Origin Story

A Big History of Everything
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (12.38 hours)
Product Number: Z14222
Released: May 22, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781501996580
Narrator/s: Jamie Jackson
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Description

A captivating history of the universe -- from before the dawn of time through the far reaches of the distant future. Most historians study the smallest slivers of time, emphasizing specific dates, individuals, and documents. But what would it look like to study the whole of history, from the big bang through the present day -- and even into the remote future? How would looking at the full span of time change the way we perceive the universe, the earth, and our very existence? These were the questions David Christian set out to answer when he created the field of "Big History," the most exciting new approach to understanding where we have been, where we are, and where we are going. In Origin Story, Christian takes readers on a wild ride through the entire 13.8 billion years we've come to know as "history." By focusing on defining events (thresholds), major trends, and profound questions about our origins, Christian exposes the hidden threads that tie everything together -- from the creation of the planet to the advent of agriculture, nuclear war, and beyond. With stunning insights into the origin of the universe, the beginning of life, the emergence of humans, and what the future might bring, Origin Story boldly reframes our place in the cosmos.

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Author(s): David Christian
Genre: History, Science
Awards:New York Times Bestseller

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All formats/editions

CD
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Author(s): David Christian
Narrator(s): Jamie Jackson
Genre: History, Science
Product Number C05217
Released: May 09, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781501996535
MP3 CD
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Author(s): David Christian
Narrator(s): Jamie Jackson
Genre: History, Science
Product Number MP0877
Released: Jun 14, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781980008187
eBook
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Author(s): David Christian
Genre: Science, History
Product Number EB00711544
Released: May 22, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780316412476

Professional reviews

"Listeners' minds will soar as this audio history reaches across billions of years to trace the origin of our universe, and our own hospitable but fragile sphere of living things. This "Big History of Everything" is a comfortable listening length, and Jamie Jackson narrates it at a natural pace. He maintains the immediacy of the narrative even when the subject is as vast as the development of agriculture and the scene scattered over continents and millennia. Hearing this brisk, concise, highly accessible work, listeners will learn as much as we currently know about how the universe, and we ourselves, came to be--much of it based on discoveries made over just the last few decades. It's the oldest story of all, told as it's unfolding today. D.A.W. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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