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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

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"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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Very informative!

This book is an eye opener of the route of exposure for the chemical present in the environment and how those chemicals are introduced in the body. I conclude that the book also points out the effect of longtime exposure of chemicals which has little consideration when new products are introduced to the market. If you want to learn more about environmental contamination and safety, I highly recommend this book.

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Not for everyone.

Very technical. I feel like I'm almost as qualified as anyone to understand this book, which is more like a PhD thesis, but not exactly a "page turner" (so to speak). Quite interested to hear the origins of modern environmentalism, and also interesting to ponder what the author might think/change if she were alive today.

If you don't have a scientific background and a lot of patience I doubt many will finish. I do not want to doubt or diminish the significance of the story, but I want potential readers to know what they're getting in to.

Great narration, but also sometimes disjointed which made me wonder if I hadn't accidentally fast-forwarded at times (I got a kick out of the coughs in the background about midway :)).

Like a marathon, it's both gratifying and relieving when it's over...

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One of the most impactful books

I thought I knew a lot, but I still learned a lot from this book. It was easy to go through, unlike other books I've listened to. I love the chapter where she describes how the chemicals work and pesticides. I also love how she it's a picture of the abundance of life in a few inches of the soil. This should be standard reading for everyone. perhaps if everyone understood what is in this book, we would not have chemical companies destroying our soils, water, and life... and making people very sick in the process.

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Well Prefaced

I needed to read this book for class & I really like audio books. I follow along in the book as I listen & really feel like I get more from the experience. I retain more & get through the material much faster. This is a very very well written book, which takes extremely technical content and prefaces it for even the lay person to understand. Informative & well written.

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Overkill

The research for the book was fantastic and thorough, especially when you consider the era when it was written. However, the book ran on and on and on and on and on......

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Very interesting

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.

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Silent Spring is as relevant and as necessary today as ever.

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.

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Sleepy narration

A little difficult to follow with the audio version. The narrator is ok but put me to sleep with her calm voice more than once.

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Incredibly well writte - almost poetry

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.

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  • Cyndi
  • Mooloolaba QLD, Australia
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Silent Spring by Rachael Carson

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.
Cyndi O'Meara
Nutritionist and Author Changing Habits Changing Lives

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