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I loved John Vaillant's book "the tiger" . This book, does not match up to that book in my opinion. He does a great job telling the story, but it's just too long. There is way to much bashing of the logging industry. I am a tree hugger by nature, I believe trees have spirits, and I liked how he discribed this, the First Nation people, and all the characters. He also does a good job discribing the horrible practices of some in the logging industry. But he keeps going back to bashing the logging industry. Toward the end of the book, I felt like he was trying to manipulate the reader and fill pages. Get his book The Tiger, but wait on this one until it's discounted. Then listen to the first 75% and move on.
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This book stretches out a what seems like a simple story of environmental terrorism by giving a ton of background. Going back not just centuries, but providing events in the context of millennia - weaving the disparate facts, opinions, and myths into one fascinating book. While at times the historical diversions seemed a little long winded, especially in the middle of the climactic act, it didn't annoy me & somehow worked. I really enjoyed the thorough exploration and deep history of the story presented in this book. My one complaint about the audio book performance is the mispronunciation of "Weyerhaeuser" - this was grating, plus there's no excuse because they have commercials on the internet where this can be checked.