The book is enjoyable enough, nothing earth shattering but fun/interesting to learn about four fish and where they are today in terms of fish stocks, farming, fisheries management, etc - a full book on any of these fish would've been too much, but this was a good length.
Narration was good, except for one big blind spot: character voices. The narrator would try to do accents for each. Sometimes that's okay, sometimes it's terribly distracting, and sometimes it was flat out unintelligible. Okay, it's nice to hear some variation in voice, but using "ethnic" voices for someone where it's not really implied by the text, just the name, is a little cartoonish and grating. Sometimes they were bad Simpsons renditions - his "salty sea captain" voice was really hard to understand and I couldn't understand parts of the dialogue as a result.
The book is a variation on a concept plainly stated in "The Omnivore's Dilema" - given the variety of fish to eat... what should we eat? The book explores this concept through the story of four fish - salmon, sea bass, tuna, and cod.
This book is written somewhat in the spirit of other books by Mark Kurlansky - particularly "Cod". This book is partially autobiographical, partially historical, partially environmental, and detailed in the evolution of how these four fish types come to be in every supermarket across the United States.
I've watched the author speak at TED, and on YouTube. Christopher Lane helps the author better convey his message.
Eat fish. Mostly Wild. Not too much.
This book is cleverly assembled to help the listener understand fish, the fish farming industry, historical over fishing, native and traditional approaches, the evolution of fishing over the course of a lifetime, and next steps if we want to improve the overall relationship between fish and humans.
If you can get past the slightly slow and dry narration, the content is incredibly fascinating. As with most things in this world, one never knows how deep the iceberg reaches below the surface of the blissfully ignorant status quo until a diver/researcher takes you to the base of the thing. So it is with fish, aquaculture, societal norms, etc.
This great book will educate you about what is going on in our beautiful ocean. Paul informs us about what we have done and where we will be if we don't stop or even slow down our actions through stories he has lived from a very young age.
Highly recommended. Excellent narration, compelling and important topic. One learns a great deal of science, policy and history in a most enjoyable format. Started giving the book to friends. As an audiobook this edition works beautifully - very well done.
yes, and I have. There is so much information here and written in an entertaining way that I enjoyed listening to it several times. The narration was very good.
it made me aware and made me think about the amount of fish that is taken from the seas and rivers every day. I wonder how it will affect the amount of food available for the future if we do not change our ways and think about sustainability....
I loved to learn about animals and their behaviors etc and this book did not disappoint.
his personal life and how it is intertwined with fishing
Can 4 fish survive with help from the very same species set out to destroy them ?
would love to read more from this author
I had read and heard about current situations of the ocean environment and fish industry here and there in newspapers and magazines. They weren't positive. I wasn't sure if I really wanted to know the reality. The book was on my wish-list for awhile, and I was putting it off. I finally took the plunge and listened to it. Unlike the books written by environmentalists or activists (not that anything is wrong about that), the fact that the author is a guy who simply enjoyed fishing since childhood made the narratives more haunting. His research is extensive but his motivation very personal, which makes good reading. Did this book made me stop eating fish? Not quite. Do I think about whether to eat fish or not frequently? Definitely. The problem is not just fish though. The way we humans are changing the environment is just so fast, compared to the time scale of the rest of human history. The author does not talk about that, but the book makes me FEEL this urgency. But I would rather be aware of all this.
Greenberg gives us the history and ecology of four fish we eat: Salmon, Sea Bass, Cod and Blue Fin Tuna. Basically we have destroyed the natural habitat and wild varieties of these fish, and we are now raising them in controlled environments. Some of this is working, some is not, but a lot of progress is being made. Hopefully, with the exception of the Blue Fin Tuna, we haven't fished them where they can't recover.
This was interesting at times. There is interesting information about the process of farming fish. There were also long periods of time that moved rather slow. We listened to it on a long road trip. I don't think I would have finished if I had been in a different setting.
Nothing I can think of
This is an informative, interesting and enjoyable read. Greenberg does a great job incorporating personal stories with scientific facts, making this a book that will appeal to all kinds of readers.The book focuses on the issue of man's relationship with the ocean and specifically four different representative fish: Salmon, Bass, Cod, and Tuna. Greenberg does an outstanding job of presenting the issue of over-fishing, farming fish and the future of fish. Greenberg makes you think about the fish you are eating and the fate of the "wild" fish in our oceans.