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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,914 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Colin Beavan Narrator: Colin Beavan Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A guilty liberal finally snaps, swears off plastic, goes organic, becomes a bicycle nut, turns off his power, and generally becomes a tree-hugging lunatic who tries to save the polar bears and the rest of the planet from environmental catastrophe while dragging his baby daughter and Prada-wearing, Four Seasons-loving wife along for the ride. And that's just the beginning.

Bill McKibben meets Bill Bryson in this seriously engaging look at one armchair liberal's decision to put his money where his mouth is and go off the grid for one year - while still living in New York City - and see if it's possible to make no net impact on the environment. In other words, no trash, no toxins in the water, no elevators, no subway, no products in packaging, no air-conditioning, no television....

What would it be like to try to live a no-impact lifestyle? Is it possible? Could it catch on? Is living this way more fun or less fun? More satisfying or less satisfying? Harder or easier? Is it worthwhile or senseless? Are we all doomed or can our culture reduce the barriers to sustainable living so it becomes as easy as falling off a log?

These are the questions at the heart of this whole mad endeavor, via which Colin Beavan hopes to explain to the rest of us how we can realistically live a more eco-effective and by turns more content life in an age of inconvenient truths. Download and start listening now!


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Abby | 2/20/2014

    " Still haven't quite decided what to do about this one--I obviously need to change my consumption habits. I should just jump in and start small on something before the guilt overwhelms me! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Bonnie G. | 2/10/2014

    " This is the problem with this book: It is supposed to be a memoir, yet we are stuck with the driest possible environmental analysis sandwiched between poorly described conditions he puts his family through. I actually skimmed half of this book because guess what? I am a goddamn hippie! I already know about global warming, trash, etc. That is why I am reading YOUR book to see how YOU deal with it! You don't even tell us what you use instead of regular toilet paper! I just wanted more about you, your wife, your daughter, your friends, the coffee guy you used to go to. We barely get a taste of it, problems and solutions occcur on the same page!!! For the reason alone, I am actually interested in watching the documentary so I have a better idea of what actually happened during your year of no impact! BUT-I will admit, it made me think a LOT about packaging, even more so than I do now. I just keep thinking recycling will be all good....but man, just in a day I go through a lot of packaging (ziploc bag for carrots, amy's vegan lunch cardboard, soy pudding, etc). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kt Thames | 1/26/2014

    " parts of the book were pretty interesting and at times quite funny, but Beavan can become quite preachy and it gets tiring after awhile. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Grace | 1/18/2014

    " The whole "year long project and write a book about it" is certainly becoming common practice, but this one held my attention. I've read some absolutely scathing reviews about this book, but I found it to be thoughtful, informative, and entertaining. Beavan's bumbling in the beginning of his project did seem quite overdone - he really didn't think about all that he'd have to adjust to during the project until it came time to do so? - but the compelling part of the story was the extreme leap that he and his family took. "

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About the Author

Colin Beavan is an American nonfiction writer and Internet blogger. He was named one of MSN’s Ten Most Influential Men of 2007 and his blog No Impact Man was named one of the world’s top fifteen environmental websites by Time magazine.