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on 10 March 2016
nice book a bit too "analistic" but very interesting
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on 1 November 2017
Excellent delivery and book quality
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on 13 October 2014
My wife thoroughly enjoyed this book and as a result has meet like minded souls
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on 22 July 2015
Interesting read. But heavy though
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on 13 September 2015
This book reads like a text book and I struggled to finish it. It may be to some people's liking but I regret buying it and spending the time reading it.
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on 10 August 2014
I support the message behind the book - that water is a pleasing and soothing environment that most people ignore and undervalue to their detriment. I'm sure that Wallace Nichols is doing a lot of great things for the environment and other people. I'm also sure that he is very charismatic and it is evidently motivating to hear him speak, or engage him in conversation. Having said that, this book follows a looped pop science formula (like blink or bounce or most TED talks) which i found irritating beyond reason after a hundred pages of wondering when it was going to develop its point into something meaningfully beyond self promotion of the book itself.

The formula is more or less this:

-Uncontextualised general quote about sea/nature in italics to kick things off with
-5-10 pages of pop lite fcts about mri scans/neural pathways/socio economics (the phrase "researchers have shown that" appears a lot) spewed out but never really developed or followed on from beyond a nice sounding statistic that people by and large like the sea
-the previous science pop facts revisited in some 1st/3rd person fictional scenario of the type "imagine you're walking through a wood and you hear a loud noise"
-another uncontextualised quote in italics
-some story from the author about rescuing turtles once/taking students to the beach/telling off a restaurant for giving out plastic straws that goes nowhere and doesnt have much to do with the previous pop facts
-end of chapter page that keeps saying the capitalised words "Blue Mind" over and over and over again and desperately trying to unify a chapter of disparate facts and trivia into some kind of conjectured TED speech before the next chapter starts all over again...
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on 21 August 2014
Adore this book (bought hardback AND ebook and cannot wait for audio version to be available in UK). It is hugely insightful and provides a glimpse into how and why we feel so much more "at home" by, in and on water. I am excited to see where the next chapter of Dr Nichols work takes us... Opening with wise words from J. Cousteau and closing with a compelling invitation from
Dr Nichols to simply "get in the water..." This book can most definitely swim and like water through cracks in the earth it's ideas have the power to be truly & positively pervasive of our hearts and minds. It is both artful and scientific, I hope to see it make it's way into the hands & lives of all who value ecology and wellbeing of self, others and our blue planet.
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on 22 September 2014
Great service. Bought as gift so can't comment on whether a good read.
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