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Publisher's Summary

For most of us, traveling means visiting the most beautiful places on Earth - Paris, the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon. It’s rare to book a plane ticket to visit the lifeless moonscape of Canada’s oil sand strip mines, or to seek out the Chinese city of Linfen, legendary as the most polluted in the world. But in Visit Sunny Chernobyl, Andrew Blackwell embraces a different kind of travel, taking a jaunt through the most gruesomely polluted places on Earth.

From the hidden bars and convenience stores of a radioactive wilderness to the sacred but reeking waters of India, Visit Sunny Chernobyl fuses immersive first-person reporting with satire and analysis, making the case that it’s time to start appreciating our planet as it is - not as we wish it would be. Irreverent and reflective, the book is a love letter to our biosphere’s most tainted, most degraded ecosystems, and a measured consideration of what they mean for us.

Equal parts travelogue, expose, environmental memoir, and faux guidebook, Blackwell careens through a rogue’s gallery of environmental disaster areas in search of the worst the world has to offer - and approaches a deeper understanding of what’s really happening to our planet in the process.

©2012 Andrew Blackwell (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Better than I predicted

When I saw this book, I was expecting a 10 hour lecture on how humans have destroyed the planet and how we need to run out and hug a tree. This wasn't the case at all. The author presented Chernobyl and other locations as if they were attractions worthy of a tourism pamplet at a travel center. Each location was presented in a thought provoking, descriptive and very entertaining way. It wasn't the GREATEST book I have ever listened to, but it sure was worth the time and money.

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Has little to do with reality

Would you try another book from Andrew Blackwell and/or Ax Norman?

No because these authors are bias. They are admittedly die hard environmentalists with no regard for the benefits of all types of energy except for tree hugger versions

Not fair and balanced at all

How could the performance have been better?

Yes the narrator was boring

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Dissapointment

Any additional comments?

All references to the Cernobyl disaster are copied text from other reference books

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Very little on Chernobyl

Very disappointed in this book. The title was very misleading. I will be getting my credit back.

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  • adrienne
  • EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States
  • 10-29-13

Good travelog, dry material

I enjoyed listening to most of this book because I am interested in science and pollution. Also, Blackwell adds personal information and often writes in a humorous manner.

This is more than just look at the polluted sites. He interacts with the locals, all of them surprisingly adapted to living with their situations. In some places there is ongoing coverup which he tries to circumvent. In other locations the pollution is blatant and the locals are immersed in it on a daily basis.I was not aware of some sites, some sources of pollution, nor the extent of the problems. Compared to the size of the problems, there seems to be little effort to stop/clean up the messes.

I was a bit weary of it all by the time the book ended.

Ax Norman does a great narration of this material.

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Non-fiction lite

It's a great premise, but ultimately I don't think Blackwell took this to a depth that would have satisfied me. I'm also probably still sad that this wasn't just ALL about the Chernobyl exclusion zone.

Great narrator, though. I probably wouldn't have held on as long if i'd been reading it in hardcopy.

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Good perspective about environmental disasters

Very good book
Before reading I was interested particularly on the chapter about Amazon rainforest destruction. But all the chapters are remarkable registries. Sad to realize the web of destruction of nature and men themselves

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  • Scott
  • Scarborough, ON, Canada
  • 03-16-14

Lightweight fun but wears thin after awhile

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Blackwell's travelogue has some interesting parts (oil sands gift store anyone?) and the tongue in cheek manner keeps thing from getting too heavy. A balanced environmentalist view is woven through this recognizing our inherent conflict between conservation and what maintains our lifestyles. Still some parts are more interesting than others and I can't really say I learned a lot from this book. In fact, I found it less interesting and somewhat repetitive the further I read. Still, it is a lightweight page turner that is hard not to like and you can fast forward through parts and probably not feel you have missed anything. The narration is good.

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  • Justin
  • HENRICO, VA, United States
  • 07-18-13

Interesting, however seemed to drag at the end

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Interesting information, however it just seemed the India visit was the weakest in information and storytelling.

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This book is not at all serious.

This book is not at all serious. Save your money and credits for other environmental audio books from Audible.com.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful