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Author: Kai Kupferschmidt Narrator: Jonathan Yen Publisher: Tantor Audio Audio Length: Release Date: July 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781666107906

Publisher Description

A globe-trotting quest to find blue in the natural world—and to understand our collective obsession with this bewitching color

Blue is a rare color—natural blue, that is. From morpho butterflies in the rain forest to the blue jay flitting past your window, vanishingly few living things are blue—and most that appear so are doing sleight of hand with physics or complex chemistry. Flowers modify the red pigment anthocyanin to achieve their blue hue. Even the blue sky above us is a trick of the light.

Yet this hard-to-spot accent color in our surroundings looms large in our affections. Science journalist Kai Kupferschmidt has been fascinated by blue since childhood. His quest to find and understand his favorite color and its hallowed place in our culture takes him to a gene-splicing laboratory in Japan, a volcanic lake in Oregon, and to Brandenburg, Germany—home of the last Spix's macaws. From deep underground where blue minerals grow into crystals to miles away in space where satellites gaze down at our "blue marble" planet, wherever we do find blue, it always has a story to tell.

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Quotes

  • “Deftly bridges mineralogy, botany, and art history to explore humanity’s quest for the perfect blue pigment. With equal ease, [Kupferschmidt] describes Picasso’s Blue Period palette and the microstructures that blue jays use to ‘cheat’ their way to a dazzling cerulean.”

    - Science
  • “[His] global quest follows his lifelong obsession with blue, taking him to the core of what it means to be human.”

    - Foreword Reviews
  • “An experienced science reporter, walks readers through intricate material in chapters that describe blue in stones, vision, plants, language, and animals…Blue is charming and readable.”

    - Booklist
  • “Yen creates the persona of a broadcaster, and his jovial tone and quick pace sustain interest…[Blue] traces the color all the way back to cave drawings and takes listeners along for the ride.”

    - AudioFile

Awards

  • A Junior Library Guild Selection

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About the Narrator

Jonathan Yen is a commercial voice-over artist and Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. He was inspired by the Golden Age of Radio, and while the gold was gone by the time he got there, he has carried that inspiration through to commercial work, voice acting, and stage productions. From vintage Howard Fast science fiction to naturalist Paul Rosolie’s true adventures in the Amazon, he loves to tell a good story.