• This Changes Everything

  • Capitalism vs. the Climate
  • By: Naomi Klein
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 20 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (1,532 ratings)

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In This Changes Everything Naomi Klein argues that climate change isn’t just another issue to be neatly filed between taxes and health care. It’s an alarm that calls us to fix an economic system that is already failing us in many ways. Klein meticulously builds the case for how massively reducing our greenhouse emissions is our best chance to simultaneously reduce gaping inequalities, re-imagine our broken democracies, and rebuild our gutted local economies. She exposes the ideological desperation of the climate-change deniers, the messianic delusions of the would-be geoengineers, and the tragic defeatism of too many mainstream green initiatives. And she demonstrates precisely why the market does not - and cannot - fix the climate crisis, but will instead make things worse, with ever more extreme and ecologically damaging extraction methods, accompanied by rampant disaster capitalism.

Klein argues that the changes to our relationship with nature and one another that are required to respond to the climate crisis humanely should not be viewed as grim penance, but rather as a kind of gift - a catalyst to transform broken economic and cultural priorities and to heal long-festering historical wounds. And she documents the inspiring movements that have already begun this process: communities that are not just refusing to be sites of further fossil fuel extraction but are building the next, regeneration-based economies right now.

Can we pull off these changes in time? Nothing is certain. Nothing except that climate change changes everything. And for a very brief time, the nature of that change is still up to us.

©2014 Naomi Klein. All rights reserved. (P)2014 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Didactic and preachy... and I agree with her

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This is a really important subject and someone should write a really good book about the clash between climate change and economics with the ability to persuade people who don't know much about the subject. This unfortunately is not that book - this book isn't going to change anyone's mind and contains very little actual information. Klein's didactic and preachy style works very well in her very entertaining TV, radio and podcast appearances but it quickly gets tiresome in a more lengthy format. Meandering, opinionated and light on science, actual journalism or even information this book reminds me of why I never finished the the Shock Doctrine. I am predisposed to agree with Klein on many things and am very interested in the subject but I couldn't finish listening to this.

Ellen Archer as always is a great Narrator.

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No change here

I was looking for a book to provide a deeper understanding of the science on climate change and outline some clear minded solutions. This book is not that. I took the time to listen to the whole thing. It is basically a 21 hour rant filled with vitriol and vilification. If you are looking for a book that offers genuine suggestions on how to address the very real issue of climate change spend your time and money somewhere else.

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Comprehensive, but Overly Long

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This book was clearly well researched and it was an interesting read, for sure. But I can't help but wonder who the audience was. I think I would have gained as much insight and sense of awe at what is happening, as well as an understanding of what is being done about it, in half the time. To put it more succinctly, I think it was too long. Don't get me wrong, you should read it. It is a startling analysis of where we are relative to climate change and the likelihood of irrevocable damage being done in the very, very near future. But you could probably listen to the first 10 hours of the book and then skip to the last 2 hours and end up in the same place as if you had read the whole book. For people doing research on this subject, this book is a treasure trove.

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the truth hurts

full of great information, but wooooo boy is the truth distressing! I kept finding myself torn between hopeful and embracing full hedonism.

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Life-affirming handbook for the paradigm shift

If you, like me, have felt depressed, overwhelmed, or paralyzed by the climate crisis, or like me have retreated into denial or giving up on the human race, please read this book. Klein addresses all of these responses, helps the reader face the music in all of its horror, and reveals all of the inspiring ways in which members of our species are awakening and responding in very down-to-earth and effective ways. She leaves me feeling informed, empowered and strangely hopeful. If our species is to overcome the devastation brought about by our greediest and most short sighted members, then a radical shift in values is necessary, which is already in motion. Read this, face the music, and be inspired.

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Where does This Changes Everything rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is terrifying...

Who was your favorite character and why?

Joseph Stiglitz? He's in here somewhere, for like 2 seconds.

What does Ellen Archer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I can listen to this while I exercise. I guess that's what she brings to the story...

If you could give This Changes Everything a new subtitle, what would it be?

Look at How Badly We Are Destroying This Planet In Our Pursuit of Someone Else's Dumb Ideological Narrative That Mostly Benefits Misanthropic Oligarchs.

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I like to listen to this while I exercise. I get an endorphin rush, which makes me feel good, and then I look at the world around me and take inventory of all the ways we're trashing our planet and our minds... That probably sounds depressing, but oddly enough seeing things more clearly provides an odd sense of relief, and I do find myself taking things that matter most for granted less. I feel like this book does change the way you think about life, and how it should be lived on this planet.I realize that for some people what equates to "socialism..." I hope one day we really can give true egalitarian capitalism a fair chance in this country.

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Preachy and stagnant narration

Too many statistics and political points. I am very pro-environment, but felt like the book was rattling off a laundry list of stats and reasons why politicians are evil, vs providing any actionable takeaways or anecdotal stories to supplement the chapters. In all honestly, I didn’t really make it past chapter 1. I tried to skip ahead to see if the tone would change, but it didn’t appear to. I hate writing negative reviews, but I think this book would be better for reading vs audio.

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Biased

A bit biased o think, ots coz people back then who’se land was taken wasnt taken because they lost a capitalizt batter it was coz they didn’t have a stronger army... the climate va capitalism is on point but there’s other areas that foesn’t pertain to the issue on hand

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One sided.

Some good points, but very one sided view on the issues presented and does not problematize or reflect upon own proposals. Book is not about climate change. Instead focus seems to be in anticapitalism and social justice.

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I didn’t like it

The chapters are mixed up. Also, reading was very slow, I fell asleep a lot when I’m suppose to be writing an essay over the book.

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  • 05-28-15

A must for anyone with an environmental conscience

Narration was very good but sounded a little digital which took some getting used to.

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  • Lukasz Termer
  • 05-26-16

An absolute must read.

This book is a powerful reminder on how economics and ecology are intertwined. Educate yourself people! It's time to mobilise. If you are pissed off about current state of affairs, fed up with politics and policies. Read this. It will calm you down, and give you direction. Enjoy!