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"Science-fiction visionary Kim Stanley Robinson makes the case for quantitative easing our way out of planetary doom." (Bloomberg Green on The Ministry for the Future)

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From legendary science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson comes a remarkable vision of climate change over the coming decades.

The Ministry for the Future is a masterpiece of the imagination, using fictional eyewitness accounts to tell the story of how climate change will affect us all. Its setting is not a desolate, post-apocalyptic world, but a future that is almost upon us - and in which we might just overcome the extraordinary challenges we face.

It is a novel both immediate and impactful, desperate and hopeful in equal measure, and it is one of the most powerful and original books on climate change ever written.

"A breathtaking look at the challenges that face our planet in all their sprawling magnitude and also in their intimate, individual moments of humanity." (Booklist, starred)

"A sweeping, optimistic portrait of humanity's ability to cooperate in the face of disaster. This heartfelt work of hard science-fiction is a must-read for anyone worried about the future of the planet." (Publishers Weekly, starred)

Also by Kim Stanley Robinson: 

Red Moon

New York 2140

2312

Aurora

Shaman

©2020 Kim Stanley Robinson (P)2020 Orbit

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  • 総合評価
    4 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
  • depthpsychologist
  • 2020/12/09

Great ideas, uneven narration

I downloaded to this audiobook because Ezra Klein said it was the most important book he had read in 2020—not for the story or literary quality so much as for the realistic and comprehensive way it addresses the coming climate crisis.

This is a novel of ideas in the truest sense. It's really about envisioning the future: what the climate catastrophe will look like, and how the world might change to address it. It is at times tragic and depressing, at other times optimistic. The scope of the novel is impressive. It definitely made me see the climate crisis in a new light, and got me thinking seriously about all kinds of things, and that's what a novel of ideas is supposed to do: make you think. The novel is well worth reading for that reason alone, though be warned at times the story and the characters definitely take a back seat to the ideas.

I found the narration of this audiobook uneven and sometimes quite irritating. This is a huge cast, and it seems like they just mailed out the chapters to a bunch of voice actors with little coordination or direction. So, different characters voices sound radically different at different times. The whole tone can shift radically too. The biggest problem I had though is that some of the voices are just over-wrought, over-done, garish and cartoony. This happens throughout, but I got especially frustrated by the Irish narrator who reads Mary's chapters: her idea of doing a mans voice is make her voice as closed and raspy as possible, her Russian and Indian accents have wild sing-songy intonations, and her American accent is whiney. This is a real shame because Mary becomes the novel's main protagonist and her chapters are long. I got to the point where my heart sank every time she came back on to start a new chapter, and I almost didn't make it through to the end as the result.

All that aside, it's an important book and well worth engaging with one way or the other. If you're picky about your narration, you might want to read it rather than listen to the audiobook.

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    1 out of 5 stars
  • James
  • 2020/12/07

Airships, bad philosophy, and light terrorism

I love KSR and I wanted really badly to love this book. But I just couldn't get into it.

The climate catastrophic isn't my problem. After all, I loved New York 2140.

* Scientifically illiterate take on Organic agriculture & Vandana Shiva.
* Poor philosophy of morality & punishment.
* Apologizes for and even glorifies terrorism.
* Implies that people "need" religion.
* Misuse and apparent total lack of understanding of "ideology".
* Airships.

Nothing very exciting happens in the book. Some scenes sound exciting in theory, but I wasn't excited reading them.

  • 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
  • D. J. Miller
  • 2020/12/05

Ruined by dreadful narration

We have some narrators here, Fitzgerald the worst among them, who read without understanding of:

1. The material
2. How words are pronounced
3. How sentences work
4. Any accent other than their native one

The experience is comparable to an ice pick in the ear. Returning the audiobook and buying a paper copy instead.

  • 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
  • Eleanor B. Hildreth
  • 2020/11/11

I raved about it to my friends

The first step to change is being able to imagine how it could happen. I just loved that toward the end of the story, emissions start to fall. They top off at 474 ppm, hang at that level for a decade and then start to drop 5 ppm per year. Reforestation and seaweed farming and ??? I'm listening to it again to learn it better.
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Author is not perfect. He has not much studied nonviolent movements and is, as are so many, rather a leftist. Don't those two go hand in hand? But he knows a LOT about climate. I learned a lot and I've been a climate activist for a dozen years. Nothing he said seemed just plain wrong to me. And his putting all that info in stories is like chocolate coating it.
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Author is rather optimistic. The story characters discuss possible collapse of civilization, but do not mention the possibility of human extinction.
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This book earns author a spot on my climate heroes list: Paul Hawken, Greta Thunberg, Donella Meadows, Al Gore, John Michael Greer, Pope Francis,

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    1 out of 5 stars
  • knal03
  • 2020/12/06

A dystopian future told by the people at the top

An accidental dystopian view in the authors view of utopia. It is basically a Marxist/Greenpeace utopia that glorifies terrorism and authoritarianism for the "greater good." The tech and engineering is well thought out and interesting, but characters and story are naive. The story itself is a bland delivery mechanism for the evangelism. More of the same old political dogma.

  • 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
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Phillip F Norris
  • 2020/11/04

will listen again

I loved the ideas and the writing though not a plot-driven page-turner. The many narrative performances were top notch.

  • 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
  • dan fisklements
  • 2020/11/16

bleak yet optimistic view of climate change impact

difficult to listen to, but an important book none the less. Robinson packs the book full of facts and real science. the plot is a little slow at points, but I'm still glad I listened.

  • 総合評価
    4 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
  • Robert Handley
  • 2020/12/26

Multiple narrators distracting (again)

I purchased because of Ezra Klein recommendation and I recognize the importance of this title. However the voice chops of various readers is not consistent. As with many titles, it seems there was insufficient oversight regarding pronunciation of words, voice quality, speed of reading/narrator and acting (overacting/412). Was there a producer in the house? My prejudice is to not struggle with audio/narrator quality and multiple voices, and I knew up front that voicing would be an issue, but the premise is useful. I'm glad I listened.

  • 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
  • Prettyparson
  • 2021/01/01

Led astray by Ezra Klein.

I was a fan of Ezra Klein’s podcast on Vox. The last episode has aired and he is going to the NYTimes. He is very smart, had terrific guests, and really cares about our environment. When he said that, in his opinion, this was the most important book of the year, I had all the endorsement I needed. Unfortunately, this is not, by any measure, decent fiction, literature, or writing of any kind. From the outset, Robinson ploddingly advances his agenda without any character development and with deadly economic theory. The only thing that could have made this audiobook worse was a bad narrator and that has been supplied by a gallery of uneducated people with ridiculous accents. Finally, the only pleasure in listening to this junk, turned out to be laughing when words were mispronounced (not because of inflection) because nobody knew what they were saying. What idiots. But who else would agree to read something this awful? I’ve read hundreds of books on audible and this one takes the cake for ‘worst ever.’

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Lincoln
  • 2020/11/18

the most depressing book ever

wow. I only got to chapter 2. This book put me in such a gross, dark mood. I already know our planet is doomed and the future generations will suffer and die horrible deaths. that is why i chose not to breed. I dont need a play by play of what a couple generations ahead on me will go through in excruciating detail. This is one of those rare times where I will be asking for my audible credit back.