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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,170 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Simon Winchester Narrator: Simon Winchester Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From bestselling author Simon Winchester comes the immense and thrilling story of the world’s most mysterious and breathtaking natural wonder: the Atlantic Ocean.

Atlantic is a biography of a tremendous space that has been central to the ambitions of explorers, scientists, and warriors, and continues profoundly to affect our character, attitudes, and dreams. Spanning the ocean’s story, from its geological origins to the age of exploration, from World War II battles to today’s struggles with pollution and overfishing, Winchester’s narrative is epic, intimate, and awe inspiring.

Until a thousand years ago, few humans ventured into the Atlantic or imagined traversing its vast infinity. But once the first daring mariners successfully navigated to its far shores—whether they were Vikings, the Irish, the Basques, John Cabot, or Christopher Columbus in the north, or the Portuguese and the Spanish in the south—the Atlantic swiftly evolved in the world’s growing consciousness of itself as an enclosed body of water. Soon it became the fulcrum of Western civilization. More than a mere history, Atlantic is an unforgettable journey of unprecedented scope by one of the most gifted writers in the English language.

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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.”


  • “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.”


  • “[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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Larry Rogers | 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 by 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 by Catherine Mustread | 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 by Heather | 1/28/2014

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

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