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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15,474 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alan Weisman Narrator: Adam Grupper Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this far-reaching narrative, Weisman explains how our massive infrastructure would collapse and vanish without human presence; which everyday items may become immortalized as fossils; why some of our earliest buildings might be the last architecture left; and how plastic, bronze sculpture, and man-made molecules may be our lasting gifts to the universe.

Just days after humans disappear, floods in New York's subways would start eroding the city's foundations and the world's cities would crumble, asphalt jungles giving way to real ones. Drawing on the expertise of engineers, atmospheric scientists, art conservators, zoologists, oil refiners, marine biologists, astrophysicists, religious leaders from rabbis to the Dalai Lama, and paleontologists, who describe a prehuman world inhabited by megafauna (like giants sloths that stood taller than mammoths), Weisman illustrates what the planet might be like today, if not for us.

Weisman reveals Earth's tremendous capacity for self-healing and shows which human devastations are indelible and what of our highest art and culture would endure longest. Ultimately reaching a radical but persuasive solution to our planet's problems - one that needn't depend on our demise - this is narrative nonfiction at its finest, taking on an irresistible concept with gravity but a highly accessible touch. 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 Steve Mount | 1/24/2014

    " Has a permanent place on my bookshelf, a great read, a mixture of science fact, history, and science fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Abigail | 1/15/2014

    " Really interesting conceit, but gets a little repetitive. Still, worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sandra Munger | 12/19/2013

    " This is a wonderful thought provoking book. Made me want to give up plastics and I plan on buying as few as I can. The problem is that so many things are made with plastic these days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alia Tulloch | 12/13/2013

    " I liked liking this book much better before it was turned into a TV show. "

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About the Author
Author Alan Weisman

Alan Weisman is the bestselling author of The World Without Us, and an award-winning journalist whose reports have appeared in Harper’s, the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic MonthlyDiscover, and on NPR, among others. A former contributing editor to the Los Angeles Times Magazine, he is a senior radio producer for Homelands Productions and teaches international journalism at the University of Arizona. His essay “Earth Without People,” on which The World Without Us expands, was selected for Best American Science Writing 2006, and he is interviewed frequently about how humans exist on the planet.