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A deeply moving and insightful collection of personal essays from number-one best-selling author John Green, adapted from his critically acclaimed podcast.

The Anthropocene is the current geological age, in which human activity has profoundly shaped the planet and its biodiversity. In this remarkable symphony of essays adapted and expanded from his groundbreaking podcast, John Green reviews different facets of the human-centred planet - from the QWERTY keyboard and Staphylococcus aureus to the Taco Bell breakfast menu - on a five-star scale.

Complex and rich with detail, the Anthropocene's reviews have been praised as 'observations that double as exercises in memoiristic empathy'. John Green's gift for storytelling shines throughout this artfully curated collection that includes both beloved essays and all-new pieces exclusive to the book.

©2021 John Green (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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So genuine and lovely

The book is about the world and how weird and horrible and wonderful it is, but it's also a deeply personal book about love and hope. This book made me both laugh and cry. I don't really know how to describe it but I feel seen in a way that is very rare.

I highly recommend this book but if you're feeling unsure go listen to an episode of the podcast by the same name, if you like it I'm sure you'll like the book too.

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More of the podcast

I bought this book hoping it would be more original essays expanding on the excellent podcast of the same name. John narrates very well and the content is wonderful and I enjoyed every bit of it. However such a large amount of the book is retreading old ground from the podcast that I find it hard to give it a higher score simply because the same great words were all ready available. That said, knowing what the Greens tend to do with their wealth I have no issue throwing in a few bucks that will doubtless find their way to a good cause. Thanks John your work makes the world a better place.

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Humbling and full of wonder

I am a huge John Green fan and this is his best writing yet. It is funny, poignant, and full of the joy and confusion of what it means to be alive in the world right now. It is beautiful writing I will return to again and again.

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Add chapter titles!

Please add chapter titles to the tracks, it would vastly improve this as an audio book experience if it was easier to find and revisit certain reviews.

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Boring, gave up.

Unfortunately comes across as a slightly pompous telling of a dissociated assortment of ramblings with no cut, insight or cohesion.

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Just what I needed.

Can't fault it, but this is exactly my kind of story right now. I'm a big fan of John and the anthropocene reviewed podcast. The book pulls existing and new reviews into a beautifully cohesive whole. Reviewing this book on a 5 star scale feels very different this time round, as much as giving 5 stars feels strange, giving less would feel unfair.

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I give it 5 stars

I used to love his crash course videos. Got this because of it. Loved the 10 min chapters jumping from one topic to another which are completely different. I'm going back to re-listening to it right away.

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All round banger

Feast your ears on this sound book. It's witty and insightful and full of lovely, quotable moments.

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Wish it didn't have to end

John Green is awesome. Being a fan of the vlogbrothers YouTube videos helps appreciate more but not required to be an enthralling read. John Green was easily the best person to read this. Now looking for the podcast for more reviews!

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  • 27-05-21

It’s the podcast, but with more

This audiobook is very much an expanded version of the podcast, and if you’re a longtime listener of The Anthropocene Reviewed, then there is not much different here. John Green’s delivery of his essays are excellent, and vary from witty and humorous to melancholy, but always tend to conclude with a hopefulness that tries to push itself forward, even through his one-star reviews. From time to time, snippets of his current experience during the global pandemic peek through, perhaps a point of quiet contemplation if listened to at a date outside 2020-2021, but being right in the middle of it during the listen, it’s still achingly resonant.

I suppose the audiobook’s strongest effect on me was during a drive I took out a long mountain road one evening. It was just me, the car and the audiobook as I listened for a few hours to it while trying to clear my head. Listening intently to John speak, I found myself relating a lot to his anxieties and fears. Mine may have not been the same as his, but nonetheless it felt surprisingly comforting to know that this other voice besides me in the car was every bit as human - as faulty - as I am. And that actually got me through the night.

I give The Anthropocene Reviewed audiobook five stars.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-05-22

I cried a lot.

And I laughed. And I did both at once. This is going to be my go-to gift for people when I don't know what to get them, because everyone can benefit from this book.

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  • Siena Lopdell
  • 20-05-22

Better for having listened

John is a fantastic writer, so I'm sure this book reads well. But it feels like it was written specifically to be listened to. So much of the stories are very personal to John, so hearing them from his mouth brings the words their rightful life.
I give 'The Anthropocene Reviewed', 5 stars.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-01-22

我的2021非虚构类最佳阅读

I love how John has shared with us his vulnerability with sincerity. These stories are so powerful that they click with me instantly. As an introvert (INFP), it seems that I felt through all the emotions with him (I cried so many times). It hits me deeply in many ways.

I also love his sincerity and simplicity in story telling. John captured the exact point which defines human experience. It is supposed to be his personal experience, but I am sure it resonates with so many of us too.

I would give this book five stars. Happy to recommend it to any earth visitors as an introduction to humanity. :)

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-06-21

I loved this!

I loved this book! I appreciate that it was read by the author, he did a stellar job! Insightful and thought provoking yet entertaining and enjoyable to listed to.