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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,060 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Kolbert Narrator: Hope Davis Publisher: Simon & Schuster Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2006 ISBN:
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Americans have been warned since the late 1970s that the buildup of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere threatens to melt the polar ice sheets and irreversibly change our climate. With little done since then to alter this dangerous path, the world has reached a critical threshold. By the end of the century, it will likely be hotter than at any point in the last two million years, and the sweeping consequences of this change will determine the future of life on earth for generations to come.

Taking listeners from the melting Alaskan permafrost to storm-torn New Orleans, acclaimed journalist Elizabeth Kolbert approaches this monumental problem from every angle. She interviews researchers and environmentalists, explains the science, draws frightening parallels to lost civilizations, and presents the moving tales of people who are watching their worlds disappear. Growing out of an award-winning three-part series for The New Yorker, Field Notes from a Catastrophe brings the environment into the consciousness of the American people and asks what, if anything, can be done to save our planet.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 2/19/2014

    " Reading this one to teach right now. So far, a bit science-y for my taste, but relevant! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shane | 2/19/2014

    " Great combination of facts and personal stories that lays out the climate change issue. Sadly the doubters who most need to read this, won't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/16/2014

    " interesting and alarming "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/12/2014

    " I love Elizabeth Kolbert. I was really excited when sections of this book started showing up in the New Yorker, too, because she wrote about some people and places that I know. There's a chapter about Fairbanks, Alaska, and a chapter about one of my former college archaeology professors... v. exciting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 2/10/2014

    " a great introduction to the topic of climate change. Kolbert writes in a straight forward, compelling manner. You don't have to be a scientist to enjoy this book--if enjoy is the right word for what is happening! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo | 2/5/2014

    " I purloined this from one of my son's shelves (it was a 9th grade text in his environmental science class) and read this some time ago. Outstanding! Elizabeth Kolbert is a brilliant writer. As I recall, this is based on her articles that appeared in the New Yorker. Bravo! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hasan | 1/26/2014

    " Elizabeth Kolbert, a writer for the New Yorker, examines the current state of science related to global climate change. She does not paint a pretty picture for the future. The main worry is that we will reach a point where the level of carbon emissions in the atmosphere is so high it will be too late to reverse it. The good news is that you will be able to swim in the Arctic Ocean and New Jersey and New York City will be gone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 severyn | 1/26/2014

    " Saddening, angering, but a little bit hopeful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherree | 1/15/2014

    " I found this book to be interesting and well-written, but there was too much science. At times my eyes glazed over. I think it would have more wide-spread appeal, which I think is important because the information is important, if there was less technical science. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/1/2014

    " Very well-written, but end point: WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE...run! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 10/11/2013

    " clear & clean prose... a frightening read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cj | 10/6/2013

    " readable story of science and climate change "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Halldór Thorgeirsson | 9/5/2013

    " The author puts the spot light on the scientists working on understanding climate change. This is a very interesting perspective. In the process, she manages to convey important insights into the science of climate change. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 6/27/2013

    " The best book on climate change out there. Elizabeth Kolbert is a wonderful, empathetic writer for The New Yorker and this book came out of her three-part series "The Climate of Man" which ran in 2005. Highly recommend this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 10/13/2012

    " This is a good next step if you've seen An Inconvenient Truth and want to learn more about global warming. It's very rooted in science, but still accessible. Kolbert provides thorough global and historic context for understanding the current climate change situation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zed | 5/6/2012

    " An excellent first resource about the science behind climate change. I like best the bibliography of primary and secondary literature. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne | 9/21/2011

    " I try and try, but I can't really get into books on science. The facts here are solid, though, and scary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan H | 9/10/2011

    " there are a lot of books out on climate change - but this one is very good and, I think, accessible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 4/25/2011

    " Favorite writer on environmental issues, or any science subject, really. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherri | 4/12/2011

    " The politicians who are disbelieving of climate change need to read this book.

    "It may seem impossible to imagine that a technologically advanced society could choose, in essence, to destroy itself, but that is what we are now in the process of doing." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nat | 3/28/2011

    " Awesome compilation of both qualitative and quantitative value "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Litbitch | 12/29/2010

    " A good overview for a newcomer. I'd heard most of it before. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo | 11/13/2010

    " I purloined this from one of my son's shelves (it was a 9th grade text in his environmental science class) and read this some time ago. Outstanding! Elizabeth Kolbert is a brilliant writer. As I recall, this is based on her articles that appeared in the New Yorker. Bravo! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 10/21/2010

    " Scary. This was written several years ago. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Halldór | 9/25/2010

    " The author puts the spot light on the scientists working on understanding climate change. This is a very interesting perspective. In the process, she manages to convey important insights into the science of climate change. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 5/11/2010

    " Really scary and a little too scienc-y for me but brutally honest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ang | 3/24/2010

    " Very interesting, everyone should try to skim it - a lot of info on climate change "

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About the Author

Elizabeth Kolbert is a journalist and author best known for her New York Times bestseller The Sixth Extinction. A former New York Times reporter, she is now well known as an observer and commentator on environmentalism for the New Yorker.

About the Narrator

Hope Davis, an actress and Earphones Award–winning narrator, has starred in more than twenty feature films, including Arlington Road, American Splendor, and Next Stop Wonderland. Also an accomplished stage actress, she earned a Tony Award nomination for her performance in the Broadway play God of Carnage. She was voted Best Actress in 2003 by the New York Film Critics.