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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 Ministry for the Future

A Novel

By Kim Stanley Robinson
Narrated by: Jennifer Fitzgerald, Fajer Al-Kaisi, Ramon de Ocampo, Gary Bennett, Raphael Corkhill, Barrie Kreinik, Natasha Soudek, Nikki Massoud, Joniece Abbott Pratt, Inés del Castillo & Vikas Adam
Length: 20 hours 42 minutes

From legendary science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson comes a remarkable vision of climate change over the coming decades. 

The Ministry for the Future is a masterpiece of the imagination, using fictional eyewitness accounts to tell the story of how climate change will affect us all. Its setting is not a desolate, postapocalyptic world, but... Read more »

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A Children's Bible

By Lydia Millet
Narrated by: Xe Sands
Length: 5 hours 34 minutes

If you enjoyed Leave the World Behind, then you’ll love A Children's Bible.

“A pitch-perfect dystopian novel as the world ends due to climate change and more, and the kids must step up to take over from their parents. The audiobook version is great!”

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Unbowed

A Memoir

By Wangari Maathai
Narrated by: Chinasa Ogbuagu
Length: 11 hours 53 minutes

Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004, Wangari Maathai has been fighting for environmental responsibility and democracy in her native Kenya for over 35 years. Unbowed recounts the incredible journey that culminated in her appointment to Parliament in 2002. Despite repeated jailings, beatings, and other obstacles along the way, Maathai created... Read more »

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Flight Behavior

By Barbara Kingsolver
Narrated by: Barbara Kingsolver
Length: 16 hours 56 minutes

New York Times Bestseller
Indie Bestseller
Barnes & Noble Bestseller
National Bestseller
Amazon Best Book of the Month
Indie Next Pick

Best Book of the Year: New York Times Notable, Washington Post Notable, Amazon Editor’s Choice, USA Today’s Top Ten (#1), St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Kansas City Star

Prize-winning author: Pulitzer Prize Finalist,...

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Blackfish City

A Novel

By Sam J. Miller
Narrated by: Vikas Adam
Length: 10 hours 23 minutes

“Miller gives us an incisive and beautifully written story of love, revenge, and the power (and failure) of family in a scarily plausible future. Blackfish City simmers with menace and heartache, suspense and wonder. Plus, it has lots of action and a great cast of characters. Not to mention an orca and a polar bear!” —Ann Leckie, New York Times...

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New York 2140

By Kim Stanley Robinson
Narrated by: Suzanne Toren, Robin Miles, Peter Ganim, Jay Snyder, Caitlin Kelly, Michael Crouch, Ryan Vincent Anderson, Christopher Ryan Grant & Robert Blumenfeld
Length: 22 hours 34 minutes

New York Times bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson returns with a bold and brilliant vision of New York City in the next century.

As the sea levels rose, every street became a canal. Every skyscraper an island. For the residents of one apartment building in Madison Square, however, New York in the year 2140 is far from a drowned city.

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All the Birds in the Sky

By Charlie Jane Anders
Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
Length: 12 hours 36 minutes

From the editor-in-chief of io9.com, a stunning novel about the end of the world--and the beginning of our future Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn't expect to see each other again, after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during high school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a... Read more »

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Oil on Water

By Helon Habila
Narrated by: Richard Allen
Length: 8 hours 37 minutes

In the oil-rich and environmentally devastated Nigerian Delta, a British oil executive's wife has been kidnapped. Two journalists - a young upstart, Rufus, and a once-great, now disillusioned veteran, Zaq - are sent to find her. In a story rich with atmosphere and taut with suspense, Oil on Water explores the conflict between idealism and...

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Queen Sugar

A Novel

By Natalie Baszile
Narrated by: Miriam Hyman
Length: 13 hours 41 minutes

A mother-daughter story of reinvention—about an African American woman who unexpectedly inherits a sugarcane farm in Louisiana

Why exactly Charley Bordelon’s late father left her eight hundred sprawling acres of sugarcane land in rural Louisiana is as mysterious as it was generous. Recognizing this as a chance to start over, Charley and her... Read more »

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Rising

Dispatches from the New American Shore

By Elizabeth Rush
Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
Length: 7 hours 41 minutes

Harvey. Maria. Irma. Sandy. Katrina. We live in a time of unprecedented hurricanes and catastrophic weather events, a time when it is increasingly clear that climate change is neither imagined nor distant―and that rising seas are transforming the coastline of the United States in irrevocable ways.

In this highly original work of lyrical...

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The Ends of the World

Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth's Past Mass Extinctions

By Peter Brannen
Narrated by: Adam Verner
Length: 9 hours 57 minutes

As new groundbreaking research suggests that climate change played a major role in the most extreme catastrophes in the planet's history, award-winning science journalist Peter Brannen takes us on a wild ride through the planet's five mass extinctions and, in the process, offers us a glimpse of our increasingly dangerous future.

Our world has...

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Silent Spring

By Rachel Carson
Narrated by: Susie Berneis
Length: 10 hours 43 minutes

Conservationist Rachel Carson spent over six years documenting the effects on DDT—a synthetic organic compound used as an insecticide—on numerous communities. Her analysis revealed that such powerful, persistent chemical pesticides have been used without a full understanding of the extent of their potential harm to the whole biota, including...

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Fire - Abridged

By Sebastian Junger
Narrated by: Sebastian Junger
Length: 3 hours 17 minutes

For readers and viewers of The Perfect Storm, opening this long-awaited new work by Sebastian Junger will be like stepping off the deck of the Andrea Gail and into the inferno of a fire burning out of control in the steep canyons of Idaho. Here is the same meticulous prose brought to bear on the inner workings of a terrifying elemental force;...

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Fire

By Sebastian Junger
Narrated by: Kevin Conway
Length: 8 hours 25 minutes

For readers and viewers of The Perfect Storm, opening this long-awaited new work by Sebastian Junger will be like stepping off the deck of the Andrea Gail and into the inferno of a fire burning out of control in the steep canyons of Idaho. Here is the same meticulous prose brought to bear on the inner workings of a terrifying elemental force;...

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Nomad Century

How Climate Migration Will Reshape Our World

By Gaia Vince
Narrated by: Gaia Vince
Length: TBA

The program is read by the author.

Nomad Century is an urgent investigation of the most underreported, seismic consequence of climate change: how it will force us to change where—and how—we live


“We are facing a species emergency. We can survive, but to do so will require a planned and deliberate migration of a kind humanity has never before...

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Animals Make Us Human

Creating the Best Life for Animals

By Temple Grandin & Catherine Johnson
Narrated by: Temple Grandin & Andrea Gallo
Length: 11 hours 37 minutes

The best-selling animal advocate Temple Grandin offers the most exciting exploration of how animals feel since The Hidden Life of Dogs.

In her groundbreaking and best-selling book Animals in Translation, Temple Grandin drew on her own experience with autism as well as her distinguished career as an animal scientist to deliver extraordinary...

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Lessons from Plants

By Beronda L. Montgomery
Narrated by: York Whitaker
Length: 4 hours 7 minutes

We know that plants are important. They maintain the atmosphere by absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. They nourish other living organisms and supply psychological benefits to humans as well, improving our moods and beautifying the landscape around us. But plants don’t just passively provide. They also take action. Beronda L.... Read more »

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Saving Nature One Yard at a Time

How to Protect and Nurture Our Native Species

By David Deardorff & Kathryn Wadsworth
Narrated by: Michael Butler Murray
Length: 6 hours 40 minutes

Discover 100 ways to support endangered plant and wildlife species in your community and beyond.

David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth present 100 home projects designed to inspire and empower anyone who wants to help save our native flora and fauna in the face of habitat loss and climate change. This book focuses on saving creatures and plants... Read more »

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Apocalypse Never

Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All

By Michael Shellenberger
Narrated by: Stephen Graybill
Length: 12 hours 18 minutes

Now a National Bestseller! 

Climate change is real but it’s not the end of the world. It is not even our most serious environmental problem.

Michael Shellenberger has been fighting for a greener planet for decades. He helped save the world’s last unprotected redwoods. He co-created the predecessor to today’s Green New Deal. And he led a...

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