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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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I give The Anthropocene Reviewed.. 5 stars.

As an avid fan and lover of both John and Hank Green and vlogbrothers for many years, this book has extensively made me feel more connected to the brothers. The premise of this book is unique and filled with wonderous experiences that John articulates in an encapsulating way. Reading (or listening to) this book encourages the reader to investigate their thoughts and actions in the Anthropocene as experienced daily.

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The book we needed in 2021

Filled with love, sorrow and laughter, this is the book we needed right now. Thanks John.

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I rate this experience 5 stars

Philosophical ideas interwoven with beautiful anecdotes and great humour. Something only John Green could do.

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a book that marks this time in history

I like to think about what insights it's will be to people in 100 years

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The Anthropocene is what it is

This is an amazing and quiet original look of the anthropocene. The translation from podcast to audiobook is great, although I really liked the “end credits” of the podcast. That is the announcers yelling for a goal or the prolonged bird songs.

But nonetheless, I give the Anthropocene Reviewed … five stars!

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The philosophy of anxiety

Great book. I don't usually swing at the short story format but loved this. This book will make you cry, stare at clouds and stars and feel deeply about everything for a week or so.
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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

This was not what I expected. I guess I was expecting the authors perspective about the current world climate, politically, geographically, as well as economically. I was pleasantly surprised to see it as more a memoir of events that have contributed to the author's mind set. Absolutely loved it! Emotional, comical, logical! it had everything I have been needing lately. John Green, I thank you very much for expert narration and I will continue to follow you.

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I cried and laughed and now feel less alone.

this book made me reconsider and consider a lot that we just don't day to day. written through the pandemic and read during the pandemic makes this a special book and reading leaves me feeling less alone.

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I give the Anthropocene Reviewed, 5 stars.

Put simply, this is a beautiful book. Full little journeys which we get to spend with a man I thought I could not admire any more than I did, until I read this book.

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A melancholic book filled with hope and beauty

I feel less alone when I listen to John Green. This is a beautiful meditation on life.

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  • Gino
  • 27-05-2021

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-06-2021

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.

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  • 12-07-2021

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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  • An inspired Reader
  • 20-05-2021

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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  • 19-05-2021

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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  • Jamie Cristofani
  • 27-05-2021

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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  • Aimee Gray
  • 31-08-2021

Everything I hoped for and more

Hopeful, truthful, heartwarming, quotable and so much more! The best release this year! Loved it!

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  • Jennifer Hirtle
  • 24-08-2021

Take a moment to reflect

I don’t know what I expected, but I loved it. John is lovely to listen to, the stories and facts woven together work so well. Everything has a positive swing to it even though some subjects were very dark. Highly recommended…I may even listen to it again!

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  • Russell
  • 04-08-2021

An instant favourite

I devoured this book. John Green's melodic musings are original, expansive, humorous, admirably self-effacing, peppered with prose, and at times, truly profound. I found this audiobook to be deeply comforting - like listening to the sound advice and insights of a wise old friend.

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  • Roger D.
  • 01-08-2021

Compulsory listening

If you are thinking of listening to this, do it. it is wonderful.

I give John Green five stars.

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  • gino
  • 29-07-2021

a smile and a tear

A book that made me smile a lot, but also shed more than one tear. Beautifully read by mister Green.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-07-2021

delightful in every sense

Absolutely excellent. John is a joy and delight to listen to. 100% would recommend. I give the Anthropocene Reviewed five and a half stars...

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