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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
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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. Dewdney details the history of weather forecasting and introduces us to the eccentric and determined pioneers of science and observation whose efforts gave us the understanding of weather we have today.   

18 Miles is a kaleidoscopic and fact-filled journey that uncovers our obsession with the atmosphere and weather - as both evocative metaphor and physical reality. From the roaring winds of Katrina to Palladio’s architectural triumph, La Rotonda, Dewdney entertains as he gives listeners a long overdue look at the very air we breathe.

©2018 Christopher Dewdney (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Well researched for weather buffs

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.

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A brief history of weather!

As the child of a weather forecaster, I was keenly interested in what the author had to say. The book proved an excellent read and I would recommend it to anyone interested in the forces of nature that affect us every day.

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Great!

Jam packed with a ton of science but delivered in a very entertaining and at sometimes very poetic way.