunately this really isn’t a book for beginners. Despite being described as succinct and clear, the majority of the content went completely over my head and I really didn’t find it accessible at all. I strongly believe that you need to have some understanding of astrophysics to take anything away from this book.

I will take part of the blame for not liking this one but I can’t help but feel that the title and blurb are incorrectly trying to sell this as “Astrophysics for Dummies” and it’s really not. That said, I know that this book is widely praised, so if this is a field you know something about, give it a go!

Overall rating: “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” is not as accessible as the title and blurb will have you believe. I didn’t really understand anything and after persevering through the majority, I added this to my DNF pile. Sorry!

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