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When I saw this for download on Netgalley it drew my immediate interest. I just had to see how there was so much to talk about when it came to dust. It’s one of the most innocuous parts of our lives. It’s everywhere but most people barely notice it. I’m glad I got approved for a copy of this when I did.

I absolutely loved this book. The depth of detail that is gone into is just amazing. I learned so many things that I didn’t know before. The chapter about radioactive dust was especially eye opening. And I had no idea that Los Angeles had such a nefarious history.

My only complaints are about the audiobook. The narrator mispronounced multiple words (and I don’t just mean using the British pronunciation I mean they flat out said words wrong).

Overall I greatly enjoyed this, highly recommend for nonfiction/history fans, and look forward to reading more from the author in the future.

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I was expecting a pop science book in the vein of "how herring explain the world," but this book is actually a really interesting look at human culture and how human decisions (and quite often impersonal capitalistic greed) lead to environmental degradation, misery, and way too much housework. The sections on LA's water impact on the Owens Valley, British class anxiety around housework and the crushing impact they had on women; the dust bowl; and the disappearing Aral Sea were, while disparate in topic, all really fascinating and drew together the larger themes. Really interesting book.

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Thanks to NetGalley and Recorded Books for the audiobook ARC!

Dust is a comprehensive look at one of the most ubiquitous and least studied substances on earth. Though to even call it a substance is already a betrayal of all the things I learned from this book. More like 'substance soup.'

If you ever wanted to learn more about the historical significance of dust, or just what it is that is everywhere and builds up faster than you would believe, this is the book for you!

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<i>Dust: The Modern World in a Trillion Particles</i> is part science book and part history book, melding the two to look at how humans have shaped dust in this world and how dust has changed us. This was a fascinating look into something few of us think about in any kind of detail. The only thing that bothered me was that the audiobook had British pronunciations – to be expected with a British author and British narrator – but some of the scientific terms are pronounced differently, and I would lose track of the story when I heard one of the words “mispronounced” to my ear. That is a personal nitpick, though, and it shouldn’t stop you from checking out this book in your preferred format.

Many thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an audio ARC of this book.

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Dust was a really interesting look at small particles, and how dust affects so much of our planet. I like non-fiction that focuses on one item and tells stories of how it impacts the planet in different regions. well done.

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Wow! Who knew that a book about dust would be so engrossing! I do love nonfiction books that take a deep dive into something I previously thought was mundane, but turns out to be fascinating. I guess many things are fascinating if you take the time to go beyond the surface.
This book takes you on a journey to learn about all kinds of dust from the dust in your house (not mostly dead skin cells btw) to nuclear bomb testing to the ice sheets of Greenland highlighting the important role that dust plays. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

Thank you to Netgalley and RB Media for an advance copy of this book for review.

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This book explores the outsized impact of tiny particles. It reveals how dust has shaped history, from the Dust Bowl to climate change and nuclear fallout. Offering insight into this overlooked threat, the book traces dust's origins on Earth and its profound yet underappreciated role across science, the environment, and human events.

This is a fascinating, beautifully written, and compassionate call to action to prevent human-created desertification. The book shows how fragile and interrelated systems are being undermined, and once they're disrupted, it may be impossible to restore them. Once the fourth-largest lake in the world, the Aral Sea has all but disappeared during my lifetime. The Great Salt Lake is drying up, increasing its mineral concentration, creating a human and wildlife disaster in the making. The management of Owens Lake offers a glimmer of hope if we reverse course now.

The audiobook narration was well done and added to the enjoyment of the book.

Thanks, NetGalley, for the ARC I received. This is my honest and voluntary review.

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