I am sure I have read worse books in my life but I really can't think of any. I'm giving it one star because the man can string together a sentence without making glaring grammatical errors. But the plot was unlikely, the hero(ine)s not particularly compelling, the politics over the top and the ending disappointing.
If you must give it a listen, try the abridged version. Then, if you dislike it as much as I did, you won't have wasted 18 hours of your life.
I would have given this book five stars but, I did hear the annoying, even disturbing, stomach and guttural sounds the reader had going on and will scrutinize future reads by him before purchasing. However, once able to tune those irritations out the book is a great listen. Fast paced plot with fun evolving characters and surprising heroes. Don?t let the politico?s that rated this book deter you from another Chrichton winner. A bonus from the author, not only does he give you a great story line, but he manages to cause you to think about what we really know of the Eco World. Any book that has me asking questions and wanting more is a winner in my mind.
This is one of the worst books I have ever heard/read. The science is so one-sided it is laughable. The main character - an environmentalist attorney - is so dumb it is hard to imagine he could tie his shoes. I listened to the interview Audible did with Michael and he presents his 'years' of scientific research as producing accurate information on global warming but if you compare his reality with all the studies currently available it is obvious that Michael has lost his objectivity. Save your money unless you like propaganda presented as fact, environmentalists presented as murderers, and government agents presented as defenders of truth - all with BUSH as president............
If you're a climate change denialist, you'll love THIS book.
Only a small fraction of the book actually carries the action. The bulk of it is a thinly - well, no, not veiled at all - propagandist work about climate change. The author obviously believes that climate change is a conceit of the media and environmentalist groups seeking to capitalize on a false global warming.
The lecturing is so heavy handed. The main protagonist, Peter Evens, is portrayed as a stooge who accepts global warming without questioning the "facts." The endless passages that go on for pages and pages are lectures from lawyers questioning and "enlightening" our hapless attorney, Peter, until he sees how hoodwinked he's been.
The book is its own hoodwink, trying to convince you that none of the evidence holds water (or melted glaciers).
I thought, after reading so many reviews touting how this book "makes you think, and question what you're told and led to believe" that it would be an incisive and thought-rpovoking book. But I found it to be a one-sided argument against climate change or human influence on climate, in the face of growing evidence.
Thought provoking? Leading readers to learn about science and media? Or preachy propaganda?
I think it's propaganda.
Still, it didn't convince me.
Droning on about global warming...I took the SUV to the 7-11 and THEN, I had some greenhouse gasses! No disputing that source!
I did listen to the entire book however. THAT was a reason to celebrate. Now I'll read the warning lable on my hair dryer - again. Much more interesting... A dissapointment from an otherwise great author.
I would have given this book 2 stars, but I gave it an extra star because of the wonderful job the narrator did on the audio production. I am looking forward to hearing more of his work.
Yeah, it has an agenda. And, yes, the pairing of an expert with a novice as a device to facilitate the endless explanations got a little tiring. And, yes, the character development could've been beefed up a bit. And, YES, the narration is horrible. Where were you, Scott Brick?? But I don't really care, it was still entertaining!! And more importantly, it raised enough questions in my mind, that I've undertaken additional research on my own. So it was well worth the listen.