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Light of the Stars is science at the grandest of scales, and it tells a radically new story about what we are: one world in a universe awash in planets. Building on his widely discussed scientific papers and New York Times op-eds, astrophysicist Adam Frank shows that not only is it likely that alien civilizations have existed many times before, but also that many of them have driven their own worlds into dangerous eras of change. 

He explains how dust storms on Mars, the greenhouse effect on Venus, Gaia Theory, the threat of nuclear winter, and efforts to prove or disprove the plurality of worlds from Aristotle to Copernicus to Carl Sagan have contributed to our understanding of our place in the universe and the growing challenge of climate change. And he raises what may be the largest question of all: If there has been life on other worlds, what can its presence tell us about our own fate?

©2018 Adam Frank (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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The most important book that I’ve ever read.

An extremely well written and comprehensive discussion on the past, present and future of humankind, the earth and the universe. This book explains how life will effect the planet, and how long life can survive on the planet depending on the choices we make today.

Recommended for climate change enthusiasts, curious and denialists alike, as well as those interested in space, aliens, physics, geology, history, biology and psychology.

It is the most important book that I’ve ever read.

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  • David
  • 25-11-2018

First steps only

If you have some familiarity with Drake's equation, give this a pass. Nothing really new here. Its only contribution is yet another relatively arbitrary classification of as-yet-to-be-discovered alien civilizations. I was hoping for some updates on exo-biology, but no.

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  • DVB22
  • 27-10-2018

This is our story

This book is so relevant and so important for everyone to read. Especially the climate change deniers. The narrator draws you in perfectly and the story....well it’s OUR beautiful, yet fragile story. Gives us hope as a species yet realistically grounds you as the important problems we will face in the near future.

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  • karl
  • 27-06-2018

Nice take

This book makes you think by putting pen to paper and working out some scenarios for our coevolution with our planet. This part was naturally a little dry listening. I’m an engineer so I enjoyed the nuts and bolts. Performance was good.

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  • Steve Dahlman
  • 02-06-2019

Magnificent!

Adam Frank has distilled the work of scientists and philosophers into a cogent analysis of evolutionary thought, research and policy. The ramifications of mankind’s effects upon the earth are presented in exceptional detail, but, remarkably, not judgmental. Ending on a very positive light, the reader is not left with a post-apocalyptic hell, but a blueprint for the future. “We are the planet.” Yes, we are. We are also the galaxy and the universe.

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  • Sean Dooley
  • 10-10-2018

Road map for navigating the Anthropocene

i really loved this book. Heard an interview with Adam on the Probably Science podcast and had to get my hands on a copy. Adam is able to recontexualize problems that are and will continue to threaten our civilization by stepping away and taking the larger cosmic perspective. i found the thoughts and information in here to be both consumable and engaging. i will be listening to "Light of the Stars" again very soon.

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  • Zach
  • 17-08-2018

Should be read by everyone.

What an inspiring book! Instead of going with a doom and gloom perspective on a changing climate, Adam Frank dives into the facts with a realistic view outside of the normal human perspective. If we are going to have a chance at a thriving civilization deep into the future, more people need this kind of view point. Recommended to everyone.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-07-2020

Intriguing and Thought-Provoking Throughout!

If you love science, science fiction, and the meeting place between the two, then this book is for you! The author, clearly experienced in the most cutting edge parts of astrobiology, sociology, etc. paints a beautiful picture of the past, present, and future of how planetary science can teach us about other worlds, our own, and possibly alien civilizations far beyond. Furthermore, the narration is really top-notch as popular science fare goes, and he elevates the work to a whole other level of wonder...I highly recommend this book!

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  • David Goings
  • 10-09-2018

Great content

Wish the book had been read by the author. Great read though, just think more passion would be conveyed by the author.

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  • The Saint
  • 18-07-2018

A New Look into the Fermi (SETI) Paradox

Light of the Stars casts a new light on the puzzle that is the Fermi Paradox; if extra-terrestrial life is likely so common, why do we find no evidence of it? The careful analysis demonstrates that we may be coming up upon an evolutionary choke point common to advanced technological societies spread over entire planets. It reaches beyond the choices playing out today, as for instance in the substitution of renewables for fossil fuels, to suggest that it is the planet-spanning thermodynamic activity of the entire civilization as part of a larger biosphere which drives the planet to states which are either stable or unstable. In that case, it is less the energy source used in the activity and more the nature and quantum of the activity itself over which we must exert agency if we are to see a way past the thermodynamic choke point. The book stops a chapter or two short of direct confrontation with the Paradox - if there is no evidence of alien civilization, does that imply that the choke point is an unavoidable cul de sac which no civilization has overcome? Hoping that we might be the first is surely faint hope indeed! J. A. (Canada) for WildDogs Foundation - wilddogsfoundation@gmail.com

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  • J. Holloway
  • 07-07-2021

Preachy about climate change

Became harder to listen to near end as it became preachy about use of fossil fuels. Many interesting facts that might impress a beginner in science.

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  • 11-04-2020

Great new perspective on the big problem.

Finished it in two days, found it truly inspiring. Easy to digest, clear explanations of more complex ideas and very sobering perspective on climate change, hopefully will resonate with more people.

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  • Nicholas Frank
  • 21-01-2020

Narrated by a Speak n Spell

Very interesting content but killed dead by poor narrator. I genuinely thought it was being read by a computer voice of some sort.

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  • Paul Lemon
  • 04-01-2020

Whether we stand or fall as a civilisation is up to us

This was a thoroughly thought provoking book. It’s about how science and our exploration of nearby planets has evolved and how the discoveries made help us in going forward. Through a series of great minds and the ideas and theories they brought to the table, each building on the last the book looks both forward and back in time. About how life evolved on our planet. About the possibility of life on other worlds and how society and technology evolve over time and how it might be rare for a civilisation to get past climate change and get out to explore the galaxy. It has expanded my mind and given me hope for the future.

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  • David
  • 09-08-2018

Essential reading go anyone concerned with the future of mankind

This timely book, not too long, not too short, not too highbrow not too lowbrow, brings together the latest work on the effects that advanced civilisations have on their home planets. It paints a necessarily honest picture of what we need to do to avoid the worst effects of climate change.

Every world leader should read and digest this book.

I only have one small comment on the narrator. I’ve given Kevin Parisesu 5 stars for his work. His voice is very clear and easy on the ear but for an English listener the American pronunciation can be a little confusing sometimes.
It took me a little while to realise that what I took to be the word error was in fact era.
There are other examples but please don’t let that stop you listening to this very important work.

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  • TD
  • 09-05-2019

Incredible book

It's a must read for anybody who cares about what will happen to us as a civilization and what possibly could be done to consciously mitigate the worse. Explained in clear and easy for non-scientists to understand based on scientific research that I wouldn't think was carried out.

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  • 26-09-2018

Great review of the space exploration history

The author describes the matters with good depth and understanding.
The narrator did a fabulous job and kept me comming back to the book even in its less interesting parts.
Overall a great experience

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