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This Changes Everything Audiobook

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate

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In This Changes Everything Naomi Klein argues that climate change isn't just another issue to be neatly filed between taxes and health care. It's an alarm that calls us to fix an economic system that is already failing us in many ways. Klein meticulously builds the case for how massively reducing our greenhouse emissions is our best chance to simultaneously reduce gaping inequalities, re-imagine our broken democracies, and rebuild our gutted local economies. She exposes the ideological desperation of the climate-change deniers, the messianic delusions of the would-be geoengineers, and the tragic defeatism of too many mainstream green initiatives. And she demonstrates precisely why the market does not - and cannot - fix the climate crisis, but will instead make things worse, with ever more extreme and ecologically damaging extraction methods, accompanied by rampant disaster capitalism.

Klein argues that the changes to our relationship with nature and one another that are required to respond to the climate crisis humanely should not be viewed as grim penance, but rather as a kind of gift - a catalyst to transform broken economic and cultural priorities and to heal long-festering historical wounds. And she documents the inspiring movements that have already begun this process: communities that are not just refusing to be sites of further fossil fuel extraction but are building the next, regeneration-based economies right now.

Can we pull off these changes in time? Nothing is certain. Nothing except that climate change changes everything. And for a very brief time, the nature of that change is still up to us.

©2014 Naomi Klein. All rights reserved. (P)2014 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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  • Zohaib Syed
    12/05/17
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    "Informative"

    A well researched book that offers ideas for moving beyond the shock at the state of our climate.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Joseph
    11/05/17
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    "the truth hurts"

    full of great information, but wooooo boy is the truth distressing! I kept finding myself torn between hopeful and embracing full hedonism.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • KS26
    04/05/17
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    "Best book I have read this year"

    Deeply moving book on so many levels. Wish every human on this earth would read it. Great narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Paul deJong
    San Francisco, CA USA
    16/03/17
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    "must read"

    Naomi Kline is a matter at connecting the dots. This was written before Trump and I kept thinking how important Bernie's win was for the future of our species. Let's hope that four more years won't push us from bad to futile...assuming we are not there yet.

    Besides the look into how the act of climate denial is push capitalism to an ever more extreme cliff, I loved the examination of the crazy technology leaps being considered.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Huckleberry
    Denver, CO
    19/04/15
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    "Comprehensive, but Overly Long"
    Any additional comments?

    This book was clearly well researched and it was an interesting read, for sure. But I can't help but wonder who the audience was. I think I would have gained as much insight and sense of awe at what is happening, as well as an understanding of what is being done about it, in half the time. To put it more succinctly, I think it was too long. Don't get me wrong, you should read it. It is a startling analysis of where we are relative to climate change and the likelihood of irrevocable damage being done in the very, very near future. But you could probably listen to the first 10 hours of the book and then skip to the last 2 hours and end up in the same place as if you had read the whole book. For people doing research on this subject, this book is a treasure trove.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Dash
    14/07/15
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    "Life-affirming handbook for the paradigm shift"

    If you, like me, have felt depressed, overwhelmed, or paralyzed by the climate crisis, or like me have retreated into denial or giving up on the human race, please read this book. Klein addresses all of these responses, helps the reader face the music in all of its horror, and reveals all of the inspiring ways in which members of our species are awakening and responding in very down-to-earth and effective ways. She leaves me feeling informed, empowered and strangely hopeful. If our species is to overcome the devastation brought about by our greediest and most short sighted members, then a radical shift in values is necessary, which is already in motion. Read this, face the music, and be inspired.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Adryan
    05/08/17
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    "One of the most important books of our time"

    Well written and meticulously researched, Naomi Klein has done it again making the unshakeable argument about the state of our planet and the need for grass roots organizing to counter the destructive forces of capitalism that puts profits over people and the natural environment. A must read for every single human. The evidence is undeniable and we need to act quickly if we are too survive. Naomi lays this out in an accessible manner while ensuring to go about it a responsible and intersectional manner. Easily entered my top 10 favourite books. Highly recommend!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Buddha Weatherby
    Great Lakes, USA
    12/03/17
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    "Clear & Compelling"

    Naomi Klein is among the most powerful voices on the left. This is a very solid bit of reporting on what I feel to be the gravest existential threat that humanity faces.

    Climate change ranks up there with nuclear winter as ways that we can make huge areas uninhabitable by humans. The book is not all doom and gloom and she highlights some of the coalition work that is being done to arrest and hopefully reverse our current trend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Silly Goose
    Xanadu
    24/09/14
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    "Yikes"
    Where does This Changes Everything rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is terrifying...


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Joseph Stiglitz? He's in here somewhere, for like 2 seconds.


    What does Ellen Archer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I can listen to this while I exercise. I guess that's what she brings to the story...


    If you could give This Changes Everything a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Look at How Badly We Are Destroying This Planet In Our Pursuit of Someone Else's Dumb Ideological Narrative That Mostly Benefits Misanthropic Oligarchs.


    Any additional comments?

    I like to listen to this while I exercise. I get an endorphin rush, which makes me feel good, and then I look at the world around me and take inventory of all the ways we're trashing our planet and our minds... That probably sounds depressing, but oddly enough seeing things more clearly provides an odd sense of relief, and I do find myself taking things that matter most for granted less. I feel like this book does change the way you think about life, and how it should be lived on this planet.I realize that for some people what equates to "socialism..." I hope one day we really can give true egalitarian capitalism a fair chance in this country.

    17 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • NorthFLADiver
    Stockbridge, GA, United States
    25/02/15
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    "Extremely Important"

    This book should be mandatory reading for all politicians. The author expresses, in detail, with supporting evidence, that we need to significantly reduce our use of fossil fuels (including natural gas) before 2020, or the effects of climate change will be irreversible. She explores the possibilities of solving the problem using our current economic and political structure, and it does not look good. She also presents evidence that the "nonprofit" environmental organizations have sold out to the oil companies. After reading this book, you will see through the rhetoric of the corporate lapdogs who hold elected office. Reading this book is worthwhile. I hope it generates a groundswell of support for renewable energy. We have the technology to solve our climate change problem. We just need to force the oil companies to leave the stuff in the ground before they destroy our planet.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful

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