©1962 Rachel Carson; (P)2006 Recorded Books LLC
"Silent Spring came as a cry in the wilderness, a deeply felt, thoroughly researched, and brilliantly written argument that changed the course of history." (Al Gore)
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.
Raises some decent points but is not entirely correct, and one could argue that this book has resulted in a lot of people dying from malaria because of the ban that this book caused on ddt.
Just as relebant 50 years later, A must listen, for anyone concerned with the future of Life on earth. How beautifully the language flows is magnified while listening - even with such scary topics.
This book may be 50 years old but it is still relevant today. I defy anybody to read this and not make a change in their life away from the use and consumption of chemicals.
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