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Would you listen to Journey of the Universe again? Why?
Maybe a few times a year. It's a beautiful prose on the perspective of time and our reponsibility as the dominant species... a much needed reminder.
What other book might you compare Journey of the Universe to and why?
This book is not thorough, it has several themes but none explored exhaustively. If you like to explore different ideas I would recommend coupling this book with Adam Franks "About Time" and/or Edward O. Wilson's "Biophilia". There are several books that can fill in the scientific blanks by: Fortey (Life), Southwood (Story of Life), or Bryson (Short History).
Any additional comments?
This isn't a radical conservation message nor do the authors defend or attack religious beliefs. This book is a beautiful reminder of our responsiblity to take care of an earth that has provided us life.
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I wish I'd loved it, but I found myself just wanting it to be over. It's a short book, but it should have been shorter still, or much longer. It felt like a long pep talk to convince the reader how wonderful the universe, galaxy, solar system, earth, life, and ultimately humans are. The authors make allusion to all the science behind each of these layers of creation, but don't expose the beauty and symmetry of it except through trite metaphor. It feels like they are so impressed with the artistry of their own prose, that they forget to say anything particularly new or interesting. Finally, the book ends up advocating (I think unintentionally) a very anthrocentric view of the universe. Apparently, all 13 billion years of creation have been leading up to the creation of human consciousness, and it is now our job to be stewards of all that is around us.
Bottom line: it's too long and redundant to be enjoyed as poetry, and, as poetry, it isn't that good. It also doesn't provide enough science to be of interest to the lay reader, seking a better understanding of our place in the cosmos.
The narration was done well, but couldn't make up for the lack of content. At least it was short