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Ms. Gilbert reads this book with a premium on the enunciation of each word, with cohesiveness suffering badly. She's like a prancing pony; dancing all around the words and hitting the individual words with accuracy, but the sentences themselves (not to mention paragraphs) suffer from herky-jerky, over-enunciated discontinuity. Because of her untargeted verbal thrashings, she occasionally runs out of breath toward the end of the sentence! What now, young pony?
It's like listening to a 10th-grader who's asked to read an unfamiliar passage for a speech audition. I'm going to have to buy the book, because listening to this audiobook is just not working.
15 of 17 people found this review helpful
This book is a fine, excellently-narrated history of a well-documented story of world-wide climate change, the Medieval Warming Period of 800-1300 AD. During this time, the Western European climate warmed to the point that more diverse crops could be planted and great explorations could be undertaken. During this time, the Vikings were able to settle Greenland, Iceland, and even go as far west as North America. The flip side of this climate change is also documented - great droughts in Western North America, Central America and South America, dooming Native American, Mayan and various South American civilizations. A very interesting, concise overview of the world-wide effects of a warming period, and speculation and warnings about what would be in store this time around should a similar event occur again. Very factual without being boring, alarmist or preachy. Highly recommended.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
A fascinating piece of research and valuable history lesson.
Maybe some of the chapter introductions are a bit flowery/misplaced and certainly the endless unit conversions (metres/miles/acres etc etc) don't work well in the audio book.
The conclusion is simply mind-blowing in its self-contradictory rampant alarmism with added confusion between computer model outputs and actual reality. It really does set a gold standard for verbal diarrhoea but thankfully it's relatively brief.