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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (112 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom Rose Narrator: Peter Berkrot Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Set during the Cold War, in 1988, Big Miracle tells the real story behind the remarkable, bizarre, and oftentimes uproarious event that mesmerized the world for weeks. On October 7, an Inuit hunter near Barrow, Alaska, found three California Gray whales imprisoned in the Arctic ice. In the past, as was nature’s way, trapped whales always died. But not this time.

Tom Rose, who was covering the event for a Japanese television station, compellingly describes how oil company executives, environmental activists, Inupiat people, small business people, and the US military boldly worked together to rescue the whales.

He also tells the stories of some of the more than a hundred international journalists who brought the story to the world’s attention. The rescue was followed by millions of people around the world as Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev joined the forces of their two nations to help free the whales.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The book is most compelling when it focuses on the simple drama of the whales’ plight and the extraordinary lives the people of Barrow eke from the harsh elements.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Beth | 2/19/2014

    " Ugh. Intensely slow. I didn't finish. The movie was a much better version. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Donna | 2/2/2014

    " I quit reading this because it turned out to be more about defending oil drilling than it was about these whales. The author is so very biased and making statements that are untrue = I'm very disappointed in this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Leesa | 2/1/2014

    " Big Miracle is an awesome book. Although it has a lot of history background (which I didn't enjoy), it is one of the best books I have read. Three Gray Whales stranded themselves in Barrow, Alaska. The U.S.A. attempt's to save them, and eventually resulting in two of the whales being saved. Tom Rose ,the author of this book, is one of the reporters assigned to cover the Gray Whales story. The three wales were the biggest story of the 20th century untill the Exxon Valdeze oil spill, both occurring in Alaska. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Cathy | 1/26/2014

    " I gave it a poor review because it is extremely poorly written - the story itself is interesting but more as a socialogical essay than as a major novel. "

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About the Author

Tom Rose is the former publisher and CEO of the Jerusalem Post, and now co-hosts the Bauer & Rose show on Sirius/XM satellite radio. He writes and comments regularly on American and Middle East politics. He lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.