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Earth Day: Audiobook Picks

Earth Day: Audiobook Picks

From nonfiction and fiction reads on climate change, guides to re-connecting to nature, and Indigenous wisdom, these picks encourage an insightful Earth Day—no matter which genre you choose.

Playlist Tags: topic: earth topic: climate change season: earth day topic: nature

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The Hummingbirds' Gift

Wonder, Beauty, and Renewal on Wings

By Sy Montgomery
Narrated by: Sy Montgomery
Length: 2 hours 5 minutes

From the beloved New York Times bestselling author of the “fascinating…entertaining” (The Daily Beast) National Book Award finalist The Soul of an Octopus, a charmingly perfect gem of a book about the most exquisite and extraordinary of winged creatures—hummingbirds.

As one of the most beautiful and intriguing birds found in nature, hummingbirds... Read more »

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Braiding Sweetgrass

Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

By Robin Wall Kimmerer
Narrated by: Robin Wall Kimmerer
Length: 16 hours 44 minutes

As a botanist and professor of plant ecology, Robin Wall Kimmerer has spent a career learning how to ask questions of nature using the tools of science. As a Potawatomi woman, she learned from elders, family, and history that the Potawatomi, as well as a majority of other cultures indigenous to this land, consider plants and animals to be our... Read more »

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There Is No Planet B

A Handbook for the Make or Break Years

By Mike Berners-Lee
Narrated by: Mike Berners-Lee
Length: 7 hours 47 minutes

Feeding the world, climate change, biodiversity, antibiotics, and plastics—the list of concerns seems endless.

But what is most pressing, what are the knock-on effects of our actions, and what should we do first? Do we all need to become vegetarian? How can we fly in a low-carbon world? Should we frack? How can we take control of technology? Does...

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A Bigger Picture

My Fight to Bring a New African Voice to the Climate Crisis

By Vanessa Nakate
Narrated by: Vanessa Nakate
Length: 8 hours 24 minutes

A manifesto and memoir about climate justice and how we can—and must—build a livable future for all, inclusive to all, by a rising star of the global climate movement

Leading climate justice activist Vanessa Nakate brings her fierce, fearless spirit, new perspective, and superstar bona fides to the biggest issue of our time. In A Bigger Picture,... Read more »

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Field Study

Meditations on a Year at the Herbarium

By Helen Humphreys
Narrated by: Helen Humphreys
Length: 3 hours 14 minutes

“[A] delightful mix of memoir and field study.” — Publishers Weekly STARRED review

Award-winning and beloved author Helen Humphreys discovers her local herbarium and realizes we need to look for beauty in whatever nature we have left — no matter how diminished

Award-winning poet and novelist Helen Humphreys returns to her series of...

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Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid

The Fraught and Fascinating Biology of Climate Change

By Thor Hanson
Narrated by: Stacy Carolan
Length: 6 hours 28 minutes

A beloved natural historian explores how climate change is driving evolution  

In Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid, biologist Thor Hanson tells the remarkable story of how plants and animals are responding to climate change: adjusting, evolving, and sometimes dying out. Anole lizards have grown larger toe pads, to grip more tightly...

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The Soul of an Octopus

A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness

By Sy Montgomery
Length: 9 hours 10 minutes

In this astonishing book from the author of the best selling memoir The Good Good Pig, Sy Montgomery explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus—a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature—and the remarkable connections it makes with humans. Read more »

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Disposable City

Miami's Future on the Shores of Climate Catastrophe

By Mario Alejandro Ariza
Narrated by: Ron Butler
Length: 9 hours 41 minutes

A deeply reported personal investigation by a Miami journalist examines the present and future effects of climate change in the Magic City -- a watery harbinger for coastal cities worldwide.
Miami, Florida, is likely to be entirely underwater by the end of this century. Residents are already starting to see the effects of sea level rise today.... Read more »

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Pure Colour

A Novel

By Sheila Heti
Narrated by: Sheila Heti
Length: 3 hours 49 minutes

Pure Colour is a galaxy of an audiobook: explosive, celestially bright, huge, and streaked with beauty. It is a contemporary bible, an atlas of feeling, and an absurdly funny guide to the great (and terrible) things about being alive. Sheila Heti is a philosopher of modern experience, and she has reimagined what a book can hold.

Here we are, just...

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How to Avoid a Climate Disaster

The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need

By Bill Gates
Narrated by: Wil Wheaton & Bill Gates
Length: 7 hours 11 minutes

In this urgent, authoritative book, Bill Gates sets out a wide-ranging, practical--and accessible--plan for how the world can get to zero greenhouse gas emissions in time to avoid a climate catastrophe.

Bill Gates has spent a decade investigating the causes and effects of climate change. With the help of experts in the fields of physics,... Read more »

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You Are Here

By Thomas M. Kostigen
Narrated by: Thomas M. Kostigen
Length: 5 hours 30 minutes

“A passionate and heartfelt call to care.”
—Bruce Feiler, New York Times bestselling author of Walking the Bible and America’s Prophet

 

In You Are Here, Thomas Kostigen, the New York Times bestselling co-author of The Green Book, takes us to the most extreme environmental areas on the planet to show how what we do from the comfort of our own home... Read more »

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Atlantic

Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms,and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories

By Simon Winchester
Narrated by: Simon Winchester
Length: 14 hours 30 minutes

"Variably genial, cautionary, lyrical, admonitory, terrifying, horrifying and inspiring…A lifetime of thought, travel, reading, imagination and memory inform this affecting account." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Blending history and anecdote, geography and reminiscence, science and exposition, New York Times bestselling author Simon...

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When the Earth Had Two Moons

Cannibal Planets, Icy Giants, Dirty Comets, Dreadful Orbits, and the Origins of the Night Sky

By Erik Asphaug
Narrated by: Adam Verner
Length: 9 hours 9 minutes

An astonishing exploration of planet formation and the origins of life by one of the world’s most innovative planetary geologists.

In 1959, the Soviet probe Luna 3 took the first photos of the far side of the moon. Even in their poor resolution, the images stunned scientists: the far side is an enormous mountainous expanse, not the vast...

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The Quiet World

Saving Alaska's Wilderness Kingdom, 1910-1960

By Douglas Brinkley
Narrated by: Andrew Garman
Length: 23 hours 6 minutes

In this fascinating follow-up to his New York Times bestseller Wilderness Warrior, acclaimed historian Douglas Brinkley offers a riveting, expansive look at the past and present battle to preserve Alaska’s wilderness. Brinkley explores the colorful diversity of Alaska’s wildlife, arrays the forces that have wreaked havoc on its primeval arctic... Read more »

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The Humane Economy

How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers are Transforming the Lives of Animals

By Wayne Pacelle
Narrated by: Eric Jason Martin
Length: 12 hours 18 minutes

A major new exploration of the economics of animal exploitation and a practical roadmap for how we can use the marketplace to promote the welfare of all living creatures, from the renowned animal-rights advocate Wayne Pacelle, President/CEO of the Humane Society of the United States and New York Times bestselling author of The Bond.

In the...

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The Hidden World of the Fox

By Adele Brand
Narrated by: Jane McDowell
Length: 5 hours 10 minutes

Ecologist Adele Brand has devoted her life to understanding the fabled yet enigmatic fox. Now she reveals their secrets in this extraordinary portrait of our most remarkable wild neighbors.

The fox. For thousands of years myth and folklore have celebrated its cunning intelligence. Today the red fox is the nature’s most populous carnivore, its...

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The Future Earth

A Radical Vision for What's Possible in the Age of Warming

By Eric Holthaus
Narrated by: Gary Tiedemann
Length: 6 hours 42 minutes

The first hopeful book about climate change, The Future Earth shows readers how to reverse the short- and long-term effects of climate change over the next three decades.

The basics of climate science are easy. We know it is entirely human-caused. Which means its solutions will be similarly human-led. In The Future Earth, leading climate change...

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Modoc

The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived

By Ralph Helfer
Narrated by: Adam Verner
Length: 10 hours 56 minutes

"Once I started this incomparable story, I couldn't put it down, and I cannot get it out of my mind—nor will I ever. The message of what can be accomplished by training through affection and joy will thrill all animal lovers." —Betty White

A captivating true story of loyalty, friendship, and high adventure that spans several decades and three...

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The Fragile Earth

Writing from the New Yorker on Climate Change

By David Remnick & Henry Finder
Narrated by: Kaleo Griffith, Gabra Zackman & Cat Gould
Length: 18 hours 40 minutes

A New York Times New & Noteworthy Book

One of the Daily Beast’s 5 Essential Books to Read Before the Election

A collection of the New Yorker’s groundbreaking reporting from the front lines of climate change—including writing from Bill McKibben, Elizabeth Kolbert, Ian Frazier, Kathryn Schulz, and more

Just one year after climatologist James...

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Wind Riders #1: Rescue on Turtle Beach

Wind Riders: Book #1

By Jen Marlin
Narrated by: James Fouhey
Length: 52 minutes

Hop aboard Wind Rider, a magical sailboat, with Max and Sofia, two kids trying to save the environment one problem at a time. Their first mission? Rescuing baby sea turtles in the beautiful waters of Hawaii.

Max and Sofia are ordinary kids whose lives are changed when they discover an abandoned sailboat. They’re given the chance to make a real...

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