Falter by Bill McKibben audiobook

Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?

By Bill McKibben
Read by Oliver Wyman , with Foreword read by Bill McKibben

10.52 Hours 04/16/2019 Unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781250317667

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"[Oliver Wyman's] skillful, nuanced performance is enough to keep listeners from tossing their earbuds aside in despair...This isn't easy listening, but it's essential for anyone concerned about humanity's future." — AudioFile Magazine This program includes a foreword read by the author. Thirty years ago Bill McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about climate change. Now he broadens the warning: the entire human game, he suggests, has begun to play itself out. Bill McKibben’s groundbreaking book The End of Nature -- issued in dozens of languages and long regarded as a classic -- was the first book to alert us to global warming. But the danger is broader than that: even as climate change shrinks the space where our civilization can exist, new technologies like artificial intelligence and robotics threaten to bleach away the variety of human experience. Falter tells the story of these converging trends and of the ideological fervor that keeps us from bringing them under control. And then, drawing on McKibben’s experience in building 350.org, the first truly global citizens movement to combat climate change, it offers some possible ways out of the trap. We’re at a bleak moment in human history -- and we’ll either confront that bleakness or watch the civilization our forebears built slip away. Falter is a powerful and sobering call to arms, to save not only our planet but also our humanity.

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New York Times bestseller

A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in Social Aspects of Technology

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

"[Oliver Wyman's] skillful, nuanced performance is enough to keep listeners from tossing their earbuds aside in despair...This isn't easy listening, but it's essential for anyone concerned about humanity's future." — AudioFile Magazine

This program includes a foreword read by the author.

Thirty years ago Bill McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about climate change. Now he broadens the warning: the entire human game, he suggests, has begun to play itself out.

Bill McKibben’s groundbreaking book The End of Nature -- issued in dozens of languages and long regarded as a classic -- was the first book to alert us to global warming. But the danger is broader than that: even as climate change shrinks the space where our civilization can exist, new technologies like artificial intelligence and robotics threaten to bleach away the variety of human experience.

Falter tells the story of these converging trends and of the ideological fervor that keeps us from bringing them under control. And then, drawing on McKibben’s experience in building 350.org, the first truly global citizens movement to combat climate change, it offers some possible ways out of the trap. We’re at a bleak moment in human history -- and we’ll either confront that bleakness or watch the civilization our forebears built slip away.

Falter is a powerful and sobering call to arms, to save not only our planet but also our humanity.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A love letter, a plea, a eulogy, and a prayer. This is Bill McKibben at his glorious best.” Naomi Klein, New York Times bestselling author
“A veteran environmental writer…turns the possibility of human extinction (from climate change, artificial intelligence, etc.) into an absorbing analysis with a glimmer of hope.” New York Times Book Review
Falter is McKibben’s most powerfully argued book and maybe his most important since The End of Nature thirty years ago…It affirms him as among a very few of our most compelling truth-tellers about the climate catastrophe and the ideological forces driving it.” Nation
“No one has done more than Bill McKibben to raise awareness about the great issues of our time. Falter is an essential book―honest, far-reaching, and, against the odds, hopeful.” Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
“[An] unsettling look at the prospects for human survival. . . . Readers open to inconvenient and sobering truths will find much to digest in McKibben’s eloquently unsparing treatise.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“[A] deeply caring, eloquently reasoned inquiry into environmental and techno-utopian threats…Profoundly compelling and enlightening, McKibben balances alarm with hope.” Booklist (starred review)
“A compelling call for change.” Kirkus Reviews
“The sobering introduction [is] read by the author…[Narrator Oliver] Wyman spotlights sporadic moments of humor and hope and channels McKibben’s withering rage toward the powerful few who suppress climate action in favor of personal wealth. This isn’t easy listening, but it’s essential for anyone concerned about humanity’s future.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Bill McKibben

Author Bio: Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is the author of Enough and is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, Atlantic, and New York Times. A scholar-in-residence at Middlebury College, he lives with his wife and their daughter in the mountains above Lake Champlain in Ripton, Vermont.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Science
Runtime: 10.52
Audience: Adult
Language: English