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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,018 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edward O. Wilson Narrator: Ed Begley Jr. Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2002 ISBN:
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From one of the world's most influential scientists (and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author) comes his most timely and important book yet: an impassioned call for quick and decisive action to save Earth's biological heritage, and a plan to achieve that rescue.

Today we understand that our world is infinitely richer than was ever previously guessed. Yet it is so ravaged by human activity that half its species could be gone by the end of the present century. These two contrasting truths - unexpected magnificence and underestimated peril - have become compellingly clear during the past two decades of research on biological diversity.

In this dazzlingly intelligent and ultimately hopeful book, Wilson describes what treasures of the natural world we are about to lose forever - in many cases animals, insects, and plants we have only just discovered, and whose potential to nourish us, protect us, and cure our illnesses is immeasurable - and what we can do to save them. In the process, he explores the ethical and religious bases of the conservation movement and deflates the myth that environmental policy is antithetical to economic growth by illustrating how new methods of conservation can ensure long-term economic well-being.

The Future of Life is a magisterial accomplishment: both a moving description of our biosphere and a guidebook for the protection of all its species, including humankind. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrian | 2/20/2014

    " Information conveyed with the simplicity of a master. It's refreshing to hear someone discuss the state of the world in such depth without feeling like you're being clubbed over the head. E. O. Wilson is an O. G. when it comes to the environmental movement, but there's never a moment where he wangles this in front of our face. Just an extremely informed citizen deftly revealing the compass point of undeniable facts--and there's even a dose of optimism in there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonia | 2/16/2014

    " An awesome Ecology/Economics Book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 2/9/2014

    " This book is really good, and nice and short for those who dont like sagas. It really illuminates a biologists perspective on where we are going (as a species and instigator of a mass extinction event), and he isnt too biased in his interpretations, so it makes a nice read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zeph | 2/5/2014

    " conservationism "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 2/2/2014

    " Great book by Edward Wilson outlining a scientific outlook on the future of life. It is about 10 years old so I'm curious where we are in relation to what he hoped. This book took out the liberal/conservative arguments for conservation and outlined the issues and perils very well. If for no other reason, read it for the open letter to Thoreau he starts the book with. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 tanya | 1/19/2014

    " Oh man are we in trouble. I wish someday I could know as much as Wilson and be as articulate and persuasive as he is. Even as he presents depressing fact after depressing fact, there remains an optimistic undertone. How can you spot thinkers like this in their youth and cling to their coattails? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tai Odunsi | 1/15/2014

    " Wilson sounds the alarm while presenting realistic solutions to our pending eco-collapse. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Violet | 1/6/2014

    " This book is quite possibly, one of the best books to read if you are concerned with the future of humanity. Thought provoking and insightful, READ IT ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph Mckenna | 1/3/2014

    " A little dated (now) and wildly optimistic, but still an enjoyable and informative read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lyn | 12/17/2013

    " An important work for our time. A decent attempt to bridge the ever-expanding gap between people-firsters and earth-firsters. This book presents some REAL solutions to problems that plague our planet, that don't require irrational changes in our current life-styles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valori | 12/10/2013

    " I love that you can feel his excitement through the pages! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 12/7/2013

    " A must read for anyone who actually gives a damn about the planet and the conservation of biodiversity. E.O. Wilson, a brilliant ecologist, handles the material really well. I made my entire family read this book after it was required reading for a Conservation Biology course. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sommer | 11/29/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book and think it should be required reading for everyone. It looks at how we (humans) impact our planet and the ultimate consequences we will face if we don't change our ways. Very informative, yet not preachy - an interesting read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renata Fossen Brown | 10/8/2013

    " love love love this book. everyone should read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 11/25/2012

    " This was a difficult read at times but amazingly insightful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 9/19/2012

    " Such a great book I am re-reading it. Wilson reminds me what's at stake if we continue to push boundaries with the natural world. I appreciate how he explains "the bottleneck" that we are approaching - very clear and concise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tommy | 6/20/2012

    " Everyone must read at least one book by this man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 3/16/2012

    " It was sometimes dry at times but otherwise a good presentation of one person's view of the coming world. Well substantiated with facts and statistics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 12/16/2011

    " Good outline of the current global biodiversity and species extinction crisis, why it matters to the average person, and a potential roadmap for capping the damages in the near future. A well-articulated digestable read for anyone who cares about the future of the natural world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robb | 11/20/2011

    " EO Wilson is always worth reading. Started with 'The Diversity of Life'. In this one, I think his hopefulness for the future is a bit strained. Personally, I think you have to read this stuff, fortunately it's well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aubrey | 8/4/2011

    " Wilson describes environmental systems in such a way that its like reading poetry. Truly lovely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lyn Feldman | 7/10/2011

    " An incredibly astute look into our future!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stef | 4/22/2011

    " I love Wilson's writing, but I don't think I was the right audience for this particular book after reading so many of his others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 brian | 2/5/2011

    " this book made me decide to never have a biological child because of the population problem. but adopting is totally cool. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rachel | 1/30/2011

    " Interesting, but Wilson is pretension incarnate "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robb | 9/6/2010

    " EO Wilson is always worth reading. Started with 'The Diversity of Life'. In this one, I think his hopefulness for the future is a bit strained. Personally, I think you have to read this stuff, fortunately it's well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valori | 4/20/2010

    " I love that you can feel his excitement through the pages! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 8/24/2009

    " This book is really good, and nice and short for those who dont like sagas. It really illuminates a biologists perspective on where we are going (as a species and instigator of a mass extinction event), and he isnt too biased in his interpretations, so it makes a nice read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 4/12/2009

    " Such a great book I am re-reading it. Wilson reminds me what's at stake if we continue to push boundaries with the natural world. I appreciate how he explains "the bottleneck" that we are approaching - very clear and concise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 3/23/2009

    " E.O. Wilson is my spiritual leader. This is why I do what I do. He provides reason for caution and action while staying optimistic throughout. The movement has started and this is its outline. "

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