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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (62 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Callum Roberts Narrator: Sean Pratt, Lloyd James Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9781469085364
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A Silent Spring for oceans, written by "the Rachel Carson of the fish world" (The New York Times)

Who can forget the sense of wonder with which they discovered the creatures of the deep? In this vibrant hymn to the sea, Callum Roberts-one of the world's foremost conservation biologists-leads listeners on a fascinating tour of mankind's relationship to the sea, from the earliest traces of water on earth to the oceans as we know them today. In the process, Roberts looks at how the taming of the oceans has shaped human civilization and affected marine life.

We have always been fish eaters, from the dawn of civilization, but in the last twenty years we have transformed the oceans beyond recognition. Putting our exploitation of the seas into historical context, Roberts offers a devastating account of the impact of modern fishing techniques, pollution, and climate change, and reveals what it would take to steer the right course while there is still time. Like Four Fish and The Omnivore's Dilemma, The Ocean of Life takes a long view to tell a story in which each one of us has a role to play.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Spook Harrison | 12/4/2013

    " Dude. So amazing. Trustworthily informative, engaging, an all-around wonderful book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucinda Joura | 8/30/2013

    " Everyone should read this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayne | 8/26/2013

    " This is full of shocking information. This is such an important book. It's chock full of pertinent information. I wish I could convince everyone to read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 H Wesselius | 7/6/2013

    " An excellent and interesting book. Roberts educates us on the origins of life, the role of the oceans, climate change, dead zones, acidification, depleted oxygen, etc. And despite man's ineptitude and behavior he still manages to maintain a sense of optimism for the future of the seas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wayne | 7/5/2013

    " Readable, interesting, depressing...... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky Roper | 3/18/2013

    " This non-fiction overview of the oceans and the threats to them was dense and time-consuming but full of eye-opening information. Roberts is a scientist and writes as such, but in layman's terms so it is understandable if not spellbinding by fiction standards. I learned so much! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 2/8/2013

    " Excellent description of the perilous status of the oceans and the life within, looking at environmental issues including trawl fishing and dredge fishing, noise pollution, increased acidity, etc. Presents options for all of us to consider on how to protect the seas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 12/11/2012

    " I just read the beginning of this book and it is scary about the direction our world is going need to get it back out and read more when I can handle it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alena Friedrich | 11/6/2012

    " As a person really intersted in Marine Science, this book is quite fascinating. However, there are many parts that may be boring to people who are not very interested in Marine Biology. It's very sad at parts, but it's a very powerful book. "

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About the Narrators

Sean Pratt, a working actor for over twenty-five years, has performed at numerous regional theaters around the country. He is the author of To Be or Wanna Be, and he has recorded over seven hundred books in just about every genre, earning eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and four Audie Award nominations.

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.