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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: December 2011 ISBN: 9781611204537
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anne | 1/18/2014

    " Too much editorial comment interfering with the story. Couldn't finish it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jessica Hernandez | 1/12/2014

    " I found it dry and boring. Im sure the movie is different. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mallory | 10/28/2013

    " Loved this book i can't wait to see the movie!(: "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jessica | 8/30/2013

    " During the course of reading this book, I was confused beyond belief. The author lists to many pointless things. Not a book I would recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sophie | 10/28/2012

    " Fair warning to anyone picking up the updated edition (for the movie): typos abound. I cannot believe how many mistakes made it into print in this thing - words left out, spelling mistakes, awkward grammar. Embarrassing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheree Ross | 5/28/2012

    " A very good book about the event that inspired the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angel | 5/5/2012

    " This is an excellent book with an amazing story! If only so many people cared so much! I recommend this book and cannot wait to see the movie!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claudia | 4/18/2012

    " Book I started reading the day after I came back from visiting Ft. Myers, Florida Oct 6-9th 2012. On Oct. 11th, I was hospitalized and subsequently diagnosed with cancer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Merlyn | 2/27/2012

    " I found it fascinating how much people love animals and are willing to help. I also learned that people can get carried away from the original purpose of the task and make decisions that may not be for the best. I liked that book! "

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About the Author

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

About the Narrator

Peter Berkrot is an audiobook narrator and stage, screen, and television actor and acting coach. A forty-year veteran of stage and screen, he was the director of narration for the Emmy-nominated The Truth about Cancer. He has voiced over three hundred audiobook titles, winning numerous Earphones Awards, a 2012 Audie Award nomination, and a 2016 Audie Award. He has appeared in Showtime’s Brotherhood and Loosies and played Angie D’Annunzio in Caddyshack.