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Author: Ian Urbina Narrator: Ian Urbina, Jason Culp Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Length: Release Date: August 2019 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780735208599

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"The Outlaw Ocean is a riveting, terrifying, thrilling story of a netherworld that few people know about, and fewer will ever see. As Ian Urbina ventures into the darkest folds of the high seas, his courage--and his prose--are breathtaking. The soul of this book is as wild as the ocean itself."

--Susan Casey, best-selling author of The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean

A riveting, adrenaline-fueled tour of a vast, lawless and rampantly criminal world that few have ever seen: the high seas.

There are few remaining frontiers on our planet. But perhaps the wildest, and least understood, are the world's oceans: too big to police, and under no clear international authority, these immense regions of treacherous water play host to rampant criminality and exploitation.

Traffickers and smugglers, pirates and mercenaries, wreck thieves and repo men, vigilante conservationists and elusive poachers, seabound abortion providers, clandestine oil-dumpers, shackled slaves and cast-adrift stowaways -- drawing on five years of perilous and intrepid reporting, often hundreds of miles from shore, Ian Urbina introduces us to the inhabitants of this hidden world. Through their stories of astonishing courage and brutality, survival and tragedy, he uncovers a globe-spanning network of crime and exploitation that emanates from the fishing, oil and shipping industries, and on which the world's economies rely.

Both a gripping adventure story and a stunning exposé, this unique work of reportage brings fully into view for the first time the disturbing reality of a floating world that connects us all, a place where anyone can do anything because no one is watching.

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  • “This is just incredible investigative work.”

    - Naomi Klein, New York Times bestselling author
  • “These chapters are vibrant as individual stories, but as a collection they’re transcendent, rendering a complex portrait of an unseen and disturbing world. Urbina pursues a depth of reportage that’s rare because of the guts and diligence it requires.”

    - New York Times Book Review
  • “A magnificent read… proof that outstanding writing is still one of the best tools we have to get to know the world we live in.”

    - NPR
  • “A swift-moving, often surprising account of the dangers that face sailors and nations alike on the lawless tide.”

    - Kirkus Reviews


  • New York Times bestseller
  • A #1 bestseller in General Asia Travel Books
  • A #1 bestseller in Ecosystems
  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

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About the Author

Ian Urbina is a reporter for the New York Times and has degrees in history from Georgetown and the University of Chicago. His writings, which range from domestic and foreign policy to commentary on everyday life, have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the London Guardian, and Harper’s.

About the Narrator

Jason Culp, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, has been acting since the age of ten, and his credits include a variety of television, theater, and film roles. He is best known for his role as Julian Jerome on General Hospital. In addition to audiobooks and voice-over work in national commercials, he has also narrated documentaries for National Geographic and the History Channel.