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The earth has died many times, and it always comes back looking different. In an exhilarating, surprising exploration of our planet, Craig Childs takes listeners on a firsthand journey through apocalypse, touching the truth behind the speculation. Apocalyptic Planet is a combination of science and adventure that reveals the ways in which our world is constantly moving toward its end and how we can change our place within the cycles and episodes that rule it.

In this riveting narrative, Childs makes clear that ours is not a stable planet, that it is prone to sudden, violent natural disasters and extremes of climate. Alternate futures, many not so pretty, are constantly waiting in the wings. Childs refutes the idea of an apocalyptic end to the earth and finds clues to its more inevitable end in some of the most physically challenging places on the globe. He travels from the deserts of Chile, the driest in the world, to the genetic wasteland of central Iowa to the site of the drowned land bridge of the Bering Sea, uncovering the micro-cataclysms that predict the macro: forthcoming ice ages, super-volcanoes, and the conclusion of planetary life cycles. Childs delivers a sensual feast in his descriptions of the natural world and a bounty of unequivocal science that provides us with an unprecedented understanding of our future.

©2012 Craig Childs (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Travel-log of the maybe apocalypses

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, depending on the friend.<br/>

What other book might you compare Apocalyptic Planet to and why?

Nothing I have ever read, very strange but interesting combination of investigative journalism, environmental doomsday, and travel-log.

Which character – as performed by Craig Childs – was your favorite?

N/A

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.

Any additional comments?

I found this book very interesting and can imagine this being a favorite of some people. It is an unusual combination that mostly worked for me. I am of a scientific bend and found this light in that department, little on the fear-mongering side for my taste but only just. I would recommend giving it a try for the novelty if nothing else and you may love it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Stunning performance by Author/Reader

Anyone who has ever read Craig Childs writings will love this audiobook. The work itself is a wonder of global exploration that reads like science fiction. Maybe even to much so. That this world that we know has died and been reborn many times the story provides cold comfort. At points during these stories my feelings alternated between a profound depression and a deep sense of relief. Yes, this planet will go on beyond the injury done to it by we humans but the probable extinction of my own kind or at least the civilization that we have built weighed heavy on my soul.

Childs prose reaches the level of poetry often in the stories presented. Word pictures painted by the mind of an artist are sometimes lyrical and at other times horrifying but always edifying. His reading his own work was superb. I hope he will consider putting his other works into audio for those of us that love to hear the spoken word.

I recommend this audiobook.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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thought provoking narrative

You'll need to pick where to begin to tell friends and relatives to begin as each chapter tackles provacative subjects for conversion and share

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Another captivating book by Craig Childs

I came away form reading this book with a new perspective on earth. Will the world end in fire or ice was Frost's question. Here are some viable answers.

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Stunning

Any additional comments?

An almost poetic exploration of nine locations on earth that may act as a preview of one of the many ways the world (as we know it and like it) could end. Childs blends travelogue, scientific explanation, scientific prediction, and prose that is lush and humorous and introspective and sad in turns. His subtitle is apt, in calling it the ever-ending earth. Among many luminaries, he relays discussions with the eminent E. O. Wilson, who makes the point that you could (inadvisable as it may be) take the biosphere all the way down to just microbes and life would not be ended. The book is an exhilarating and eye-opening ride, Childs has visited the veritable ends of the earth and it is truly a treat to join him from the safety and climate-controlled comfort of my reading chair.

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Alright. Didn't like the narration/editing

What did you like best about Apocalyptic Planet? What did you like least?

Good research, good effort by the author

If you’ve listened to books by Craig Childs before, how does this one compare?

NA

What aspect of Craig Childs’s performance would you have changed?

The editing was odd. I heard him pausing, taking breaths, etc. That stuff should have been edited out. It's like they rushed to get this published instead of doing a few extra takes and editing together the best reading.

Any additional comments?

Not my favorite. Could have been condensed or could have included more research, but then it wouldn't have been an adventure story.

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good message but boring delivery and too long

I'm almost halfway with the audiobook and I really struggle to continue reading. I think the book would have benefitted if it would have been half it's size, perhaps even shortened to 3 hours without losing the impact of the messages.
This will be a first that I award a book just 1 star, mainly because I most likely will not continue to read. Feel I wasted one credit.