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  • Long Road to Mercy

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley, Kyf Brewer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,601
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,596

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe. Catch a tiger by its toe. It's seared into Atlee Pine's memory: the kidnapper's chilling rhyme as he chose between six-year-old Atlee and her twin sister, Mercy. Mercy was taken. Atlee was spared. She never saw Mercy again. Three decades after that terrifying night, Atlee Pine works for the FBI. She's the lone agent assigned to the Shattered Rock, Arizona resident agency, which is responsible for protecting the Grand Canyon. So when one of the Grand Canyon's mules is found stabbed to death at the bottom of the canyon - and its rider missing - Pine is called in to investigate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Baldacci still has it!!!!

  • By shelley on 11-14-18

Enjoyable but Implausible Thriller<br />

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-14-18

Baldacci is always a fun read. But the Russian/Korean angle was ridiculous. Also I think Baldacci does better with male characters. Atlee Pine is a bit overdone.

  • Taming the Sun

  • Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet
  • By: Varun Sivaram
  • Narrated by: Barry Abrams
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Solar energy, once a niche application for a limited market, has become the cheapest and fastest-growing power source on earth. What's more, its potential is nearly limitless. But in Taming the Sun, energy expert Varun Sivaram warns that the world is not yet equipped to harness erratic sunshine to meet most of its energy needs. And if solar's current surge peters out, prospects for replacing fossil fuels and averting catastrophic climate change will dim. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Comprehensive Summary of Today’s Solar Challenges & Opportunties

  • By kcwade on 09-02-18

Important, Comprehensive Details about Solar Power

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-18

Everything anyone might want to know about solar power is in this book. The science, the economics, the politics, and everything else about solar power are explained well. It's reasonably well written but a bit dry. The reader, though, could be a lot better.

  • Have a Nice Day

  • By: Billy Crystal, Quinton Peeples
  • Narrated by: Justin Bartha, Annette Bening, Dick Cavett, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,820
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,907
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,833

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughter – and possibly his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW

  • By Kate on 11-05-18

Magnificent Audio Play

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-20-18

The acting was incredible. The story was excellent. I loved it. I wonder if Trumpster will like it as well.

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  • Climate: A New Story

  • By: Charles Eisenstein
  • Narrated by: Steve Wojtas
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

With research and insight, Charles Eisenstein details how the quantification of the natural world leads to a lack of integration and our “fight” mentality. With an entire chapter unpacking the climate change denier’s point of view, he advocates for expanding our exclusive focus on carbon emissions to see the broader picture beyond our short-sighted and incomplete approach. This refocusing away from impending catastrophe and our inevitable doom cultivates meaningful emotional and psychological connections and provides real, actionable steps to caring for the Earth.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For the Business of Life

  • By T. Harrison on 12-05-18

Only Flower Power Will Fix Climate

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-18-18

Eisenstein believes Gaia is an intelligent being, God. And if we love Gaia, all problems will be fixed. He belongs in Haight-Ashbury in 1971. He's a hippie wannabee. The book has a lot of good technical data, wasted.

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  • Holistic Management: A Commonsense Revolution to Restore Our Environment

  • Third Edition
  • By: Jody Butterfield, Allan Savory
  • Narrated by: Paul W. Griffiths
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 37

Fossil fuels and livestock grazing are often targeted as major culprits behind climate change and desertification. But Allan Savory, cofounder of the Savory Institute, begs to differ. The bigger problem, he warns, is our mismanagement of resources. Livestock grazing is not the problem; it's how we graze livestock. If we don't change the way we approach land management, irreparable harm from climate change could continue long after we replace fossil fuels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyone should read this!

  • By Eric on 12-05-18

Ideas To Save the the World, Told Poorly

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-28-18

Savory's ideas about regenerative agriculture and how to do it are what all humans need to hear. But it would have helped if he had used a professional recording studio. He also could be less wordy and boring.

  • Climate Change

  • What Everyone Needs to Know
  • By: Joseph Romm
  • Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

From Joseph Romm, Chief Science Advisor for National Geographic's Years of Living Dangerously series and one of Rolling Stone's "100 people who are changing America," Climate Change offers user-friendly, scientifically rigorous answers to the most difficult (and commonly politicized) questions surrounding what climatologist Lonnie Thompson has deemed "a clear and present danger to civilization."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Informative and thorough. A must read

  • By Stanislav Dakhe on 09-23-18

Great Book on Climate Change

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-20-18

Romm knows climate change as well as anyone, and presents it in a very thorough, well thought out manner. He is scientifically accurate, but nteresting. My only technical complaint is his slighting the drawdown capabilities of regenerative agriculture. But there is a paucity of peer-reviewed literature on that, so it is understandable. The reader could be a lot better. He spits out his words, and sounds amateurish. Even so, this is a great book, thanks to Romm.

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  • We're Doomed. Now What?

  • Essays on War and Climate Change
  • By: Roy Scranton
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

We're Doomed, Now What? addresses the crisis that is our time through a series of brilliant, moving, and original essays on climate change, war, literature, and loss from one of the most provocative and iconoclastic minds of his generation.  

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • An academic work that belies its title

  • By Stephen S. Mulkey on 08-15-18

Too Pessimistic on Climate. Too Much on Wae

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-28-18

Scranton thinks we're doomed unless we get 1 global socialist government. But he goes on and on about his war experience and his theories about war

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The President Is Missing

  • By: Bill Clinton, James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Dennis Quaid, January LaVoy, Peter Ganim, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,103
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11,122
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,076

The White House is the home of the president of the United States, the most guarded, monitored, closely watched person in the world. So how could a US president vanish without a trace? And why would he choose to do so? An unprecedented collaboration between President Bill Clinton and the world's best-selling novelist, James Patterson, The President Is Missing is a breathtaking story from the pinnacle of power.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted it to be so much better

  • By K. Moeller on 06-18-18

Good Read, with a Touch of Clinton Speechifying

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-18

The premise of one hacker being able to shut down all U.S. systems is a major stretch. Also Bill Clinton justifies himself a bit and speechifies too much, but it is a fun read. The realism of his experience is stunning. Despite everything, I enjoyed it a lot.

  • The Wizard and the Prophet

  • Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow's World
  • By: Charles C. Mann
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 18 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222

In 40 years, Earth's population will reach 10 billion. Can our world support that? What kind of world will it be? Those answering these questions generally fall into two deeply divided groups - Wizards and Prophets, as Charles Mann calls them in this balanced, authoritative, nonpolemical new book. The Prophets, he explains, follow William Vogt, a founding environmentalist who believed that in using more than our planet has to give, our prosperity will lead us to ruin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • balanced and deep

  • By C. A. McClaugherty on 02-04-18

Interesting Idea, Well Written

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-18

This is a well-written description of two ecological philosophies: let nature rule or let people rule. It applies to climate change and a lot of other things. It was well researchedy, educational and an interesting and fun read.

  • Blackfish City

  • A Novel
  • By: Sam J. Miller
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

After the climate wars, a floating city is constructed in the Arctic Circle, a remarkable feat of mechanical and social engineering, complete with geothermal heating and sustainable energy. The city's denizens have become accustomed to a roughshod new way of living; however, the city is starting to fray along the edges - crime and corruption have set in, the contradictions of incredible wealth alongside direst poverty are spawning unrest, and a new disease called "the breaks" is ravaging the population.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blew Me Away

  • By faithy on 04-29-18

Decent SF, So-So Cli-Fi

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-18

The reader was very good. The novel had a lot of interesting ideas, but wasn't done well. it started slowly with much confusion. It ended hurriedly with much confusion. The climate apocalypse was not convincing, nor powerful. The LGBT perspective added value but also was annoying, partially because it wasn't handled in enough depth.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful