Annals of the Former World
Books in series4
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(4.1 based on 461 ratings)
  • 1

    Basin and Range: Annals of the Former World, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By John McPhee
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (194)
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    (50)
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    (50)

    To geologists, rocks are beautiful, roadcuts are windowpanes, and the earth is alive, a work in progress. The cataclysmic movement that gives birth to mountains and oceans is ongoing and can still be seen at certain places on our planet. One of these is the Basin and Range region centered in Nevada and Utah.

    Julie says: "Wow."
    Wow.

    McPhee is an amazing writer. I love geology, but he makes it positively lush and compelling to listen to. I am so glad Audible added this to their col..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 12 2004 by Julie (Niles, IL, USA)
  • 2

    In Suspect Terrain: Annals of the Former World, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John McPhee
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (24)

    John McPhee's Pulitzer Prize-winning Annals of the Former World takes readers on mind-expanding adventures in geology. In the first book, Basin and Range, McPhee traveled to Nevada with a proponent of plate techtonics. Now, an engaging sceptic working for the United States Geological Survey is his guide to some of eastern America's most fascinating geologic formations.

    Julie says: "Wow."
    Wow.

    McPhee is an amazing writer. I love geology, but he makes it positively lush and compelling to listen to. I am so glad Audible added this to their col..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 12 2004 by Julie (Niles, IL, USA)
  • 3

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

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John McPhee
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    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"
    Terrific Read

    This book is an extremely well-written & informative blend of science and history. While Wyoming geology is the book's primary focus, the story has a..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 07 2004 by Nancy (Vancouver, WA, USA)
  • 4

    Crossing the Craton: Annals of the Former World, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 46 mins)
    • By John McPhee
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (24)

    With his Pulitzer Prize-winning Annals of the Former World, John McPhee explores not only the richly varied surface of the United States, but the geological wonders hidden deep beneath our feet. In this final book of the series, he embarks on a fascinating journey across the basement of the continent - the land masses forming Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, and thereabouts - with a professor and geochronologist acting as a guide.

    Darwin8u says: "End of McPhee's Annals"
    End of McPhee's Annals

    What I absolutely love about McPhee's nonfiction is his ability to write about place, people and ideas with both beautiful prose and amazing intimacy...Show More »

    Reviewed on December 06 2013 by Darwin8u (Mesa, AZ, United States)