I thought I knew a lot, but I still learned a lot from this book. It was easy to go through, unlike other books I've listened to. I love the chapter where she describes how the chemicals work and pesticides. I also love how she it's a picture of the abundance of life in a few inches of the soil. This should be standard reading for everyone. perhaps if everyone understood what is in this book, we would not have chemical companies destroying our soils, water, and life... and making people very sick in the process.
I needed to read this book for class & I really like audio books. I follow along in the book as I listen & really feel like I get more from the experience. I retain more & get through the material much faster. This is a very very well written book, which takes extremely technical content and prefaces it for even the lay person to understand. Informative & well written.
Another demonstration of corporate immorality associated with the pesticide industry and the dangers of the unexpected consequences of chemicals upon health and the environment. Impeccably researched and stylistically through and brilliantly written.
I enjoy listening to the actual book or lecture and formulating my own opinion on the subject.
Society has come a long way since the publishing of this book. I hope it does not back slide.
Wonderful reading voice. The ability to speed up her pentameter is a highlight. I needed to plow through this and that made it possible. "Story" is about data so... It can make one fall asleep. Do not listen while laying down! Ha!
I finished this book while there are still reports of the ongoing scandal of lead in the water in Flint Michigan. having read this book I feel I have a better understanding for the cumulative effects from exposures to certain dangerous chemicals and how the consequences can be deeply established before we know we are the cause.
Farm boy that has traveled and lived all over the US. Enjoy stories involving history as well as science fiction.
Tough topic. Narrator was very good and made the book easy to listen to.
I think that this book creates the opportunity for one to think about the complex nature of the world around us. The material in this book gets criticism for lack of scientific specifics, but I think that it created the case for additional research and accountability in regards to unintended consequences from trying to improve the world by removing a problem pest. I felt that in the 1960's that Carson already foresaw the advent of GMO crops and the desire for them. I think this book may have been shocking to many at the time, but I can't help to think that perhaps it helped us to avoid some poor choices as we escalated the war on pests.
The book can be read by today's modern reader on several levels: as an historical account of an important milestone in environmental protection, as a lesson in the environmental hubris of man, and as a textbook explication of some of the fundamentals of chemistry and biology. Moreover, I have encountered no author who has mastered the art of non-fiction literature as has Rachel Carson in Silent Spring. Kaiulani Lee's reading of the text is equally masterful.