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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,416 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Donovan Hohn Narrator: Christopher Evan Welch Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A revelatory tale of science, adventure, and modern myth.

When the writer Donovan Hohn heard of the mysterious loss of thousands of bath toys at sea, he figured he would interview a few oceanographers, talk to a few beachcombers, and read up on Arctic science and geography. But questions can be like ocean currents: wade in too far, and they carry you away. Hohn’s accidental odyssey pulls him into the secretive world of shipping conglomerates, the daring work of Arctic researchers, the lunatic risks of maverick sailors, and the shadowy world of Chinese toy factories.

Moby-Duck is a journey into the heart of the sea and an adventure through science, myth, the global economy, and some of the worst weather imaginable. With each new discovery, Hohn learns of another loose thread, and with each successive chase, he comes closer to understanding where his castaway quarry comes from and where it goes. In the grand tradition of Tony Horwitz and David Quammen, Moby-Duck is a compulsively readable narrative of whimsy and curiosity.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This dazzles from start to finish.”

    Booklist, starred review
  • One of the 2011 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Mary Karlee | 2/18/2014

    " Way too much detail. A snoozer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Koz | 2/9/2014

    " A book that, at the start, is about a bunch of rubber ducks tumbling into the ocean, becomes a story of the ocean itself. It's a full book, in the best sense of the word, and it passes that fullness onto the reader. I, for one, will never think about bath time the same way again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Monna | 2/6/2014

    " Very enjoyable. I loved the mix of quest, science, and travel. I had no idea of the extent of plastic pollution in the oceans! The book reminds me of the best of another favorite nonfiction author, Tony Horwitz. The narrator was excellent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lydia | 1/31/2014

    " If the title is any indication, this guy sure likes to hear himself talk. It took concerted effort on my part to get through some sections without skimming or skipping pages outright. There is some good information in between the drivel, but it is often hard to pick it out. "

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About the Author
Author Donovan Hohn

Donovan Hohn is a recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award, NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, Hopwood Award in essay and poetry, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Ocean Science Journalism Fellowship. His work has appeared in Harper’s, New York Times Magazine, Outside, and The Best Creative Nonfiction, Vol. 2. A former English teacher and former senior editor of Harper’s, he is now the features editor of GQ. He lives in New York with his wife and sons.