- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 13 hours and 49 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC
- Audible.com Release Date: September 13, 2012
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009A0KPOW
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The Ocean of Life: The Fate of Man and the Sea Audible – Unabridged
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Roberts starts with a history of the oceans since the planet was formed, showing how previous episodes of warming, changes in acidity levels etc. have had huge effects on the animals that live there. He then gives a very detailed account, (perhaps a little over-detailed in parts) of the history of man's interaction with the sea, through fishing, shipping and pollution amongst other things. As he piles detail on detail, his argument that we are causing major and probably irreversible damage is completely convincing and thoroughly depressing. Some of the images he provides, of mass piles of discarded plastic gathering in the ocean gyres, of dead zones caused by chemical pollution, of coral reefs bleaching and dying, of life at the bottom of the seas being destroyed by trawling, are stark and horrifying. Of course we knew all this, but Roberts pulls it all together for us and shows us the consequences, so that no-one reading this book could be left feeling that this is a problem that can continue to be ignored.
It is only in the last couple of chapters that Roberts offers solutions and not unsurprisingly these are fairly straightforward - to set up protection zones, to reduce the flow of chemicals and rubbish into the seas, to combat global warming. Straightforward but not easy, though Roberts also gives examples of some major advances that have been made over the last decade or so. (Who would have expected George Dubya to come out of a book like this as one of the heroes? Apparently he set up huge protected zones before he left office.Read more ›
With that said, I found the tone of the writing to be quite apocalyptic (one could debate whether that is appropriate or not based on the circumstances) and the author seems to reject most proposed solutions without really putting too much forward as alternatives. As such, I found the book a little difficult to get through, and a bit depressing (again, that presentation may be justified given the circumstances).
If you are looking for a lighter read on the same subject with proposed solutions, take a look at Sylvia Earle's "The World Is Blue." Although I'd recommend reading both books in tandem.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An interesting read on what we've done to our oceans. The first half of the book talks about overfishing & bycatch, noise & chemical pollution, ocean acidification, climate change,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by KPDR87
A must read! Vividly-told litany of the ways humans are destroying the oceans, and how this is directly impacting us. It's a high-level summary with a ton of fascinating detail. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mrs.Baz 12345
It is one of the scariest books I've ever read and one of the saddest. But his descriptions of the problems facing the ocean conform to what I've read in other sources and to... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Andrew Wright
This is an excellent book that covers a very wide set of subjects clearly. It is well written and powerful. Read morePublished 4 months ago by doug korty
Of all the books I read on the ocean in the last couple of years, this one was my favorite. It balances a wealth of information with engaging writing, creating a better overview... Read morePublished 5 months ago by shot
As a commercial diver, I always have loved sealife and the world it lives in. Learning and protecting for future gift is essential.Published 6 months ago by craigdive
This is a fantastic book. Roberts manages to make a complex subject resonate for readers, by showing the webs of interconnectedness that necessarily exist between human well-being... Read morePublished 9 months ago by tongvis
A must read for any citizen of planet earth, most of which is an ocean.Published 11 months ago by Paul B.