Forty Signs of Rain : Science in the Capital

  • by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Narrated by Peter Ganim, Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Series: Science in the Capital
  • 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The best-selling author of the classic Mars trilogy and The Years of Rice and Salt returns with a riveting new trilogy of cutting-edge science, international politics, and the real-life ramifications of global warming as they are played out in our nation's capital-and in the daily lives of those at the center of the action. Hauntingly realistic, here is a novel of the near future that is inspired by scientific facts already making headlines.When the Arctic ice pack was first measured in the 1950s, it averaged 30 feet thick in midwinter. By the end of the century it was down to 15. One August the ice broke. The next year the breakup started in July. The third year it began in May. That was last year.It's an increasingly steamy summer in the nation's capital as Senate environmental staffer Charlie Quibler cares for his young son and deals with the frustrating politics of global warming. Charlie must find a way to get a skeptical administration to act before it's too late-and his progeny find themselves living in Swamp World. But the political climate poses almost as great a challenge as the environmental crisis when it comes to putting the public good ahead of private gain.While Charlie struggles to play politics, his wife, Anna, takes a more rational approach to the looming crisis in her work at the National Science Foundation. There a proposal has come in for a revolutionary process that could solve the problem of global warming-if it can be recognized in time. But when a race to control the budding technology begins, the stakes only get higher. As these everyday heroes fight to align the awesome forces of nature with the extraordinary march of modern science, they are unaware that fate is about to put an unusual twist on their work-one that will place them at the heart of an unavoidable storm.BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction by author Kim Stanley Robinson.

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"One of the most accomplished and popular writers working in science fiction today." (Time)

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Its all

Are you kidding me, this guy who read the book is so bad! He reads like he is reading it for the first time and sounds like a low-end AI voice in a low budget Sci-Fi B-movie.
If its a Kim Stanly Robinson book its a great book and the guy who read the Mars Trilogy was a fantastic reader, so i didn't even listen to the preview but i will not be downloading the other 2 books on this set if the same guy read them
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- steve

Terrible narrator

I listened to the first five minutes of this book and gave up. The narrator reads in a robotic monotone that throws me out of the experience. He..talks...like...this...with...small...pauses...between...each...word.
I wish I'd checked out the preview before I bought this.
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- Linda

Book Details

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