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Michael

Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States Member Since 2002

I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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  • "Important but Imperfect"

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    This author tries very hard to express the stark realities of the energy issues facing the US and the world. He tries to cut through the hype regarding most green technologies and present the current realities. This involves a lot of numbers and predictions that are not the most fun to listen to.

    The author’s main point is, given the expected world energy needs, the only viable primary source of energy is NtoN (Natural Gas transitioning to Nuclear). He gives detailed analysis of each alternative and demonstrates, while each may have a place, none of the alternatives, individually or in combination, can come close to meeting the enormous expected energy demands as the third world rushes to first world energy use.

    The author tries to be careful with numbers but minorly cuts corners in favor of fossil fuels and does not do so for alternatives (except Nuclear). For Nuclear, the author does not fairly address the real safety concerns from spent fuel to melt downs.

    The author does not, but should have, addressed fairly how unexpected and transformative new technologies like fusion, new energy storage technologies, new energy transmission technologies, or radical energy production or saving technologies might have on his assumptions. If history is any guide the unexpected will likely make a huge different in our energy outlook.

    Occasionally the author is a snarky about people he disagrees with (which the narrator expresses quite well). I really dislike such snarkiness in a persuasive piece; more so when I agree with the author.

    With all my nits, I would recommend this book to anyone who really wants to understand the energy issues we will face in the future. If you think a transition or solar and wind is currently reasonable, you should definitely read this book then run the numbers for yourself in Excel

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    Power Hungry: The Myths of 'Green' Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future

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    • By Robert Bryce
    • Narrated By Ax Norman
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    The promise of green jobs and a clean energy future has roused the masses. But as Robert Bryce makes clear in this provocative book, that vision needs a major re-vision. We cannotand will notquit using carbon-based fuels at any time in the near future for a simple reason: they provide the horsepower that we crave. The hard reality is that oil, coal, and natural gas are here to stay.

    Michael says: "Important but Imperfect"
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    This book is not particularly well written; it jumps around, and occasionally loses focus. Nevertheless, I consider it a “must read” because it addresses, from a fundamentally liberal perspective, the glaring weaknesses of environmentalism, as well as many aspects of liberalism generally.

    I used to consider myself both liberal and environmentalist. But, over the years, the underlying pessimism of both systems has driven me away. This book shines a light upon many of these aspects of pessimism, and proposes a renewed system to focus the world’s creativity and optimism on making progress towards real prosperity (which includes positive ecological change).

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    Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility

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    • By Ted Nordhaus, Michael Shellenberger
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
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    Environmental insiders Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus triggered a firestorm of debate with their self-published essay, "The Death of Environmentalism". In this eagerly anticipated follow-up, the authors expand upon their argument that the paradigms driving the environmental movement and much of liberal politics are outdated and ineffective.

    Linda says: "A New Look at the Environment"
  • "Solutions instead of Hype and Hyste..."

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    This is not just another global warming hysteria book. This book focuses on solutions and how to motivate the solutions needed. It focuses on each of several various proposals and the current strengths, weaknesses, and future outlooks of each proposal. The book focuses on realities that seem to elude most books on global warming. Like corn ethanol is not an efficient method to get energy from sunlight; it is just the technology that has the votes of a bunch of farm states. The book's main point is that a long term decreasing cap and trade system for carbon is the best way to make progress on reducing greenhouse gasses. The book avoids the issue of how to set the cap; which is an important aspect of the system. This was much easier with sulfur dioxide; which was better understood and was better able to be measured. This was really the only weakness in the book. Otherwise it was a excellent overview of the technologies (and the weaknesses of each). This is truly a must read for anyone who wants to understand which solutions make sense and which solutions will just make some people very rich.

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    Earth: The Sequel: The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming

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    • By Fred Krupp, Miriam Horn
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
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    Here's how to harness the great forces of capitalism to save the world from catastrophe.

    The forecasts are grim and time is running out, but that's not the end of the story. In this book, Fred Krupp, longtime president of the Environmental Defense Fund, brings a stirring and hopeful call to arms: We can solve global warming. And in doing so, we will build the new industries, jobs, and fortunes of the 21st century.

    Pampa says: "A survey to the next industrial revolution"
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  • Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge : A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution

    "TOP THREE MOST PIVOTAL BOOK"

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  • "A compelling read"

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    This book is an example of how “common sense” is not all that common. Tackling many myths about science – and the growing popular belief that science is “evil” but alternatives are “good,” Michael Specter shows us how the scientific method holds the key to the continuing existence of our species. He urges us not to go back to the era when we believed that “science” was all good and urges us to investigate discoveries rationally – not hysterically. He does raise some serious ethical questions – some of which do not have ready answers. This is all the more reason for us to learn how to neither investigate new discoveries with hysteria nor compete faith and acceptance. The book is well narrated – fast paced – and very compelling.

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    Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives

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    • By Michael Specter
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    New Yorker staff writer Michael Specter has twice won the Global Health Council’s Excellence in Media Award, as well as the Science Journalism Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In Denialism, he fervently argues that people are turning away from new technologies and engaging in a kind of magical thinking that is hindering scientific progress.

    S says: "A compelling read"

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    The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Pollan Narrated by Scott Brick

    The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

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    "What should we have for dinner?" To one degree or another, this simple question assails any creature faced with a wide choice of things to eat. Anthropologists call it the omnivore's dilemma. Choosing from among the countless potential foods nature offers, humans have had to learn what is safe, and what isn't. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore's dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance.

    Stephen Redding says: "Great presentation of a moral dilemma"
  • 4.6 (986 ratings)
    The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild (






UNABRIDGED) by Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence Narrated by Simon Vance

    The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

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    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
  • 4.3 (123 ratings)
    Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge : A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution (






UNABRIDGED) by Terence McKenna Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer

    Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge : A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution

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    Terence McKenna hypothesizes that as the North African jungles receded, giving way to savannas and grasslands near the end of the most recent ice age, a branch of our arboreal primate ancestors left the forest canopy and began living in the open areas beyond. There they experimented with new varieties of foods as they adapted, physically and mentally, to the environment. Among the new foods found in this environment were psilocybin-containing mushrooms.

    Denise (Julian) Greene says: "A paradigm shifting experience"
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    The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters (






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    The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters

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    Everyone knew it was crazy to try to extract oil and natural gas buried in shale rock deep below the ground. Everyone, that is, except a few reckless wildcatters - who risked their careers to prove the world wrong. Things looked grim for American energy in 2006. Oil production was in steep decline and natural gas was hard to find. The Iraq War threatened the nation’s already tenuous relations with the Middle East. China was rapidly industrializing and competing for resources.

    T. Chambless says: "Excellent Book but Mispronunciations Abound!"
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  • 4.4 (105 ratings)
    Rising From the Plains: Annals of the Former World, Book 3 (






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    Rising From the Plains: Annals of the Former World, Book 3

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    Rising From the Plains takes McPhee to the high country of Utah along the Continental Divide. His guide is David Love, "the grand old man of Rocky Mountain geology". Helping McPhee see the physical changes that have shaped this region over millions of years, Love also traces his own family's history in this oil-rich, windswept land.

    Nancy says: "Terrific Read"
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    Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers' Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm (






UNABRIDGED) by Forrest Pritchard Narrated by Roger Wayne

    Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers' Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm

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    One fateful day in 1996, after discovering that five freight cars' worth of glittering corn have reaped a tiny profit of $18.16, young Forrest Pritchard vows to save his family's farm. What ensues-through hilarious encounters with all manner of livestock and colorful local characters-is a crash course in sustainable agriculture. Pritchard's biggest ally is his renegade father, who initially questions his son's career choice and rejects organic foods for sugary mainstream fare.

    Sweetbay says: "Loved it! I wanted it to go on further"
  • 4.3 (83 ratings)
    Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures (






UNABRIDGED) by Virginia Morell Narrated by Kirsten Potter

    Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures

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    • By Virginia Morell
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    Noted science writer Virginia Morell explores the frontiers of research on animal cognition and emotion, offering a surprising and moving exploration into the hearts and minds of wild and domesticated animals. Did you know that ants teach, earthworms make decisions, rats love to be tickled, and chimps grieve? Did you know that some dogs have thousand-word vocabularies and that birds practice songs in their sleep? That crows improvise tools, blue jays plan ahead, and moths remember living as caterpillars?

    Kathi says: "Beautiful insights into the minds of animals"
  • The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Pollan Narrated by Scott Brick

    The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

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    "What should we have for dinner?" To one degree or another, this simple question assails any creature faced with a wide choice of things to eat. Anthropologists call it the omnivore's dilemma. Choosing from among the countless potential foods nature offers, humans have had to learn what is safe, and what isn't. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore's dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance.

    Stephen Redding says: "Great presentation of a moral dilemma"
  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild (






UNABRIDGED) by Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence Narrated by Simon Vance

    The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
  • Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge : A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution (






UNABRIDGED) by Terence McKenna Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer

    Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge : A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Terence McKenna
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
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    Terence McKenna hypothesizes that as the North African jungles receded, giving way to savannas and grasslands near the end of the most recent ice age, a branch of our arboreal primate ancestors left the forest canopy and began living in the open areas beyond. There they experimented with new varieties of foods as they adapted, physically and mentally, to the environment. Among the new foods found in this environment were psilocybin-containing mushrooms.

    Denise (Julian) Greene says: "A paradigm shifting experience"
  • The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters (






UNABRIDGED) by Gregory Zuckerman Narrated by Sean Pratt

    The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Gregory Zuckerman
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
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    Everyone knew it was crazy to try to extract oil and natural gas buried in shale rock deep below the ground. Everyone, that is, except a few reckless wildcatters - who risked their careers to prove the world wrong. Things looked grim for American energy in 2006. Oil production was in steep decline and natural gas was hard to find. The Iraq War threatened the nation’s already tenuous relations with the Middle East. China was rapidly industrializing and competing for resources.

    T. Chambless says: "Excellent Book but Mispronunciations Abound!"
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  • Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World

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    • By Mark Miodownik
    • Narrated By Michael Page
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    Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? Why does a paper clip bend? These are the sorts of questions that Mark Miodownik is constantly asking himself. A globally renowned materials scientist, Miodownik has spent his life exploring objects as ordinary as an envelope and as unexpected as concrete cloth, uncovering the fascinating secrets that hold together our physical world.

  • Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed (






ABRIDGED) by Jared Diamond Narrated by Christopher Murney

    Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jared Diamond
    • Narrated By Christopher Murney
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    In his million-copy best seller Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond examined how and why Western civilizations developed the technologies and immunities that allowed them to dominate much of the world. Now in this brilliant companion volume, Diamond probes the other side of the equation: what caused some of the great civilizations of the past to collapse into ruin, and what can we learn from their fates?

    Rebecca says: "an fascinating book, but better on paper"
  • Mother Nature Is Trying to Kill You: A Lively Tour Through the Dark Side of the Natural World (






UNABRIDGED) by Dan Riskin Narrated by Dan Riskin

    Mother Nature Is Trying to Kill You: A Lively Tour Through the Dark Side of the Natural World

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    • By Dan Riskin
    • Narrated By Dan Riskin
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    It may be a wonderful world, but as Dan Riskin explains, it's also a dangerous, disturbing, and disgusting one. At every turn, it seems, living things are trying to eat us, poison us, use our bodies as their homes, or have us spread their eggs. In Mother Nature Is Trying to Kill You, Riskin is our guide through the natural world at its most gloriously ruthless. Using the seven deadly sins as a road map, Riskin offers dozens of jaw-dropping examples that illuminate how brutal nature can truly be.

    rich says: "Nature Couldn't Care Less"
  • Silent Spring (






UNABRIDGED) by Rachel Carson Narrated by Kaiulani Lee

    Silent Spring

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Rachel Carson
    • Narrated By Kaiulani Lee
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    First published in 1962, Silent Spring can single-handedly be credited with sounding the alarm and raising awareness of humankind's collective impact on its own future through chemical pollution. No other book has so strongly influenced the environmental conscience of Americans and the world at large.

    Kenneth says: "Ahead of her times..."
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  • The Last Rhinos: My Battle to Save One of the World's Greatest Creatures (






UNABRIDGED) by Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence Narrated by Simon Vance

    The Last Rhinos: My Battle to Save One of the World's Greatest Creatures

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    When Lawrence Anthony learned that the northern white rhino, living in the war-ravaged Congo, was on the very brink of extinction, he knew he had to act. If the world lost the sub-species, it would be the largest land mammal since the woolly mammoth to go extinct. In The Last Rhinos, Anthony recounts his attempts to save these remarkable animals. The demand for rhino horns in the Far East has turned poaching into a dangerous black market that threatens the lives of not just these rare beasts, but also the rangers who protect them.

    matthew says: "A mediocre adventure"
  • The Story of Earth: The First 4.5 Billion Years, from Stardust to Living Planet (






UNABRIDGED) by Robert M. Hazen Narrated by Walter Dixon

    The Story of Earth: The First 4.5 Billion Years, from Stardust to Living Planet

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Robert M. Hazen
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
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    Earth evolves. From first atom to molecule, mineral to magma, granite crust to single cell to verdant living landscape, ours is a planet constantly in flux. In this radical new approach to Earth’s biography, senior Carnegie Institution researcher and national best-selling author Robert M. Hazen reveals how the co-evolution of the geosphere and biosphere - of rocks and living matter - has shaped our planet into the only one of its kind in the Solar System, if not the entire cosmos.

    Gary says: "Makes minerals interesting"
  • The Viral Storm: The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age (






UNABRIDGED) by Nathan Wolfe Narrated by Robertson Dean

    The Viral Storm: The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age

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    • By Nathan Wolfe
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
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    In The Viral Storm, award-winning biologist Nathan Wolfe tells the story of how viruses and human beings have evolved side by side through history; how deadly viruses like HIV, swine flu, and bird flu almost wiped us out in the past; and why modern life has made our species vulnerable to the threat of a global pandemic. Wolfe's research missions to the jungles have earned him the nickname "the Indiana Jones of virus hunters," and here Wolfe takes listeners along on his groundbreaking and often dangerous research trips - to reveal the surprising origins of the most deadly diseases....

    Raymond says: "Well Researched and Explained by a True Expert"
  • The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean (






UNABRIDGED) by Susan Casey Narrated by Kirsten Potter

    The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean

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    • By Susan Casey
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
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    For centuries, mariners have spun tales of gargantuan waves, 100-feet high or taller. Until recently scientists dis­missed these stories - waves that high would seem to violate the laws of physics. But in the past few decades, as a startling number of ships vanished and new evidence has emerged, oceanographers realized something scary was brewing in the planet’s waters. They found their proof in February 2000, when a British research vessel was trapped in a vortex of impossibly mammoth waves in the North Sea - including several that approached 100 feet.

    Roy says: "Do the Wave"
  • White Beech: The Rainforest Years (






UNABRIDGED) by Germaine Greer Narrated by Saskia Maarleveld

    White Beech: The Rainforest Years

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    • By Germaine Greer
    • Narrated By Saskia Maarleveld
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    One bright day in December 2001, sixty-two-year-old Germaine Greer found herself confronted by an irresistible challenge in the shape of sixty hectares of dairy farm, one of many in southeast Queensland, Australia, which, after a century of logging, clearing, and downright devastation, had been abandoned to their fate. She didn’t think for a minute that by restoring the land she was saving the world. She was in search of heart’s ease.

  • Twilight of Abundance: Why Life in the 21st Century Will Be Nasty, Brutish, and Short (






UNABRIDGED) by David Archibald Narrated by A.T. Chandler

    Twilight of Abundance: Why Life in the 21st Century Will Be Nasty, Brutish, and Short

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    • By David Archibald
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    Baby boomers enjoyed the most benign period in human history: 50 years of relative peace, cheap energy, plentiful grain supply, and a warming climate due to the highest solar activity for 8,000 years. The party is over - prepare for the twilight of abundance.

  • Mother of God: An Extraordinary Journey into the Uncharted Tributaries of the Western Amazon (






UNABRIDGED) by Paul Rosolie Narrated by Jonathan Yen

    Mother of God: An Extraordinary Journey into the Uncharted Tributaries of the Western Amazon

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    • By Paul Rosolie
    • Narrated By Jonathan Yen
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    For fans of The Lost City of Z, Walking the Amazon, and Turn Right at Machu Picchu comes naturalist and explorer Paul Rosolie’s extraordinary adventure in the uncharted tributaries of the Western Amazon - a tale of discovery that vividly captures the awe, beauty, and isolation of this endangered land and presents an impassioned call to save it.

  • How to Shit in the Woods: An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art (






UNABRIDGED) by Kathleen Meyer Narrated by Khristine Hvam

    How to Shit in the Woods: An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art

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    • By Kathleen Meyer
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
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    World changes come fast and furious, and in the backcountry it is no different. The practice of "packing-it-out" - adopted to protect high-use areas and fragile ecosystems - is here to stay. We are now often urged or even required to haul our poop home. To assist with all this responsible human waste disposal, Kathleen Meyer discusses the latest in product innovations, from classy high-tech to inexpensive do-it-yourself.

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  • American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood (






UNABRIDGED) by Paul Greenberg Narrated by Christopher Lane

    American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood

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    It's no secret that our planet is in crisis. Environmental threats such as climate change, pollution, habitat loss, and land degradation threaten the survival of thousands of plant and animal species. In 100 Heartbeats, Jeff Corwin provides an urgent portrait of the wildlife teetering on the brink. From the forests slipping away beneath the stealthy paws of the Florida panther, to the giant panda’s plight to climb ever higher in the mountains of China, Corwin takes you on a global tour to witness firsthand the critical state of our natural world.