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Energy: it's all around us, and this introductory guide from respected Canadian scientist Vaclav Smil explains how it works. Beginning with a simple definition of the term, and then digging into energy's history and the complex ways it exists in nature and the human body, this audiobook is an easy-to-understand, conceptually rich summary of the multitudinous ways that energy affects our lives. A pleasant, confident narration from Dave Ferguson makes this an easy listen for students, fans of science, and anybody curious about the forces that move us.

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In this user-friendly and informative audiobook, prolific author and academic Vaclav Smil provides an introduction to this far-reaching term and gives the reader a greater understanding of energy's place in both past and present society. Starting with an explanation of the concept, he goes on to cover such exciting topics as the inner workings of the human body and the race for more efficient and environmentally friendly fuels.

Whether you're after insight or dinner-table conversation, Energy will amaze and inform, uncovering the science behind one of the most important concepts in our universe.

©2006 Vaclav Smil (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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  • 02-03-18

Listening to the Encyclopedia of Energy

It takes a while to build up the constitution to listen to Vaclav Smil for a week, but I'm never too disappointed that I did. This book reads a lot like an encyclopedia, which means you're definitely going to be picking up tidbits on the evolution of our human understanding of energy, and relative efficiencies, but don't expect too much story to it. Overall worthwhile, but if you're not a die-hard of non-fiction, or really interested in energy derived from solar energy at some point during its creation... you're not going to stick with this listen.

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  • KlausK
  • 07-06-18

Too many numbers for Audio, but great book

Really good book, but I think I should have read it, not listened to. Numbers loose a lot of their meaning when you only hear them and you cannot stop to compare.

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  • Celina Harp
  • 06-05-16

Good subject too good voice

The science and organization by the author was well executed. But the speakers voice, the epitome of a game show host, was overdone, repetitive in tone, and distracting.

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  • 03-04-16

Utterly boring book/audio

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The book is very boring and does not capture the reader's attention. The author merelt enumerats a million ways of energy, its measurement, and impact and compared the quantum of energy with some day-to-day activity. The book and the content never impressed me. It is neither for the scholars nor for the layman.

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  • J. Rector
  • 20-01-16

Incredibly balanced, complete & organized.

Would you listen to Energy: Bolinda Beginner Guides again? Why?

Fantastic outline of energy systems with well-balanced presentation of ideas that should not be but usually are controversial.

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  • Yaman
  • 26-07-15

Worth reading a few times over!

There is so much to learn from this book about energy, and it is one I will be returning to more than once in the not so distant future!

Thank you Bolinda for making it into an audiobook. It couldn't have been an easy task!

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  • Rich Weatherill
  • 25-07-15

Great journey through the concept of energy

Great narration & introduction to energy and the role it plays in our lives. First chapters are a little bit like high school textbook but after that foundation the ideas continue to build on previous concepts. I look forward to listening to Smil's "Oil" next.

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