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In this riveting narrative, Childs makes clear that ours is not a stable planet, that it is prone to sudden, violent natural disasters and extremes of climate. Alternate futures, many not so pretty, are constantly waiting in the wings. Childs refutes the idea of an apocalyptic end to the earth and finds clues to its more inevitable end in some of the most physically challenging places on the globe. He travels from the deserts of Chile, the driest in the world, to the genetic wasteland of central Iowa to the site of the drowned land bridge of the Bering Sea, uncovering the micro-cataclysms that predict the macro: forthcoming ice ages, super-volcanoes, and the conclusion of planetary life cycles. Childs delivers a sensual feast in his descriptions of the natural world and a bounty of unequivocal science that provides us with an unprecedented understanding of our future.
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By T. Myers on 01-09-14
Travel-log of the maybe apocalypses
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, depending on the friend.
What other book might you compare Apocalyptic Planet to and why?
Nothing I have ever read, very strange but interesting combination of investigative journalism, environmental doomsday, and travel-log.
Which character – as performed by Craig Childs – was your favorite?
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
I found this book very interesting and can imagine this being a favorite of some people. It is an unusual combination that mostly worked for me. I am of a scientific bend and found this light in that department, little on the fear-mongering side for my taste but only just. I would recommend giving it a try for the novelty if nothing else and you may love it.
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By Joseph E. Mercier on 01-05-15
Stunning performance by Author/Reader
Anyone who has ever read Craig Childs writings will love this audiobook. The work itself is a wonder of global exploration that reads like science fiction. Maybe even to much so. That this world that we know has died and been reborn many times the story provides cold comfort. At points during these stories my feelings alternated between a profound depression and a deep sense of relief. Yes, this planet will go on beyond the injury done to it by we humans but the probable extinction of my own kind or at least the civilization that we have built weighed heavy on my soul.
Childs prose reaches the level of poetry often in the stories presented. Word pictures painted by the mind of an artist are sometimes lyrical and at other times horrifying but always edifying. His reading his own work was superb. I hope he will consider putting his other works into audio for those of us that love to hear the spoken word.
I recommend this audiobook.
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