I liked that the Story of Earth is interesting.....if also boring. It's easy to be intrigued by the (many) things I didn't know about the history of our planet but it's also just as easy to back away from. There was certainly a limit to the amount of detailed knowledge I was willing to quickly accept at a given sitting.
Depends. At times I was on board with Hazen but others I got lost in details. I think this has a lot to do with the numbers of it all. Throughout the book, Hazen describes geological facts in terms of a timeline. For me, it became increasingly difficult to keep that timeline straight. In the first place, it's a massive timeline on a scale which the entirety of human history is but a tiny speck at the end, indistinguishable and unimportant. Secondly, 530 millions years ago sounds and feels just as remote as 350 million years ago. The numbers are just so large and the pace of reading so fast that it is no small task to process the wheres and whens of all the different ideas Hazen discusses. On that note, Hazen tends to jump to other eons and for a complete novice like me, this become confusing quickly. I effectively disregarded the detail of age and concentrated on the overall issue Hazen was attempting to explain. In this way, the book became easier to read and easier to process while maintaining the essence of Hazen's narration. I'm sure I missed some details on the way, but my sanity is still intact.
Also, for a listen, I was probably even more handicapped. A visual representation of a number has a different value than a heard number.
Mother Earth :)
I have rated this 3-stars principally because the subject didn't hold my interest enough. This is just an issue of personal preference. There were definite moments where I was presented ideas that I never heard prior and concepts that were utterly foreign to my preconceptions to the subject. But these moments of surprise, intrigue, and awe were not the majority but were enough to fuel the engine to continue the book until the end. I imagine those more interested in geology, the Earth, or other life/earth science would be more connected to The Story of Earth. As for me, I'm glad I read it but I'm equally glad it's over.
This is the history of Earth told from the minerals perspective. Hazen is an excellent story teller and makes the subject very digestible. If you find gems and mineral formations interesting but you dont know much about what they are made of or how they got where they are; Hazen has the right amount of detail to get you started and the big story that will keep you digging once you start. Not all technical books translate well to audio but Hazen 's story telling and Dixon's narration make this one of the most enjoyable technical books I have ever listened to.
Audible obsessed lifelong learner.
This was a thought provoking look at the 5 billion year history on the world at a the rock and mineral level as the elements interact with each other via evolutionary changes. . It is a also a horror story on a billion year scale. 2 billion years from now vast deserts. In 5 billion years the sun expires. Hazen harkens back to Sagan's call for humanity to have to seek a post world existence given the inevitable.
Tell us about yourself!
Squeezing 4.5 billion years into a 10 hour book was quite a feat, but making it interesting to the non scientist (me) was remarkable. From beginning to end the book held my attention and fed me interesting information about the very ground upon which I walk. The science in this book was never dry and I feel I learned a few things despite my enjoying listening to this book.
A look at the changing Earth from the minerals up. I really enjoyed the book and narration. Haden does a very nice job at tying the chemistry of the inorganic and organic together.
I love science non-fiction whether physics, biology or cosmology- and now geology finally. If you like geology or collecting rocks, this adds to the story of each rock. If you like learning about how the Earth and life began, this brings more detail into focus on the role minerals played and the effect of life on the minerals we see today.
Easy to listen to and follow. I will definitely listen again to absorb even more. Walter Dixon narrated beautifully. I would look for more titles that he has read as well.
A captivating story of how the Earth and our moon have come to be. How this pale blue dot become teeming with life.
Cosmos, A Universe from Nothing
A solar eclipse when the Earth was young and a day lasted five hours and the moon was 10 times the size of the sun in the sky.
The reader was Walter Dixon and he does a great job!
We'll be greeted as liberators.
Walter Dixon, like the pro that he is, gives his A-game here. Hazen's writing is most interesting and compelling, they both really work out well together. Should definitely do another audiobook in the near future IMHO.
Epic, biblicalish, wide-in-scope, easy, clear and on-target.
No. I'm a geologist and Walter Dixon spoils the book for me with his many mispronunciations of geological terms. One would think he would have researched these words in advance. Examples of botched words include: rhythmites (as in tidal rhythmites), peridotite, and plagioclase. There are many more.
Someone who likes discussing possibly real events that are impossible to prove that migbt have happened.
This book uses mostly unsure language. There are a lot of possiblies and suggestings and maybies and ifs but no real concrete ideas. No concrete science. Robert didn't discuss any competing theories and how the evidence could point to totally different conclusions. Very incomplete and simplistic work. Most of this book is so insubstantial that it doesn't warrant saying.
Anything that uses unsure language and is not concrete. His use of words that describe cells learning or getting ideas. That's just dumb.
So humans evolved over the course of 80 million years? Why is there not life everywhere if its that easy?