Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis by Al Gore, read by Cynthia Nixon and John Slattery (audio)

Our Choice:  A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis by Al Gore , which I received as a win from the Green Books Campaign with Eco-Libris, is not what readers will expect.  The foreword is read by Al Gore himself (check out the audio excerpt), but the remainder of the audio is narrated by Cynthia Nixon and John Slattery in alternating chapters.  Many will expect this volume to talk about how to save the planet, but some may mistakenly think that this is a practical guide for the average American.  Upon listening to the audio, however, readers will quickly realize that it is geared at providing larger scale solutions to the climate crisis.  However, it would be wrong to assume this book is only for policymakers, scientists, and other societal players because without support from individuals these initiatives will not come to pass.

Our Choice is a comprehensive look at the most viable solutions available to combat and reverse climate change, and it examines each solution from a variety of perspectives to determine which would be the best investment.  The book is about not only learning to conserve energy, but also about learning to use waste energy to supplant energy needs and make processes more efficient.  From deforestation in developing nations to population growth, Gore discusses many of the pressing issues facing the sustainability of the globe.  Although many of the developed nations have contributed most to the carbon emissions and developing nations find it unfair that they should adhere to caps when they have not had enough time to develop their industries, Gore makes the case that we all live on the same planet and regardless of who caused the most damage the time has passed for the blame game.  It is now time for humans to look beyond nations, cultures, and societies to save our home.

Depending on your level of enthusiasm for environmental issues or affinity for audio books, Our Choice is a deeply informative book about the broader picture of climate change and the possible solutions.  However, readers may find the narration a bit dry at times given the nature of the information provided and may prefer to read this book on their Kindle or in paperback.  Gore’s book is a must have for each American so they can learn about the crisis, make note of the possible solutions available to individuals and those for the broader society, and take action on a grassroots level.  America was built on grassroots activity, and that great tradition should continue.

OK, I’m jumping down from my soapbox.  As a bonus, I would like to do the “green” thing and pass along my copy to another reader.

This giveaway for the audio of Our Choice by Al Gore is international:

1.  Leave a comment about your feelings on the climate crisis.

2.  Blog, Tweet, Facebook, or spread the word and leave a link on this post.

Deadline is July 4, 2010, at 11:59 PM


  1. i like it 😉

  2. LOL I love this answer! My husband does the same thing with the toilet paper rolls.
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  3. J.T. Oldfield says

    what do you mean my feelings about the climate crisis? It sucks. Here in Seattle we had a mild winter, which means less snow in the mountains, which means a dry summer. You know what else bugs me? My husband throws away the toilet paper rolls. How many times do I have to tell him that those should be recycled? You know what else bugs me? National parks suck at having recycling bins. What’s up with that? Better enter me in the contest so I can think of more things to bitch about.

  4. I own the book, so don’t count me in on the giveaway, but I wanted to mention that I found the book useful in describing what various types of alternative energy. For people like me who care about the environment but aren’t up on all of the technologies, it is useful to have a quick and comprehensive enough description of what is going on.

  5. Wow international!!!! please count me in. would love to listen to this audio.

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  6. I would love a chance to listen to this audio. As far as how I feel about the climate crisis is not positive, I think we all need to do more to protect our world. Please include me in your giveaway.

  7. Susan Helene Gottfried says

    No need to enter me, as always. I’m dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I’ve got this posted at Win a Book.
    Susan Helene Gottfried´s last blog post ..Our Choice audio AND international

  8. I already own this, so no need to enter me. I have to admit that this is one of the few audiobooks that I didn’t finish. I think you’re right that you have to be interested in the topic, and I think in the right mood too. I know that for this kind of book I do better reading it in print format. I do think that the information is important though.
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    • I really enjoy these types of books, but I have to say that would have enjoyed it more if I had read it. I tend to absorb more of the information if i read it.

  9. I was afraid this might be dry. I read somewhere that Gore donates to an environmental charity to offset his carbon footprint – like money is the answer to everything.

    • Money can be an answer to some things, if its used properly. I like that he talks about environmental issues and that he does contribute to charities, but maybe he should be doing more. I don’t really know what else he does.

  10. No need to enter me into this one. I am immersed in various exercises to be green, our school has a special committee for it, we are virtually paperless, we recycle, etc. But I get very irritated at the lectures. Someone needs to ask Mr. Gore about HIS carbon footprint.
    Sandy´s last blog post ..Writing an Audio book review

    • I’m sure his carbon footprint is large, but I also think that more than lectures are necessary. . . too many people do nothing…that just makes me upset

  11. Fantastic and thoughtful review! Sounds like you got a lot out of it. I’m not sure I’d be able to listen to or read this book, but it sounds like he has the right idea about stopping the blame game and fixing the problems.

    No need to enter me, but I’ve added the giveaway to my sidebar.
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