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Drawdown Audiobook

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming

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Publisher's Summary

The 100 most substantive solutions to reverse global warming, based on meticulous research by leading scientists and policymakers around the world.

In the face of widespread fear and apathy, an international coalition of researchers, professionals, and scientists have come together to offer a set of realistic and bold solutions to climate change. One hundred techniques and practices are described here - some are well known; some you may have never heard of.

They range from clean energy to educating girls in lower-income countries to land use practices that pull carbon out of the air. The solutions exist, are economically viable, and communities throughout the world are currently enacting them with skill and determination. If deployed collectively on a global scale over the next 30 years, they represent a credible path forward, not just to slow the Earth's warming but to reach drawdown, that point in time when greenhouse gases in the atmosphere peak and begin to decline.

These measures promise cascading benefits to human health, security, prosperity, and well-being - giving us every reason to see this planetary crisis as an opportunity to create a just and livable world.

©2017 Paul Hawken (P)2017 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"[A] comprehensive and exacting compilation of vivid exposition and data...A rigorous and profoundly important resource." (Booklist)

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    Pequis 06-17-17
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    "Well researched and explained, but tedious"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would tell them to buy the book, not the audiobook


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Drawdown?

    The end


    Would you be willing to try another one of Christopher Solimene’s performances?

    No


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    So much amazing data, but really tedious to listen to, read out as it is, with specific costs and benefits in specific numbers for every solution discussed. Worse is the narration - slow, mechanical, boring tone. If this wasn't Paul Hawken, whose other books are wonderful, I would have stopped listening in the first 10 minutes.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nerd's-eye view 06-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book narrated by a GPS voice navigation bot."

    This book illuminated a lot of climate change solutions I wasn't aware of, which I enjoyed immensely, but the narration was really bad. Mispronounced words and emphases placed on the wrong syllables were used throughout the book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Huston Eubank 06-04-17
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    "Dynamite book, labored reading, buy paper copy"
    What made the experience of listening to Drawdown the most enjoyable?

    The work is very important and well done, but too academic for listening versus reading as a reference work.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Paul Hawken is an amazing person who's done important, trailblazing work all his life. This book is no exception. Gives badly needed hope in some very dark times, and provides tons of great ideas and guidance. He more in touch with the community of people who care about preserving life (of all kinds) on this planet, and gives them a powerful voice. Thanks Paul!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Christopher Solimene?

    Not sure this book lends itself to being read aloud. Needs to be digested throughly instead, or just skimmed. Chris does a good job and is trying (a bit too hard) to be very clear in his pronunciation, but the result comes across as stilted and very flat – no warmth or humanity.


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    Brion Hurley Portland, OR USA 10-14-17
    Brion Hurley Portland, OR USA 10-14-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book for understanding a huge problem"

    This book helped me understand the solutions I should be spending more time on, since it can get overwhelming at times.

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    Fiona Mitchell Bedford, NY 10-09-17
    Fiona Mitchell Bedford, NY 10-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Fascinating book; horrendous narration"

    The narration is so bad it is almost impossible to focus on the content. If this book didn't contain such good info I would have given up after the first couple of chapters. The narrator puts the wrong emphasis on words, pauses in the wrong places - it's extraordinary. It's like he had no comprehension of what he was reading. They really need to re-record this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eleanor B. Hildreth Houston, Texas 09-22-17
    Eleanor B. Hildreth Houston, Texas 09-22-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Best ever climate change book"

    If Al Gore scared you about our common future, I'll bet this book will inspire you to help reverse global warming. They say their list of 80 practical, proven bits of the solution should do it by 2050, says Drawdown.

    It's about time we started talking about solutions. We've talked about the problem long enough.

    The list of solutions are on Drawdown.org I would start there. The cost, savings and climate impact of each is listed.

    Yes, the book has lots of technical stuff. Yes, better to read this than listen. But I don't have time to read.

    Gems among the dull details. Like the the first two pages of Pope Francis's encyclical on climate change. Or quoting McKibben saying I can't fix the climate, you can't fix it, only WE can.

    Drawdown is a team project. A labor of love by its 62 research fellows. Director and editor is Paul Hawken, entrepreneur, author, and activist. Drawdown is a coalition of groups led by a Board of Directors.

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    Shawn 08-08-17
    Shawn 08-08-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Very Important information, Told Poorly"

    This is a very comprehensive collection of methods for saving civilization from global warming, but it's buried in statistics and acronyms. And the reader is terrible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Interplanetary Traveler 07-28-17
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    "Computer voice"

    The content is fascinating but the computer-voice of the narrator is almost intolerable for me

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    T. Johns Groveland MA, USA 07-24-17
    T. Johns Groveland MA, USA 07-24-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book, awful reader. "

    The science and approaches listed are great. The reader has an awful grasp of pronunciation, elocution, and timing of his words. I bought the paper copy to assist my reading of this book and to get away from the choppy, disjointed reading of Mr. Solimene.

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    Boris G 07-01-17
    Boris G 07-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Pauses between words are intolerable"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not sure I'll make it through.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Extra long pauses on any hint of punctuation (especially between sentences) or opportunity for a dramatic pause. It's the audio version of making every phrase its own paragraph.

    These pauses can't be fixed by increasing playback speed because they remain too long in relation to words. If the narrator simply read slowly, that would've been fine.


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