Summary

A natural history of rain, told through a lyrical blend of science, cultural history, and human drama.
It is elemental, mysterious, precious, destructive. It is the subject of countless poems and paintings; the top of the weather report; the source of all the world's water. Yet this is the first audiobook to tell the story of rain.
Cynthia Barnett's Rain begins four billion years ago with the torrents that filled the oceans, and builds to the storms of climate change. It weaves together science - the true shape of a raindrop, the mysteries of colored rains - with the human story of our attempts to control rain, from ancient rain dances to the 2,203 miles of levees that attempt to straitjacket the Mississippi River. It offers a glimpse of our "founding forecaster," Thomas Jefferson, who measured every drizzle long before modern meteorology. Two centuries later, rainy skies would help inspire Morrissey's mopes and Kurt Cobain's grunge. Rain is also a travelogue, taking listeners to Scotland to tell the surprising story of the mackintosh raincoat, and to India, where villagers extract the scent of rain from the monsoon-drenched earth and turn it into perfume.
Now, after thousands of years spent praying for rain or worshiping it; burning witches at the stake to stop rain or sacrificing small children to bring it; mocking rain with irrigated agriculture and cities built in floodplains; even trying to blast rain out of the sky with mortars meant for war, humanity has finally managed to change the rain. Only not in ways we intended. As climate change upends rainfall patterns and unleashes increasingly severe storms and drought, Barnett shows rain to be a unifying force in a fractured world. Too much and not nearly enough, rain is a conversation we share, and this is an audiobook for everyone who has ever experienced it.
©2015 Cynthia Barnett (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Recorded by arrangement with Crown Publishers, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House LLC.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Sidney Lee Schnepf on 21-05-18

Only issue was with the "inserted" difficult words

So I really enjoyed listening to this, and found it multi-faceted and very conversational in tone. I'm not the biggest fan of the reader's voice, but the thing that kept startling me a bit was what sounded like audio "inserted" words that were either in a different language or just a bit more difficult (like names). It sounded like they were recorded at a different time and then spliced into the narrative. However, this wouldn't keep me from listening to it again.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Katrina on 11-07-16

The Best

If you could sum up Rain in three words, what would they be?

One of the best books I have listen to. Both in writing and narrator voice,

What did you like best about this story?

They way she explained water throughout history and the importance and the fact we have always taken advantage of

What does Christina Traister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I am not sure

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

As a treat at almost finishing the book she traveled to a rain forest that is know to be the wettest place on either.

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