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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2018 David Christian (P)2018 Recorded Books
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5 out of 5 stars
By Lori on 07-10-18

Amazing!

Lots of data but that's what made it so interesting. I highly recommend it for all who are curious and who struggle to find their place in the universe.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Krishnan on 06-04-18

So much for Bill Gates' recommendation...

This was one of Bill Gates' recommendations for the "best reads of this summer". I took his recommendation, and was utterly disappointed. This author has no new insights to offer at all, that a well read individual doesn't already know. The narrator has a boring monotone.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 07-06-18

Not great

If you wish to know the history of everything, I cannot recommend A Brief History Of Everything by Bill Bryson enough, it explains almost everything in an informative, fun and interesting way.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Gareth on 06-22-18

A Very Good Effort

So the challenge to write a big history of everything must be a huge task. My knowledge of the topics covered in this book are elementary but I was seeking a consilience of thought.
David Christian has to be congratulated on his excellent attempt to achieve an almost impossible task. I found the reading and subject matter excellent. There were sometimes parts I didn't fully grasp but this is the joy of learning in so much that it stimulates one to research some more.
I have noticed on general book review sites there becomes almost an intellectual one- upmanship and a culture of "look at me I have a better knowledge than the author" by picking fault and quoting other books. Not into this game and for me what made this book superb was the theme of energy flows in natural systems a constant thread throughout.

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5 out of 5 stars
By meditatecreate on 08-01-18

Brilliant birds eye perspective on existence

Brilliant birds eye perspective on existence. The author does a remarkable job at covering a vast period of time in a way that keeps the reader engaged.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Yolande Donovan on 08-01-18

Didn’t understand all of it but still enjoyable

Could do with taking a few minutes to explain the science around things (for us non science buffs) eg protons, electrons. Otherwise still enjoyable.

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