The Sixth Extinction

  • von Elizabeth Kolbert
  • Sprecher: Anne Twomey
  • 9 Std. 59 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


A major audiobook about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes.
Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us. In The Sixth Extinction, two-time winner of the National Magazine Award and New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert draws on the work of scores of researchers in half a dozen disciplines, accompanying many of them into the field: geologists who study deep ocean cores, botanists who follow the tree line as it climbs up the Andes, marine biologists who dive off the Great Barrier Reef.
She introduces us to a dozen species, some already gone, others facing extinction, including the Panamian golden frog, staghorn coral, the great auk, and the Sumatran rhino. Through these stories, Kolbert provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up through the present day. The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy; as Kolbert observes, it compels us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.


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Welchen drei Worte würden für Sie The Sixth Extinction treffend charakterisieren?

Evolution, Extinction and the Role of Homo Sapiens.

Wie hat Ihnen Anne Twomey als Sprecher gefallen? Warum?

Just perfect speaker, good voice, right emotional context. As usual with native English speakers, the French, Italian and German pronunciation of names and places is a little weak.

Hat dieses Hörbuch Sie emotional stark bewegt? Mussten Sie laut z.B. lachen, weinen, zweifeln, etc.?

Yes, this book will make you reflect on yourself and humantiy!

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Limmited green agenda, lots of facts, no blaming. As neutral as can be on a subject as this...

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- Amazon Kunde

A good book

Towards the middle it was a bit less captivating, but all in all, a good, informative book.
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- S. Sadanandan

Weitere Infos zum Titel

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 11.02.2014
  • Verlag: Simon & Schuster Audio