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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Kurlansky Narrator: Richard M. Davidson Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN:
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Author Mark Kurlansky pleasantly surprised the world with this engaging best-seller that garnered rave reviews from critics and casual readers alike. His subject for this whimsical biography is the codfish, a species remarkable for its influence on humanity.

Cod, Kurlansky argues, has driven economic, political, cultural and military thinking for centuries in the lands surrounding the Atlantic Ocean. Nations like England and Germany have waged wars for cod. Vikings survived on frozen cod during their expeditions to the present America. And, it turns out, European explorers were driven toward North America in pursuit of this humble fish.

Kurlansky fills this biography with fascinating anecdotes that show cod surfacing time and again throughout history. The book also serves as a wake-up call, alerting us that the species has nearly been fished out. Richard M. Davidson delivers a reading that is often amusing and always enlightening.

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Listener Opinions

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

    " Started off pretty well, but it went all Newfoundland for the last third. Still, a few interesting facts in there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 10/19/2011

    " Why didn't I eat more of this fish when I had the chance? Very good read. Find out how cod helped bring down the British Empire by giving economic independence to New England. And there are fabulous recipes as well. And then there's Newfoundland. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 10/10/2011

    " Not quite as good as Salt, or some other food/economic/environmental histories that I've read, but still an engaging read, and a quick one that gave good perspective on the history of New England. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 9/23/2011

    " Kurlansky's narrative sheds light on the importance of a common fish. His writing is enlightening, thought at points he is biased or fails to elaborate on issues. Cod is an interesting read and one I would recommend to history buffs, fishermen and cooks alike. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike | 9/19/2011

    " This was OK, but it was no Salt (the book by Kurlansky that you should read). I am convinced that cod could be a great US history research paper. But this book would not be that much help. This is a New Yorker article that got to big for its fishing waders. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brooke | 9/10/2011

    " For a book about Cod, it was pretty interesting and a relatively quick read. I had no idea how important Cod has been in the history of world, especially North America. It was a motive behind a lot of world events. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 9/6/2011

    " a fascinating book, intricately researched and beautifully written. it changes the way you look at the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 8/26/2011

    " Not as good as Salt: A World History, but still pretty awesome. And very educational! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shane | 8/26/2011

    " Didn't think I would like it, but a friend pushed it on me. Glad he did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 8/12/2011

    " Frightening take on yet another aspect of dwindling natural resources, mostly at the hands of man. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 8/9/2011

    " Interesting history, kinda boring at some points. I'd love to try out some of the salt cod recipes in this book! Yum! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 8/2/2011

    " Interesting and well written, although I think his The Big Oyster is more so. "

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About the Author
Author Mark KurlanskyMark Kurlansky is the New York Times bestselling and James A. Beard Award—winning author of Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World, Salt: A World History, 1968: The Year That Rocked the World, and The Basque History of the World, as well as Boogaloo on 2nd Avenue (his debut novel), and several other books.
About the Narrator

Richard M. Davidson is an actor and Earphones Award–winning narrator. Trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, he is well versed in theater and has had a long-standing career in acting, including a lead role in the show Diamonds, which aired on the CBS network, and a part in ESPN’s The Hustle.