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Author: Simon Winchester Narrator: Simon Winchester Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN: 9780062007124
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"Variably genial, cautionary, lyrical, admonitory, terrifying, horrifying and inspiring…A lifetime of thought, travel, reading, imagination and memory inform this affecting account." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Blending history and anecdote, geography and reminiscence, science and exposition, New York Times bestselling author Simon Winchester tells the breathtaking saga of the Atlantic Ocean. A gifted storyteller and consummate historian, Winchester sets the great blue sea's epic narrative against the backdrop of mankind's intellectual evolution, telling not only the story of an ocean, but the story of civilization. Fans of Winchester's Krakatoa, The Man Who Loved China, and The Professor and the Madman will love this masterful, penetrating, and resonant tale of humanity finding its way across the ocean of history.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “History is rarely as charming and entertaining as when it’s told by Simon Winchester. There are fabulous set pieces in Atlantic—on piracy, on packet ships, on trans-Atlantic cables and the speeding up of information, on codfish, on sea bass, on plankton.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Simon Winchester is one of those maddeningly gifted British writers who could probably write the history of mud and make it fascinating. In fact, he sort of did…A rollicking ride…No one tells a better yarn than Winchester.”

    Washington Post

  • “A formidable writer and storyteller.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Winchester vividly describes how the Atlantic Ocean was born about 190 million years ago, continues to spread at the rate of about an inch a year, and could well disappear as we know it in just another 180 million years…Delightful.”

    USA Today

  • “Convincing…A fascinating look at a long sweep of history.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Mr. Winchester—a trained geologist and inveterate globetrotter—is well suited to tell the story. And he tells it with the sort of panache that he has brought to previous books…His lively, lyrical telling of the ocean’s story does much to sharpen our appreciation.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Inspired.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Interesting and informative…Mr. Winchester’s yarns are not just sea stories; they are documented adventures…delightful…a fantastic yarn.”

    Washington Times

  • “Fascinating…Simon Winchester’s storytelling abilities shine, with personal anecdote and research expertly woven.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Refreshing…a work of ‘high specific gravity’ and an outstanding example of popular historical scholarship.”

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

  • “Wonderful, encyclopedic…enthralling…Winchester brings us down to sea level and makes us realize what we owe to the Atlantic.”

    Telegraph (London)

  • Atlantic...is at once satisying, suspenseful (no mean trick on the subject of an ocean), thought-provoking, occasionally funny, and always absorbing. So big a subject as the Atlantic Ocean requires a certain largeness of spirit, and amplitude of descriptive power, and Simon Winchester is gloriously up to the task.”

    Daily Beast

  • “Telling the story of ‘the classic ocean of our imaginings’ is a huge undertaking, but Simon Winchester manages it with aplomb.”

    Economist

  • “Mr. Winchester’s latest work of nonfiction is, like the thirty-six-pound cod my father caught forty years ago in the deep sea two hours out of Plymouth, Mass., ‘a keepuh’ (New England parlance)…It’s one of those you’d like to keep on a shelf for another read some time in the future.”

    Baltimore Sun

  • “Few writers working today can tackle such broad, sprawling—and at times overwhelming—material as Simon Winchester and deliver it with such skill, verve, and grace…Epic…Winchester is a master craftsman, and Atlantic is well worth the effort…deftly executed, audacious.”

    Miami Herald

  • “[An] epic new book…With his excellent research and engrossing anecdotes about the ocean as a ‘living thing,’ Winchester spotlights its inspiration on poets, painters, and writers in its majestic beauty…Winchester’s sea saga is necessary reading for those who want to understand the planet better.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Of all of Winchester’s amazingly educational and entertaining books…his latest one is perhaps the most unique and the most creative in its approach…As we learn from one of the most wondrous facts presented here, oceans actually do have life spans…Lively and extensive…Winchester’s latest is bound to follow his previous books onto bestseller lists, and this one should be promoted as one of his best.”

    Booklist

  • “[A] tale about the Atlantic Ocean that is variably genial, cautionary, lyrical, admonitory, terrifying, horrifying, and inspiring…A lifetime of thought, travel, reading, imagination, and memory inform this affecting account.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • Selected for the November 2010 Indie Next List
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Nonfiction

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Larry | 2/17/2014

    " Many of the individual pieces of Winchester's history of the Atlantic are interesting, but the structure of the book doesn't cohere. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 2/8/2014

    " I was a little disappointed in this book. I heard Simon Winchester interviewed on the radio and thought that the book would be full of rattling good tales about the Atlantic. It is, but the book seems to be so densely packed with every fact the Simon Winchester ever found about the Atlantic that it becomes heavy going, especially when he starts on climate change towards the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 2/7/2014

    " Parts of this were fascinating and other sections I practiced "distant" reading. My favorites were the mapping, exploration, and development of water transportation while the great sea battles, storms, and literature related to the Atlantic seem overhyped in the subtitle and less developed. The focus may have been too broad as Winchester touches on practically everything related to the Atlantic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 1/28/2014

    " Pretty interesting. Simon Winchester's books are always a worthwhile choice for reading: both informative and entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 1/22/2014

    " Interesting book about the Atlantic Ocean through the ages. Winchester certainly did a lot of traveling researching this one. An illustrated version with pictures from the Faroe Islands to Nambia's Skeleton Coast would be awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 1/18/2014

    " I so admire the author's love of story and detail, but with this book didn't think his editor did a very good job of removing repetitions and unnecessary diversions. Using the seven stages of man as a structure may have made sense at the onset, but became a little contrived toward the end. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't. That said, the book is a goldmine of information about the Atlantic and the life that teems within it and around it, and you can't help but leave it with a head full of facts and events and interesting stories that you know will serve you down the road or on a breezy day as you stand on the edge of a dune gazing down onto breakers rolling in from the Atlantic and consider your place in the scheme of things. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 H | 1/17/2014

    " Covering the natural, political and military history of the Atlantic Ocean, it was a fascinating read occasionally marred by slight errors of fact. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 12/27/2013

    " interesting history of the socio-political history of countries around the ocean. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Edward | 12/7/2013

    " Although i thoroughly enjoyed Simon Winchester's book about Krakatoa, i found this book about the Atlantic hard going. So much so that i didn't even finish it. When he started describing paintings of the Atlantic i couldn't take anymore! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 12/5/2013

    " A good book, tackled a huge subject, and maybe bit off more than it could chew with just one volume. Parts where the author inserted his own experiences at times seemed forced, but the quality of writing was high, and the information for he most part intriguing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Turi | 11/17/2013

    " Did not get into this nearly as much as Winchester's previous books. Almost didn't' make it through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail | 5/12/2013

    " A wonderful story of a pretty fine ocean, covering geology, trade, exploration, fishing, and climate change. It is obviously a labor of love for the author and it was wonderfully written and a joy to read (or, in my case, listen to). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynda | 3/31/2013

    " Amazing historical read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eugene | 12/19/2012

    " Unlike earlier books by Winchester, this one was quite boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent | 11/5/2012

    " Well researched, well written, a little preachy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shel | 8/10/2012

    " A fascinating exploration of the history of the Atlantic Ocean. Winchester's language is concise, colorful, and descriptive. I could feel the sea spray in my face as he evoked the bravery of the early explorers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 doug | 10/24/2011

    " I like Simon Winchester, but this one didn't measure up to his other works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 6/25/2011

    " I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. Loves the way the author tied odd bits of info together and though was a lot of data I never got bores reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 5/13/2011

    " A pretty good biography of the Atlantic Ocean, in all its vast and terrible glory. I especially liked the chapters on early exploration, piracy, the slave trade, trade, and the warfare in the Atlantic. It truly has an importance to Western civilization unlike any other body of water. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 5/2/2011

    " Not one of his best. It started out well, but the final 3rd of the book wasd pretty much a lecture on everything we're doing to screw up the Atlantic. Who wants to read thet... Really "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 jeff | 4/19/2011

    " An amazing biography. By all means, go and read it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosemary | 4/4/2011

    " An excelent epic biography of the Atlantic Ocean from its geological beginnings to the age of exploration, World War II sea battles to current problems with pollution and over fishing. Winchester again proves that he is an engaging writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 4/2/2011

    " One to keep, and go back to a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 3/30/2011

    " A good book, tackled a huge subject, and maybe bit off more than it could chew with just one volume. Parts where the author inserted his own experiences at times seemed forced, but the quality of writing was high, and the information for he most part intriguing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgene | 3/27/2011

    " Wide-ranging and readable, I enjoyed this book and I learned quite a bit, about sea battles, explorers and who reached the Americas first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Osborneinri | 3/18/2011

    " Started slowly but picked up my interest about a third of the way through it and held it the rest of the way. Pretty breathtaking level of detail. Winchester tells a good story without beating things to death -- very impressive skill. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J.M. | 3/7/2011

    " Pangaea Ultima is even more evidence of the need for the Library of Congress Satellite Project. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 3/2/2011

    " Maybe 3 stars is a but harsh. Winchester is always a good read; this book simply had its doldrums as it explored the Atlantic. "

About the Author

Simon Winchester is the acclaimed author of many books, including The Professor and the Madman, The Man Who Loved China, A Crack in the Edge of the World, and Krakatoa—all of which were New York Times bestsellers and appeared on numerous best and notable lists. In 2006 he was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire by her Majesty the Queen.