The Wave is an informative read and a lesson in ecology. The mix of science and first hand stories from surfers captured my attention from the very first chapter. The statistics in this book amazed me. The unbelievable size and power of the "rogue" waves and the huge numbers of ships lost at sea every year quite simply astounded me. On the down side, Casey seems rather obsessed with Laird Hamilton's rippling abs. At times, she moved into the realm of a Mills & Boon romance. But that aside, I did find the book a worthwhile read. The narration was good except for a few mispronunciations that grated on the nerves a little. I recommend The Wave as an easy read and a mostly pleasant listen.
Perhaps the intended audience is extreme surfers, I found this book lacking in the information about tsumanis and rogue waves that i had expeced. She just touches on those subjects.
The narrator has a pleasant voice but she needed to practice her Hawaiian pronounciation. it's HA LAY AHH KA LA (meaning house of the sun, "house" being "hale") and she butchered the name of the Filippino dialog. Just saying...it was hard to get my brain back to listening after the assaults on the Hawaiian language.
It would rank among one of my favourite books all time.
Similar to John Krakauer. The author documents their research, while telling a story, to complete a journey.
Just pure enjoyment. I learned a lot. I was inspired. I was awed and amazed.
I am a retired Histology Technician. My time is spent caring for my grandchildren, my dog, cat, and blue & gold macaw.
I was prepared for an epic tale of the high seas; stories of the strength of sailors and their ships against the power of the mighty oceans. I was ready for a scientific study told in an interesting, easy listening, yet adventurous way. The book actually started very well, a scientific crew on a large sea worthy, modern vessel gone missing, a few long ago tales of giant waves overpowering men's vessels, bodies and minds. I could picture the powerful, monster wall of water overshadowing and then overtaking any ship in its path. But, then, just on the other side of the behemoth, salty monster were the surfers with their boards and tales of their quest to catch The Big One. The book is well written and it can be enjoyed, to a degree, even if you are not a surfer boy or girl interested in the death defying feats of the Evel Kenievel daredevils of the water world. But, if you want real seafaring tales and facts of sailors against the giant waves of the sea or the power of the surf on our land, you will not find them here.
This book, like the waves in its pages, was stronger than I would've believed. It seemed clear that Casey had done her homework, and the result was a very enjoyable listen. The only waves I don't recall her addressing happen in a baseball stadium.I went into the book believing myself to be much more interested in the wave science part than the surfing component, thinking I would just skip chapters that didn't grip me right away. It didn't take Casey more than a few paragraphs to guarantee that I would be listening to every single word. The dichotomy created by comparing the destructive power of waves upon coastlines, shipping, and other human interests with the people who would like nothing more than to be towed on a surfboard in front of such a wave is very, very compelling.For those of you who favor their imaginations, Potter's narration is excellent at summoning a vivid image of riders sitting out in the big swells, waiting with eager trepidation for what might the best ride of their life—or their last.
Wet, wild, wonderful! A tremendous story of the ocean's grandeur, and mystery, along with a breath grabbing look at the rare breed of humans who challenge its moods.
As much as I enjoy the adventures of big wave surfers, I was engrossed by the historical references, and scientific and shipping details.
Enthusiastic,clear,butchered. Kirsten is a very good narrator, however, the pronunciation, of Hawaiian words, and town names along with nautical terms was really poor. I'm surprised Kirsten, the producer, the publisher and author allowed the audio version to be released w/o better editing.
I suppose, but I enjoy, snippets of every audio story on my commute and errands. Long roads trips with a good audio book are wonderful, but I like shorter sessions too.
The one poor element sadly subtracts from the overall excellent story and performance.
I like the audio in general and I never read this book in the print
stories about lardge wave surfers
good job in general
It scared me...
I listened to 'The Wave' while sailing my 28ft sailing boat from The Bahama's to Louperon, Dominican Republic. It was great to listen to throughout the nights, and a little eerie to think of what was going on in the deep depths below my little home. With no land or anyone else in site, I was completely en captured in 'The Wave'. I highly recommend it, especially to friends sharing a similar experience.
living in los angeles I drive a lot, so audio books save me from a lot of frustration!
I have always been fascinated by ocean lore, so this was catnip to me. Casey, a competitive swimmer, is passionate about this stuff and it shows. Little did I know that 200 large ships a year disappear into giant waves or other mysterious vortexes in the sea. She sends time with big wave surfer Laird Hamilton, Lloyd's of London and other top experts in the relatively new field of wave science. Will global warming make the oceans even more dangerous? I say sell that beachfront real estate before it's too late.
Absolutely great. The reader can't seem to pronounce any Hawaiian name, and she also has trouble with simple nautical terms, but despite that annoyance the listen is excellent. Susan Casey wrote a terrific book.