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Timefulness

How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World
Narrated by: Tanya Eby
Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Environment
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Few of us have any conception of the enormous timescales in our planet's long history, and this narrow perspective underlies many of the environmental problems we are creating for ourselves. The passage of nine days, which is how long a drop of water typically stays in Earth's atmosphere, is something we can easily grasp. But spans of hundreds of years - the time a molecule of carbon dioxide resides in the atmosphere - approach the limits of our comprehension. Our everyday lives are shaped by processes that vastly predate us, and our habits will in turn have consequences that will outlast us by generations.

Timefulness reveals how knowing the rhythms of Earth's deep past and conceiving of time as a geologist does can give us the perspective we need for a more sustainable future. Marcia Bjornerud tells how geologists chart the planet's past, explaining how we can determine the pace of solid Earth processes such as mountain building and erosion and comparing them with the more unstable rhythms of the oceans and atmosphere. These overlapping rates of change in the Earth system - some fast, some slow - demand a poly-temporal worldview, one that Bjornerud calls "timefulness".

©2018 Princeton University Press (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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  • 13-10-18

The narration was so bad I put it aside

Geology 101. This might have been interesting but the narration was so bad I couldn't stay with it. She speaks much to quickly for me to follow when I'm driving, which is when I do audiobooks. Her delivery was annoying. It is hard to put the reason into words but her tone was sing-song-y and pedantic.She is obviously not an actress, or not a good one. I gave her two stars because her diction was clear.

From the limited amount I heard the book might have been informative. The author is not the best prose stylist and there was some awkward word usage but the topic is important. Might be a lot better on paper or as a Kindle book.

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  • Desert Reader
  • 05-06-19

Terrible Narration

The narrator sounds as if she is reading a children’s book. Her misplaced and inappropriate zeal applied seemingly randomly to certain phrases or words interferes significantly with the well-written and otherwise accessible book.

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  • Gloria
  • 17-04-19

Geology as a societal chalenge

Few see the geology as a science that can help save the world. I have been living as a geologist since my earliest 20th, therefore geology save me and my hungry of knowledge and action. In a broad scale Marcia Bjornerud explains why it is so. The understanding of deep time as the main builder of our lives as species, as part of the ecosystem, as part of the universe can be explained only if we think we are in a planet unique for its geological characteristics...

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  • Don_the_commando
  • 09-02-19

Review of "Timefulness."

The book is a bit "preachy." The author's political bias is quite obvious. The narration was very good, although some scientifix terms were mispronounced.

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