• Half-Earth

  • Our Planet's Fight for Life
  • By: Edward O. Wilson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Hogan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (169 ratings)

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Half-Earth

By: Edward O. Wilson
Narrated by: Jonathan Hogan
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Publisher's Summary

Refusing to accept the mass extinction of species as an inevitability, "the world's greatest naturalist" (Jeffrey Sachs) proposes a plan to save Earth's imperiled biosphere. Half-Earth resoundingly concludes the best-selling trilogy begun by The Social Conquest of Earth and The Meaning of Human Existence, a National Book Award finalist.

History is not a prerogative of the human species, Edward O. Wilson declares in Half-Earth, a brave work that becomes a radical redefinition of human history. Demonstrating that we blindly ignore the histories of millions of other species, Wilson warns of a point of no return that is imminent. Angrily challenging the fashionable theories of anthropocenes, who contend that humans can survive alone in an Edenic bubble engineered for their own survival, Wilson documents that the biosphere does not belong to us. Yet, refusing to believe that our extinction is, as so many fear, predetermined, Wilson has written Half-Earth as a cri de coeur, proposing that the only solution to our impending "sixth extinction" is to increase the area of natural reserves to half the surface of the Earth.

Suffused with a profound Darwinian understanding of our planet's fragility, Half-Earth is a transformative work that reverberates with an urgency like few other books.

©2016 Edward O.Wilson (P)2016 Recorded Books

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Important book, but..

Important and interesting book, but the book features too many lists, and the narrator is a bit too slow and boring.

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Amazing and well delivered

I loved it. I always enjoy EO Wilson books and this was true to form. Well as a teacher does it and easy to grasp and follow. Scary book but important to read and share

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Muy buen libro

Presentación, contenido y tema excelente. Falta la narración. otra gran obra de Edward o Wison.

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A greater knowledge has been gained.

Eventhough this book contains a truth that is difficult to hear, I appreciate the information it contains. My eyes have been opened to the importance of the conservation of biodiversity. Humans are indeed the stewards of our planet...our home.

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Current, Smart and Thought Provoking

I enjoyed the narrator and the content. A fantastic idea to conserve our biodiversity. listen!!

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excellent!

I love this book and the audio version did not disappoint! this is highly recommended.

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Mediocre Book for Important Subject

Jonathan Hogan us a terrible reader. Edward Wilson mostly ignores climate change. There are much better books about the sixth extinction. Skip this one.

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Excellent and to the point without preaching

I wasn't sure what to expect when I started listening but I quickly became enthralled..scientific but not hard to follow

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What about the half-Earth part?

Expected to read about how to implement a half-Earth or what it would look like. Mainly got justifications for a half-Earth. In late 2022 when I listened to this book, it felt very dated because it seems like the time for justification is over. It's time for action and anyone not on board at this point can swim with the polar bears. Also, maybe it was the dry material, but the narrator had a pretty dry voice and didn't hold my attention at all.

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diagnoses the problem more than solves

the narrator has a speech impediment similar to David Carradine's, which I found distracting. but he does an otherwise admirable job.


wilson's book is more of a love letter to the biosphere, detailing all of the wondrous things about it that he finds fascinating and worthy of protection.

if you were hoping to listen to this and learn how we might actually go about turning half the earth into preserved areas, keep looking. the HOW to convince people to do that is conspicuously missing, but the reasoning for why we should abounds.

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  • 07-20-20

inspiring

beautifully read, eye-opening account of the state of earth's biodiversity, but not all doom and gloom

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  • 05-01-17

must listen for conservationists and non

must listen for conservationists and non conservationalists alike. important. significant. mesmerising tale of human life and what we need to do to save ourselves.