A deeply moving and insightful collection of personal essays from #1 bestselling author John Green.
The Anthropocene is the current geologic age, in which humans have profoundly reshaped the planet and its biodiversity. In this remarkable symphony of essays adapted and expanded from his groundbreaking podcast, bestselling author John Green reviews different facets of the human-centered planet on a five-star scale—from the QWERTY keyboard and sunsets to Canada geese and Penguins of Madagascar.
Funny, complex, and rich with detail, the reviews chart the contradictions of contemporary humanity. As a species, we are both far too powerful and not nearly powerful enough, a paradox that came into sharp focus as we faced a global pandemic that both separated us and bound us together.
John Green’s gift for storytelling shines throughout this masterful collection. The Anthropocene Reviewed is a open-hearted exploration of the paths we forge and an unironic celebration of falling in love with the world.
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
With bestsellers like The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns and a popular YouTube channel, John Green has established himself as a gifted storyteller. In this collection of deeply personal and insightful essays spanning the Anthropocene—the period of human dominance of the planet, for better and for worse—Green gives tongue-in-cheek ratings to...well, everything. Liverpool FC using the syrupy show tune “You’ll Never Walk Alone” as their official anthem? Four and a half stars. The human capacity for wonder? Three and a half stars. Mosquitoes? Just one star, naturally. Plagues get a single star too—appropriately, since Green wrote and compiled the book during the COVID-19 pandemic. Green reads his essays in his trademark warm, friendly voice and amplifies the audio experience even further with recordings and sounds, like the heart-wrenching call of a now-extinct Hawaiian bird. With its dry wit, The Anthropocene Reviewed reminds us of David Sedaris with a level of knowledge and research that would make Wikipedia jealous. These always-hopeful essays are love letters to life and the world around us.
For the lonely
On days when you can’t get any good conversation out of anyone, listen to a few chapters of this book.
I needed this
It was enough :)
Quite honestly the most interesting book I’ve ever listened to. Lovely, touching, informative, and so much more.