I love M.C Books in general but this novel is a one sided argument supporting global warming skeptics.
If you like to get your facts from fiction, this is the book for you. Or if you are able to enjoy the story and take the politics with a pinch of salt you may also like it. But be aware where your money is going. I wish I had borrowed the book from the library and not paid to have a political stance thrust upon me.
International Business focussed head of HR with science as a passion.
This book has an unclear story underlying massive criticism on the scientists that believe in global warming and greenhouse effect. At the end the outcome of the stiry is still unclear, what now happens with the organisation faced, what was the argument behind, etc. Personally I liked Michael Chrichtons books, but this book obviously has a different agenda then creating good and scientifically based entertainment. It is intended to radiate the message that some conservative US politicians state, that caring for the environment is nonsense. He defences not signing the kyoto protocol, and quotes constantly reserach that denounces the global warming theory. I agree when we states we need to be critical towards what we believe and what we assume is provenor not. Unfortunately mr Chrichton forgets that 97% of the Global climat scientisis have consensus (Source: Nobel price winning institute of environmental research). He however cites from the 3%. Indeed there is a group of criticism on this topic, also in Europe there is an organisation that voices the critics, which is important for a healthy democracy. Potentially they should then next time not take a historian, but a climatic scientist as their chairman and only public member. And at the end, irrespective all arguments, no argument of unclear consequences can be an argument not to be carfull with our environment, No argument should move attention away from a continuous need for carefull contemplation on the consequences of human behaviour on the environment. Using arguments to move away from that is criminal to our future on earth. I agree with the final discussion that we do not need to discuss if earth will survive. Earth will, just humans will not (see also 'rare earth theory', earth will rebouce, it take a million oyears or such, which for a planet is not a huge issue, just we won't be around to tell). In my view, this book makes me realise people actually believe what crichton states, and that is scary..
I've read or listened to almost all his books and thought this book was very in keeping with his typical style - intuiging, relevant, and fast paced. Well worth spending a credit on!
The reality of it all. Outstanding and timely work by Crichton, his best. This book may well be non-fiction one day.
Out of the 364 books that I have listened to, this is by far the worst. Crichton uses this audio to preach non-scientific views on Global Warming, or rather, his assertion, that there is no problem of Global Warming, only a State of Fear, hence the title. If there were a way to get my credit back, I would demand it be returned. The only honest part of the book is that it is listed as fiction.
This book is worthy of the author's reputation. Exciting and intriguing through out. Well worth the time spent listening. Very Enjoyable!
I'm a Cardiac Anesthesiologist with two college aged children. I used 2 check my kid's books for appropriateness & now enjoy those books 2.
I enjoy reading Crichton. His stories are always well planned and have superb plotlines. He changes his themes enough to make you want to read all of his works.
The only problem I have with Crichton is his endings. For some odd reason it just seems to me like he gets bored in the end and just says the end. He has a way of ruining the last chapter so that I don't read his works for a year or two. BUT I ALWAYS COME BACK.
This one though is superb. He kept me suspensed. I really wondered what was next. I really wanted to keep reading. No I was not sad when it was over, but I wasn't dissappointed at all. I really enjoyed this book.
Michael Critchton generally does an good job of weaving fact into a unique and imaginative work of fiction. But first and foremost, his works are "fiction". This novel fails because Critchton decided to take one side of a controversial issue, and in a very "heavy-handed" way he lectures us on all the virtues of that point of view. At the same time he paints all opponents of that point of view with all the vices under the sun(from naive and misguided to down-right evil). Ultimately, the action of the novel is weak and unmemorable as it is centered around the lectern.
I usually like Michael Crichton stories but this seems to have an excedingly long lead in before actually getting to point. I noted that the story seems to be along the same lines that Al Gore is making about global warming and that there is an underground conspiracy to hush things up but the slow progression and the dull reading by George Wilson makes me wonder why I bought the thing...
I'm going with the 'abridged' version instead and see if that's any better...