Notes from an Apocalypse by Mark O'Connell audiobook

Notes from an Apocalypse: A Personal Journey to the End of the World and Back

By Mark O'Connell
Read by Mark O'Connell

Random House Audio 9780385543002
7.09 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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    Available on 04/14/2020

    ISBN: 9780593169315

"Insightful, affecting, funny, and appropriately terrifying.” —Sally Rooney "Harrowing, tender-hearted, and funny as hell." —Jenny Offill By the author of the award-winning To Be a Machine, an absorbing, deeply felt book about our anxious present tense—and coming to grips with the future We're alive in a time of worst-case scenarios: The weather has gone uncanny. A viral pandemic has the power to draw our global community to a halt.  Old postwar alliances are crumbling. Everywhere you look there's an omen, a joke whose punchline is the end of the world. How is a person supposed to live in the shadow of such a grim future? What does it mean to have children—nothing if not an act of hope—in such unsettled times? What might it be like to live through the worst? And what on Earth is anybody doing about it? Dublin-based writer Mark O'Connell is consumed by these questions—and, as the father of two young children himself, he finds them increasingly urgent. In Notes from an Apocalypse, he crosses the globe in pursuit of answers. He tours survival bunkers in South Dakota. He ventures to New Zealand, a favored retreat of billionaires banking on civilization's collapse. He engages with would-be Mars colonists, preppers, right-wing conspiracists. And he bears witness to those places, like Chernobyl, that the future has already visited—real-life portraits of the end of the world as we know it. In doing so, he comes to a resolution, while offering readers a unique window into our contemporary imagination. Both investigative and deeply personal, Notes from an Apocalypse is an affecting, humorous, and surprisingly hopeful meditation on our present moment. With insight, humanity, and wit, O'Connell leaves you to wonder: What if the end of the world isn't the end of the world?

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"Insightful, affecting, funny, and appropriately terrifying.” —Sally Rooney
"Harrowing, tender-hearted, and funny as hell." —Jenny Offill

By the author of the award-winning To Be a Machine, an absorbing, deeply felt book about our anxious present tense—and coming to grips with the future

We're alive in a time of worst-case scenarios: The weather has gone uncanny. A viral pandemic has the power to draw our global community to a halt.  Old postwar alliances are crumbling. Everywhere you look there's an omen, a joke whose punchline is the end of the world. How is a person supposed to live in the shadow of such a grim future? What does it mean to have children—nothing if not an act of hope—in such unsettled times? What might it be like to live through the worst? And what on Earth is anybody doing about it?

Dublin-based writer Mark O'Connell is consumed by these questions—and, as the father of two young children himself, he finds them increasingly urgent. In Notes from an Apocalypse, he crosses the globe in pursuit of answers. He tours survival bunkers in South Dakota. He ventures to New Zealand, a favored retreat of billionaires banking on civilization's collapse. He engages with would-be Mars colonists, preppers, right-wing conspiracists. And he bears witness to those places, like Chernobyl, that the future has already visited—real-life portraits of the end of the world as we know it. In doing so, he comes to a resolution, while offering readers a unique window into our contemporary imagination.

Both investigative and deeply personal, Notes from an Apocalypse is an affecting, humorous, and surprisingly hopeful meditation on our present moment. With insight, humanity, and wit, O'Connell leaves you to wonder: What if the end of the world isn't the end of the world?

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Delightful…A wryly amusing tour of the end of the world. Financial Times
Relatable, often funny, and ultimately hopeful…A more-than-companionable guide, O'Connell sets out to understand how we live under constant threat of climate change and political terror, and finds that the answer is, more or less, we do. Booklist
O’Connell’s tender, amused evocation of father love is one of the best things about the book and a vivid reminder of how high the stakes are...Imagine a cross between Bill Bryson and David Foster Wallace. The Times (UK)
The brilliance of this book lies in the analysis. O’Connell is bitingly clever...[But] the best parts of the book are the personal ones...This is ultimately, surprisingly, a hopeful book...It is brilliantly done. The Sunday Times (UK)
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Mark O'Connell's voice is funny, charming and humane, even as he contemplates the grimmest outcomes of the 21st century climate catastrophe. Notes from an Apocalypse is funny and endlessly thought provoking, like Dante's Inferno, if Hell was full of libertarian Tech bros, YouTube survivalists and guys who are really into extreme camping. Colin Barrett, author of Young Skins
O'Connell is not only a sharp observer but a master at parsing the various subtexts underneath the surface rhetoric of these apocalyptic movements. This witty, profound, and beautifully told story will appeal to doomsday worriers and nonworriers alike. Library Journal (starred review)
Life-affirming…A contribution to the doom-and-gloom genre that might actually cheer you up. Kirkus
Anyone with open eyes lives today bound by apocalyptic fears for the future and the maddening same-ness that defines the present day. Notes from an Apocalypse is a penetrating investigation into that new uncanny, which shapes both our collective indifference and our climate rage. David Wallace-Wells, author of The Uninhabitable Earth
Extraordinarily good—insightful, affecting, funny, and appropriately terrifying. The perfect handbook for the end times. Mark O’Connell is a truly brilliant writer and Notes from an Apocalypse could hardly be more incisive, or more timely. Sally Rooney, author of Normal People and Conversations with Friends
Notes From an Apocalypse is such a fantastic book. It's harrowing, tender-hearted and funny as hell. O'Connell proves himself to be a genius guide through all the circles of imagined and anticipated doom. Read it, then immediately buy a copy for your ‘but what's the worst that could happen?’ friend. Jenny Offill, author of Weather and Dept of Speculation
Funny, life-affirming… With a warm, humorous outlook, O'Connell posits that even if we're going down, we're going down together. Esquire
O’Connell’s prose is lucid and elegant [and] for a book on anxiety, apocalypse, and death, it’s very funny…. O’Connell’s personal conclusion, orbiting the purpose he finds in love for his wife and young children, is deeply moving. Volume 1 Brooklyn
[A] poet laureate of human frailty, quixoticism, and creativity as they manifest in the technologic age. The Millions
*Named one of The Millions & Lit Hub's Most Anticipated Books of 2020*

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Science
Runtime: 7.09
Audience: Adult
Language: English