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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,585 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: T. C. Boyle, T. Coraghessan Boyle Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The year is 2025, and Tyrone O’Shaughnessy Tierwater ekes out a bleak living in southern California, managing a rock star’s private menagerie of the species “only a mother could love”—scruffy hyenas, jackals, warthogs, and three down-at-the-mouth lions. Global warming is a reality. The biosphere has collapsed in a grim but very funny way, and most of the major mammalian species, not to mention fish, birds, and frogs, are extinct. Once, as we see in alternating chapters that flash back to the last two decades of the twentieth century, Ty was so seriously committed to environmental causes that he became an ecoterrorist and convicted felon. A “a member of the radical environmental group Earth Forever!, he unwittingly endangered both his daughter, Sierra, and his wife, Andrea. Now, when he’s just trying to survive in a world torn by obdurate storms and winnowing drought,” Andrea comes back into his life. What happens as the two slip into a reborn involvement makes for a gripping, topical, and ever-surprising story certain to stir readers’ emotions.

Gritty and surreal, frightening yet touching, A Friend of the Earth represents a high-water mark in Boyle’s career, his deep streak of social concern is effortlessly blended here with real compassion for his characters and the spirit of sheer exhilarating playfulness readers have come to expect of his work.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mordantly funny and inventive.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Boyle is an ingenious and masterful storyteller.”


  • “A powerful satire.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tamara | 2/19/2014

    " so...it's been a long time since i've read this book. and my memory, i know, is spotty at best. but...when it's really raining, raining, raining here i think of this book and how quickly the world is coming to its crazy climatic end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mariah | 2/17/2014

    " The fearlessly creative T.C. Boyle is a master wordsmith and a genius storyteller. This book, Friend of the Earth, jumps between the early 1990's and 2025 and recounts the experience of an eco-warrior and wild animal tender, Tyrone O'Shaughnessy Tierwater. Each page is like eating creme brulee - and you never get full. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Susan | 2/17/2014

    " Boyle is nothing less than amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mary Ann Rockwell | 2/14/2014

    " As usual, reading Boyle is a delightful ride, and read. I love his irreverence and the way he goes out on a limb; although I feel a bit manipulated by his sometimes salacious imagery. There's always the lens of machismo, even when he attempts to embrace a woman's POV. But at least he tries. I don't personally relish guerilla environmental tactics or star politics that don't involve the 99%, either. But, wow, he's got some writing kohones (SP?) "

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