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Some interesting stuff, and well written generally. However it keeps just reverting to being a list of lung diseases. Just when it tries to look at other dust related issues, it's soon back to the lung diseases.
Also the need to provide every specialist with a descriptive handle is a bit annoying. I don't really care about the hair colour of the doctor, or the accent of the volcanologist.
Absolutely horrible! Just goes on and on about man-made this and man-made that! Has absolutely nothing to do with any kind of "science writing" at all! Angry with myself I wasted a credit on it!
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What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret Life of Dust?
The tour through the dusty bits and bobs that make up our homes. Memorable and unsettling!
Have you listened to any of Eliza Foss’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I have not, but I thought she did an admirable job. Her voice was pleasant and made the subject matter interesting, with just the right amount of humor and seriousness. The only complaint I have is that she read "OSHA" as "O-S-H-A" when pretty much everyone just says it phonetically. But that is a tiny, nitpicking complaint. The performance was, on the whole, excellent.
Any additional comments?
Very interesting book exploring many different kinds of dust (from the dust that formed the planets and stars, to the pollutants in the air, to the remnants of dust particles, to the ground up bits of living creatures) and the way they impact our lives. The author manages to have fun with the subject while marshalling interviews with many scientists for candid and informative explanations ranging across various specialties. The chapters on the dusts in our homes and how much dust, in general, ends up in our bodies, are not for the squeamish. But overall, it was a learning experience, enjoyable, and has aged well since its 2003 publication (much of the science is still good and, perhaps unfortunately, we still don't know exactly how dust interacts with the skyrocketing rates of asthma). Recommended for nerds who like to know about the minutiae all around us.