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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 Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2000 ISBN: 9781415910757
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A Friend of the Earth opens in the year 2025, as Tyrone O'Shaughnessy Tidewater ekes out a bleak living in southern California, managing a rock star's private menagerie. Global warming is a reality. The biosphere has collapsed and most of the major mammalian species are extinct. Once Ty was so seriously committed to environmental causes that he became an ecoterrorist and convicted felon. Once he unwittingly endangered both his daughter, Sierra, and his wife, Andrea. Now when he's just trying to survive, Andrea comes back into his life. What happens as the two slip into a reborn involvement makes for a gripping and topical story told in Boyle's uniquely funny and serious voice.

"America's most imaginative contemporary novelist blends idealism and satire in a story that addresses the ultimate question of human love and the survival of the species."—Newsweek Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mordantly funny and inventive.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Boyle is an ingenious and masterful storyteller.”

    Booklist

  • “A powerful satire.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 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?) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mariah | 2/1/2014

    " This book is set in a post-eco-apocalyptic world where storms and mayhem make up the daily lives of interesting characters who belong to a fictional environmental action group based on groups like the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) or Earth First. The plot revolves around desperate salvaging of some of the last (and least cuddly) surviving mammals left on a ravaged earth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack Goodstein | 1/14/2014

    " Narrative bounces back and forth between 2025 when the ecosystem of the world has fallen apart, and the late eighties and the environmental movement and eco-terrorism. Hero is a middleaged man who gets involved late in life in the environmental movement, and embraces outright warfare after a botched attempt at passive resistance. As a young-old man in the 21st century he works at saving wild animals for a Michael Jackson kind of figure. Book emphasizes what may be the futility of an attempt to save the planet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James J | 1/12/2014

    " the first book by Boyle I have ever read.well written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 1/5/2014

    " The writing is good, but the story jumps back and forth all over the place in a less than effective way. I found it distractingly preachy as well. By the end I was just reading to finish the book, not because I really cared much about the outcome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eriel | 1/2/2014

    " Classic TC Boyle, satire peppered with idiocy, humor truth and the human condition "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meesh | 12/16/2013

    " A great apocalyptic story. Read it to be ready for what is to come... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nate D | 10/26/2013

    " Some good dystopian post-environmental-crash satire here, but at the time I remember thinking that it felt overly softened by comparison to the Welsh and Palahniuk I'd been reading around it. I'm not really that enamored with TC Boyle's novels, I think. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 10/22/2013

    " Depressing and a little preachy. Also kind of crazy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Jewell | 10/17/2013

    " It was with this book that I finally realized how much I always enjoy TC Boyle's book. Given five stars mainly for the hold its post-environmental-apocalypse exerts on my mind. Excellent vision of what climate change might look like. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Fields | 9/9/2013

    " not his best but still very good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 4/20/2013

    " Hilarious. Too, too true. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 prairiesister | 3/19/2013

    " I just couldn't finish this one. I like dark, but this was too much for me, especially with the way things are going for the environment and animals lately. Love T.C. Boyle, maybe I'll pick this one up again another day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 12/28/2012

    " I didn't get a lot of profundity or humor out of this, but it was a damn good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/29/2012

    " An interesting and amazing book that goes back and forth between hippy dtimes and the future and it is sort of unfortunate that maybe this is what we all have in store for us when it comes to our land, animals and the future "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jscorse | 6/13/2012

    " Dystopia not far from now in So-Cal- worth a read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 4/24/2012

    " Eh. 3 stars might even be too much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancie Mills | 10/23/2011

    " My favorite T.C. Boyle work. Then comes Riven Rock. Then The Road to Wellville. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 5/30/2011

    " Set in 2025 the environment has deteriorated drastically. The characters are complex, there are no easy answers. This book depressed me and stuck with me for along time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 2/27/2011

    " The writing is good, but the story jumps back and forth all over the place in a less than effective way. I found it distractingly preachy as well. By the end I was just reading to finish the book, not because I really cared much about the outcome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bwags75 | 1/27/2011

    " really made me think about the few "eco-warriors" out there. need more, less buying stuff, more preserving stuff. i know i'm guilty of stuff, how do you stop? help! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 11/3/2010

    " Ecological dystopia. Not the best of this breed, but enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jscorse | 7/23/2010

    " Dystopia not far from now in So-Cal- worth a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 1/17/2010

    " Theme of progress as destruction. Compare to Player Piano. Saving exotic animals who escape to kill people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany | 12/30/2009

    " not my favorite of his work...guess I'm a Greasy Lake fan. "

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About the Author

T. C. Boyle is the author of more than a dozen novels, including Drop City, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and World’s End, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award. He has also written numerous short-story collections. He lives near Santa Barbara, California.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.