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Publisher's Summary

By the time Phil Chase is elected president, the world's climate is far on its way to irreversible change. Food scarcity, housing shortages, diminishing medical care, and vanishing species are just some of the consequences. The erratic winter the Washington, D.C., area is experiencing is another grim reminder of a global weather pattern gone haywire: bone-chilling cold one day, balmy weather the next.

But the president-elect remains optimistic and doesn't intend to give up without a fight. A maverick in every sense of the word, Chase starts organizing the most ambitious plan to save the world from disaster since FDR - and assembling a team of top scientists and advisers to implement it.

For Charlie Quibler, this means re-entering the political fray full-time and giving up full-time care of his young son, Joe. For Frank Vanderwal, hampered by a brain injury, it means trying to protect the woman he loves from a vengeful ex and a rogue "black ops" agency not even the president can control - a task for which neither Frank's work at the National Science Foundation nor his study of Tibetan Buddhism can prepare him.

In a world where time is running out as quickly as its natural resources, where surveillance is almost total and freedom nearly nonexistent, the forecast for the Chase administration looks darker each passing day. For as the last - and most terrible - of natural disasters looms on the horizon, it will take a miracle to stop the clock . . . the kind of miracle that only dedicated men and women can bring about.

BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction by author Kim Stanley Robinson.

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Critic Reviews

"Robinson's gift is a vision that uses the environment and its complexity as the focus of all that happens, rather than merely as grim set dressing or allegorical overlay." ( Time)

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  • Grant
  • Laurel, MD, United States
  • 12-26-09

Narrator not worthy of author

This book would certainly have been rated higher if not for the distracting "style" of the narrator. His mechanical reading was not enjoyable. The story was engaging enough to hold me despite this narrator.

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  • Judy
  • East Peoria, IL, USA
  • 07-27-09

dry and disjointed

If this wasn't listed in the SciFi section I never would have purchased it. I kept hoping this 3 book series would develope into a decent story- but NO... Save your $$ and buy something else.
Too dry, no story continuity, just alot of political, scientific jargon that doesn't add to the story-that never developed. Title is sooo misleading.

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fiction about science, not sci-fi

I want to offset some of these negative reviews, and the final book in the series was my favorite by far. This series is fiction about the lives of scientists... not science fiction. It's not action packed, not thrilling, and not exactly romantic. In particular, I found the interrelated discussions of climate science and American Transcendentalism to be utterly captivating, and truly moving.
If you want a thriller/ shoot em up, you probably shouldn't get this. If endless digressions about about hiking in the Sierras, raising children, looking at paintings by Vuillard, reading Emerson, Listening to Astor Piazzolla, and considering the carbon sink capacity of lichen covered trees in Siberia sounds interesting, than this is the book for you.

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  • Margaret
  • Aracata,, CA, United States
  • 09-01-09

Very good sci fi

Although it's not a space opera, this is science fiction in the best tradition: an alternative present when the climate crisis is worse. There's plenty of action, lots of science (primatology, meterology, environmental science, psychology, neurology, etc.), politics, thriller intrigue, beautiful descriptions of the environment and sex. Who could want more?
The reader's neutral "narrator" voice is an acquired taste but his diversity of character voices and accents is masterful and I quickly got use to the sound of the narration -- like being in neutral gear in a car.
I thoroughly enjoyed this.

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Three books? Three books?

Look, as fiction about ideas and science and our government, it's great. Outstanding really, as a view on how our country might respond. Really well written, and the characters are very engaging, most of them, but it's almost a travel log of, I am guessing, his raising his own kid(s) , with fictional people woven in. There is this one tiny, Ok maybe three morsels of action, that when they come I am almost ready to get on my knees and cry out in gratitude. But some how I read all three books, start to end. Go figure. So there was something really good, just not action. He obviously has a great mind and is a great story teller, but three books and only a few morsels?

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The World Needs Better Climate Novels

The less I say about this, the better. I never cared for Kim Stanley Robinson's writing. This book doesn't change my opinion.

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  • Michael
  • Fayetteville, GA, USA
  • 04-14-09

Totally disappointed

I bought the series all at once and am very disappointed. Slowly developed story line, dull unexciting narration, and only occasionally (Very occasionally) some dark, cerebral humor.

Save your money and credits.

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Liberal Drivel/Redeming Characters

This series had every liberal agenda regarding capitalism, the environment, clandestine right-wing agencies, globalism and Bush-bashing. There were endless droning commentary on bio-statistics, Buddhism, and other stuff. Yet, in the end, Robinson created some very interesting/intriguing characters. If he had preached less, reduced the amount scientific babble, and focused on the plot in one book instead of three - he would have had something.

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  • Suzanne
  • 11-10-15

Really disappointed - save your credits

I really dislike leaving a negative review but I wish that someone had left this review before I wasted three credits and countless hours on this series. I went into it with high hopes - I am interested in climate and sustainability, enjoy fiction and sci-fi and environmental fiction, and am married to an atmospheric physicist - so I was open to loving this series.

The narrator was appallingly robotic but I was still willing to give it a go.

Unfortunately, the main characters in the series simply didn't resonate with me at all. Frank and all of his paleo-living musings and internal dialogue about women and his ongoing problem of being in love with multiple females; Charlie and "mister mom" moments; the mystical child... It goes on. I didn't care about any of them and investing my time in learning about their lives feels, in retrospect, pointless.

The science was interesting and I learned a few things, but certainly not enough to justify almost three full days of listening.

Personally, I'd suggest reading A World Without Us and a few papers on climare change, and save yourself a few days of forced listening.

I'm so sorry to be so negative, but these three books are by far the worst audio experience I've had since joining Audible several years ago. I've given the story two stars because I think it's an important topic, but I certainly don't recommend this book or the previous two in the series.

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  • Suzanne Martin
  • 03-13-15

Captivating Fiction NOT Sci-Fi!

Where does Sixty Days and Counting rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is certainly one of my favourites. Unlike other reviewers, I didn't go into this series expecting big blockbuster style sci-fi thrills. I didn't know what to expect, and I was pleasantly surprised to be treated with intelligence and wit, and the ability to follow a slowly developing, but absorbing, story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sixty Days and Counting?

I cannot say which characters, as I like to avoid spoilers, but I did enjoy the wedding scene near the end. It gives hope to the story, amid the doom and gloom of our possible future.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I thought his style could have had been a bit warmer, it does sound very automated at times. That being said, his use of accents and pronunciation, and the difference between male and female characters, was very good.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Don't Give Up Hope!

Any additional comments?

I am glad I persevered with this series, as I was not completely wowed by the first book. The characters really grow and develop, and are not clichéd. This makes for an interesting listen, and a pleasant change from other books I have listened to.