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Huge fun. I bought the book with some trepidation. On the one hand, Crichton is always entertaining. On the other, I had been led to believe by the media response that the book was an attempt to discourage people from taking responsibility for their impact on the environment. I decided to read it with a sceptical mind. Nobody was going to convince *me* that global warming was a hoax, by golly.
To my surprise, I began to really enjoy the book despite the blatantly manipulative characterization of the pro-environmentalist protagonist as a credulous dupe. It helps here if you have a sense of humor about yourself.
I realized I had never *seen* any data that actually demonstrated the reality of global warming as a consequence of human actions. I had been *told*, but I had never seen the data. Kind of like high-school algebra, where even if you got the answer right, you couldn't get credit unless you showed how you *got* the answer.
I highly recommend the book as entertainment. Just bear with the dufus protagonist for the first half of the story (he gets better), and don't let your preconceptions spoil the fun.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
It's tough for me to be open minded about a Michael Crichton book. I've read nearly all of them going back to the very beginning when he wrote novels under a pen name while in medical school. What I enjoy most is that he doesn't talk down to his audience. He deals with complex scientific issues, uses complex language and (usually) explains things pretty well. He's been warning about the dangers of the mis-use of science for decades, so this book should come as no surprise. I always learn something new when I read a Crichton book. That's why I read them. They stimulate ideas and I always want to read more about the issues he discusses. There's always a danger in taking fiction as fact, so if you have doubts check it out on your own. That's the point, isn't it? To get people talking, and thinking? That's why I read books. If I simply want entertainment I'll watch a mindless sitcom.
I especially found his personal comments interesting, especially the reference to eugenics (did I spell that right?).
As for the performance criticism from some of the other reviewers, I had no such problems. Maybe it's because I usually listen to audio books in the car and the traffic noise diminishes it. Maybe it's because I'm not as critical as others. There's always some dubbing. Try reading a 10,000 word book aloud and see how YOU do.
So take this audio book for what it is, a thought-provoking, non-mainstream journey through unfamiliar territory. You'll only get out of it what you put into it.
116 of 122 people found this review helpful
A book written fron a clear anti-establishment view on the changing environment. He uses his undoubted scientific credentials to make his point around a barely plausible story.
His strength as an author means that he maintains interest despite the poor plotting. Not one of his best, but for Crighton fans it is still worth listening to.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Crichton targets the global warming movement in this polemical thriller. Although this novel may also be seen as an attack on lazy thinking in a world where information is too easily available and facts more difficult to discern.
I love that this book will get many people to challenge the assumptions they have about Global Warming and may even make a few of them check the facts quoted.
As a UK resident I hate the way facts are so quickly twisted to the purposes of pointless self serving politicians and the spotlight hogging radio whores of Today, who act the expert with their flimsy veneers of knowledge. This book could act as a cautionary tale to all such doom mongers.
This is a provocative work of fiction. Don?t assume that data, and therefore the issues, are as clear as is laid out here ? nothing in this arena is really is.
So as a polemic against the assumptions the Global Warming debate this is OK, as a thriller it does the job. Perhaps though, the author should concentrate more on characters that lectures, too many sermons, as perhaps here, will put off many. Great polemical writing keeps the audience whilst pounding the sacred cow, this got me wishing I could skip forward.
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