This book would have five stars were it not for the narrator. The material is absolutely excellent. Insightful, well researched, carefully structured and unpacked I wish it had been available when I was growing up instead at the latter part of my life. I'm very fortunate not to be obese but there is no question that my body has paid a price for a life-time of dietary ignorance. Vulnerabilty to all the ills of the first world is the price, and I have the package - diabetes, prostrate problems, hyper-tension - I'm just lucky to have made it to 70! This is one of those books that will change your life and your attitudes to obesity - all for the better - thank you Gary Taubes. But now what of the reader? Mike Chamberlain is very strange. The American determination to pronouce certain words without an 'h' (as in urbs instead of herbs - OK I can live with that) is taken to extremes and he makes practically all 'h's silent! Its very funny - though I am sure he didn't mean it to be....Fortunately the material survives and its well worth putting up with the reader's quirk. However I have come to a decision - from now on I buy only books narrated by the author - Rob Lowe, Stephen Fry, Darren Bown, Michael Caine, Christopher Hitchens - all brilliant reads...
If you've read any of my reviews you'll probably think I'm a pedant when it comes to narration. Here is another excellent book narrated by another American determined to impose the affectation of dropping his h's in the manner of 'erbs' instead of Herbs (fine - tell me how you pronouce Paris then!) But here we are taking it to idiot extremes by saying 'ibrid' instead of hybrid, and even ohm instead of home! But the content survives simply because it is first class and an excellent read (if not listen!) So take the content, not the read seriously. But why am I surprised? As John Cleese famously said "The Americans haven't spoke English for years!"
Heinburg's well researched and cogently argued view of a world a mere ten to twenty years away is persuasive...and chilling. The incovenient truth is far more than simply climate change and for once in my life I think Bush got it right. The problem is the world's addiction to fossil fuels - particularly oil. If you are at all interested in where the world is going and, much more importantly, your own future (along with that of your children and their children) then this is essential reading. Are we at the end of oil? Is the world going to suffer global 'cold turkey'? What effect will it have on your life? The narrator cost the book a star in the rating system, but it isn't bad enough to get in the way of the message...so don't let it put you off. This is a compelling, eye-opening book that has started me on a road to radical change in my life. I cannot recommend it too highly.