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Tim Flannery is here to offer us a change of perspective. And he is here to inspire us. He invites us to consider again our place on earth, what it really means to be alive. Here on Earth is a revolutionary dual biography of the planet and of our species. Flannery reimagines the history of earth, from its earliest origins as a chaotic ball of elemental gases to the teeming landscape we currently call home. It is a remarkable story. How did life first emerge here? What forces have shaped it? Why did humans come to dominate? And when did we start to have an impact? More importantly, how has this changed us as a species?
The awesome hand of nature has never been better portrayed than in this book. Nor, remarkably, the transformative power of ideas. From the most intense competition for survival, cooperation has emerged. The challenge we now face is to sustain our fragile hold on life. Our fate is in our own hands. But first we have to realise who we are.
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- Lord Peridot
Tim Flannery reads his own book and does it well. He has a subtle and pleasant Australian accent. Reading would be even better if he paused a little longer between paragraphs, especially when embarking on a new subject. But most of the time its an absorbing and easy listen. Flannery is extremely knowledgeable and a very good communicator. He is also a devoted and effective campaigner on climate change having written several other books which are also well worth reading. In this volume he discusses his ideas on human society and mankind's future in the context of anthropology and the study of other cooperative organisms. His ideas are always interesting if at times a bit fanciful. Indeed, I found the most interesting parts of the book those that were devoted specifically to biology and science in general. His descriptions of the amazing complexity of ant colonies for instance are fascinating.
- jillian grant
Light in paper, weighty in content.
Where does Here on Earth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Not my favourite but not the worst. Near the top of my list.
What other book might you compare Here on Earth to, and why?
What does Tim Flannery bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
I don't know. it's unlikely I'd be able to read the book as I doubt it's available in braille so this is my only way of accessing it.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Any additional comments?
I thought it was well written and read but I need to listen to it again as I kept falling asleep or not being able to concentrate on the heavy content within.