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Publisher's Summary

A deeply moving and insightful collection of personal essays from number-one best-selling author John Green.

The Anthropocene is the current geologic age, in which humans have profoundly reshaped the planet and its biodiversity. In this remarkable symphony of essays adapted and expanded from his groundbreaking podcast, best-selling author John Green reviews different facets of the human-centered planet on a five-star scale - from the QWERTY keyboard and sunsets to Canada geese and Penguins of Madagascar.

Funny, complex, and rich with detail, the reviews chart the contradictions of contemporary humanity. As a species, we are both far too powerful and not nearly powerful enough, a paradox that came into sharp focus as we faced a global pandemic that both separated us and bound us together.

John Green’s gift for storytelling shines throughout this masterful collection. The Anthropocene Reviewed is a open-hearted exploration of the paths we forge and an unironic celebration of falling in love with the world.

Audio exclusive! Three bonus essays!

©2021 John Green (P)2021 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

“If loving something out loud takes courage, and I think it does, John Green is Evel Knievel and The Anthropocene Reviewed is a series of ever-more-impressive motorcycle jumps.” (Latif Nasser, co-host of Radiolab)

The Anthropocene Reviewed somehow satisfies all the contradictory demands I have for a book right now: It stimulates my brain while getting me out of my head while taking me to faraway places while grounding me in the wonders of my everyday. I’m so glad it’s here. I need it.” (Anna Sale, host of Death, Sex & Money and author of Let’s Talk About Hard Things)

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Anthropocene Reviewed, Reviewed.

I know, probably not the only review with that title. Couldn't resist.

Overall, excellent thoughts from a very thoughtful person, perhaps too thoughtful at times (I believe John would agree) but that rarely comes through. Well-rounded in details about varying topics and fascinating to hear even if one has heard it on the podcast. Some issues arise for me though.

First off I have to say there is a frustrating lack of life insurance advertisement slogans. I was waiting for him to insert them in between topics only to be disappointed. If only there was a compilation of all the slogans John has made in the podcast....Oh well, you'll have to listen to the podcast itself to know what I'm talking about.

Then there's a significant focus on the current COVID-19 pandemic. I get it, it's relevant and likely is impossible *not* to consider it. However the frequency of this detracts from the overall experience. I look forward to re-listening to this in the future and I *hope* this tendency of relating many topics to the current pandemic does not age well. Each moment of history seems fated to anachronistic reflection; my hope is this moment we inhabit together is reflected upon differently than what John writes in the midst of pandemic-related anxiety.

What amazes me about this work is how, in reflecting upon humanity's relationship with the world, John deepens a sense of his own humanness. It would be easy albeit tedious to research and write factual descriptions of all these areas. Details are present here yet only enrich what is a genuinely reflective personal account of how the topics influence him. In the midst of discourse on a human-centered planet, we get to hear one eloquent human speak into his own humanity. That's pretty neat.

I'm not always a fan of being human. It is rife with seeming contradictions and paradoxes which my all-too-logical self would rather put aside for other beings. It is to be reflective and then be reflective about my own reflections (and reflective on the possibility this process is inherently narcissistic and/or self-centered). And still that reflectiveness gives me hope. In a potentially recursive loop of history which appears to be interminable so far as my lifespan is considered, reflection means a lot. Victor Frankl said "Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom." John, in his unique tone and delivery, highlights that space for choice. And thus we are more likely to notice it and maybe, just possibly, choose differently for the future.

I give John Green's "The Anthropocene Reviewed" on Audible four stars.

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Touching and pure

Absolutely phenominal Book. John Green has a voice that can sooth the most weary souls, and convey so much emotion through the chapters that many brought me to tears. Nobody else could have narrated this collection, and had it mean so much. The premise is of essays on random subjects, but I came away with life lessons, historic knowledge and a sense that maybe, just maybe, this world has some light in the darkness that seems to be surrounding it. Thank you Mr. Green. I will be listening many times and only wish I had pre-ordered a signed copy of the physical book as well.

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Must Read after the Year we've had

I highly recommend this book. It was emotional, funny, insightful and triggered nostalgia in the truest sense of the word. I often felt while listening, that deep longing for something lost. John Green has a way with words that lures you in, in a comforting and gentle way and shows you a perspective on the world you may not have thought about before. This book is a good book for your soul.

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Just excellent

Green's podcast-turned-essay anthology is a sharply perceptive take on autobiography. The conceit of the reviews never detracts from the interest or poignancy of the essays, rather putting a frame around the text that invites the reader to share in an honest evaluation of a human life, finding the personal in the vast and seemingly untouchable and bringing a surprisingly universality to the deeply personal. I give this book five stars.

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You will both tear up and laugh

Part trivia, part memoir, John Green gets 5 stars. Great to listen to in the car!

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Meandering and Beautiful

Deeply personal, unpretentious, and charming. Exactly what I'd hoped for after 'outgrowing' his YA fiction.

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  • 2021-07-15

Life affirming listen

This title is promoted in the Social Science section of Audible, but I think it’s more accurate to describe it as a memoir. Although Green seems to focus on a series of unrelated topics, the glue that holds it all together is his personal perspective. Each topic offers an opportunity to recount a personal experience that makes Green relatable, whether it’s through sharing his personal experience with mental illness or his frustration and fascination with Canada Geese. There’s something here for every listener or reader to enjoy and relate to. I for one, will hold my head high as a fan of Diet Dr. Pepper, now that I know I’m in good company. Listen to my complete review on the Audiobook Reviews in Five Minutes podcast on Apple, Anchor, Breaker, Google, Overcast, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic, and Spotify

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Best book I’ve read in a long time

John Green’s voice is soothing: his stories are emotional, hilarious, and interesting. I connected with this author in a way that I haven’t connected with others. This book is one of my favourite books now. I’m sad that I’m done reading it. I may read it again (also I’m an avid podcast follower as well). Five stars, no question.

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Simply amazing.

Worth everyone’s time - John Green is a wonder. I’m so glad we listened to this book of essays.

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John Green weaves poetry and memoir. And geese.

The Anthropocene Reviewed, both the book and the podcast, are a love letter. Not to Canada Geese or mosquito-borne illness or loss, but through the magic of Green's writing, *with* them all the same. Green's love of poetry is soaked into the fabric of this project, rose water in the honey of family and dear friends; it is the confluence of grief, parenthood, brotherhood, illness, and determination; with a present silliness and unjaded self-awareness that fiction doesn't allow. 5 stars.

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  • E. Collins
  • 2021-05-18

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The last fiction book that made me cry was "Harry's Trees". The first nonfiction book that made me cry was this one. I'm not certain the point of this book was to make me feel deeply human after more than a year of extreme disconnect from humanity, but at this, it succeeded. I give it five stars.

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  • Booskerdu
  • 2021-05-19

So gorgeously written and read

Now I understand why John was so nervous about this book. It's hauntingly and harrowingly personal. Just amazing!

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  • Stephen P White
  • 2021-05-20

Great Book.

I lost someone close to me 2 days before I bought this audiobook. The authors journey through the inescapable horrors of living to the overlooked and overwhelming joys of being alive was just the medicine my heart needed. I don't know and have never met John Green but he provided me comfort in a dark time and like the Neverending beauty around me I am very grateful. He may have failed as a chaplain but has succeeded in being a chaplain for those of us alone in the dark

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  • Donald
  • 2021-05-19

So glad John chose to narrate his book!

No one could have narrated The Anthropocene Reviewed better than John Green, himself. It was so well done, both written & spoken. The Kauai ōō review was heartbreakingly beautiful. 5 stars!

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  • Mike
  • 2021-05-20

I can't decide what I enjoy best.

I love listening to the calming, hypnotic narration, but the reviews are amazing. Highest recommendations!

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  • Jackie Kozlowski
  • 2021-07-12

No New Content!

I love this podcast and was excited for the book, but it’s literally just all the podcasts together. This was never stated when he mentioned the book he was working on, and I’m bummed I wasted a credit I could have used on something else.

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  • Chelsea Ryan
  • 2021-05-25

Perfect timing

Last week when I started this book, my sweet little dog Ziggy who had been with me for 6 years was still with us. As I finish the book today, he’s been gone for 3 days. This book has brought me a lot of comfort the past couple days, by reminding me how wonderful it is to be in love with the world, with the joy and the sadness and the pain and everything. Ziggy was a 5 star dog, a member of our family, and we are heartbroken. But he also brought us lots of joy. This book also brought me lots of joy, and at the same time, broke my heart. 5 stars.

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  • Benjamin
  • 2021-05-27

An autobiography through a review of humanity

John uses the podcast and this book to explore humanity on a grand scale and brings it home by adding personal details of his life. some reviews are happy, some leave you sad, but all make you think.

My only slight disappointment is how many reviews are from the podcast. If you are thinking about getting this book, get it.

I give this book 4-1/2 stars.

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  • 2021-05-24

My new favorite book

Like a podcast but better ! Five stars. Hoping for more nonfiction content from John Green

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  • Jane A. Stringham
  • 2021-05-21

I give The Anthropocene Reviewed 5 stars

This book is so amazing. John green is a master writer. This book is filled with so much emotional and love for the work that I wanted to cry. I listened to most of it while sick and didn’t want to blow my nose in fear of missing some of the narration. Id give this book a sixth star if I could.

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