I admit that I have never bought an audiobook. And I don't even know what kind of devices or apps are able to play them. But most of us are able to play YouTube videos. And a user who is either a friend of Brian Greene or a pirate posted the full audiobook of "The Hidden Reality" to YouTube a month ago.
If you have spare 13 hours and 49 minutes today (and tomorrow, not to mention the day after tomorrow), here is the first 8.3 hours:
YouTube search: The Hidden Reality Full Audiobook Part 1of2And when you complete this one, you should continue.
Here are the remaining 5.5 hours:
YouTube search: The Hidden Reality Full Audiobook Part 2of2If you haven't tried the videos yet, you may be puzzled: Who can be narrator? Where in the world can you find someone who is able to read and flawlessly speak for 14 hours, without any need to eat, drink, use a toilet, or breath in between? Actors don't have these physical abilities, have they?
Maybe the actors don't but some physicists do. Brian Greene has recorded the audiobook version of "The Hidden Reality" himself!
If you are as impressed as I am, you may go to the Amazon.com page at the top and register for a free 30-day trial of the "Audible" program which allows you to download two books for free. After 30 days, you may continue with "Audible" at $14.95 a month.
Alternatively, you will always be able to buy the audiobooks individually. "The Hidden Reality" audiobook is available via one click for $26.95.
I am amazed by this because whenever I record something, like my versions of songs or anything else, it takes at least 10 times more time to produce the thing than the final duration of the audio file. My guess is that it would take me something like 140 hours to record that and the quality wouldn't be anywhere close to Brian's recitation (not even in Czech).