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The Uninhabitable Earth

Life After Warming
Written by: David Wallace-Wells
Narrated by: David Wallace-Wells
Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
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New York Times Best Seller

"The Uninhabitable Earth hits you like a comet, with an overflow of insanely lyrical prose about our pending Armageddon." (Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon)

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. In California, wildfires now rage year-round, destroying thousands of homes. Across the US, “500-year” storms pummel communities month after month, and floods displace tens of millions annually. 

This is only a preview of the changes to come. And they are coming fast. Without a revolution in how billions of humans conduct their lives, parts of the Earth could become close to uninhabitable, and other parts horrifically inhospitable, as soon as the end of this century. 

In his travelogue of our near future, David Wallace-Wells brings into stark relief the climate troubles that await - food shortages, refugee emergencies, and other crises that will reshape the globe. But the world will be remade by warming in more profound ways as well, transforming our politics, our culture, our relationship to technology, and our sense of history. It will be all-encompassing, shaping and distorting nearly every aspect of human life as it is lived today. 

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.

©2019 David Wallace-Wells (P)2019 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"The Uninhabitable Earth is the most terrifying book I have ever read. Its subject is climate change, and its method is scientific, but its mode is Old Testament. The book is a meticulously documented, white-knuckled tour through the cascading catastrophes that will soon engulf our warming planet.... Wallace-Wells’ imagine-the-worst approach has become prescient.... I read it with an unfolding mix of horror and hopelessness, the way you might learn of a terminal diagnosis that affects yourself and your family and everyone else you might ever hope to know.” (Farhad Manjoo, The New York Times)

The Uninhabitable Earth is unabashedly pornographic. It is also riveting.... Some readers will find Mr. Wallace-Wells’ outline of possible futures alarmist. He is indeed alarmed. You should be, too.” (The Economist)

"Most of us know the gist, if not the details, of the climate change crisis. And yet it is almost impossible to sustain strong feelings about it. David Wallace-Wells has now provided the details, and with writing that is not only clear and forceful, but often imaginative and even funny, he has found a way to make the information deeply felt. This is a profound book, which simultaneously makes me terrified and hopeful about the future, ashamed and proud of being a human." (Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Everything Is Illuminated)

"David Wallace-Wells argues that the impacts of climate change will be much graver than most people realize, and he's right. The Uninhabitable Earth is a timely and provocative work." (Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction)

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terrifying, but important<br />


excllent overview of the true state of the climate catastrophe. Not sure his optimisim is warrentef though.

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  • Ray Clark
  • 2019-02-21

Excellent audio book. Will give to my grandchildren.

I am grandfather, I would hope that my grandchildren forgive me for not being a better steward of this earth. I can only hope that they can forsee the path they we have led them to and do something about it.

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  • Skeptical DoDo
  • 2019-03-04

Disturbing

A good thorough review of all the literature on the subject. It is very disturbing as to our fate as a species and custodian of the planet. Time is very short and couple things to me, make me think it maybe impossible for us to fix it. Greed, power and denial, which he does very well in elucidating. Maybe we deserve it?

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  • Steven S. Crider
  • 2019-03-18

Wow. A book I really needed to read.

I have been doing what I do when faced with seemingly insurmountable problems: I to try to think about other things. But after reading this book I’m going to have a hard time thinking about anything else.

Well thought out and well written. Is a book that everybody should read.

I think the author did ok narrating but I only David McCullough can read his own books well; I prefer a professional narrator—thus three stars for narration.

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  • Andy Miller
  • 2019-03-18

As amazing as it is terrifying!

I knew climate change was a cataclysmic problem but my god, David has designed the most circumspect, informative, technical, yet graspable and humanistic explanation of climate change I've ever heard. A true masterpiece.

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  • Ricky
  • 2019-03-17

Don’t read if you have depressive tendencies.

The book is realistic about what is sure to come and it’s not good... at ALL. So stay away if you’re psychologically vulnerable.

But we stagnated even when we knew 100 years ago that pollution is not good and now it’s too late to avoid a significant catastrophic future.

He does a great job showing what’s to expect with 2-3 degrees of warming.

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  • Elena Macias
  • 2019-03-16

Frighting truth to come

We can not ignore what has happened to our Mother Earth at our hands. We are the only generation that can abate a further decline to the environment.

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  • Shawn
  • 2019-03-06

Painful but Necessary

The first 12 chapters describe how quickly we are destroying Earth's ability to support life. Then some intelligent thoughts about it. A touch of exaggeration, but not much. The one great improvement would have been having a professional reader.

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  • Van T. Dang
  • 2019-03-04

Very repetitive

Same points made repeatedly just in case readers didn’t get the message the first time around.

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  • Sabine
  • 2019-02-21

Please let someone else narrate this book...

Ugh, I so want to listen to this book, but the author is an atrocious narrator. I do not want to listen to his grating and whining voice for 8 hours.

Update: Honestly, the narrator's voice is the least painful thing about this book. The book is such a bleak and even terrifying map of our potential futures.

A very very important and well researched book.

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  • Andrew
  • 2019-03-20

Important concepts worth hearing

This was uncomfortable to listen to at times because of the overwhelming seriousness of global warming. I am glad to have a better understanding of the research and science.
The narrator is the author.