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An astonishing transformation over the last 20,000 years has seen our planet changed from a frigid wasteland into the temperate world within which our civilization has grown and thrived. This dynamic episode in our planet's history, right at the close of the Ice Age, saw not only a huge temperature hike but also the Earth's crust bouncing and bending in response to the melting of the great ice sheets and the filling of the ocean basins - dramatic geophysical events that triggered earthquakes, spawned tsunamis, and provoked a series of eruptions from the world's volcanoes. In Waking the Giant, Bill McGuire argues that now that human activities are driving climate change as rapidly as anything seen in post-glacial times, the sleeping giant beneath our feet is stirring once again. When and if it finally wakes, we should all be afraid - very afraid. Could we be leaving our children not only a far hotter world, but a more geologically unstable one too?

©2012 Bill McGuire (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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What made the experience of listening to Waking the Giant the most enjoyable?

The fundamental concept of ice melting leading to seismic activity is newish to me. I enjoyed the sober and restrained tone of Bill McGuire's discussion of this and other concepts. McGuire's illustration of concepts was just wonderful - mindblowing you could say to non-geologists.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Greenland. I'm concerned whether Greenland manages to lose weight.

What about George Orlando’s performance did you like?

Clarity. His voice has a pleasant warmth, and was able maintain an even tone throughout.

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

No. However I have purchased the ebook to read it separately again.
I am frustrated a bit sometimes identifying exactly where I am in an ebook, and an audiobook, when I want to re-read a chapter (relevant in a science book).

Any additional comments?

The Guardian newspaper environmental writer Fred Pearce rates this book highly. That is a powerful endorsement.

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Just couldn't listen anymore

This is an INCREDIBLE story, but the narrator really needed to have been mentored by someone more geologically savvy. The pronunciations and grammatical errors were a bit much. I ordered the actual book so I could finish it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-06-17

Worrying but detailed account of Earth processes

Fascinating book, not terrifically read but you get used to the audio.
Full of terrifying information for our race and underlining the need for urgent action this is a must read for anyone engaging with climate science and Geo-physics.

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  • Caro
  • 04-20-14

Fascinating book

This is such an interesting book, but I think I will have to buy it in print form because the narrator is not for me. He seems to be reading it for the first time and perhaps because of this gives lots of words the wrong emphasis, muddling up the meaning of what was actually written. His voice is pleasant enough, just the delivery grates.