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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (462 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dava Sobel Narrator: Suzanne Toren Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781461846994
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With the enthralling style that made Longitude and Galileo’s Daughter international best-sellers, Dava Sobel paints an unforgettable portrait of the Copernican Revolution. Encouraged by his German protege, Polish cleric Nicolaus Copernicus published his heliocentric model of the universe, tantalizing 16th-century mathematicians and scientists-and triggering a groundswell of opposition.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ms. Sobel is an elegant stylist, a riveting and efficient storyteller, a writer who can bring the dustiest of subjects to full-blooded life — poignant, in the case of Galileo; cautious but also loving, loyal and feisty in the case of Copernicus.”

    New York Times

  • “A thoroughly researched and eminently readable account of a major scientist who celebrated the sun yet lurks in the shadows.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “A liquid entertainment of choice passages on the thoughts and deeds of Copernicus.”

    Kirkus

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanya | 2/12/2014

    " Makes you feel like you were there at these world shifting moments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy | 2/1/2014

    " Very readable, easy to get through even with all the details about the cosmos and revolutions of the planets and all that. Made me really like Copernicus. Got a little tired of the writing a few times, the author tried to get a little too poetic, and there's a whole section in the middle where she writes a little play about Copernicus and his apprentice, kind of skipped that part. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vickie | 1/16/2014

    " I don't read a lot of nonfiction, but the history of how the world view of the cosmos always has interested me. It's not so much a biography but a telling of how Copernicus developed his theories, his reluctance to publish his findings, the consequences on science, technology and theology,for himself, Kepler and Galileo. Fitting that I finished this book just after we commemorated another trip around the sun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 H Wesselius | 1/12/2014

    " I admit I enjoyed the book but it was marred by the lack of a focus. At times it was biographical and at other times a history of science or ideas. I would've preferred the latter. The greatest strengths of the book is the manner in which it sets the intellectual context and then later describes the difficulty of changing our view of the universe. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sabrina | 1/1/2014

    " Pg 68 and I gave up. I realized that I had no idea where I was in the story. The story is choppy and I realized that there is a play embedded in the middle, which I did not want to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 12/4/2013

    " Very enjoyable and informative--I hadn't realized that Copernicus fretted so much over the reception of his heliocentric cosmology. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Walker | 11/30/2013

    " This is a very pretty and fun book to read. 20 years ago it was had to dissude rockers who attended the concerts. To have re-undo the middleesge -'m not concerned with. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Legustafson | 11/26/2013

    " The play in the middle took the wind out of the pacing. Good story, compelling history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken | 11/21/2013

    " A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos is an interesting view of one of history's most influential thinkers. A great read with lots of fun new information. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Margo Sweeney | 7/3/2013

    " Life is too short to stick with this book to the end. Such a disappointment after Galileo's Daughter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tudor Ciocarlie | 6/1/2013

    " Interesting book about how hard the beginning of the Renaissance really was. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Irene | 11/30/2012

    " Well. I loved Galileo's Daughter and Longitude. Two hits and a miss. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 A. J. | 10/21/2012

    " Enjoyable. Glad I read it. None the less, not my favorite book by Sobel. Not quite upto the usual standard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Carmany | 4/23/2012

    " Thought it was well written and did enjoy. The "play" in the middle left me a little nonplussed "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 4/4/2012

    " Entertaining and informative. Another little gem of a book from Dava Sobel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken | 10/17/2011

    " A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos is an interesting view of one of history's most influential thinkers. A great read with lots of fun new information. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 9/18/2011

    " A very intersting book looking at the life of nicolaus copernicus and his theories and put in a way a layman can understand "

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About the Author
Author Dava Sobel

Dava Sobel is an accomplished writer of popular expositions of scientific topics. A 1964 graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, she attended Antioch College and the City College of New York before receiving her bachelor of arts degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1969. She holds honorary doctor of letters degrees from the University of Bath, in England, and Middlebury College, Vermont, both awarded in 2002.

About the Narrator

Suzanne Toren has recorded hundreds of audiobooks and has earned twenty-nine Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She has received the Narrator of the Year Award for her audiobook recordings for the Library of Congress. She has performed on Broadway and in regional theaters in works penned by Shakespeare, Molière, and Arthur Miller. She has also appeared on Law & Order and in various soap operas.