Forty Signs of Rain : Science in the Capital

  • by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Narrated by Kim Stanley Robinson, Peter Ganim
  • Series: Science in the Capital
  • 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The best-selling author of the classic Mars trilogy and The Years of Rice and Salt returns with a riveting new trilogy of cutting-edge science, international politics, and the real-life ramifications of global warming as they are played out in our nation's capital-and in the daily lives of those at the center of the action. Hauntingly realistic, here is a novel of the near future that is inspired by scientific facts already making headlines. When the Arctic ice pack was first measured in the 1950s, it averaged 30 feet thick in midwinter. By the end of the century it was down to 15. One August the ice broke. The next year the breakup started in July. The third year it began in May. That was last year.
It's an increasingly steamy summer in the nation's capital as Senate environmental staffer Charlie Quibler cares for his young son and deals with the frustrating politics of global warming. Charlie must find a way to get a skeptical administration to act before it's too late-and his progeny find themselves living in Swamp World. But the political climate poses almost as great a challenge as the environmental crisis when it comes to putting the public good ahead of private gain.
While Charlie struggles to play politics, his wife, Anna, takes a more rational approach to the looming crisis in her work at the National Science Foundation. There a proposal has come in for a revolutionary process that could solve the problem of global warming-if it can be recognized in time. But when a race to control the budding technology begins, the stakes only get higher. As these everyday heroes fight to align the awesome forces of nature with the extraordinary march of modern science, they are unaware that fate is about to put an unusual twist on their work-one that will place them at the heart of an unavoidable storm.
BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction by author Kim Stanley Robinson.


What the Critics Say

"One of the most accomplished and popular writers working in science fiction today." ( Time)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Promising start

What did you like most about Forty Signs of Rain?

I really enjoyed the whole story. I liked the fact it didn't just focus on one person or group, but looked at how events affected things all around the world. The characters were all sympathetic, and believable.

What other book might you compare Forty Signs of Rain to, and why?

I can't really compare it to anything else, as this isn't really my usual genre at all. But it was a really pleasant surprise. It wasn't as preachy as I imagined, and the different characters really held my attention.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I really didn't enjoy the narration. The pace was too slow for the drama, and the tone was almost robotic. I also didn't enjoy his female voices, I thought they were a bit cliche ridden.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The Inevitable Future - unfortunately I think this is where we as a species are heading.

Any additional comments?

I look forward to listening to the next two books in the series. I really enjoyed this story, and want to find out how things end.

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- Suzanne Martin

The most awful narration

I bought all three books in this series but I am not sure if I can handle listening to this narrator for another two books. He is deadpan, slow, completely lacking in any animation, and seems unable to convey different characters through tone. I realise that this isn't about the book itself, but a poor narration kills an audiobook for me.

I highly recommend that you listen to the preview before buying this or other books in the series and see if you can handle listening to this robotic monotone for 60+ hours.
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- Suzanne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-12-2008
  • Publisher: Audible Studios