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Silent Spring Audiobook

Silent Spring

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Publisher's Summary

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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    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!

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    Joel Jonesboro, GA, United States 02-21-16
    Joel Jonesboro, GA, United States 02-21-16 Member Since 2009

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    "reading this book will change how you view the wor"

    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.

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    kiefer United States 07-29-13
    kiefer United States 07-29-13 Member Since 2015
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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.

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    RA Chillicothe, IL, United States 01-31-13
    RA 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.


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    Susan 04-28-17
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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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    Patricia United States 03-26-17
    Patricia United States 03-26-17 Member Since 2017
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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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    Bill 03-07-17
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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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    STACEY 01-16-16
    STACEY 01-16-16 Member Since 2015

    Farm boy that has traveled and lived all over the US. Enjoy stories involving history as well as science fiction.

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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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    Fred Mauhs Tarrytown, NY USA 12-29-15
    Fred Mauhs Tarrytown, NY USA 12-29-15 Member Since 2014
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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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    Kelly Ksiazek 04-08-15
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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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