Random House Audio Listening Library

Earth Day Listens!

It is Earth day, y’all, and you know what that means! Be kind to the environment today. Reduce, reuse and recycle whenever possible.

 You should also listen to some audiobooks to mark the occasion, and we have the perfect couple of listens to accompany you on the one day of the year (okay, maybe we can count Halloween),  that it’s acceptable to dress as Captain Planet. Pop in a disc, or queue up a download to keep you alert while gardening, composting, or participating in any other green activity!

 Our First Lady, Michelle Obama gives you the low-down on how to build a community garden in her Grammy Nominated, and Audie Audiobook of the Year nominated AMERICAN GROWN.  Her cause célèbre during her time in the White House has been to change the course of childhood obesity by exploring how an increased access to affordable healthy food can positively affect communities across America.  Following in Eleanor Roosevelt’s footsteps, the First Lady’s decision to plant a vegetable garden on the South Lawn emphasized her healthy-eating message, and catapulted her desire for people to get more involved in their communities into the mainstream.

 In AMERICAN GROWN, Mrs. Obama invites you inside the White House Kitchen Garden and shares its inspiring story, from the first planting to the latest harvest.  Hear about her worries as a novice gardener – would the new plants even grow? Learn about her struggles and her joys as lettuce, corn, tomatoes, collards and kale, sweet potatoes and rhubarb flourished in the freshly tilled soil.  This audio book provides an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at every season of the garden’s growth, so take a listen and get planting!



You know Ken Burns from all of his amazing documentaries, and now you can listen to his work in audio formats. THE NATIONAL PARKS: America’s Best Idea by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns is a companion to the PSB special that aired a few years ago, so don’t shy away if you’ve watched it on television!

America’s national parks spring from an idea as radical as the Declaration of Independence: that the nation’s most magnificent and sacred places should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone, and in this book, the authors delve into the history of the park idea, from the first sighting by white men in 1851 of the valley that would become Yosemite and the creation of the world’s first national park at Yellowstone in 1872, through the most recent additions to a system that now encompasses nearly four hundred sites and 84 million acres. The authors recount the adventures, mythmaking, and intense political battles behind the evolution of the park system, and on this Earth Day, take some time to appreciate what has been preserved, and to truly open your eyes and appreciate the environment that surrounds you.



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