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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,603 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dava Sobel Narrator: Lorna Rave Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Planets is Dava Sobel’s sweeping look at our heavenly galaxy. In the spirit of Longitude and Galileo’s Daughter, Sobel once again brings science and history deftly to life as she explores the origins of the planets and reveals the exotic environments that exist in each of these fascinating alien worlds.

After the huge national and international success of Longitude and Galileo’s Daughter, Dava Sobel tells the human story of the nine planets of our solar system. The Planets tells the story of each member of our solar family, from their discovery, both mythic and historic, to the latest data from the modern era’s robotic space probes. Whether revealing what hides behind Venus’ cocoon of acid clouds, describing Jupiter’s “Technicolor lightning bolts and shimmering sheets of auroras,” or capturing first-hand the excitement at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory when the first pictures from Voyager were beamed to earth, Dava Sobel’s unique tour of the solar family is filled with fascination and poetry.

In lyrical prose The Planets gives a breathtaking, close-up perspective on those heavenly bodies that have captured the imagination of humanity since that first glimpse at the glittering night skies. This is an extraordinary book of science, history, biography, and storytelling. Timely and timeless, The Planets will engage and delight as it unravels the mysteries of the cosmos.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Linda | 2/18/2014

    " This is a combination of Historical, Scientific, and Mythical knowledge of the planets. Where as I find it over all interesting. Depending on which aspect the author is writing about it can be rather dry. Specifically when discussing the historical aspects. And I am a fan of history, it is just really hard to get through those sections. The Scientific and Mythical aspects seem much more in their realm or at least draw me in enough that I am not having to force my way through them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Johnny | 2/11/2014

    " Its a romantic/poetic account of the solar system. Disappointed - Had different expectations when I picked it up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ann | 2/2/2014

    " "Loved Galileo's Daughter. Liked Longitude very much. This one I'm flipping ahead and saying to myself 'Gee, 65 pages left...still on "us" and still have "nut" and "pie."'Not bad but inferior to the other Sobel efforts." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Spencer | 1/29/2014

    " A fascinating history of how the planets were discovered. "

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