A Paradise Built in Hell

  • by Rebecca Solnit
  • Narrated by Emily Beresford
  • 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The most startling thing about disasters, according to award-winning author Rebecca Solnit, is not merely that so many people rise to the occasion, but that they do so with joy. That joy reveals an ordinarily unmet yearning for community, purposefulness, and meaningful work that disaster often provides. A Paradise Built in Hell is an investigation of the moments of altruism, resourcefulness, and generosity that arise amid disaster's grief and disruption and considers their implications for everyday life. It points to a new vision of what society could become - one that is less authoritarian and fearful, more collaborative and local.

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What the Critics Say

"The freshest, deepest, most optimistic account of human nature I've come across in years." (Bill McKibben)

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Customer Reviews

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Eye opening and thought provoking

The Author shares the truth about how most people respond to disasters, and it is not what you have been taught by media and government. The most good can be accomplished by trusting people to help each other.
I totally disagree with the whole climate change theory but other than that I found the book to be eye opening and thought provoking! Thanks.
I also appreciated the partial dramatic reading as well. Good job
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- zachery "zoinker"

Powerful Reportive Style

What made the experience of listening to A Paradise Built in Hell the most enjoyable?

Under current of ineptness around disaster zones when people are most in need brought to light.


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- Christine Currie "Creatively curating space/place as art adventure for the actively engaged. Writing retreats at artfarmfennville+Redwoods of Corralitos."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-27-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios