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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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Nature Obscura

A City’s Hidden Natural World

By Kelly Brenner
Narrated by: Erica Sullivan
Length: 5 hours 51 minutes

A distinctive, funny, inspiring, and intimate dive into urban nature.

With wonder and a sense of humor, Nature Obscura author Kelly Brenner aims to help us rediscover our connection to the natural world that is just outside our front door—we just need to know where to look.

Through explorations of a rich and varied urban landscape, Brenner reveals...

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Naturalist

By Edward O. Wilson
Narrated by: Grover Gardner
Length: 13 hours 26 minutes

Edward O. Wilson—winner of two Pulitzer prizes, champion of biodiversity, and Faculty Emeritus at Harvard University—is arguably one of the most important thinkers of the twentieth century. Yet his celebrated career began not with an elite education but from an insatiable curiosity about the natural world and drive to explore its mysteries....

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Saving Earth

Climate Change and the Fight for Our Future

By Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Narrated by: Imani Jade Powers
Length: 4 hours 49 minutes

A timely and inspiring nonfiction guide for middle grade readers about the history of our fight against climate change, and how young people today are rising to action.

Inspired by Nathaniel Rich’s Losing Earth: A Recent History, the acclaimed book that grew out of an August 2018 issue of the New York Times Magazine solely dedicated to it, Saving...

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The Book of Hope

A Survival Guide for Trying Times
Global Icons Series

By Jane Goodall & Douglas Abrams
Narrated by: Douglas Abrams & Jane Goodall
Length: 6 hours 49 minutes

The Book of Hope

“Fascinating interview of naturalist Dr Jane Goodall by biographer Douglas Adams. I listened to the Libro.fm edition which is narrated by both. Interesting to learn how she first got interested in studying animal behavior and how the field has changed. Her research at Gombe National Park has given us an in-depth understanding of chimpanzee behavior. Had the privilege of seeing her in the early 70's at a lecture at National geographic in DC.”

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A (Very) Short History of Life on Earth

4.6 Billion Years in 12 Pithy Chapters

By Henry Gee
Narrated by: Henry Gee
Length: 7 hours 40 minutes

In the tradition of E.H. Gombrich, Stephen Hawking, and Alan Weisman—an entertaining and uniquely informed narration of Life's life story.

In the beginning, Earth was an inhospitably alien place—in constant chemical flux, covered with churning seas, crafting its landscape through incessant volcanic eruptions. Amid all this tumult and disaster,...

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Guardians of the Trees

A Journey of Hope Through Healing the Planet: A Memoir

By Kinari Webb, M.D.
Narrated by: Kinari Webb, M.D. & Suehyla El-Attar
Length: 10 hours 51 minutes

This program includes an introduction read by the author.

A "magnificent, empowering" (Bill McKibben) memoir about a woman spearheading a global initiative to heal the world’s rainforests and the communities who depend on them

When Kinari Webb first traveled to Indonesian Borneo at 21 to study orangutans, she was both awestruck by the beauty of...

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The Treeline

The Last Forest and the Future of Life on Earth

By Ben Rawlence
Narrated by: Jamie Parker
Length: 11 hours 59 minutes

In the tradition of Elizabeth Kolbert and Barry Lopez, a powerful, poetic and deeply absorbing account of the “lung” at the top of the world.

For the last fifty years, the trees of the boreal forest have been moving north. The Treeline takes us along this critical frontier of our warming planet from Norway to Siberia, Alaska to Greenland, to meet...

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Crocs

A Sharks Incorporated Novel
Sharks Incorporated: Book #3

By Randy Wayne White
Narrated by: Tristan Morris
Length: 5 hours 28 minutes

The trio of brave friends who make up Sharks, Inc.—Luke, Maribel and Sabina—dive into a crocodile-filled adventure in Crocs, the third audiobook in bestselling author Randy Wayne White’s Sharks Incorporated series.

Marine biologist Doc Ford has a new mission for Sharks Inc.: visit Sanibel Island’s remote Bone Field to find a wild orange tree...

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Our Planet! There's No Place Like Earth

Our Universe: Book #6

By Stacy McAnulty
Narrated by: Samantha Turret
Length: 15 minutes

Our Planet! There's No Place Like Earth is a nonfiction audiobook about the Earth, told from the perspective of Earth herself.

Meet Earth. Planet Awesome! And your awesome home! Actually, Earth is home to all the plants and all the animals in the solar system, including nearly eight billion people. Humans have accidentally moved Earth's climate...

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We Are Better Together

By Bill McKibben
Narrated by: Greer Morrison
Length: 4 minutes

This program is fully sound-designed.

From environmentalist and bestselling author Bill McKibben comes We Are Better Together, a hopeful, inspiring audiobook celebrating the power of human cooperation and the beauty of life on Earth, beautifully enhanced by original sound design.

When we work together, we humans can do incredible things.

We share...

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The Fields

A Novel

By Erin Young
Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
Length: 12 hours 29 minutes

A breakneck procedural that is beautifully written and masterfully crafted, Erin Young's The Fields is a dynamite debut—crime fiction at its very finest.

Some things don't stay buried.

It starts with a body—a young woman found dead in an Iowa cornfield, on one of the few family farms still managing to compete with the giants of Big...

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The Last Days of the Dinosaurs

An Asteroid, Extinction, and the Beginning of Our World

By Riley Black
Narrated by: Christina Delaine
Length: 8 hours 52 minutes

In The Last Days of the Dinosaurs, Riley Black walks listeners through what happened in the days, the years, the centuries, and the million years after the impact, tracking the sweeping disruptions that overtook this one spot, and imagining what might have been happening elsewhere on the globe. Life’s losses were sharp and deeply-felt, but the...

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Eating to Extinction

The World's Rarest Foods and Why We Need to Save Them

By Dan Saladino
Narrated by: Dan Saladino
Length: 16 hours 13 minutes

This audiobook is read by the author.

Dan Saladino's Eating to Extinction is the prominent broadcaster’s pathbreaking tour of the world’s vanishing foods and his argument for why they matter now more than ever


Over the past several decades, globalization has homogenized what we eat, and done so ruthlessly. The numbers are stark: Of the roughly six...

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Nerdy Babies: Rain Forests

Nerdy Babies

By Emmy Kastner
Narrated by: Isabella Star LaBlanc, Levon Oldfield, Robin Edelson & Teddy Dietz
Length: TBA

In Nerdy Babies: Rain Forests, follow our intrepid babies on an adventure into the depths of the rain forest. Take a peek into the dense foliage and uncover the millions of plants and animals that live inside. Plus, learn how to tell the difference between the kinds of rain forests—temperate and tropical—in this simple text written in...

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At Home on an Unruly Planet

Finding Refuge on a Changed Earth

By Madeline Ostrander
Narrated by: Madeline Ostrander
Length: TBA

From rural Alaska to coastal Florida, a vivid account of Americans working to protect the places they call home in an era of climate crisis

How do we find a sense of home and rootedness in a time of unprecedented upheaval? What happens when the seasons and rhythms in which we have built our lives go off-kilter?

Once a distant forecast, climate...

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Salmon Wars

The Dark Underbelly of Our Favorite Fish

By Catherine Collins & Douglas Frantz
Narrated by: Amy McFadden
Length: 13 hours 45 minutes

A Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent and a former private investigator dive deep into the murky waters of the international salmon farming industry, exposing the unappetizing truth about a fish that is not as good for you as you have been told.

A decade ago, farmed Atlantic salmon replaced tuna as the most popular fish on America’s dinner...

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The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon

A Graying American Looks Back at His Suburban Boyhood and Wonders What the Hell Happened

By Bill McKibben
Narrated by: Eric Jason Martin
Length: 6 hours 39 minutes

"Narrator Eric Jason Martin adds gusto to this mini-memoir, which spans much of author Bill McKibben's lifetime."-AudioFile on The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon


Bill McKibben—award-winning author, activist, educator—is fiercely curious.

“I’m curious about what went so suddenly sour with American patriotism, American faith, and American...

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Silent Spring

By Rachel Carson
Narrated by: Kaiulani Lee
Length: 10 hours 38 minutes

First published in 1962, Silent Spring can singlehandedly be credited with sounding the alarm and raising awareness of humankind's collective impact on its own future through chemical pollution. No other book has so strongly influenced the environmental conscience of Americans and the world at large. "Silent Spring came as a cry in the... Read more »

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The Last Whalers

Three Years in the Far Pacific with a Courageous Tribe and a Vanishing Way of Life

By Doug Bock Clark
Narrated by: Jay Snyder
Length: 11 hours 23 minutes

The Last Whalers

“A good book can open your eyes to a world you never knew existed; a great book will make you care about those who inhabit that world. The Last Whalers is just such a book, inviting us into the lives of one of the last whaling tribes in existence as they struggle to hold onto the values of their past while the present beckons to the younger generations. With gripping hunting scenes, tender family moments, and conflicts as family members choose between tradition and hope, Doug Bock Clark’s clean prose brings each of these moments to life and gives voice to this singular community.”

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Soul Full of Coal Dust

A Fight for Breath and Justice in Appalachia

By Chris Hamby
Narrated by: Gary Tiedemann
Length: 14 hours 1 minutes

In a devastating and urgent work of investigative journalism, Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hamby uncovers the tragic resurgence of black lung disease in Appalachia, its Big Coal cover-up, and the resilient mining communities who refuse to back down. Decades ago, a grassroots uprising forced Congress to enact long-overdue legislation designed to... Read more »

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