• Electrify

  • An Optimist's Playbook for Our Clean Energy Future
  • By: Saul Griffith
  • Narrated by: David Marantz
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (82 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In Electrify, Saul Griffith lays out a detailed blueprint - optimistic but feasible - for fighting climate change while creating millions of new jobs and a healthier environment. Griffith's plan can be summed up simply: Electrify everything. He explains exactly what it would take to transform our infrastructure, update our grid, and adapt our households to make this possible. Billionaires may contemplate escaping our worn-out planet on a private rocket ship to Mars, but the rest of us, Griffith says, will stay and fight for the future.

Griffith, an engineer and inventor, calls for grid neutrality, ensuring that households, businesses, and utilities operate as equals; we will have to rewrite regulations that were created for a fossil-fueled world, mobilize industry as we did in World War II, and offer low-interest "climate loans." Griffith's plan doesn't rely on big, not-yet-invented innovations, but on thousands of little inventions and cost reductions. We can still have our cars and our houses-but the cars will be electric and solar panels will cover our roofs. For a world trying to bounce back from a pandemic and economic crisis, there is no other project that would create as many jobs - up to 25 million, according to one economic analysis. Is this politically possible? We can change politics along with everything else.

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Great material but why no pdf?!

This book has countless tables and charts that are referenced yet no accompanying pdf. First audio book I have ever purchased without such a pdf. Pretty lame.

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Picked the wrong (worst possible?) reader

Caveat: I’m only in the first chapter, and it’s possible if unlikely, that things will improve. However I will probably quit and ask for a refund before I finish the chapter.

I’m really excited to read/listen to this book. I have heard Griffiths a few times promoting the ideas behind Electrify and I find him a compelling, funny speaker. The person the picked to record this book is like the complete opposite-uninteresting and flat. It’s one step up from the adobe reader’s computer generated “reading” of a random pdf. People need to listen to what Griffiths has to say. The choice of reader for this book actively works against this goal.

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Do NOT get this book on Audible

This book had some good points about the importance of electrification; however, Audible should be ashamed at the production of this book. The reading was robotic, probably the worst I have ever heard in the hundreds of Audible books I have listened to. There were many references to graphs. This calls out for pdfs, but they weren't provided. I can't understand why a pdf wasn't provided. The lack of graphs and robotic reading made the book difficult to appreciate. There were some parts that I found useful, but it was so hard to follow due to the above.

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Consumer's Note to Publisher

The audio presentation for this book starts with "Publisher's Note..." saying that the accompanying tables and figures are only available in the print or kindle versions. Well, this is my protest against this practice in this "Consumer's Note to Publisher". I thoroughly enjoy audio books but I refuse to accept a hobbled "abridged" version. I also firmly refuse to pay for the content twice.

This is a technical book with lots of numbers and multiple references to figures in each chapter. If a publisher is unwilling to create a simple PDF including the illustrations, tables, etc. then they are unwilling to produce an audio title. This is not expensive and it is wildly inappropriate to expect consumers to pay twice.

The content is very interesting and worth reading even if you might not agree with all of it. In my opinion, it accomplishes the author's goals of creating a very thought-provoking work. However, the other reviews are absolutely correct and the audio presentation of this book is woefully incomplete without a simple PDF including the figures.

Publishers, please do not do this.

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Read this book

To me, this book makes two very central points. One, the importance and immediacy of the need to create sustainable infrastructure and eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels. Two, all the technology we need to accomplish this already exists.

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Simplified solutions to save money and decarbonize our world!

This book helps to reveal the most logical, practical and necessary path to decarbonization. Full and complete electrification of our world. Fascinatingly, Griffith uses his deep understanding of the US energy system to compare and contrast many potential solution paths. Spoiler alert; the only one that gets us the outcome we want is full electrification of all machines and the elimination and early retirement of all carbon emitting appliances, vehicles, energy production equipment, etc. One of my favorite messages which I personally am spreading and also doing my best to live up to is; make the big decisions right. The next car you buy has to be an EV, put Solar and battery storage on your home, and an EV charger in the garage. When your major appliances fail, replace them with electric only versions (water heater, stove, furnace, etc). Well done Mr. Griffith, if I ever meet you in person, beers are on me!

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simple executable solution to climate changes

laid out well, narrator was excellent . A simple executable solution to climate changes that lifts the world economy and gives the world population an opportunity to contribute. All in or done. choose?

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Great book. Okay via audio.

The messages in this book are crucial for anyone interested in learning how they (and their cities and societies) can most effectively make an impact on combating climate change. The content is relevant and accessible to general audiences. I recommend getting through the appendices as well, where Griffith offers specific calls to action for various audience types. Narrator voice wasn't particularly engaging for me so it took several weeks to get through. I recommend acquiring or borrowing a physical copy to get the full benefit of data visualizations, which are harder to understand when narrated. Nevertheless, I'm grateful there's an audio version since audiobooks is how I get through most of my nonfiction these days

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roadmap to the energy future

Great outline of a way forward on energy infrastructure. Whole some of this book is a rehash off known ideas he also has some less well known concepts. Even as someone who has worked in a related field and knows a bit about the subject I leaned a decent amount from this book.

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  • 06-16-22

Great content missing the visual graphs etc

A great listen, for someone who is very interested in what the future could look like it is explained very well. the book refers to a lot of graphs and tables which are not available for audible listeners. This information would make it so much better to cross reference. it can feel a bit confusing without the visual aid to look back on.

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  • Derrick Tapscott
  • 02-28-22

Critical

This book is read with the urgency Climate Crisis requires. Laid out with a practical approach devoid of spin. Action!

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  • Nick Pellow
  • 12-13-21

Wish it was Saul reading

Didn’t like the robotic American narrator.
Some metrics were imperial… this was a pain.
Otherwise amazing content!

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  • Mars
  • 08-11-22

exceptional

A compelling discussion of practical pathways to confront the challenge of decarbonisation, told from the can-do, pro human and optimistic perspective only an engineer can provide.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-10-22

Saul is the man, narration is monotone

Great content, Saul ahead of his time and hits the important points of transition to electrification. Narration very monotone.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-17-21

Great content, but I wish Saul read this himself

I am a recent discoverer of Saul’s work and ethos about electrifying everything, and couldn’t wait to listen to the book.

While the content is brilliant, the narration really lets the experience down. Unfortunately the robotic and unemotional delivery of the audiobook causes a big disconnect between the evocative information and how it resonates. Would love it if Saul just read his words in his voice.