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This Changes Everything

Capitalism vs. the Climate
Written by: Naomi Klein
Narrated by: Ellen Archer
Length: 20 hrs and 44 mins
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In This Changes Everything Naomi Klein argues that climate change isn’t just another issue to be neatly filed between taxes and health care. It’s an alarm that calls us to fix an economic system that is already failing us in many ways. Klein meticulously builds the case for how massively reducing our greenhouse emissions is our best chance to simultaneously reduce gaping inequalities, re-imagine our broken democracies, and rebuild our gutted local economies. She exposes the ideological desperation of the climate-change deniers, the messianic delusions of the would-be geoengineers, and the tragic defeatism of too many mainstream green initiatives. And she demonstrates precisely why the market does not - and cannot - fix the climate crisis, but will instead make things worse, with ever more extreme and ecologically damaging extraction methods, accompanied by rampant disaster capitalism.

Klein argues that the changes to our relationship with nature and one another that are required to respond to the climate crisis humanely should not be viewed as grim penance, but rather as a kind of gift - a catalyst to transform broken economic and cultural priorities and to heal long-festering historical wounds. And she documents the inspiring movements that have already begun this process: communities that are not just refusing to be sites of further fossil fuel extraction but are building the next, regeneration-based economies right now.

Can we pull off these changes in time? Nothing is certain. Nothing except that climate change changes everything. And for a very brief time, the nature of that change is still up to us.

©2014 Naomi Klein. All rights reserved. (P)2014 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Climate change through a social policy lens

Naomi Klein does a great job expressing secondary factors associated with climate change, indigenous rights, socialist policies like universal basic income, universal education and healthcare. Thought the section on indigenous rights was particularly well done. The first section of the book was a little difficult to get through as it revolves around scare tactic and anecdotes to punctuate the need for climate action, sort of easy to see through. Would rather have had a more detailed science or even economic approach to discussing the need for climate action. All in all a great listen if you’re interested in learning about climate change through a social policy lens, but if you’re looking for a scientific discussion probably best served elsewhere.

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An important book for our time

This is a chilling and detailed description of the mess we are in as a species. It’s a great book - read it.

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  • plau
  • 2016-09-25

Didactic and preachy... and I agree with her

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This is a really important subject and someone should write a really good book about the clash between climate change and economics with the ability to persuade people who don't know much about the subject. This unfortunately is not that book - this book isn't going to change anyone's mind and contains very little actual information. Klein's didactic and preachy style works very well in her very entertaining TV, radio and podcast appearances but it quickly gets tiresome in a more lengthy format. Meandering, opinionated and light on science, actual journalism or even information this book reminds me of why I never finished the the Shock Doctrine. I am predisposed to agree with Klein on many things and am very interested in the subject but I couldn't finish listening to this.

Ellen Archer as always is a great Narrator.

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  • Huckleberry
  • 2015-04-19

Comprehensive, but Overly Long

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This book was clearly well researched and it was an interesting read, for sure. But I can't help but wonder who the audience was. I think I would have gained as much insight and sense of awe at what is happening, as well as an understanding of what is being done about it, in half the time. To put it more succinctly, I think it was too long. Don't get me wrong, you should read it. It is a startling analysis of where we are relative to climate change and the likelihood of irrevocable damage being done in the very, very near future. But you could probably listen to the first 10 hours of the book and then skip to the last 2 hours and end up in the same place as if you had read the whole book. For people doing research on this subject, this book is a treasure trove.

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  • Joseph
  • 2017-05-11

the truth hurts

full of great information, but wooooo boy is the truth distressing! I kept finding myself torn between hopeful and embracing full hedonism.

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  • Dash
  • 2015-07-14

Life-affirming handbook for the paradigm shift

If you, like me, have felt depressed, overwhelmed, or paralyzed by the climate crisis, or like me have retreated into denial or giving up on the human race, please read this book. Klein addresses all of these responses, helps the reader face the music in all of its horror, and reveals all of the inspiring ways in which members of our species are awakening and responding in very down-to-earth and effective ways. She leaves me feeling informed, empowered and strangely hopeful. If our species is to overcome the devastation brought about by our greediest and most short sighted members, then a radical shift in values is necessary, which is already in motion. Read this, face the music, and be inspired.

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  • Silly Goose
  • 2014-09-24

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Where does This Changes Everything rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is terrifying...

Who was your favorite character and why?

Joseph Stiglitz? He's in here somewhere, for like 2 seconds.

What does Ellen Archer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I can listen to this while I exercise. I guess that's what she brings to the story...

If you could give This Changes Everything a new subtitle, what would it be?

Look at How Badly We Are Destroying This Planet In Our Pursuit of Someone Else's Dumb Ideological Narrative That Mostly Benefits Misanthropic Oligarchs.

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I like to listen to this while I exercise. I get an endorphin rush, which makes me feel good, and then I look at the world around me and take inventory of all the ways we're trashing our planet and our minds... That probably sounds depressing, but oddly enough seeing things more clearly provides an odd sense of relief, and I do find myself taking things that matter most for granted less. I feel like this book does change the way you think about life, and how it should be lived on this planet.I realize that for some people what equates to "socialism..." I hope one day we really can give true egalitarian capitalism a fair chance in this country.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-12-12

Biased

A bit biased o think, ots coz people back then who’se land was taken wasnt taken because they lost a capitalizt batter it was coz they didn’t have a stronger army... the climate va capitalism is on point but there’s other areas that foesn’t pertain to the issue on hand

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  • Michael E. Miller
  • 2018-09-02

No change here

I was looking for a book to provide a deeper understanding of the science on climate change and outline some clear minded solutions. This book is not that. I took the time to listen to the whole thing. It is basically a 21 hour rant filled with vitriol and vilification. If you are looking for a book that offers genuine suggestions on how to address the very real issue of climate change spend your time and money somewhere else.

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  • Heather Shields
  • 2017-08-29

Reader was distracting

The book and its content are amazing! A must-read for everyone. I bought the print edition to read over and over. The only thing I didn't like was the reader. She was incredibly distracting when she read quotes by men in a "man's voice." It would have been 100 times better had she just read them normally.

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  • KS26
  • 2017-05-04

Best book I have read this year

Deeply moving book on so many levels. Wish every human on this earth would read it. Great narration.

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  • Paul de Jong
  • 2017-03-16

must read

Naomi Kline is a matter at connecting the dots. This was written before Trump and I kept thinking how important Bernie's win was for the future of our species. Let's hope that four more years won't push us from bad to futile...assuming we are not there yet.

Besides the look into how the act of climate denial is push capitalism to an ever more extreme cliff, I loved the examination of the crazy technology leaps being considered.

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  • Loic Simon
  • 2020-08-15

Educatif et inspirant

C'est mon 3ème Naomi Klein après The Shock Doctrine et On Fire. Toujours aussi bien écrit, éducatif et inspirant. Peut-être peu trop militant néanmoins...