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    • Midnight in Chernobyl

    • By: Adam Higginbotham
    • Narrated by: Jacques Roy
    • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2,256
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,059
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2,047

    April 25, 1986 in Chernobyl was a turning point in world history. The disaster not only changed the world’s perception of nuclear power and the science that spawned it, but also our understanding of the planet’s delicate ecology. With the images of the abandoned homes and playgrounds beyond the barbed wire of the 30-kilometer Exclusion Zone, the rusting graveyards of contaminated trucks and helicopters, the farmland lashed with black rain, the event fixed for all time the notion of radiation as an invisible killer. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Midnight in Chernobyl is the book to listen to.

    • By N. H. on 03-21-19

    Regular price: $29.95

    • The Uninhabitable Earth

    • Life After Warming
    • By: David Wallace-Wells
    • Narrated by: David Wallace-Wells
    • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,075
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 985
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 980

    It is worse, much worse, than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible. Like An Inconvenient Truth and Silent Spring before it, The Uninhabitable Earth is both a meditation on the devastation we have brought upon ourselves and an impassioned call to action. For just as the world was brought to the brink of catastrophe within the span of a lifetime, the responsibility to avoid it now belongs to a single generation. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Don’t read if you have depressive tendencies.

    • By Ricky on 03-17-19

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Braiding Sweetgrass

    • Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
    • By: Robin Wall Kimmerer
    • Narrated by: Robin Wall Kimmerer
    • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,909
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,769
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,774

    As a botanist and professor of plant ecology, Robin Wall Kimmerer has spent a career learning how to ask questions of nature using the tools of science. As a Potawatomi woman, she learned from elders, family, and history that the Potawatomi, as well as a majority of other cultures indigenous to this land, consider plants and animals to be our oldest teachers.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Many thanks for this gift

    • By Jessica Mayer on 01-04-17

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Stuff Matters

    • Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World
    • By: Mark Miodownik
    • Narrated by: Michael Page
    • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,152
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,758
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,748

    Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? Why does a paper clip bend? These are the sorts of questions that Mark Miodownik is constantly asking himself. A globally renowned materials scientist, Miodownik has spent his life exploring objects as ordinary as an envelope and as unexpected as concrete cloth, uncovering the fascinating secrets that hold together our physical world.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Surprisingly good

    • By D. MacLeod on 01-29-15
    • Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World
    • By: Mark Miodownik
    • Narrated by: Michael Page
    • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
    • Release date: 07-29-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4,152 ratings

    Regular price: $26.59

    • Food of the Gods

    • The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge : A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution
    • By: Terence McKenna
    • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
    • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,865
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,648
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,641

    Terence McKenna hypothesizes that as the North African jungles receded, giving way to savannas and grasslands near the end of the most recent ice age, a branch of our arboreal primate ancestors left the forest canopy and began living in the open areas beyond. There they experimented with new varieties of foods as they adapted, physically and mentally, to the environment. Among the new foods found in this environment were psilocybin-containing mushrooms.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very informative.

    • By Steven Honey on 09-17-15
    • The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge : A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution
    • By: Terence McKenna
    • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
    • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
    • Release date: 09-28-12
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,865 ratings

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Elephant Whisperer

    • My Life with the Herd in the African Wild
    • By: Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,470
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5,028
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,039

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful story, beautifully written

    • By Tango on 01-12-13

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Omnivore's Dilemma

    • A Natural History of Four Meals
    • By: Michael Pollan
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,111
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,461
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,455

    "What should we have for dinner?" To one degree or another, this simple question assails any creature faced with a wide choice of things to eat. Anthropologists call it the omnivore's dilemma. Choosing from among the countless potential foods nature offers, humans have had to learn what is safe, and what isn't. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore's dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great presentation of a moral dilemma

    • By MCRedding on 02-07-09

    Regular price: $35.00

    • 1491

    • New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
    • By: Charles C. Mann
    • Narrated by: Darrell Dennis
    • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,604
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,452
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,446

    Traditionally, Americans learned in school that the ancestors of the people who inhabited the Western Hemisphere at the time of Columbus' landing had crossed the Bering Strait 12,000 years ago; existed mainly in small nomadic bands; and lived so lightly on the land that the Americas were, for all practical purposes, still a vast wilderness. But as Charles C. Mann now makes clear, archaeologists and anthropologists have spent the last 30 years proving these and many other long-held assumptions wrong.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Exposes Non-Academic Audience to The Debate Between Ideas of Pre-Colombian America's

    • By Christopher on 01-19-17
    • New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
    • By: Charles C. Mann
    • Narrated by: Darrell Dennis
    • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
    • Release date: 08-29-16
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,604 ratings

    Regular price: $34.95

    • The Science of Energy

    • Resources and Power Explained
    • By: Michael E. Wysession, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Michael E. Wysession
    • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,200
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,973
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,963

    To better put into perspective the various issues surrounding energy in the 21st century, you need to understand the essential science behind how energy works. And you need a reliable source whose focus is on giving you the facts you need to form your own educated opinions.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Overview

    • By Amanda Gannon on 04-07-16

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Underland

    • A Deep Time Journey
    • By: Robert Macfarlane
    • Narrated by: Matthew Waterson
    • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    Hailed as "the great nature writer of this generation" (Wall Street Journal), Robert Macfarlane is the celebrated author of books about the intersections of the human and the natural realms. In Underland, he delivers his masterpiece: an epic exploration of the Earth's underworlds as they exist in myth, literature, memory, and the land itself.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful book, disappointing narrator

    • By Clare Woods on 07-05-19

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Plant Science: An Introduction to Botany

    • By: Catherine Kleier, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Catherine Kleier
    • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 137
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 125
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 124

    Dr. Catherine Kleier invites us to open our eyes to the phenomenal world of plant life and to the process she calls “Natura Revelata”, the joy of celebrating and learning from the secrets of nature. As Dr. Kleier shares her knowledge with contagious excitement for her subject, she emphasizes the middle ground: Instead of focusing on cell microbiology or the study of ecosystems and habitats, she stresses the basic biology, function, and the amazing adaptations of the plants we see all around us. 

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • I guess I need to see it

    • By jes17 on 03-03-19

    Regular price: $34.95

    • The Coming Storm

    • By: Michael Lewis
    • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
    • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19,505
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17,726
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17,682

    Tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis… Weather can be deadly – especially when it strikes without warning. Millions of Americans could soon find themselves at the mercy of violent weather if the public data behind lifesaving storm alerts gets privatized for personal gain. In his first Audible Original feature, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis delivers hard-hitting research on not-so-random weather data – and how Washington plans to release it. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Why you shouldn't ignore the weather forecast

    • By Elisabeth Carey on 09-10-18

    Regular price: $5.95

    • How to Do Nothing

    • Resisting the Attention Economy
    • By: Jenny Odell
    • Narrated by: Rebecca Gibel
    • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 26

    Nothing is harder to do these days than nothing. But in a world where our value is determined by our 24/7 data productivity...doing nothing may be our most important form of resistance. So argues artist and critic Jenny Odell in this field guide to doing nothing (at least as capitalism defines it). Our attention is the most precious - and overdrawn - resource we have. Once we can start paying a new kind of attention, we can undertake bolder forms of political action, reimagine humankind's role in the environment, and find more meaningful understandings of happiness and progress. 

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • some good nuggets

    • By Maria V. Bissex on 06-30-19

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Origin Story

    • A Big History of Everything
    • By: David Christian
    • Narrated by: Jamie Jackson
    • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,432
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,282
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,284

    Most historians study the smallest slivers of time, emphasizing specific dates, individuals, and documents. But what would it look like to study the whole of history, from the big bang through the present day - and even into the remote future? How would looking at the full span of time change the way we perceive the universe, the earth, and our very existence? These were the questions David Christian set out to answer when he created the field of "Big History", the most exciting new approach to understanding where we have been, where we are, and where we are going.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A great introduction into big history

    • By Diana on 08-15-18

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The World in a Grain

    • The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization
    • By: Vince Beiser
    • Narrated by: Will Damron
    • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84

    After water and air, sand is the natural resource that we consume more than any other - even more than oil. Every concrete building and paved road on Earth, every computer screen and silicon chip, is made from sand. And, incredibly, we're running out of it. The World in a Grain is the compelling true story of the hugely important and diminishing natural resource that grows more essential every day, and of the people who mine it, sell it, build with it - and sometimes, even kill for it.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best book of 2018

    • By tIgGeR on 12-31-18

    Regular price: $24.50

    • A Sand County Almanac

    • By: Aldo Leopold
    • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
    • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 281
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 236
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 233

    First published in 1949 and praised in the New York Times Book Review as "full of beauty and vigor and bite", A Sand County Almanac combines some of the finest nature writing since Thoreau with an outspoken and highly ethical regard for America's relationship to the land. This classic work remains as relevant today as it was nearly 70 years ago.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • amazing book, odd narrator

    • By jking400 on 08-05-17

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Falter

    • Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?
    • By: Bill McKibben
    • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, Bill McKibben - foreword
    • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 148
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 136
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 129

    Thirty years ago, Bill McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about climate change. Now, he broadens the warning: The entire human game, he suggests, has begun to play itself out. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Tough words for a tough time.

    • By Jasper Yate on 05-18-19

    Regular price: $32.19

    • The Fate of Food

    • What We'll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World
    • By: Amanda Little
    • Narrated by: Amanda Little
    • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 14

    Climate models show that global crop production will decline every decade for the rest of this century due to drought, heat, and flooding. Water supplies are in jeopardy. Meanwhile, the world's population is expected to grow another 30 percent by mid-century. So how, really, will we feed nine billion people sustainably in the coming decades? Amanda Little, a professor at Vanderbilt University and an award-winning journalist, spent three years traveling through a dozen countries and as many U.S. states in search of answers to this question.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wow.

    • By Sara on 06-11-19

    Regular price: $28.00

    • The Nature Fix

    • Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative
    • By: Florence Williams
    • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
    • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 722
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 647
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 639

    For centuries, poets and philosophers extolled the benefits of a walk in the woods: Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks and trees; Wordsworth composed while tromping over the heath; Nikola Tesla conceived the electric motor while visiting a park. Intrigued by our storied renewal in the natural world, Florence Williams sets out to uncover the science behind nature's positive effects on the brain.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Great Book, Poor Performance

    • By resc on 10-27-17

    Regular price: $24.49

    • How the Earth Works

    • By: The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Professor Michael E. Wysession
    • Length: 24 hrs and 31 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 44

     How the Earth Works takes you on an astonishing journey through time and space. In 48 lectures, you will look at what went into making our planet - from the big bang, to the formation of the solar system, to the subsequent evolution of Earth.  

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent course

    • By Doug B. on 05-23-19

    Regular price: $52.95

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