Second Nature: Scenes from a World Remade Audiobook, by Nathaniel Rich Play Audiobook Sample

Second Nature: Scenes from a World Remade Audiobook

Second Nature: Scenes from a World Remade Audiobook, by Nathaniel Rich Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: John Pirhalla Publisher: Macmillan Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.50 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: March 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781250792334

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Longest Chapter Length:

58:33 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

24 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

33:50 minutes

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From the author of Losing Earth, a beautifully told exploration of our post-natural world that points the way to a new mode of ecological writing. We live at a time in which scientists race to reanimate extinct beasts, our most essential ecosystems require monumental engineering projects to survive, chicken breasts grow in test tubes, and multinational corporations conspire to poison the blood of every living creature. No rock, leaf, or cubic foot of air on Earth has escaped humanity's clumsy signature. The old distinctions—between natural and artificial, dystopia and utopia, science fiction and science fact—have blurred, losing all meaning. We inhabit an uncanny landscape of our own creation. In Second Nature, ordinary people make desperate efforts to preserve their humanity in a world that seems increasingly alien. Their stories—obsessive, intimate, and deeply reported—point the way to a new kind of environmental literature, in which dramatic narrative helps us to understand our place in a reality that resembles nothing human beings have known. From Odds Against Tomorrow to Losing Earth to the film Dark Waters (adapted from the first chapter of this book), Nathaniel Rich’s stories have come to define the way we think of contemporary ecological narrative. In Second Nature, he asks what it means to live in an era of terrible responsibility. The question is no longer, How do we return to the world that we’ve lost? It is, What world do we want to create in its place? A Macmillan Audio production from MCD

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“Narrator John Pirhalla delivers the surprising, and sometimes shocking, science topics discussed in this audiobook…Pirhalla’s delivery is compelling and should give many listeners pause as they consider whether humanity is helping or harming earth’s flora and fauna.”

— AudioFile 


  • “Rich presents humanity’s war against nature in vivid detail.”

    — New York Times Book Review
  • “A tour de force…The reading experience is by turns demoralizing and galvanizing, like most worthwhile things.”

    — Vanity Fair
  • “Rich’s elegy to a planet he likens to a critical care patient is lyrical, erudite, and devastating…[His] investigation of ‘crimes against nature’ and the people who are trying to stop them is alarming, enlightening, and necessary.”

    — O, The Oprah Magazine

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About Nathaniel Rich

Nathaniel Rich is the author of the nonfiction work Losing Earth as well as the novels King Zeno, Odds against Tomorrow, and The Mayor’s Tongue. He is a writer at large for the New York Times Magazine and a regular contributor to the Atlantic and the New York Review of Books.

About John Pirhalla

Joe Hempel, best known for his rich narrations, has entertained listeners with over one hundred audiobooks in genres ranging from horror and mystery to science fiction, romance, and personal development.