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  • Midnight in Chernobyl

  • Written by: Adam Higginbotham
  • Narrated by: Jacques Roy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 81

April 25, 1986 in Chernobyl was a turning point in world history. The disaster not only changed the world’s perception of nuclear power and the science that spawned it, but also our understanding of the planet’s delicate ecology. With the images of the abandoned homes and playgrounds beyond the barbed wire of the 30-kilometer Exclusion Zone, the rusting graveyards of contaminated trucks and helicopters, the farmland lashed with black rain, the event fixed for all time the notion of radiation as an invisible killer. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story

  • By Mike on 2019-06-13

So many things I didn't know

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 2019-07-11

I remember hearing of Chernobyl when it happened, but there was little information except for warnings about radiation levels in Europe. This is a fascinating story of all the little and big things that went wrong to cause the disaster. Even more interesting are the approaches taken, and the manpower used to remediate the site. Although I was unable to keep track of all the Russian and Ukrainian names, I was still able to fully appreciate the magnitude of what happened.

  • The Uninhabitable Earth

  • Life After Warming
  • Written by: David Wallace-Wells
  • Narrated by: David Wallace-Wells
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

It is worse, much worse, than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible. Like An Inconvenient Truth and Silent Spring before it, The Uninhabitable Earth is both a meditation on the devastation we have brought upon ourselves and an impassioned call to action. For just as the world was brought to the brink of catastrophe within the span of a lifetime, the responsibility to avoid it now belongs to a single generation. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • must read/listen

  • By srwatson on 2019-08-16

We all need to hear this book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-07-11

Well researched book about what global warming really means going forward. Very interesting and scary facts, which most people know nothing about. Made me want to read more. There is some repetition in the book, but the repetition was appropriate given the different contexts. Have been recommending this book to others, especially when the topic of climate change comes up.

  • 18 Miles

  • The Epic Drama of Our Atmosphere and Its Weather
  • Written by: Christopher Dewdney
  • Narrated by: Angelo Di Loreto
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

We live at the bottom of an ocean of air - 5,200 million million tons, to be exact. It sounds like a lot, but Earth’s atmosphere is smeared onto its surface in an alarmingly thin layer - 99 percent contained within 18 miles. Yet, within this fragile margin lies a magnificent realm - at once gorgeous, terrifying, capricious, and elusive. With his keen eye for identifying and uniting seemingly unrelated events, Chris Dewdney reveals to us the invisible rivers in the sky that affect how our weather works and the structure of clouds and storms and seasons, the rollercoaster of climate.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well researched for weather buffs

  • By Amazon Customer on 2019-06-29

Well researched for weather buffs

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-06-29

The author's research provided some interesting perspectives on weather and the atmosphere. I found some of the historical and mythic oriented chapters to provide context I wasn't previously aware of. On the other hand, at times some of the chapters were far too technical for a weather novice and used too much jargon for my liking. The narrator was clear and easy to understand and listen to.

  • Bad Blood

  • Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
  • Written by: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 821
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 749

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose start-up “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fund-raising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’ worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great and informative book

  • By Jonah Ferguson on 2019-06-29

Almost could not stop listening.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-02-01

A compelling and reveling tale that carries many lessons for investors and employees. Well written and narrated.

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