The World Without Us

Version: Unabridged
Author: Alan Weisman
Narrator: Adam Grupper
Genres: Science & Technology, Animals & Nature
Publisher: Audio Renaissance
Published In: July 2007
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 8 hours
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Weisman, an award-winning journalist, offers listeners a penetrating--and sometimes terrifying--take on how the planet would respond without the relentless pressure of the human presence.

Reviews (3)

would be better abridged

Written by DF on August 7th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I don't usually like abridgments, but this book would be a better audio offering if it was shorter. It's an important book, and one worth reading if you want to understand our ecological place on the planet. I've mentioned it to a number of friends. Still, it is repetitious and wordy and the reader has a flat and nasal voice that didn't add any sparkle to the audio.

will make you think

Written by Judy S from Sacramento, CA on June 20th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I had read an excerpt from this book, telling what would happen to NYC if we humans were to disappear. It pretty much covered the entire topic- how quickly nature would reclaim the land and how much change we have actually wrought. but I learned quite a bit from the entire book - and it gave me a new perspective on the power of nature and the tiny place we occupy in the vast history of the earth. it will change your perspective on most everything. recommended.


Written by Tim M from Woodside, NY on June 20th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I gave the book to a friend because it sounded interesting then saw it was available on audiobook. VERY whiney and really positions the human race as scum on the face of the earth--a place much better off without us. Even the chapters that feigned that humankind plays an important role in natural balance quickly found ways to poo poo the notion and return to the narrators nasal and repeatitive indictment of our race which perfectly fits the timbre of the book. Instead of being inspired to "do better" the listener just gives up because we humans are so bad and everything we touch is so horrible that there is no possibility of redemption. There's a few interesting facts you can glean between the whining but I would not recommend.

Author Details

Author Details

Weisman, Alan

Author of the critically acclaimed New York Times best seller "The World Without Us", Alan Weisman is an award-winning journalist whose reports have appeared in "Harperas", the "New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Discover, and Orion", among others, and on National Public Radio. A former contributing editor to the "Los Angeles Times Magazine", he is a senior radio producer for Homelands Productions and teaches international journalism at the University of Arizona. He lives in western Massachusetts.