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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 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN:
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In her graceful, compelling style, Dava Sobel chronicles the history of the Copernican Revolution, relating the story of astronomy from Aristotle to the Middle Ages. In its midst will be her play, And the Sun Stood Still, imagining the dialogue that would have transpired between Rheticus and Copernicus in their months together. As she achieved with her best sellers Longitude and Galileo's Daughter, Sobel expands the bounds of science writing, giving us an unforgettable portrait of scientific achievement.

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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 SobelDAVA SOBEL is the author of five books, including the New York Times bestsellers Longitude, Galileo’s Daughter, The Planets, and The Glass Universe. A former New York Times science reporter and longtime contributor to The New Yorker, AudubonDiscover, and Harvard Magazine, she is the recipient of the National Science Board’s Individual Public Service Award and the Boston Museum of Science’s Bradford Washburn Award, among others.
About the Narrator

Suzanne Toren has recorded over nine hundred audiobooks. 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. She was awarded the Narrator of the Year Award for her audiobook recordings for the Library of Congress and has earned more than two dozen Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine.