Origin Story: A Big History of Everything

Written by:
David Christian
Narrated by:
Jamie Jackson

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
May 2018
12 hours 23 minutes
A captivating history of the universe -- from before the dawn of time through the far reaches of the distant future. Most historians study the smallest slivers of time, emphasizing specific dates, individuals, and documents. But what would it look like to study the whole of history, from the big bang through the present day -- and even into the remote future? How would looking at the full span of time change the way we perceive the universe, the earth, and our very existence? These were the questions David Christian set out to answer when he created the field of 'Big History,' the most exciting new approach to understanding where we have been, where we are, and where we are going. In Origin Story, Christian takes readers on a wild ride through the entire 13.8 billion years we've come to know as 'history.' By focusing on defining events (thresholds), major trends, and profound questions about our origins, Christian exposes the hidden threads that tie everything together -- from the creation of the planet to the advent of agriculture, nuclear war, and beyond. With stunning insights into the origin of the universe, the beginning of life, the emergence of humans, and what the future might bring, Origin Story boldly reframes our place in the cosmos.
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Jamie Jackson is my idea of the consumate narrator. His diction is par excellence and he never shows any signs of flagging throughout this massive work. What could so easily have been a weighty tome was made very listenable by the genuine interest he clearly displays. A very profound approach to a difficult subject which is presented in an easily digested form. A jolly informative read.

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Zbigniew P.

A very interesting and comprehensive story, great narration.

Great listen!

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Harry H.

It’s too bad he spends so much time trying to debunk the God theory. The whole notion of a big bang and what came before that, although more likely, is surrounded with just as much mystery.

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The universes--and we--are amazing entities. Incomprehensibly to me, but less so after listening to Origin Story. A worthwhile experience.

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Rizwan A.

Very interesting book. Highly recommended!

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Richard S.

Interesting book. I was not as big a fan of the narrator as the other 2 reviewers posting here before me. The earlier comment praising the narrator on his "diction" is utterly absurd, as the narrator does not employ his or her diction in presenting an audiobook- they convey the diction of the writer, not their own.

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