Wednesday, July 15, 2020

#MacmillanAudio Review of The Next Great Migration by Sonia Shah narrated by the author

In a world where all you hear is closed borders, border walls and anti-immigration protests  when Macmillan Audio offered me an advanced copy I couldn't wait to listen to Sonia Shah's The Next Great Migration:The Beauty and Terror of Life on the Move. I learned a great deal and if you give it a try you will too!

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Release Date: 6-23-2020

 10hours-15 minutes
 From Publisher for review
Buy It: Audible



The news today is full of stories of dislocated people on the move. Wild species, too, are escaping warming seas and desiccated lands, creeping, swimming, and flying in a mass exodus from their past habitats. News media presents this scrambling of the planet's migration patterns as unprecedented, provoking fears of the spread of disease and conflict and waves of anxiety across the Western world. On both sides of the Atlantic, experts issue alarmed predictions of millions of invading aliens, unstoppable as an advancing tsunami, and countries respond by electing anti-immigration leaders who slam closed borders that were historically porous.

But the science and history of migration in animals, plants, and humans tell a different story. Far from being a disruptive behavior to be quelled at any cost, migration is an ancient and lifesaving response to environmental change, a biological imperative as necessary as breathing. Climate changes triggered the first human migrations out of Africa. Falling sea levels allowed our passage across the Bering Sea. Unhampered by barbed wire, migration allowed our ancestors to people the planet, catapulting us into the highest reaches of the Himalayan mountains and the most remote islands of the Pacific, creating and disseminating the biological, cultural, and social diversity that ecosystems and societies depend upon. In other words, migration is not the crisis--it is the solution.

Conclusively tracking the history of misinformation from the 18th century through today's anti-immigration policies, The Next Great Migration makes the case for a future in which migration is not a source of fear, but of hope.

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My Macmillan Audio review:

The Next Great Migration: The Beauty and Terror of Life on the Move
Sonia Shah

Sonia Shah’s latest non-fiction puts the kibash on some falsities about not only human but plant and animal migration as well. She tells how in this border wall, closed border, migrant phobic era the general public is being sold a bill of goods from officials about migrants that equals the “flat earth” theory from centuries past. She tells her audience that migration is NOT bad and in fact when migrant species of any kind human, plant or animal is introduced that it many times improves the population and landscapes they invade by filling ecological holes. She also clears up the fallacies that these people want to leave their home when in fact they don’t. She also goes back on how history’s feelings on immigrants and migration have changed. She follows several immigrant horror stories as these people fleeing wars and persecution are bounced between countries tent cities and detention centers trying often without success to find a new home.
If you are a reader that enjoys facts, figures and lots of data this book filled with a plethora of information will appeal to you however if you’re a fiction lover that likes the occasional non-fiction in story form this may not be your cup of tea.
The narration by the author is clear and understandable but could use a bit more emotion.
About the author:Sonia Shah is a science journalist and the prize-winning author of Pandemic: Tracking Contagions from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the New York Public Library Award for Excellence in Journalism. She has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many others. Her TED talk, “Three Reasons We Still Haven't Gotten Rid of Malaria,” has been viewed by more than one million people around the world. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.


  1. Great topic to explore and when you think about it so much migration and we are where we are now because somebody in our past migrated.

  2. Fascinating Debbie. Audio may be the way to absorb this. Great review!

    1. yes I think reading would have left sleep drool lines on pages LOL thanks Kim