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The End of Night

Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light
Narrated by: Paul Bogard
Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Astronomy
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Publisher's Summary

A deeply panoramic tour of the night, from its brightest spots to the darkest skies we have left.

A starry night is one of nature's most magical wonders. Yet in our artificially lit world, three-quarters of Americans' eyes never switch to night vision and most of us no longer experience true darkness. In The End of Night, Paul Bogard restores our awareness of the spectacularly primal, wildly dark night sky and how it has influenced the human experience across everything from science to art. From Las Vegas' Luxor Beam - the brightest single spot on this planet - to nights so starlit the sky looks like snow, Bogard blends personal narrative, natural history, science, and history to shed light on the importance of darkness - what we've lost, what we still have, and what we might regain - and the simple ways we can reduce the brightness of our nights tonight.

©2013 Paul Bogard (P)2014 Gildan Media LLC

Critic Reviews

"A moving, poetic, immersive, multifaceted, and thought-provoking study... Terrific." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • KB
  • 24-07-2017

Boring

Would you try another book written by Paul Bogard or narrated by Paul Bogard?

I don't think so. It was so boring. I tried hard to get into it but it was very repetitive.

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  • J. Hetrick
  • 20-05-2018

Fascinating Topic & Important Part of Conservation

Paul makes this underappreciated topic interesting and focuses on the many ways to fix it.

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  • Daniel
  • 18-03-2019

A little too poetic for my taste

I'm interested in this topic, and there was lots of good information in this book. However, for me, it was mixed in with a little bit too much literary poeticism surrounding that information expressing the author's feelings on the topic. Some of that is great obviously because you want to read a book by someone enthused about the topic. But when it starts to exceed 50% of the content it begins to feel more like filler. This may have been aggravated by the narration which had a little of "like wow man" tone to it.

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  • A mystery fan
  • 10-10-2018

Important book on a not-well-covered issue

This is a significant topic. The book is well thought out and an important contribution to an under-reported environmental issue. The effect of the loss of the night is incalculably serious to us all, and this book is a good starting point for nderstanding what we can do.

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  • Stephen B. Spencer
  • 03-12-2015

Meaningless!

I'm really sorry to say that this book does nothing well and after 3 hours of listening, I'm going to reform it. I'm a deep lover of the night sky and of travel, yet I find the narrative herein accomplishes little in the way of enlightenment in either are. Also, as with most audio books, the author should allow professional narrator to do the reading. I went into this book with great expectations, but now, after 3 extremely tedious hours, I'm going to have to give up!

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