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Summary

Maybe it was a viral pandemic or an asteroid strike or perhaps nuclear war. Whatever the cause, the world as we know it has ended, and you and the other survivors must start again.

What key knowledge would you need to start rebuilding civilisation from scratch? Once you’ve scavenged what you can, how do you begin producing the essentials? How do you grow food, generate power, prepare medicines, or get metal out of rocks? Could you avert another Dark Ages or take shortcuts to accelerate redevelopment?

Living in the modern world, we have become disconnected from the basic processes that support our lives, as well as the beautiful fundamentals of science that enable you to relearn things for yourself. The Knowledge is a journey of discovery, a book which explains everything you need to know about everything.

This is a quickstart guide for rebooting civilisation which will transform your understanding of the world - and help you prepare for when it’s no longer here...http://the-knowledge.org/

©2014 Lewis Dartnell (P)2014 Tantor Audio, Random House Audiobooks

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An interesting book that I found slowed later

Overall I'm glad I listened to this. It contains many little gems, a favourites among which were learning how food preservation actually works. Thst said, it should be obvious that this book is for those who find such things potentially interesting. It's too long for the more 'conventional' tidbits of information to sustain your interest.

My main complaint with the book is that I found much of the chemistry chapters and the later chapters on navigation and measurement tedious.. This might be because I have some background in physics and chemistry. The author also goes into quite painstaking detail, considering that this is a book for a general audience. Regardless, the aforementioned tidbits sustained me here for the most part.

The narration is perfectly good, if a little slow in places.

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In case of an emergency

Would you consider the audio edition of The Knowledge to be better than the print version?

I think so yes, as it is wonderfully narrated and the effect and drama is brought through in the audible version.

What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

John Lee brings the drama and feel to the subject of this book. Really putting you in the situation of having to survive in the post-apocalypse. Am I fully prepared for what comes after an all out war? Probably not, but I now know how to start a fire without a lighter, or how to PH balance the earth to grow some potatoes! A good listen, I did so enjoy.

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I would go through parts of this again definitely.

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Couldn't finish it

I did manage over 4 hours, but it was so tedious I had to stop. Given the subject, it would be so easy to inject a bit of humour, but it was like listening to someone reading a Haynes Manual... with having the decent information actually in one

Dull, boring and pointless. My first real disappointment on Audible

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Very interesting and well thought out

The author has put a lot of work into thinking about what tools a civilisation would need in order to survive the apocalypse. That being said, this isn't a how to guide for the reader (for the most part). It is more of a guide for your ancestors once the ready supplies of our industrial world run out. An enjoyable read and a real chemistry lesson for me.