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"The freshest, deepest, most optimistic account of human nature I've come across in years." (Bill McKibben)

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The most startling thing about disasters, according to award-winning author Rebecca Solnit, is not merely that so many people rise to the occasion, but that they do so with joy. That joy reveals an ordinarily unmet yearning for community, purposefulness, and meaningful work that disaster often provides. A Paradise Built in Hell is an investigation of the moments of altruism, resourcefulness, and generosity that arise amid disaster's grief and disruption and considers their implications for everyday life. It points to a new vision of what society could become - one that is less authoritarian and fearful, more collaborative and local.

©2009 Rebecca Solnit (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    3 out of 5 stars
  • D
  • 2018/03/07

Narration interferes with story

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Narration

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Learning about the criminal behavior of the authorities during the San Francisco earthquake and fires. Fascinating. Other stories were not as cohesive.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I hung in there until The narrator started speaking with an accent when reading quotes translated from the original Spanish. I found it very offensive and distracting as I wondered whether she would use an accent when quoting people from other non-English speaking nations - will she dare to use a Japanese or Chinese accent??!! (Answer- no, she only used a “Spanish” accent). I finally gave up on listening to the rest of the book since I couldn’t focus on the content.

Any additional comments?

Loved Solnics other writings, especially The Faraway Nearby.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • zachery
  • 2015/10/09

Eye opening and thought provoking

The Author shares the truth about how most people respond to disasters, and it is not what you have been taught by media and government. The most good can be accomplished by trusting people to help each other.
I totally disagree with the whole climate change theory but other than that I found the book to be eye opening and thought provoking! Thanks.
I also appreciated the partial dramatic reading as well. Good job

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 匿名
  • 2020/12/28

AN idea whose time has (finally) come

After the mess that was 2020 and what we surely face in the years to come this book is a must read. I worked with Food Not Bombs during Occupy and while it wasn't a disaster, suddenly having 1000 people to feed three meals a day when we usually fed 50 1 meal a week certainly caused a community like Ms Solnit describes in this book. We wpuld do well to heed someone in the book's wiords “It's tempting to ask why if you fed your neighbors during the time of the earthquake and fire, you didn't do so before or after.”

Another world is waiting for us.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • lolo
  • 2020/08/30

Necessary reading for now.

The first chapter is the gem. The takeaways about the role of beliefs, community and action are not only important but necessary in the Covid-19 reality.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • LAC123
  • 2018/05/09

Really informative and uplifting

This book was so worth my time. I loved the positivity. How humans respond to each other during disaster is a very interesting topic.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • David
  • 2021/04/11

Narrator is a problem

The narrator took little to no time to get pronunciation right. The very bad Spanish and French accents are annoying.

The basic thesis of the author merits careful consideration.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • MC
  • 2021/02/17

Interesting topic. Narrator ruined any enjoyment

I was excited by the topic, but seconds into the narration, I realized there might be a problem. The narrator almost sounded as if she was reading a children bed time story— complete with painful “character” voices. The dictation and cadence was off-putting.
There was a lot of great historical context and details that were previously unknown to me as I’m not a historian or sociologist.
I feel like the individual chapters or stories weren’t rounded out. They don’t seem to come to a conclusion. They seem to play out as: Disaster... Good People... bad planning by people in power... evil people... end story.
We’re introduced to all of these figures throughout history, but learn nothing of their legacies post-disaster era. What were the lasting effects of the good and the bad? Did we learn anything from one disaster to the next?
An interesting enough topic, but if you’re able, I would definitely recommend to read the book rather than this recording. My personality can’t stop a book once started, but I often found myself watching the countdown hoping to be near the end of this book.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Brian
  • 2021/02/09

A true tale of 'Human Nature'

Ever since this book was mentioned by Dr. Christopher Ryan I've wanted to read this. Often the refrain of those who cites human nature is the reason why any utopian or even slightly socialist or Anarchist way to do things is impossible. that by, human nature, they mean to say that the selfish and greedy Behavior of the worst of humankind is somehow represented with the whole needs to read this book. The author goes through several of the world's most devastating and civilization upending disasters and details how, unlike the cynics and apocalyptic films and shows of recent years that portrayed humanity as the true monsters or awful aspects of catastrophe, people rise to the occasion and help and lookout for each other.

Only real downside is that the reader affects these horrible regional accents when quoting people from around the world. It's hacky and caused me to cringe through entire chapters. It's not just for non- English speaking locations either. Under the 9/11 chapter she tries a New York accent, unsuccessfully, and that's after a chapter of horrible Central American and Spanish accents that were downright like Speedy Gonzales. Luckily I found the book on sale and finished by reading it. A recording is desperately needed for this.

Fantastic book for those looking to restore their hope in humanity but the recording leaves a lot to be desired.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Alexandre
  • 2021/01/14

Game changer

a great book. in essence people need freedom and agency in crises and catastrophes and those in power or who serve hierarchy wage war against these efforts. a must read for the coming days.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Jon B
  • 2021/01/06

Good Book, Poor Reading

The book has an interesting topic, however I struggled through listening to the reader. Poor pronunciations and halting speech was bad, but the horrendous accents really put the nail in the coffin for me.

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Gregory Monk
  • 2017/07/19

Similar to Shock Doctrine but from another angle

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Paradise Built in Hell?

The descriptions of the aftermath of Katrina were shocking to a non-American and something I was surprised to hear. The basic failures of the government during this time was something that I was aware of but the details were grisly and something I won't forget, and nor should I.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The entirety of the book was filled with moving encounters of underrepresented examples of humans at their best in the worst possible scenarios. I certainly recommend it to those who have lost their faith in the people of the modern world.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Rebecca Mair
  • 2020/05/19

Great book, accents were a bit much.

The book was fantastic and brought together a different and more positive view of the world. The reader was very strong, but I think she got a bit too much with the accents- was a bit embarrassing. Great read though.

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Richard
  • 2020/04/02

Boring. Too American.

This is very American centric which makes it a lot less interesting than it could have been. I listened to the first couple of hours and it takes too long to say anything so I shall ask for a refund.
The narrator’s performance is dull too.

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  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • 匿名
  • 2019/11/18

Fabulous book

A great book providing insights into community in the non routine. Well researched. Thanks Rebecca

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • G. Hamilton
  • 2019/01/03

Excellent

A thorough and well researched and insightful book with a biting critique of the New Orleans Disaster.