Don't Know Much About the Universe

Version: Abridged
Author: Kenneth C. Davis
Narrator: Oliver Wyman
Genres: Science & Technology, Astronomy & Physics
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Published In: September 2001
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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From the ancients who charted the stars, to Jules Verne and Flash Gordon, to The X-Files, Apollo 13, and Armageddon, people around the world have long been intrigued with the heavens and outer space. "Don't Know Much About "RM" the Universe," the fifth title in this bestselling series, uses the now-familiar and popular question-and-answer format to inform and entertain listeners by examining a subject that has inspired the greatest of fascinations, produced many popular misconceptions, and, ultimately, helped to shape the course of history. Like other books in the series, "Don't Know Much About "RM" the Universe" integrates diverse subjects and ideas, touching on everything from Geography to Cosmic Theology to the impact of the Space Race on American history.

Reviews (5)

Lots of numbers...

Written by Anonymous on May 20th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I really like all the "Don't know much about" books, but this one was not my favorite. Very informative, but contains lots of numbers and that are difficult to digest from an audio book. Parts were incredibly interesting, but there were some parts that I skipped.

Not that bad...

Written by Anonymous on May 2nd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

After listening to 2 of Stephan Hawkins' books, this one was a great summary and review for the every day person. Easy to listen to, easy to understand...I enjoyed it!

Don't Know Much About the Universe [abr]

Written by Anonymous from Los Angeles, CA on August 11th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Pretty bad!!! For example, he lists distance for each planet to the sun both in miles and km. I am not sure who want to hear this for all nine planets! This is a major disappointment. Recommend Bill Bryson's Short History of Nearly Everything, instead.


Written by Anonymous on June 24th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This is good only if you suffer from insomnia. Not good for keeping you awake while driving. Dry and monotone speaker. I listened for about 30 minutes, then tucked it back in it's blue box and sent it on it's merry way.


Written by Anonymous from Saskaoon, SK on October 28th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 1/5

In the introduction the author complains about the dullness of school science class then proceeds with a book that is equally as dull. It might be more interesting if you know absolutely nothing about the solar system or the history of astronomy, but I doubt it. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson is much more entertaining. Note: I have not tried the abridged version from simply audio books. I have read the book and listen to the almost 20 hour long unabridged version.

Author Details

Author Details

Davis, Kenneth C.

Kenneth C. Davis is the bestselling author of "America's Hidden History" and "Don't Know Much About(R) History", which spent thirty-five consecutive weeks on the "New York Times" bestseller list, has sold nearly 1.6 million copies, and gave rise to his phenomenal "Don't Know Much About(R)" series for adults and children. He lives in New York City and Dorset, Vermont.