These free, monthly podcasts are one of the extra good things about having an Audible subscription as you get interviews with authors and also first chapters read from a book or books enabling one to get a good indication if an author or particular book appeals. This particular podcast was a bumper edition. A feast of first chapters from classic books of recent decades with authors such as Saul Bellow, John Irving, Betty Freidland, Randy Shilts to name but a few. What I found so useful, as well as entertaining, was I was able to decide not only which authors' book I would look out for, but also those I didn't fancy.
I found the interview with the author Michael Cox very poignant, knowing that he died not long after. I've read his The Meaning of Night and the sequel The Glass of Time with great enjoyment. Both are gripping books the latter even better than the former. Though the books are very long they are difficult to put down (or listen to now there are available as audio books). Fortunately, before he died, he knew what pleasure he had given many readers; and what better epitaph could a writer have than that his books give enjoyment. I'm sure that his legacy will persist and future generations of readers will be hooked as I was.
The sentimental, open-university, sandal wearing, beard sporting, vegan living, side-burn touting, cauliflower cheese chomping brigade will probably be delighted at the style of this book, but I found it nauseating. It's the first audiobook I haven't got to the end of - I just couldn't take any more.
The chapter on how they screwed up the earth summit with their voluminous language and sanctified inclusivity, just sums up the whole book for me, and the reason why the ideal has failed to engage the public properly. The author may have a point, but he needs to spend some time with normal people and then write about it again.
Brothers and collegiate sisters of the mother earth, I suggest you look elsewhere. Something about the Venus Project, which is more in the realms of practicality, should suffice.