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  • The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus: Exploring and Conserving Our Natural World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jacques Cousteau, Susan Schielfelbein
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    Explorer, diving pioneer, filmmaker, inventor, and activist, Jacques Cousteau was blessed from his childhood with boundless curiosity about the natural world. As the leader of fascinating, often dangerous expeditions all over the planet, he discovered firsthand the complexity and beauty of life on earth and undersea - and watched the toll taken by human activity in the 20th century.

    Thomas M. Olenski says: "A Politcal Opinion"
    "A wonderful and illuminating book"
    Overall

    We've all been very lucky that a man with a great spirit, passion and honesty has lived and told us his story and views in such a pleasant and intelligent way. It is very different from the imbecilic coverage of just about anything in the media so it requires a serious and sincere mindset to appreciate. The philosophical insights and indeed underpinnings of Cousteau's work are amply explained in the book - thank God for the lack of sound-bites and political correctness. A fascinating, moving and enjoyable story for a discriminating and sophisticated listener, and a life changing for some, I'm sure. A gem. If only Oprah operated on a higher intellectual plane, it would be so great if she recommended this book to her book club. It's a breath of fresh air and a wake up call. The narration is decent and its faults are minor - I think they do not really detract from the book for a serious minded listener. The tone and the intention of the book, and, of course, the man, are very inspiring to me.

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