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Here on Earth | [Tim Flannery]

Here on Earth

Tim Flannery’s first major book since The Weather Makers charts the history of life on our planet. Here on Earth, which draws its points of departure from Darwin and Wallace, Lovelock and Dawkins, is an extraordinary exploration of evolution and sustainability. Our success as a species has had disastrous effects on many of the Earth’s ecosystems and could lead to our downfall. But equally, Flannery argues, we are now equipped as never before to explore our true relationship with the planet on which our biological, economic and cultural futures depend.
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Tim Flannery’s first major book since The Weather Makers charts the history of life on our planet. Here on Earth, which draws its points of departure from Darwin and Wallace, Lovelock and Dawkins, is an extraordinary exploration of evolution and sustainability. Our success as a species has had disastrous effects on many of the Earth’s ecosystems and could lead to our downfall. But equally, Flannery argues, we are now equipped as never before to explore our true relationship with the planet on which our biological, economic and cultural futures depend. Here on Earth is not just a dazzling account of life on our planet. It will change the way you live.

©2010 Tim Flannery (P)2010 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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    Connie Freeland, WA, United States 08-19-11
    Connie Freeland, WA, United States 08-19-11 Member Since 2008
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    "The Next Jared Diamond"

    "This book is a twin biography of our species and our planet. At its heart lies an investigation of sustainability -- not how we achieve it, but what it is. I've written it at a time when hope that humanity might save itself from a climatic catastrophe seems to be draining away. Yet I'm not without hope. For I believe that as we come to know ourselves and our planet, we'll be moved to act."

    Flannery fulfills brilliantly (and poignantly) on his promise. Surely, he is the next Jared Diamond -- but with far more literary flair. My only criticism of the audiobook format is that Flannery (who ably narrates the story himself) keeps a brisk pace that is unmodulated by the kinds of pauses (following climactic ideas or exceptionally artistic passages) that I would enforce were I reading the book in hand.

    As with Jared Diamond, Tim Flannery brings to his interdisciplinary, big-picture thinking a full scientific understanding of Earth history. In so doing, he helps the reader see through (what I like to call) "deep-time eyes" -- and what songwriter Peter Mayer calls a "million year mind."

    Highlights of the book include: (1) a riveting half-hour walk through the peopling of Earth and the extinction catastrophe that first-wave humans caused when naive megafauna were confronted by spear-and-fire wielders; (2) how indigenous cultures evolved lifeways balanced with the creatures that survived the frontier onslaught; (3) why a big-picture, deep-time understanding is vital for entering the future with realistic hope; and (4) how and why some life forms now depend on continuing human intervention in their behalf -- and would likely perish if our species suddenly vanished from Earth.

    Overall, a splendid and transformative listen!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David WEMBLEY, Australia 11-14-12
    David WEMBLEY, Australia 11-14-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Our home Earth - ignore my room Mum"

    Our planet Earth. This book clearly explains our need to think about the future for ALL. We live like politicians, only care while I can be recognised for what I've done. Unfortunately many 'man' thinks next generation doesn't count, it won't effect me. It's not true. Next election/ generation who cares.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dannhawk Melbourne, Australia 08-28-12
    Dannhawk Melbourne, Australia 08-28-12
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    "An abundance of wonderous ecological history"
    Where does Here on Earth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Here on Earth?

    When the honey eater led the humans to the beehive and was thus rewarded with some honey =)


    Which character – as performed by Tim Flannery – was your favorite?

    The Hobits in Indonesia.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I read the paper back but because I needed to know it really well for uni, I also DLed the audio. I loved it. Listened to it in a couple of days.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has so much interesting info that you'll keep talking about it to everyone for a long time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tony Wilson Sydney, Australia 01-22-12
    Tony Wilson Sydney, Australia 01-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    "As the title says there is hope for our future"
    Where does Here on Earth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It has become one of may favourite books. It is very interesting and easy to understand and the arguments are backed up with internationally recognized scientific reports and studies.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is not a character driven book but if you believe in Gaia, then she is my favourite character


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I most enjoyed:
    - the tracing of the history of our species, we are often referred to as the upright apes in the book. I found it fascinating to learn about the other species of the genus Homo that came before us and how the different migrations around the planet formed our predecessors and us.
    - the outlining of the positive things that are being done and can be done to ensure our future and that of our planet


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Are we smart enough to save ourselves and our planet?


    Any additional comments?

    I like this book so much I bought it twice: first as a paperback when it first came out then I decided to buy it again as an audio book so that I could enjoy it again on a recent 10 hour interstate drive. The author has a pleasant voice and I got so much more from the book the second time round - enjoy.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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