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New Audible Original “The Big Melt” Examines Climate Change

The cover for the Audible Original "The Big Melt" shows part of a glacier with the subtitle, the doomsday glacier, rising seas and the fate of civilization.

Today, Audible Inc. joined nearly 200 news outlets and hundreds of millions of people participating in the Covering Climate Now initiative with the forthcoming release of The Big Melt – an eyewitness examination written and performed by leading climate writer Jeff Goodell, a contributing editor for Rolling Stone and a frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine, about his years of reporting on the effects of climate change and the scientists, animals, and melting patterns he came face-to-face with on his two-month-long journey to Antarctica aboard the Nathanial B. Palmer ship earlier this year. For the first time ever, listeners will hear audio footage from Jeff’s trip to Thwaites Glacier, one of the rarely visited places on earth, and what it sounds like as the ship breaks through the ice. This environmental thriller lays out the devastating consequences of rising water levels and how warming temperatures will inevitably alter the coasts of Africa, Asia, the United States, and everywhere in between.

The Big Melt is currently available for pre-order here at and will be released exclusively on Audible on October 22nd. It joins a series of Audible Originals created as part of a production deal with Rolling Stone and its critically acclaimed journalists to create vivid audio-only accounts of long-form journalism. Audible will announce additional productions with Rolling Stone in the coming months.

As part of the Covering Climate Now initiative to strengthen focus on the climate crisis, Audible will feature content related to climate change and global warming throughout the week of September 16th.


In conjunction with Columbia Journalism Review’s Covering Climate Change initiative, Rolling Stone contributing editor and leading environmental journalist Jeff Goodell takes us up close and personal to the world’s coldest location—Western Antarctica—and to the foot of the Thwaites Glacier. Hear what it sounds like on a ship in Antarctica and come to understand how the destabilization of this faraway shelf of ferociously beautiful ice will cause water levels to rise and overflow—much like a bathtub faucet might—across the globe. The consequences of what scientists have nicknamed “the Big Melt” could lead to flooding coastal cities from Africa and Asia to here in the United States in the very near future - and may not stop for centuries to come. A team of international scientists are struggling to understand the physics of melting ice and how to potentially slow the collapse. This is an environmental thriller with shattering real consequences for all of us.