Fifty Degrees Below : Science in the Capital

  • by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Narrated by Peter Ganim, Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Series: Science in the Capital
  • 20 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Best-selling, award-winning author Kim Stanley Robinson continues his groundbreaking trilogy of eco-thrillers - and propels us deeper into the awesome whirlwind of climatic change. Set in our nation's capital, here is a chillingly realistic tale of people caught in the collision of science, technology, and the consequences of global warming - which could trigger another phenomenon: abrupt climate change, resulting in temperatures...When the storm got bad, scientist Frank Vanderwal was at work, formalizing his return to the National Science Foundation for another year. He'd left the building just in time to help sandbag at Arlington Cemetery. Now that the torrent was over, large chunks of San Diego had eroded into the sea, and D.C. was underwater. Shallow lakes occupied the most famous parts of the city. Reagan Airport was awash and the Potomac had spilled beyond its banks. Rescue boats dotted the saturated cityscape. Everything Frank and his colleagues in the halls of science and politics feared had culminated in this massive disaster. And now the world looked to them to fix it.Whatever Frank can do, now that he is homeless, he'll have to do from his car. He's not averse to sleeping outdoors. Years of research have made him hyperaware of his status as just another primate. That plus his encounter with a Tibetan Buddhist has left him resolved to live a more authentic life. Hopefully, this will prepare him for whatever is to come....For even as D.C. bails out from the flood, a more extreme climate change looms. With the melting of the polar ice caps shutting down the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, another Ice Age could be imminent. The last time it happened, 11,000 years ago, it took just three years to start. BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction by author Kim Stanley Robinson.


What the Critics Say

"Perhaps the foremost practitioner of literary utopias." (Time)


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What would have made Fifty Degrees Below better?

Narrated by anyone other than Peter Ganim

Would you be willing to try another book from Kim Stanley Robinson? Why or why not?

Yes, but not if its narrated by Peter Ganim

What didn’t you like about Peter Ganim and Kim Stanley Robinson ’s performance?

The Narrator Peter Ganim reads like Steven Hawking's vocal software, with unnatural pauses, and so little inflection it was unbearable to listen to. I tried speeding up to 1.25... that helped a little, but in the end I wished I could return this book. Sad, because I love Kim Stanley Robinson.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Utter disappointment in the performance.

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- Maura Gwiazda

Avoid this narrator!

The story and characters are interesting enough to keep me engaged but this narrator is driving me crazy. His cadence and mispronunciations make it seem he is reading this for the first time. Ugg!
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- Grant

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-11-2008
  • Publisher: Audible Studios