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February 15, 2018 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Sci-Tech Audiobooks
American Eclipse. By David Baron. Read by Jonathan Yen. 2017. 8.5hr. HighBridge, CD, $29.99 (9781681685779).
Yen’s animated narration sets an amiable tone and enlivens this entertaining, informative account of the 1878 total eclipse visible in the American West.
Being a Dog: Following the Dog into a World of Smell. By Alexandra Horowitz. Read by the author. 2016. 9hr. Simon & Schuster Audio, CD, $29.99 (9781508221777).
Horowitz informs and amuses with anecdotes and research about canines and humans alike in this fascinating look into how dogs experience the world through smell.
The Glass Universe. By Dava Sobel. Read by Cassandra Campbell. 2016. 12.5hr. Books on Tape, CD, $45 (9780735288669).
Despite being excluded from their profession because of gender, Harvard’s earliest female astronomers made significant but unacknowledged scientific contributions. Campbell’s performance personalizes these women and underscores their achievements.
The Good Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood.
By Sy Montgomery. Read by Xe Sands. 2016. 6hr. Tantor, CD, $34.99 (9781515905912).
In this endearing tale of a pig’s “extraordinary life,” narrator Sands conveys Montgomery’s obvious affection for her pig and nails Christopher’s “grunt language,” from those reserved for special friends to sounds of annoyance, hunger, and peevishness.
Hidden Figures. By Margot Lee Shetterly. Read by Robin Miles. 2016. 11hr. Harper, DD, $24.99 (9780062472076).
Miles offers a nuanced depiction of a group of extraordinary women, celebrating the skills and character of the African American mathematicians who helped the U.S. attain superiority in the air during WWII and in space during the Cold War.
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World. By Andrea Wulf. Read by David Drummond. 2015. 14hr. HighBridge, CD, $39.99 (9781622319800).
Famous nineteenth-century geographer, naturalist, and explorer von Humboldt traveled around the world collecting scientific specimens. Drummond’s wonderfully effective reading matches Wulf’s marriage of a charismatic protagonist and lively prose.
One Wild Bird at a Time: Portraits of Individual Lives. By Bernd Heinrich. Read by Rick Adamson. 2016. 6hr. Dreamscape, CD, $49.99 (9781520006109).
Adamson gives a straightforward reading of Heinrich’s scientific journal entries and adopts a wry tone for his personal stories, complete with pitch-perfect renditions of bird calls.
The Tide. By Hugh Aldersey-Williams. Read by Derek Perkins. 2016. 12hr. HighBridge, CD, $39.99 (9781681682785).
This illuminating account documents observations of tidal phenomena, the scientific nature of tides, their historical importance, and their use in literature. All this makes for entertaining and informative listening, companionably performed by Perkins.
Time Travel. By James Gleick. Read by Rob Shapiro. 2016. 10hr. Books on Tape, CD, $40 (9780735285903).
Gleick enhances his exploration of time travel by turning to writers of speculative fiction, philosophers, poets, scientists, and even Twitter. Shapiro’s perceptive reading deepens listeners’ understanding and appreciation of Gleick’s intellect and wit.
Sex in the Sea. By Marah J. Hardt. Read by Carla Mercer-Meyer. 2016. 10hr. Tantor, CD, $37.99 (9781515903567).
Mercer-Meyer’s cheerful, matter-of-fact narration of this irreverent, highly anthropomorphic overview of the mating and reproductive habits of marine organisms grounds the author’s breezy, conversational style and risqué humor.
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