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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (146 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lynn Sherr Narrator: Lynn Sherr Publisher: Lynn Sherr c/o ICM Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN:
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Swim is a celebration of swimming and the effect it has on our lives. It's an inquiry into why we swim - the lure, the hold, the timeless magic of being in the water. It's a look at how swimming has changed over the millennia, how this ancient activity is becoming more social than solitary today. It's about our relationship with the water, with our fishy forebearers, and with the costumes that we wear. You'll even find a few songs to sing when you push out those next laps.

Swimming enthusiast Lynn Sherr explores every aspect of the sport, from the biology of swimming to the fame of Esther Williams; from turquoise pools and wild water to the training of Olympians; and she reveals the secret of buoyancy so that anyone can avoid the example of the English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, who lamented, Why can't I swim, it seems so very easy? When his friend, the biographer Edward John Trelawny, said, Gecause you think you can't, Shelley plunged into Italy's Arno River and dropped like a rock. With Swim, you can avoid that happening to you.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 2/13/2014

    " Some fun facts. But fun facts do not make a book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 2/10/2014

    " Most interesting to me was the history of how the various stroke styles developed- and how recently. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chele | 2/7/2014

    " Fascinating journal of a swimmer on an epic swim, entwined with a (fairly US-centric) history of swimming, complete with some illustrations of some of the more exotic highlights. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 1/27/2014

    " Fantastic! Granted, I might be a little predisposed to like the subject. Very well-written exploration of swimming - from an historical perspective and personal one. Inspiring and informative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret Sankey | 1/26/2014

    " Framed by the author's account of her training and attempt to swim the Hellespont, this is a wide-ranging immersion in swim-related information--the physics of buoyancy, local Polar Bear clubs, why swimmers' flexible joints make them terrible at other sports, the history of bathing suits, our physical similarities to fish, breathing and the diving reflex, Ben Franklin's ideas about windsurfing, Early modern swimming instruction handbooks and ancient divers painted on Egyptian tombs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Fox | 1/17/2014

    " This was an interesting read. I learned some things about swimming and the history of swimming that I did not know and now I need to add swimming the Hellespont/Dardanelles to my to-do athletic list! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph McGarry | 1/2/2014

    " Excellent book about the history of swimming. Lynn Sherr also talks about swimming the Dardanelles. Very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 12/9/2013

    " Cute book. First few chapters were frustrating. Didn't feel like any organization or sense of direction. Loved the little swimmer at bottom of pages progressing forward to the end of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 11/24/2013

    " I have been savoring and retreading this gem of a book. Anyone who loves swimming or loves to watch swimmers will enjoy this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 11/10/2013

    " This book is a gem. It covers the history of swimming as a sport, as an exercise and as a spectacle. It's funny, interesting and spiritual. Good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robyn | 10/26/2013

    " There was lots of interesting history - it just wasn't written in a way that held my attention. But this is a useful book for those of you who like to swim or consider themselves swimmers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 10/22/2013

    " Wasn't really "why we love the water" so much as the history of swimming. But it did have some great lines about why we love the water...'liquid silk" being my favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shari | 10/5/2013

    " A good book and a fast read. Written by a swimmer, about swimming, for swimmers. Tends to jump around a bit, but still entertaining. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Byron Johnson | 9/14/2013

    " Very disjointed. She wanted to frame a book around an experience and didn't do a great job of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy | 6/23/2013

    " Great book! If you like to swim, this is a short but fantastic read! (Index: Swimming, history, literature, style, current leaders, all ages, open swim, lap swim) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wanda | 5/27/2013

    " Really enjoyed it. For those of us who love to swim and a little adventure with some history thrown in for good measure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brooke | 1/21/2013

    " Fun and interesting swimming fact, but not so well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 9/19/2012

    " This is a book I won on the internet and it was really interesting! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ronnie | 5/14/2012

    " I first heard of this book in a review I believe in the Boston Globe.....little did I know how enjoyable this little book would end being...from help one to understand why we swim and the many variations re this act...I do hope people will read it. "

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About the Author
Author Lynn Sherr

Lynn Sherr, an author and award-winning broadcaster for ABC News, reported on the NASA space shuttle program from its inception in 1981 through the Challenger explosion in 1986. Her numerous awards include an Emmy, two American Women in Radio and Television Commendation Awards, a Gracie Award, and a George Foster Peabody Award.