The Sea Around Us

Author(s): Rachel Carson
Genre: Science
Imprint: Classics Library
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (9.15 hours)
Product Number: Z09301
Released: Aug 01, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781490650876
Narrator/s: Kaiulani Lee
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Published in 1951, The Sea Around Us is one of the most remarkably successful books ever written about the natural world. Rachel Carson's rare ability to combine scientific insight with moving, poetic prose catapulted her book to first place on The New York Times best-seller list, where it enjoyed wide attention for thirty-one consecutive weeks. It remained on the list for more than a year and a half and ultimately sold well over a million copies, has been translated into 28 languages, inspired an Academy Award-winning documentary, and won both the 1952 National Book Award and the John Burroughs Medal. This classic work remains as fresh today as when it first appeared. Carson's writing teems with stunning, memorable images--the newly formed Earth cooling beneath an endlessly overcast sky; the centuries of nonstop rain that created the oceans; giant squids battling sperm whales hundreds of fathoms below the surface; and incredibly powerful tides moving 100 billion tons of water daily in the Bay of Fundy. Quite simply, she captures the mystery and allure of the ocean with a compelling blend of imagination and expertise. Reintroducing a classic work to a whole new generation of readers, this Special Edition features a new chapter written by Jeffrey Levinton, a leading expert in marine ecology, that brings the scientific side of The Sea Around Us completely up to date. Levinton incorporates the most recent thinking on continental drift, coral reefs, the spread of the ocean floor, the deterioration of the oceans, mass extinction of sea life, and many other topics. In addition, acclaimed nature writer Ann Zwinger has contributed a brief foreword. Today, with the oceans endangered by the dumping of medical waste and ecological disasters such as the Exxon oil spill in Alaska, this illuminating volume provides a timely reminder of both the fragility and the importance of the ocean and the life that abounds within it. Anyone who loves the sea, or who is concerned about our natural environment, will want to read this classic work.


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The Sea Around Us
Product Number: BX00033597
Product Number:C03541
Product Number:Z09301

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Author(s): Rachel Carson
Narrator(s): Kaiulani Lee
Genre: Science
Product Number C03541
Released: Aug 28, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781490650869
Author(s): Rachel Carson
Genre: Science
Product Number EB00052866
Released: Aug 13, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: #9781453214763

Professional reviews

"You'd expect Rachel Carson's books to adapt well to audio. Carson was a meticulous writer, a gifted prose stylist, as well as a dedicated naturalist and environmentalist. Her books, and this one in particular, have a grace, precision, and balance that are beautifully harmonious on the page, but, it seems, difficult to bring to the microphone intact. Narrator Kaiulani Lee tips that balance toward the heartfelt, sacrificing Carson's careful restraint for a sweetening extension of syllables that is more common to children's books. Little of Carson's work is available on audio, and Lee's reading is tolerable. You get used to it after a while, and the result is at least, and at best, passable. D.A.W. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"

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