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Silent Spring | [Rachel Carson]

Silent Spring

First published in 1962, Silent Spring can single-handedly be credited with sounding the alarm and raising awareness of humankind's collective impact on its own future through chemical pollution. No other book has so strongly influenced the environmental conscience of Americans and the world at large.
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First published in 1962, Silent Spring can single-handedly be credited with sounding the alarm and raising awareness of humankind's collective impact on its own future through chemical pollution. No other book has so strongly influenced the environmental conscience of Americans and the world at large.

©1962 Rachel Carson; (P)2006 Recorded Books LLC

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Kenneth Oxnard, CA, USA 08-09-08
    Kenneth Oxnard, CA, USA 08-09-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Ahead of her times..."

    I listened to this as I was finishing my Masters in Environmental Engineering. Rachel Carson was right every inch of the way. We (the US and the world) are still dealing with environmental issues foretold in this book. The readers tone of truth is dynamic and a great listen. Recommend this for all consumers (adults and young readers as well).

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Jefferson Jonan-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Japan 08-30-12
    Jefferson Jonan-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Japan 08-30-12 Member Since 2010

    I love reading and listening to books, especially fantasy, science fiction, children's, historical, and classics.

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    "A Threnody of Death and a Hymn to Life"

    With chapters like "Elixirs of Death," "Needless Havoc," "And No Birds Sing," "Rivers of Death," "Indiscriminately from the Skies," "The Human Price," and "Nature Fights Back," Rachel Carson's classic and influential book Silent Spring (1962) is not for the faint of heart. In great detail, with many statistics, scientific research results, quotations from scientists, and accounts of real incidents, mostly in the United States but also abroad, she explains the devastating and long-lasting effects on the environment and every living thing within it of the potent and toxic synthetic chemical poisons ("biocides") that from the 1940s to the early 60s human beings were spraying, dusting, and dumping on "bad" flora and fauna in misguided attempts to control or eliminate them. Nervous systems attacked, oxidation in cells blocked, reproductive systems disrupted, genetic codes warped, leukemia and other cancers increased, squirrels and robins dying on the ground with their feet clenched and bodies convulsed, entire populations of innocent bystanders destroyed, and the "pests" and "weeds" etc. coming back resistant and or in higher numbers than before.

    The reader of the audiobook, Kaiulani Lee, speaks clearly and reads the text at an easy and natural pace. Although I wish that she would not say "insects," "effects," and "facts" as if they ended in "x" (because Carson uses them a lot), I like her gentle and grandmotherly voice and manner, for the chemical devastation done to the environment becomes all the more horrible by contrast.

    Much of Silent Spring is grim. But at the same time, Carson's analogies are so witty and apt, her descriptions so vivid and lyrical, and her tone so rational and caring, that her book is often a pleasure to read. Like this: "Or there, almost invisible against a leaf, is the lacewing, with green gauze wings and golden eyes, shy and secretive, descendant of an ancient race that lived in Permian times." In addition to cogently explaining the history, composition, misuse, and effects of synthetic chemical poisons, Carson also clearly explains how life works, how cells divide and make energy, how nerves transmit signals, how insects reproduce, how mutations occur, how natural selection works, and how all living things live in eco-systems perfectly adapted to their environments. Like this:

    "Before the spraying there had been a rich assortment of the water life that forms the food of salmon and trout--caddis fly larvae, living in loosely fitting protective cases of leaves, stems or gravel cemented together with saliva, stonefly nymphs clinging to rocks in the swirling currents, and the wormlike larvae of blackflies edging the stones under riffles or where the stream spills over steeply slanting rocks. But now the stream insects were dead, killed by the DDT, and there was nothing for a young salmon to eat."

    Thus I left her book not only appalled by the human ability to treat the world and everything in it so selfishly and recklessly but also enriched by a greater awareness of the miracle of the interconnected web of life in our world. Even though her book is 50 years old this year, and kids nowadays grow up learning ecology, Silent Spring should still be read because it is so well-written and was so instrumental in inspiring the modern ecological movement.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    history buff louisiana 08-26-09
    history buff louisiana 08-26-09 Member Since 2008

    carol

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    "If you are a baby boomer, you MUST read this!!"

    while the info is dated, and many of these chemicals are now banned--because of this book!!--those of us who grew up in the 40's-60's MUST read this. i am 56 and both my mother (who is 90) and I are now suffering from debilitating diseases which were definitely caused by my father's insane over-use of chloridane in that time period. he died many years ago of a stroke and other diseases which are directly related to these now-banned pesticides. these chemicals remain in our system and have probably also affected our children and their children! what a legacy our government left us in its selfish, self-serving, special-interest-guided efforts. does anyone know of a parallel book written since this one?

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Hobby Mill Park, Victoia, AU 04-17-12
    Michael Hobby Mill Park, Victoia, AU 04-17-12
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    "Seminal book on enviroment vs Corperations"
    Would you listen to Silent Spring again? Why?

    It is a well argued treaties on the affect of chemicals on the total enviroment and
    shows how corperations react to valid comment on the over all affect of their products


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The countyside, this book high lights the beauty of nature and how we are dependent on it.


    What does Kaiulani Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice evokes the voice of the auther and the country side


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it needs to be reflexed upon


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Chelmsford, MA, USA 06-24-09
    Edward Chelmsford, MA, USA 06-24-09
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    "Impressed Listener"

    I really enjoyed this book. It is filled with dry scientific facts that are presented in a really interesting and entertaining way. It makes for compelling listening. The data is very dated now but it grabbed my interest and I will try and dig more up to date information to see how much things have improved.
    John Conrad

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    kiefer United States 07-29-13
    kiefer United States 07-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Changed my outlook on chemical use."

    Carson gives countless examples of the small atrocities that combine to paint a horrifying picture, and plants the seed of many different alternatives to spraying.

    Since reading Silent Spring I have found myself engaging in discussions with friends and family over common pesticide use and alternatives.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nathalie Saint-Marc, QC, Canada 06-18-13
    Nathalie Saint-Marc, QC, Canada 06-18-13 Member Since 2008

    I never go jogging (or walking!) without my Audible book!

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    "Will never be outdated: read and learn Monsanto"

    This book will make you question the capitalistic world we live in. We are surrounded by industries whose sole purpose is to make money, at whatever the cost. They cannot wait for nature to do what pesticides and herbicides will do in a fraction of the time.
    A sad but true fact.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Randy Chillicothe, IL, United States 01-31-13
    Randy Chillicothe, IL, United States 01-31-13
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    "Great resource to use in an environmental class"
    If you could sum up Silent Spring in three words, what would they be?

    A must read!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The fact that the book was written to promote environmental awareness and can be related to the real world is a welcome fact for the classroom application. I was able to find and purchase a curriculum that helped as well.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wade T. Brooks Portland, OR, USA 06-25-12
    Wade T. Brooks Portland, OR, USA 06-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A Great Book"

    An amazing read, Carson is an exceptional writer and the subject is as prescient today as it was when she penned it in the early 60's.

    This book has been ranked one of the top most influential books in the twentieth century and Carson was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work on this subject. I highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Sterling, VA, United States 06-08-12
    Ann Sterling, VA, United States 06-08-12 Member Since 2006
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    "GREAT "story" - beginning of ecology movement"

    Rachel Carson's original investigation into the harms of pesticides is groundbreaking. But - no fault of the narrator - much does not convey audibly - long lists of numbers, statisics, etc. Better to read this classic in print.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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