|# of Units:||5 CDs|
|Length:||5 hours, 30 minutes|
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Had my doubts after I read reviews, but I went ahead and listened. Somewhat confusing - switches voices, (author, quotations, letters from one person to another - not always clear who is speaking). I persevered and part of the time enjoyed the work and part not. Did learn quite a bit. In particular the information about Pluto. This was written before it was declassified a Planet, but it explained the controversy that led up to that decision.
I usually don't write reviews, but this book was so confusing and just hard to listen to that I am compelled to warn others. The seemingly random facts (most of which are known to most children) about the planets are confusing and in a random order, but this is not the worst of it. The author slips in and out of various personalities, writing first person accounts as people varying from relatives of astronomers to the first person account of a rock. Yes, you read that right, one section is written about the experiences of a rock, in the first person. Don't waste your time, rent anything other than this one. JMHO
If you are really, really interested in the solar system, then this is the book for you. However, after the first CD I just couldn't do any more. It's well-written, and well-read, but I just couldn't stand the thought of listening to all that detail, conjecture, and scholarly trivia about each planet.
This book is 100% mythological. It speaks of the planets through the perspectives of the Gods. The author brings in Socrates a lot. I’d listen to 4 or 5 tracks and stop to try to remember anything I just heard. This is not a factual book about the planets whatsoever. Do not waste you time unless you’re somehow into all the mythological stuff!
Dava Sobel is the best-selling author of Longitude and Galileo's Daughter. A former New York Times science reporter, she has contributed articles to Audubon, Discover, Life, and The New Yorker. She has also been a contributing editor to Harvard Magazine, writing about scientific research and the history of science. She lives in East Hampton, New York.