The Weather Makers

  • by Tim Flannery
  • Narrated by Drew de Carvalho
  • 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From Dr. Tim Flannery, one of the world's foremost experts on conservation and ecology, comes a book of immeasurable importance. Hailed by Kirkus Reviews as a "powerful and persuasive" work that is "sure to provoke strong reaction", The Weather Makers is among the finest examinations of climate change ever written. Originally skeptical of global warming, Flannery spent years compiling his own research. What he learned is sobering. Human beings are weather makers whose production of carbon dioxide is polluting the planet at a devastating rate. Species are disappearing, the natural world is changing, and weather events, like Hurricane Katrina, are becoming increasingly disastrous. But as Flannery shows, there are cleaner ways to live, and doing so is the only way to avoid global catastrophe. Alarming but filled with ideas that inspire hope, The Weather Makers could be the most important book you ever hear.

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What the Critics Say

"Straightforward and powerfully written....Destined to become required reading." (Publishers Weekly)
"This work is distinctive in its marriage of science to an act-now attitude and should energize environmentally minded readers." (Booklist)

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Customer Reviews

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Where is the message?

I will admit that I have a base believe that human activities is impacting the climate. And I was hoping that the book will provide more depth and insight into topic. While the book did provide more data... I found myself lost in all the different figures, factoids, and evidences. And the thing that really confused me is the author's constant shift in his time frame... Sometime the global CO2 level will raise by x parts per million over the next 10 years; sometime it is the global sea level will rise by y feet over the next 200 years... All of that may be true, but if the author is trying to convince the reader that there is an imminent danger to the planet, shifting the time horizon just does not help.
I found the book 'reads' like a collection of unorganized, random thoughts. There are way too many angles being explored without a unifying message. In the end, as someone who does not need much convincing of our impact to the climate, I just found myself lost. If I am someone who need to be convinced that human activities have a adverse impact on the climate and immediate action is required.... then this would not be the book to sell me on it!
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- Paul

The definitive book on climate crisis

If you want to read just one book on the climate crisis this is it. In this award-winning book the eminent Scientist Tim Flannery approaches the subject of climate crisis from various angles- the history, the science, the politics and the actions we all can take to fight this gravest crisis our civilization faces today. Flannery writes in a poetic language with a gift of making complex ideas simple and comprehendible. He explores the issues in great depth but does not turn off the reader for a moment with lifeless scientific facts. You can feel his love for this planet and every living being on earth in every word of his writing. The narrator did an excellent job in expressing the emotive account. I have already listened it twice and also got the hard copy for ready reference. I keep referring it to all my friends. Keep up the good work Tim!
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- Pampa

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-05-2006
  • Publisher: Recorded Books