I just loved the book and the narrator even more. And as a former merchant seaman and someone who has experienced such unusual wave activity, the book brings it all home.
Special thanks to Sasha, Stacy and Stef for sharing the Audible experience with me and being the best of company during my recovery.
I think this one is; uh, deserves a 4 star rating; though I think I've displayed my ambivalence to that sufficiently. Waves; particularly Tsunami and rogue waves have been a fascination for me for a few years now and I'd hoped this book would answer some of my questions about those. What I wasn't expecting was an almost surfing groupie fan magazine fawning ode to Laird Hamilton by the author. There is quite a bit of information pertaining to waves and the best places to find them; as well as the reports of people who found themselves caught up in rogue waves around the world. Unfortunately far too much of this selection is dedicated to the author's extreme admiration of Hamilton the Surfing God. Perhaps he is worthy of such admiration; after all he did convince Gaby Reese to marry him and bear his children, but it wasn't the reason I purchased this audio. The book is well done, it accurately conveys the extreme dangers of waves the size of ten to twelve story buildings. The narrator Kirsten Potter does a fantastic job with the material and the author truly expresses the magnificence of the sea and the amazing power of it. This is probably a very good listening for anyone who relate to that; it just wasn't what I thought I was buying.
The story was gripping. It clearly painted the picture of being in the ocean with gigantic monsters crashing down around you
There were many, many memorable moments, but towards the end talking to Laird Hamilton while sitting on a jetski at Egypt was very compelling.
It made my jaw drop in amazement.
Everything about this book was good, EXCEPT... Kirsten Porter really, really needs to learn how to pronounce gunwale! She repeatedly pronounced it like gun whale. The word is pronounced guhn-l. It made me question if Porter had ever been on a boat.
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.
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.
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.
I was told by friends that this is a must read book. I thoroughly enjoyed the audio version. Susan capture some amazing information and research on the big waves that are out there. Now I just need to find another book with just as much drama and suspense.