• A Brief History of Earth

  • Four Billion Years in Eight Chapters
  • By: Andrew H. Knoll
  • Narrated by: Tom Parks
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (177 ratings)

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By: Andrew H. Knoll
Narrated by: Tom Parks
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Publisher's Summary

How well do you know the ground beneath your feet? A primer for every Earth resident, by Harvard’s acclaimed geologist.

“A sublime chronicle of our planet." (Booklist, starred review)

Odds are, where you’re standing was once cooking under a roiling sea of lava, crushed by a towering sheet of ice, rocked by a nearby meteor strike, or perhaps choked by poison gases, drowned beneath ocean, perched atop a mountain range, or roamed by fearsome monsters. Probably most or even all of the above. 

The story of our home planet and the organisms spread across its surface is far more spectacular than any Hollywood blockbuster, filled with enough plot twists to rival a bestselling thriller. But only recently have we begun to piece together the whole mystery into a coherent narrative. Drawing on his decades of field research and up-to-the-minute understanding of the latest science, renowned geologist Andrew H. Knoll delivers a rigorous yet accessible biography of Earth, charting our home planet's epic 4.6 billion-year story. Placing twenty first-century climate change in deep context, A Brief History of Earth is an indispensable look at where we’ve been and where we’re going.

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©2021 Andrew H. Knoll (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Very chilling and well thought out

I’ll put it plainly, this book is amazing. Traveling back hundreds of millions of years, Knoll details the epic changes that happened to the world throughout that span of time until life came to Earth. Starting small, he details things such as atoms, protons, neutrons but then combines all of these into bigger systems such as ourselves, humans! This book was a fantastic read and can be done in one sitting! Truly a must have on your bookshelf!

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Not a history, just an agenda.

While I appreciate arguments on global warming and understand man plays a part in it, this book decieves under the veil of a nice history lesson. Instead it immediately talks about humans impact on the earth and specifically America being the culprit for the negative effects. Next time, please just title the book correctly. performance was good....the rest is trash...I wish I knew more beforehand. I just want
history without an agenda!!!!!

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A lot of Earth History Briefly

Well done and fascinating information. The author is clearly deeply educated about this subject. the most interesting part of his presentation is the "differing points of view" so many scientists have about how we got to this point in time.

But most scientists agree we could be in for a rocky ( no punk intended ) future in a very short time.

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Fantastic book and production

I was looking for a concise yet thorough summary of the biological and geological history of Earth. I can't imagine a better fitting book for this purpose.

Fascinating, educational, and even inspirational with the section at the end about climate change. Not necessary to have a scientific background, but if you remember a bit of high school chemistry and biology the book has so much to offer.

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Meh.

You get what you expect.
(Unless this is your first book on Earth history of paleontology.)

But you don't get anything else.
Adequate, but if you are a reader of popular science books, this wouldn't thrill you.

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Don't waste your time.

This gives a very simple outline and ends with that the world is ending. Boring

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Very Good Book!

The author put the information in an easy way to understand the information. You don't need to be a scientist to understand and appreciate the earth's history and our impact on it at this time in it's history.

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Very interesting and great writing.

The content is intriguing and well written. The narration - not so much. The narrator accent was not pleasing and his voice overly sibilant. I know the producersssss of this audiobook have accesssss to sibilancssse filtersssss. The narrator's accent was a bit annoying especially talking about "syamples from the myantle reveal a dynyamic core."

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Save our Planet!

Very easy to listen to, and quite fascinating! I probably took more information in about our Earth from this, more so than I ever did sitting in a classroom, ha! Recommended listen for those who dig history and science, I loved it!

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  • 07-28-21

Nicely written and informative

I learned so much from this book. The book is short, but so much knowledge is condensed in it.