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This Changes Everything

Capitalism vs the Climate
Narrated by: Liza Ross
Length: 21 hrs and 53 mins
Categories: Money & Finance, Economics
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Summary

We seem to have given up on any serious effort to prevent catastrophic climate change. Exposing the work of ideologues on the right who know the challenge this poses to the free market all too well, Naomi Klein also challenges the failing strategies of environmental groups. It's time to stop running from the full implications of the crisis and begin to embrace them.

©2014 Naomi Klein (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"This is a conversation that needs to happen on a large scale, and on a local scale, and on a personal scale, very soon." (Margret Atwood)
"Klein is a brave and passionate writer who always deserves to be heard, and this is a powerful and urgent book." ( Observer)

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Naomi Klein's best book so far.

If you could sum up This Changes Everything in three words, what would they be?

Brilliant, scary, honest.

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

I wasn't overly fond of Liza Ross's narration. Naomi Klein I feel should have voiced her own book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

This book puts together all the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle, but I got no comfort in realising that my thoughts and observations of the world were shared by so many other people. Naomi Klein pulls away the curtain to reveal a world of power, greed and corruption and what is our role in that world? We are pawns, consumers and victims, yet the earth still turns and we still go on living our lives like they really matter. It is hard to read this book and not get angry, angry at the powerful elitist corporations and angry at humanity for doing nothing about the destruction of our world.

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Sobering, frightening and essential reading for those of us who find no comfort in burying our heads in the sand. Defy the will of the herd, awaken and fight for your planet!

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forgetting something?

Mostly good - although very long for a message that needs to get to the masses. also, to write an entire book on climate change without mentioning one of the biggest contributors: animal agriculture, is a great shame.
Still, I have been inspired to take action.

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An absolute must read/listen

Hard to listen to at times but there is hope in there too. Everyone should know the things in this book.

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Far too long

How does a book lasting nearly 22 hours about "Capitalism vs the Climate' fail to mention most of the major core drivers of climate change or Capitalism?! If you want a book that further drives you down the path of 'us vs them', pointing out all the hypocrisy in the business and political world, this is the book for you. If you want solutions, look elsewhere. Narration is also very grating, it's amazing how many times one book can contain the word bitumen.

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Troubling food for thought

A comprehensive and compelling case for the urgency of taking action on climate change in the face of vested interests and political apathy.

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Everyone needs to read this book

This book is amazing, life changing and an emotional rollercoaster. For the first 3-4 hours the book gave me really bad anxiety and I felt like the world was so doomed that the people of earth are too late to do anything about it and I had trouble sleeping from all the stress. After hour 4, I got use to all the bad news, start to get angry with politics and how trade laws are dictating environmental laws. But by the end of the book, Klein gave me hope and I feel empowered to try to be part of a change for a better world. This is the best book I have read on the oil industry and climate change because this book is so much more than just another ‘green’ book. It is about people coming together and understanding the domino effects and interconnectivity of the ecosystem, culture, history, trade, politics and humanity.

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Somewhat biased but makes you think!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes this book discusses various issues related to climate change and capitalism. A lot of these I had not previously been aware of such as the Alberta tar sands and Geo-Engineering. I also appreciate how this book made me think not just of climate change, but also of the social norms that make up our societies, such as materialism and individualism and how we have to some extent become separate from nature due to these characteristics becoming an integral part of our societies. This book certainly makes you think!

Who was your favorite character and why?

The attwater's prairie chicken, a rare bird that lived in an area owned by a major fuel company. The major fuel company, in a gesture of good will, gave the land to a conservation charity so that the bird could be protected. The charity then started drilling for oil on the site with little regard for the endangered animal. This story really made me think about the level of potential corruption in charities we trust to do the right thing. I also really enjoyed the chapters on native american first nations who stood up against the exploitation of their land by big fuel companies something reminiscent of previous exploitation by colonialists.

Have you listened to any of Liza Ross’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't heard a reading from her before but her audio is clear throughout. The soft calmness of her voice did sound a bit patronising due to the occasional assuming sentence. This was something I found a bit irritating at first but after a while it become rather amusing!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The penultimate chapter of the books discusses the writer's own infertility issues and the impact of climate change on the fertility of the planet. As an infertile woman myself I felt really touched by this chapter, both for the braveness of the author in speaking about her own personal journey and for so carefully and intelligently linking it to the infertility struggles of our own mother earth.

Any additional comments?

I did feel that this book had a slight bias. There did seem to be a continual anti-free market, anti-corperation, pro-socialist solution current running throughout the book. This is rather paradoxical as at the beginning of her book Klein states that climate change deniers attending the Heartland conference believe that climate change is a ploy to implement socialism. I am also not really sure we needed a whole chapter about Richard Branson and his billions of dollar pledge to alleviate climate change, which unfortunately never materialised due to his management (or mismanagement!) of his business. However, criticisms aside this is a lengthy and well researched piece of work. I do not know the answers to climate change and I can not say for certain if free markets are beneficial or damaging to it. From Klein's observations I would say yes they are but I am reluctant to do so as I don't feel I've had an accurate and fair observation from the other side which is a real shame, especially given how long the book is! However, there are plenty of other things I will take from this book, for instance, capitalism acting as a form of colonialism in the case of indigenous native american peoples. Certainly worth a listen if your interested in environmental issues or even just a bit curious about global warming and the climate crisis.

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I was I admit finding the intense close arguments difficult to take in,this is therefore,for me a very good way of understandin

A very good reading from Audible.
A very clever choice because of the density of text and the cogent arguments are more palatable when able to move around.

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Essential reading well presented

If you could sum up This Changes Everything in three words, what would they be?

Actually left me with more hope than i had when i started reading it!

Who was your favorite character and why?

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Which character – as performed by Liza Ross – was your favourite?

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If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

there is hope - but only just.

Any additional comments?

Read and enjoy

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  • 16-02-16

Keep your head in the tar sands

Informative if a little hard going at times. As you would expect the politics are of the left.

I had very little knowledge of climate change and the politics around it preferring to ignore the subject, hoping it would just disappear. I found it eye opening and to be honest a little depressing but Naomi Klein's optimistic and practical ideas kept me going through to the end.

production and narration good.

Overall I can't say I found it easy listening but that's the point of the book. A wake up call for anyone afraid of the unknowns of climate change.

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  • Mr Michael M Crooke
  • 29-08-15

Important message ruined by narration

What made the experience of listening to This Changes Everything the most enjoyable?

The content. Klein's carefully thought-through arguments and presentation.

What did you like best about this story?

This question is inappropriate for this book. It is not something to enjoy, it is too terrifying.

Would you be willing to try another one of Liza Ross’s performances?

Absolutely not, I found this performance totally inappropriate. When I checked the other books that Liza Ross has narrated I was not surprised. I felt as if she was reading the material with a group of rather dim school children in mind.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me angry.

Any additional comments?

Please try to match the readers to the material more carefully.

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  • Sarah
  • 06-08-15

Amazing

Life-changing work. Well researched. At the same time both global and highly personal. Constructive answers to neoliberal economic policy, with a focus on hope for the future founded on science-based solutions rather than dreams. Highly recommended.

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  • Angus
  • 18-06-19

awful, simply awful

How does one get past this narrator? She sounds like a fake hypnotist. Every sentence is like a conscious attempt to bore the audience to sleep. Th narrator kills the content.

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  • daniella
  • 25-01-17

This book will fuel the change we need

Long but I enjoyed every moment of it. A master in sustainability didn't give me as much insight as this book has given me.