Sixty Days and Counting : Science in the Capital

  • by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Narrated by Peter Ganim, Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Series: Science in the Capital
  • 20 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

By the time Phil Chase is elected president, the world's climate is far on its way to irreversible change. Food scarcity, housing shortages, diminishing medical care, and vanishing species are just some of the consequences. The erratic winter the Washington, D.C., area is experiencing is another grim reminder of a global weather pattern gone haywire: bone-chilling cold one day, balmy weather the next.But the president-elect remains optimistic and doesn't intend to give up without a fight. A maverick in every sense of the word, Chase starts organizing the most ambitious plan to save the world from disaster since FDR - and assembling a team of top scientists and advisers to implement it.For Charlie Quibler, this means re-entering the political fray full-time and giving up full-time care of his young son, Joe. For Frank Vanderwal, hampered by a brain injury, it means trying to protect the woman he loves from a vengeful ex and a rogue "black ops" agency not even the president can control - a task for which neither Frank's work at the National Science Foundation nor his study of Tibetan Buddhism can prepare him.In a world where time is running out as quickly as its natural resources, where surveillance is almost total and freedom nearly nonexistent, the forecast for the Chase administration looks darker each passing day. For as the last - and most terrible - of natural disasters looms on the horizon, it will take a miracle to stop the clock . . . the kind of miracle that only dedicated men and women can bring about.BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction by author Kim Stanley Robinson.


What the Critics Say

"Robinson's gift is a vision that uses the environment and its complexity as the focus of all that happens, rather than merely as grim set dressing or allegorical overlay." (Time)


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Customer Reviews

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Really disappointed - save your credits

I really dislike leaving a negative review but I wish that someone had left this review before I wasted three credits and countless hours on this series. I went into it with high hopes - I am interested in climate and sustainability, enjoy fiction and sci-fi and environmental fiction, and am married to an atmospheric physicist - so I was open to loving this series.

The narrator was appallingly robotic but I was still willing to give it a go.

Unfortunately, the main characters in the series simply didn't resonate with me at all. Frank and all of his paleo-living musings and internal dialogue about women and his ongoing problem of being in love with multiple females; Charlie and "mister mom" moments; the mystical child... It goes on. I didn't care about any of them and investing my time in learning about their lives feels, in retrospect, pointless.

The science was interesting and I learned a few things, but certainly not enough to justify almost three full days of listening.

Personally, I'd suggest reading A World Without Us and a few papers on climare change, and save yourself a few days of forced listening.

I'm so sorry to be so negative, but these three books are by far the worst audio experience I've had since joining Audible several years ago. I've given the story two stars because I think it's an important topic, but I certainly don't recommend this book or the previous two in the series.
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- Suzanne

Captivating Fiction NOT Sci-Fi!

Where does Sixty Days and Counting rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is certainly one of my favourites. Unlike other reviewers, I didn't go into this series expecting big blockbuster style sci-fi thrills. I didn't know what to expect, and I was pleasantly surprised to be treated with intelligence and wit, and the ability to follow a slowly developing, but absorbing, story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sixty Days and Counting?

I cannot say which characters, as I like to avoid spoilers, but I did enjoy the wedding scene near the end. It gives hope to the story, amid the doom and gloom of our possible future.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I thought his style could have had been a bit warmer, it does sound very automated at times. That being said, his use of accents and pronunciation, and the difference between male and female characters, was very good.

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

Don't Give Up Hope!

Any additional comments?

I am glad I persevered with this series, as I was not completely wowed by the first book. The characters really grow and develop, and are not clichéd. This makes for an interesting listen, and a pleasant change from other books I have listened to.

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- Suzanne Martin

Book Details

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