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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: June 2007 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 Alia Tulloch | 12/13/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra Alonzo | 11/3/2013

    " Do not read (or listen to the cd set, as I did) if you are depressed!! OMG, nothing good is happening to the earth, and it's all our fault. This is a ten disc set, and truly is well-written, very scientific, appears to be factual, must've taken a ton of research, and I believe it all. However, there were just too many facts and not enough hope for the lay person. We've trashed our planet, which for sure is an important fact, and I wish there was more I could do about it, but seriously, there were not many practical suggestions (if any) for the reader to adopt. Since I listened to the book in my car, it's a good thing I didn't just drive off the side of the mountain in desperation after hearing all this bad news. I'm going to look for a few happy picture books in my bookcase and cheer myself up. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rlmteacher marcus | 10/26/2013

    " This book was too depressing to continue reading. There too many better books out there to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Traci | 10/4/2013

    " Amazing perspective into the world without humans and some great theories of our evolutionary choices currently... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 9/8/2013

    " I definitely should have paid more attention in biology class. I love that the book explores the world before humans and after humans. A fascinating read that will make you check the ingredient list on products more thoroughly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 8/24/2013

    " Reinvigorated my passion for environmental health. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gekko | 8/9/2013

    " a bit slow in parts, but covers a lot of interesting ground "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annwang | 7/14/2013

    " ok, so i maybe didn't read every page of every chapter, which is unlike me. i liked what i read, but it was a little bit overwhelming. maybe i just have a bad imagination. fun exercise all the same. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jordyn B | 4/14/2013

    " It seemed like it was a long essay made into a book. Great concept just wish it was written by someone else. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nora | 2/22/2013

    " The last couple chapters weren't my favorite, but overall I found this book fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Nye | 9/13/2012

    " The idea is intriguing, but I mostly read this thinking about all the assumptions and possibilities, all the "well, this could happen ..." underlying, well, every sentence. Clever for about a chapter or two, but I had to resist the urge to skim. Meh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Steinberg | 4/23/2012

    " Fantastic thought experiment. Every chapter was interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Nalley | 11/11/2011

    " Very nice thought experiment book but not as in-depth as I would have liked. Also, has a strong hippy leaning and while factual, takes away from the principle idea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 10/12/2011

    " Eye-opening. I was fascinated by the descriptions of current "worlds without us" such as Chernobyl and the DMZ between North and South Korea -- life really does find a way, and we don't leave nearly the void we think we do when we're gone! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer Gray | 7/3/2011

    " Dry oh so very dry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gobasso | 5/29/2011

    " Not a pleasant book to read. What would the world be like without us? How long would it take for our civilization to be absorbed by the world. For anyone who is concerned about the environment and what the human impact has wrought this is a must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamila | 5/22/2011

    " This book definitely gave a more realistic look instead of the whole post apocalypse the modern world has given us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 5/17/2011

    " Reinvigorated my passion for environmental health. "

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

    " if the earth is destroyed we have no backup for the live earth
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 4/23/2011

    " A very real, and sometimes unsettling view of the world after humans are gone. It really makes you think about what you use, throw away, or produce on a day to day basis. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Traci | 4/18/2011

    " Amazing perspective into the world without humans and some great theories of our evolutionary choices currently... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caiti | 4/13/2011

    " A very interesting account of what happens, variables considered, if the human race disapeared. "

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

    " A compelling vision of the future (and analysis of the present) that will sneakily turn you into an environmentalist. Each chapter is well written. Good stuff. "

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About the Author
Author Alan WeismanAlan Weisman is the best-selling 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 Monthly, Discover, 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" (Discovermagazine, February 2005), 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.
About the Narrator

Adam Grupper is a voice artist and actor. His audiobook narrations have earned six Earphones Awards and a nomination in 2008 for the prestigious Audie Award. His Broadway performances include Baz Luhrmann’s La Boheme, 45 Seconds from Broadway, The Wild Party, Guys and Dolls, among others. He has appeared in films such as Trophy Kids, Music & Lyrics, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, and Two Weeks’ Notice. On television, he has appeared in The Sopranos, Third Watch, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: SVU, Ugly Betty, and As the World Turns.