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Thomas M. Olenski

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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 Politcal Opinion"
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    Would you try another book from Jacques Cousteau and Susan Schielfelbein and/or Stephen Hoye?

    No.


    What could Jacques Cousteau and Susan Schielfelbein have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The book merged two very different types of books together that should not have been done. Some sections of the book were filled with interesting stories about life under the sea and the voyages of Cousteau. Other sections, the majority, were making a strong political statement about fishing, the international community of nations, and nuclear power. The political statement was supported with numerous facts and made a very strong argument. Unfortunately, if the reader is not prepared for this, it takes the reader by surprise and brings them from the highs of adventure to the lows of helplessness and resignation of defeat. Many socialist principles are espoused that are really so far from reality that is presents a pure fantasy that deserves 2 minutes rather than hours. This book should have been advertised a Cousteau's political point of view and perhaps how he tried to use it to preserve the oceans.


    What aspect of Stephen Hoye’s performance would you have changed?

    Perhaps too forceful and demanding. Perhaps it may have been better received if it was not so much in the style of preaching and arogant. I don't think it matched at all the speaking style of the author.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Extreme sadness. No hope for the future. No path to follow.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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