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    • Energy and Civilization

    • A History
    • By: Vaclav Smil
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 20 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    In this monumental history, Vaclav Smil provides a comprehensive account of how energy has shaped society, from pre-agricultural foraging societies through today's fossil fuel-driven civilization and offers listeners a magisterial overview of humanity's energy eras.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not a good format for this book

    • By C. Hoogeboom on 05-19-18

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Energy: Bolinda Beginner Guides

    • By: Vaclav Smil
    • Narrated by: Dave Ferguson
    • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 46

    In this user-friendly and informative audiobook, prolific author and academic Vaclav Smil provides an introduction to this far-reaching term and gives the reader a greater understanding of energy's place in both past and present society. Starting with an explanation of the concept, he goes on to cover such exciting topics as the inner workings of the human body, and the race for more efficient and environmentally friendly fuels.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Listening to the Encyclopedia of Energy

    • By See Reverse on 03-02-18

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Oil: Bolinda Beginner Guides

    • By: Vaclav Smil
    • Narrated by: Robert Meldrum
    • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 62
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      4 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 50

    Packed with fascinating facts and insight, this book will fuel dinner party debate and provide listeners with the science and politics behind the world’s most controversial resource. Without oil, there would be no globalisation, no plastic, little transport, and a global political landscape that few would recognise. It is the lifeblood of the modern world, and humanity’s dependence upon it looks set to continue for decades to come. In this captivating audiobook, Vaclav Smil explains all matters related to "black gold", from its discovery in the earth, right through to the political maelstrom that surrounds it today.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Absolutely Masterful! Comprehensive yet succinct.

    • By Talbot on 03-20-16

    Regular price: $17.47