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Marty

South Portland, Maine, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Future of Life

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Edward O. Wilson
    • Narrated By Ed Begley
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Today we understand that our world is infinitely richer than was ever previously guessed. Yet it is so ravaged by human activity that half its species could be gone by the end of the century. These two contrasting truths - unexpected magnificence and underestimated peril - have become compellingly clear during the past two decades of research on biological diversity. In his dazzlingly intelligent book, Wilson describes the treasures of the natural world we are about to lose forever and how we can save them.

    Lucas says: "A scientifically-grounded case for the environment"
    "Great content, terrible narrator."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not as an audiobook... It's better to read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    EO wilson is fascinating.


    What didn’t you like about Ed Begley’s performance?

    The narrator is an actor, not a narrator. I think there is a difference.
    Some people can do both.
    It is hard to follow. His enunciation and emphasis are marbled.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Paul Greenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (137)

    Our relationship with the ocean is undergoing a profound transformation. Just three decades ago nearly everything we ate from the sea was wild. Today rampant overfishing and an unprecedented biotech revolution have brought us to a point where wild and farmed fish occupy equal parts of a complex and confusing marketplace.

    Dan says: "Great listen"
    "Interesting information but dated conclusions."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Paul Greenberg is a very good pop science writer. For someone with no expertise on the topic, he gathered an impressive cast of characters to lend weight to his stories and conclusions.

    His conclusions about New England groundfish management is completely dated, as he claimed they have succeeded, where recent information has shown they failed in trying to control the populations of codfish in any meaningful way.

    I was very interested by his discussions of fish farming; it's costs, benefits, and options for the future, but his conclusions about wild fish harvesting were not very realistic.
    It is very apparent that although he is extremely curious, but he is prone to nostalgic idealism in face of contrary facts.

    When I listened to this as a curious persons tale of discovery, I rank it high. When I rank him as a science writer, maybe a bit lower... he just needs to be taken with a grain of salt.

    Overall, I rank this book highly. I'd read another book from Paul Greenberg.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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