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February / March 2019 n 69 ONE OF TEN BILLION EARTHS: How We Learn About Our Planet's Past and Future From Distant Exoplanets KarelSchrijver ReadbySteveMenasche Narrator Steve Menasche delivers Karel Schrijver's concepts and explanations clearly, making for a lively lecture with occasional references to science fiction. Schrijver discusses the fast-growing field of exoplanet studies, even down to research papers and funding proposals, as he details its progress. The many things science has learned come together in an ending that will get listeners' attention: the possibilities of life in our own solar system and the possible fates of planet Earth. Tantor Media 14.75 hrs. Unabridged Trade Ed.: CD ISBN 9781400175703 $44.99 (also MP3, DD) EXOPLANETS: Hidden Worlds and the Quest for Extraterrestrial Life DonaldGoldsmith ReadbyPeterNoble Imagine a British physicist, learned and friendly, providing a seminar for a select group of students, none of whom are up-to-date on whether or not planets exist outside our solar system. A pitch-perfect narrator, Peter Noble captures the author's excitement as he describes the techniques for finding exoplanets and what has been learned about them since the first one became known in 1992. Dreamscape 8 hrs. Unabridged Trade Ed.: CD ISBN 9781974922741 $49.99 (also MP3, DD) ORIGIN STORY: A Big History of Everything DavidChristian ReadbyJamieJackson Listeners' minds will soar as this audio history reaches across billions of years to trace the origin of our universe, and our own hospitable but fragile sphere of living things. This "Big History of Everything" is a comfortable listening length, and Jamie Jackson narrates it at a natural pace. Hearing this brisk, concise, highly accessible work, listeners will learn as much as we currently know about how the universe, and we ourselves, came to beā€”much of it based on discoveries made over just the last few decades. Recorded Books 12.25 hrs. Unabridged Library Ed.: CD ISBN 9781501996535 $123.75 (also MP3, DD) WHAT THE FUTURE LOOKS LIKE: Scientists Predict the Next Great Discoveries and Reveal How Today's Breakthroughs Are Already Shaping Our World JimAl-Khalili[Ed.] ReadbyPeteCross Narrator Pete Cross gives a crisp, erudite performance of this collection of thought- provoking essays, which envision the influenceof technology, science, and nature on the future of society. How does automation impact our future lives? What should we make of the possible impact of artificial intelligence? Cross's voice guides listeners though the plethora of ideas with ease and clarity. Dreamscape 7.75 hrs. Unabridged Trade Ed.: CD ISBN 9781520098142 $49.99 (also MP3. DD)

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