• The Discoverers

  • A History of Man's Search to Know His World and Himself
  • By: Daniel J. Boorstin
  • Narrated by: Christopher Cazenove
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-14-10
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.9 (45 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Daniel J. Boorstin, former librarian of the Library of Congress, gives a fascinating history of world civilization. From astronomical development, microscopes, telescopes, medicine, vaccines, genetics and map-making, the author delves into the discoveries of our world and the freedoms those discoveries bestowed. With the breadth and depth of this study, Boorstin relieves the world of its fictitious beliefs and encourages a more modern and scientific approach to the world around us. Discovery is not the main event: convincing people to accept the facts as a new way of life is the key to the growth of mankind.
©1985 Daniel J. Boorstin (P)2003 Phoenix
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4 out of 5 stars
By David on 05-24-10

This One has Good Audio

I don't know why Audible has two versions of this book on its site, but this version has good audio, while the other version does not. (Just try listening to the samples and you can easily tell the difference.) As for the book content itself: I read this book almost 20 years ago and thought it was time for another try. At that time I found it both enlightening and frustrating, and I think that sums it up still. Boorstin's insights are illuminating and sometimes profound, but his nonlinear writing style, jumping from concept to concept and sometimes century to century, makes it difficult at times to understand his argument.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Sharon on 06-19-14


I remember reading this book years ago and rather liking it. Listening is another matter. Seems to jump around a lot, no full telling of any story. Maybe its best to just remember how nice something was in the past and enjoy nostalgia and save credits!

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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