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Where does The Vanishing Face of Gaia rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This is probably the most important book I've ever listened to. I still have not finished processing all the information and concepts presented by Lovelock. This book should be required listening for every world leader.
What did you like best about this story?
I like the new perspective that James Lovelock brings to the topic of global warming. He really makes a great case of focusing on what's truly important.
What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Simon Vance is amazing. He delivers the words, with so many voices, in such a way as to make me believe that this is exactly how James Lovelock would have read it.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I had to turn this book off several times; it's too powerful to listen in a single sitting.
Any additional comments?
I have a new perspective on the world and mankind, as a result of this book.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
What would have made The Vanishing Face of Gaia better?
The author should have looked more closely into the Fukushima accident in Japan. As a resident of Japan, I find his rendering of the various accidents that have occurred here as very cavalier and not well-informed. His ever condescending tone is tiresome and detracts from the credibility of his arguments. I would recommend listeners to choose authors who give their audience more credit for intelligence.
What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?
I liked his pacing and understanding of the material.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
The parts where the author had some personal experience were informative.
1 of 11 people found this review helpful
Lovelock is a genius, and a maverick. However, I found this a strange mixture of Science, apocalyptic revelation, and quaisi-religious anthropomorphism. At times Prof. Lovelock berates us for anthropomorphising Giaia, yet falls into his own trap by constantly speaking as though Giaia was a person (or even a Goddess) with intentions, feelings and awareness.
However, I was left feeling convinced by his arguments that the computer models of global warming seriously underestimate the rate of heating, and we should start planning for our future on a hotter planet, with many cities flooded and many areas made uninhabitable. For the UK, this means having to be self sufficient in food and energy, and should be building nuclear power stations now, rather than our current short term, "business as usual" delusion that a few renewable energy wind farms will supply all our needs, and life will continue as usual.
This is well read, and thought provoking audiobook, slightly fanciful in places, and almost indulgently apocalyptic, but with a stern message for us to act now to plan seriously for the dramatic climate changes we will undoubtedly witness within the next 50 years.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This is a seminal book. Lucid, compelling and informed. Lovelock's dreamlike surmise at the end of the book is very moving. Its all a terrible tragedy.