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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (12,961 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rachel Carson Narrator: Kaiulani Lee Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781440781278
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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.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri Kempton | 2/18/2014

    " Rachel Carson changed the world when she wrote about pesticides poisoning the food web and the environment as a whole. The book spurred a massive battle with petrochemical companies and led to the banning of (domestic) DDT. She also introduced the concept of biocontrol and a partnership approach to environmental issues that was revolutionary - and perceived as somewhat crazy - in 1962. Carson is still an inspiration for women in science and advocacy work, and is proof that one person really can make a difference. Nice to have E.O. Wilson include some writing in this 40th Anniversary edition. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 2/17/2014

    " Read this book awhile back but thought it was a bit dry. Full of scientific backing to her claims, she brings to light issues that were swept under the rug during the 60's. Well written, solid book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Patty | 1/28/2014

    " I got 30 pages in and didn't want to pick it up again. So I didn't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammy | 1/28/2014

    " Haunting, well written text on the damage done by pesticides to the land and water well all depend upon for everyday life. First written as 3 articles in The New Yorker in 1962 Rachel Carson shows her expertise not only as a marine biologist but also as a lyrical writer. She draws you in. She is credited with starting the environmental movement mainly from discussions that arose from this book. Even though it was written 50 years ago her concern for the environment and the responsibility we all have to take for how we affect it is still relevant today. I did not know before reading this book the there was a classic environmental book but this is it; deserving the title both as a work of science and a literary work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin Webb | 1/24/2014

    " This is our book for book club this month. It's a non-fiction book written in 1962 about the environment and the effects of insecticides, herbicides, and pesticides. While I found it a little dry at times, I learned a lot about the horrible effects and how these poisons don't really work to solve the problems they tout. I am glad I read this book and have found myself thinking twice about any chemicals I use not only in my yard but around my house! I was really impressed with the alternative methods that have been found to control pest problems rather than resorting to deadly or harmful chemicals that don't really solve the problem permanently. I also found myself wishing I was reading something that was more current about our environment today and whether the world has learned from the points Carson pointed out almost 50 years ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susie | 12/24/2013

    " I am on a reading blitz this weekend. Should have read this many years ago. Now that I finished it this morning, I wonder what kinds of pesticides I have ingested living in developing countries most of my adult life. Hmm. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana Blair | 12/19/2013

    " This one is a must for the literate American. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean Marie Angelo | 11/19/2013

    " In honor of Earth Day. Let's remember how to be good to our Mother. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 kenpen | 11/1/2013

    " As I read this book, I kept thinking how it was nearly 50 years old, and how we haven't learned from it as much as we should have! I was/am appalled by the stuff we continue to put in the environment when clearly it is so bad for us! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanessa Battersby | 10/2/2013

    " An amazing book: beautifully written and still as thought-provoking now as it was when it was written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melinda | 8/13/2013

    " Read this for my Women and the Environment course--it was excellent. Carson writes beautifully and is as relevant today as she was when this was originally published. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paulimar | 3/23/2013

    " Lectura obligatoria para cualquiera que se preocupe por el ambiente y su persona "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Sunderland | 2/26/2013

    " This classic book will change the way you view environmental issues. As relevant today as it was when it was written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelli | 11/15/2012

    " As relevant today as it was 40 years ago! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matt | 7/6/2012

    " This book is probably considered the most important book in bringing about the conservation movement in the 60's and 70's, but I found it very hard to get through. I found it to be very repetitive and dull at times. It introduced some new ideas then, but I found it hard to read now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chara | 6/4/2012

    " This book was written years ago, but is still a great ecological reference for today! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ka Longenbach | 4/2/2012

    " Thought that this book was for more of scientific people. I also thought that she kept repeating herself when writing this book "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nelvi | 1/30/2012

    " Great book if you are into reading environmental books, however, I found it extremely boring. Granted, I read this book over 10 years ago when I was in my late teens. Maybe if I were to read it now I may feel differently. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roy Kruse | 1/25/2012

    " Read it in college around 1970 when Earth Day was instituted. Found it interesting and very revealing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah | 1/6/2012

    " This book has a very good point but it drones on and on and on. One can only care so much about DDT. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sawiggins.wordpress.com | 11/14/2011

    " My admiration for Rachel Carson knows no bounds. What a courageous and prophetic woman! This book still has the power to frighten after all these decades. Read more at: Sects and Violence in the Ancient World. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jody Kuchar | 6/18/2011

    " more than I can express in this space. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicola Shine | 6/1/2011

    " This book was published in 1962. It's astounding that the issues she so eloquently raised then are issues we face today. She was right, those that don't know, don't listen, yet are the ones making the decisions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharada Prasad | 5/4/2011

    " Must read for people who want to understand the evolution of environmentalism and want to get a good understanding of the dangers of pesticides and fertilizers! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean Marie | 4/23/2011

    " In honor of Earth Day. Let's remember how to be good to our Mother. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita | 4/22/2011

    " I love Rachel Carson, and I love how you can read her passion in the text. But....it's one of those where you can read any of the chapters and get the main idea of the whole book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Klymene | 4/11/2011

    " I just couldn't finish it. it's written well, but I have issues with reading NF books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 3/19/2011

    " I want to write a book this influential. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 3/15/2011

    " I read this a very young, idealistic teenager while going through my "earthy" phase. It made an impression on me that has not been forgotten. "

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About the Narrator

Kaiulani Lee has thirty-five years of experience in theater, film, and television, and has starred in over a dozen plays on and off Broadway. She has been nominated for the Drama Desk Award on Broadway and has won the Obie Award for outstanding achievement off Broadway.