• The Anthropocene Reviewed

  • Essays on a Human-Centered Planet
  • By: John Green
  • Narrated by: John Green
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (5,621 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A deeply moving and insightful collection of personal essays from number-one best-selling 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, best-selling 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.

Audio exclusive! Three bonus essays!

©2021 John Green (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“The book is a review of humanity: how we grow, how we build, how we destroy, and how we observe ourselves. Many books succeed at making the personal universal, but this one also makes the universal personal.... This is a book about culture, about science and medicine, about Green himself, but really it surpasses these designations. It is essential to the human conversation. John Green whispered the truth of humanity onto the page, and as with all good secrets, you’ll need to lean in closely to hear.” (Library Journal, starred review) 

The Anthropocene Reviewed is the perfect book to read over lunch or to keep on your nightstand, whenever you need a reminder of what it is to feel small and human, in the best possible way.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

“There is something of the sermon in [Green’s] essays as he mixes curiosity and erudition with confession, compassion, and wit, searching for illuminating life lessons amid life’s dark chaos. His particular mix of irony and sincerity enables him to embrace both the sublime and the ridiculous.” (Booklist)

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unexpected

The last fiction book that made me cry was "Harry's Trees". The first nonfiction book that made me cry was this one. I'm not certain the point of this book was to make me feel deeply human after more than a year of extreme disconnect from humanity, but at this, it succeeded. I give it five stars.

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Great Book.

I lost someone close to me 2 days before I bought this audiobook. The authors journey through the inescapable horrors of living to the overlooked and overwhelming joys of being alive was just the medicine my heart needed. I don't know and have never met John Green but he provided me comfort in a dark time and like the Neverending beauty around me I am very grateful. He may have failed as a chaplain but has succeeded in being a chaplain for those of us alone in the dark

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So gorgeously written and read

Now I understand why John was so nervous about this book. It's hauntingly and harrowingly personal. Just amazing!

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So glad John chose to narrate his book!

No one could have narrated The Anthropocene Reviewed better than John Green, himself. It was so well done, both written & spoken. The Kauai ōō review was heartbreakingly beautiful. 5 stars!

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No New Content!

I love this podcast and was excited for the book, but it’s literally just all the podcasts together. This was never stated when he mentioned the book he was working on, and I’m bummed I wasted a credit I could have used on something else.

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I can't decide what I enjoy best.

I love listening to the calming, hypnotic narration, but the reviews are amazing. Highest recommendations!

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if you listen to the podcast don't bother if you don't it is interesting I left the book about 45 mins in and I don't think I'll finish it

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Perfect timing

Last week when I started this book, my sweet little dog Ziggy who had been with me for 6 years was still with us. As I finish the book today, he’s been gone for 3 days. This book has brought me a lot of comfort the past couple days, by reminding me how wonderful it is to be in love with the world, with the joy and the sadness and the pain and everything. Ziggy was a 5 star dog, a member of our family, and we are heartbroken. But he also brought us lots of joy. This book also brought me lots of joy, and at the same time, broke my heart. 5 stars.

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It comes as no surprise that an author as talented as John Green could produce such a non-fiction masterpiece. This book opens your eyes to things one may not even think about in respect to how they see the world. In truth, I only bought this book because of the man behind the pages. I do not, however, waste an ounce of regret on my decision. I do and will love all of John Green's works until the day I die or lose the ability to consume them.

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Happy tears, chills, and everything between

Could not recommend this book more. Green unfolds the human experience in the most simple and complex of terms.

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