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Four Lost Cities (Digital Audiobook)

A Secret History of the Urban Age

By Annalee Newitz, Chloe Cannon (Narrator)

Publication Date: February 8, 2021

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (1/11/2022)
Hardcover (2/2/2021)
Compact Disc (2/9/2021)
MP3 CD (2/9/2021)


In Four Lost Cities, acclaimed science journalist Annalee Newitz takes listeners on an entertaining and mind-bending adventure into the deep history of urban life. Investigating across the centuries and around the world, Newitz explores the rise and fall of four ancient cities, each the center of a sophisticated civilization: the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in Central Turkey, the Roman vacation town of Pompeii on Italy's southern coast, the medieval megacity of Angkor in Cambodia, and the indigenous metropolis Cahokia, which stood beside the Mississippi River where East St. Louis is today.

Newitz travels to all four sites and investigates the cutting-edge research in archaeology, revealing the mix of environmental changes and political turmoil that doomed these ancient settlements. Tracing the early development of urban planning, Newitz also introduces us to the often anonymous workers—slaves, women, immigrants, and manual laborers—who built these cities and created monuments that lasted millennia.

Four Lost Cities is a journey into the forgotten past, but, foreseeing a future in which the majority of people on Earth will be living in cities, it may also reveal something of our own fate.

About the Author

Chloe Cannon is a non-union multi-genre audiobook narrator living in the Mid-Hudson Valley
region of New York. Audiobook narration seized her interest when reading aloud to local
seniors, who informed her that her reading sounded "just like their audiobooks!" Since then, she
has narrated titles in a variety of genres, including young adult, sci-fi/fantasy, romance, self-help, thriller/suspense, sports memoir, and biography, with a special affinity for young adult/middle grade works. Her "shapeshifting" voice provides depth to each character within a story. AudioFile magazine has reviewed her narration: "Cannon sounds so authentic that it's impossible not to be moved."