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Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms,and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories | [Simon Winchester]

Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms,and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories

Atlantic is a biography of a tremendous space that has been central to the ambitions of explorers, scientists, and warriors, and continues profoundly to affect our character, attitudes, and dreams. Spanning the ocean's story, from its geological origins to the age of exploration, from World War II battles to today's struggles with pollution and overfishing, Winchester's narrative is epic, intimate, and awe inspiring.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Tackling a subject as deep — and I mean that literally — as the ocean is not a task for just any writer. But Simon Winchester, a former reporter who has put his research skills to use on books about the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the writing of the Oxford English Dictionary, ably turns out a detailed and dramatic history of one of our most valuable resources. He also provides the book’s narration, with an expert’s reading that brings plenty of passion to an otherwise dry subject.

Winchester structures the book around Shakespeare’s famous passage about the seven stages of man — the one that starts out, “All the world’s a stage” and traces life from its “infant beginnings” to its “sans everything” end. Here, the seven stages belong to the ocean, starting with its geological development and ending with a look at just how long it may last. In between, Winchester draws together countless stories, anecdotes, trivia, and facts, showing just how influential the Atlantic has been on life as we know it: Piracy, Moroccan snails, naval development, the age of exploration, whaling, poetry, literature, art, music, the Lusitania, global warming, international laws, pollution, submarines, seafood, overfishing, the slave trade, Lord Nelson, NATO, air travel, the Titanic, deadly battles, hurricanes, and Columbus all get their spot in, as Winchester says, “the immense complexity of an ocean that has been pivotal to the human story”.

Though it’s not always purely chronological, the organization by theme makes wading through this epic biography easy, and Winchester’s authoritative British accent lends a pleasant tone. And once you’ve heard about all the misconceptions people used to have about the ocean — like that heavier objects would sink not just faster but farther toward the bottom than lighter ones, which would stay suspended at shallower depths — you’ll wonder just how much more we have to learn. —Blythe Copeland

Publisher's Summary

From best-selling author Simon Winchester comes the immense and thrilling story of the world's most mysterious and breathtaking natural wonder: the Atlantic Ocean.

Atlantic is a biography of a tremendous space that has been central to the ambitions of explorers, scientists, and warriors, and continues to affect profoundly our character, attitudes, and dreams. Spanning the ocean's story, from its geological origins to the age of exploration, from World War II battles to today's struggles with pollution and over-fishing, Winchester's narrative is epic, intimate, and awe inspiring.

Until a thousand years ago, few humans ventured into the Atlantic or imagined traversing its vast infinity. But once the first daring mariners successfully navigated to its far shores - whether they were Vikings, the Irish, the Basques, John Cabot, or Christopher Columbus in the north, or the Portuguese and the Spanish in the south - the Atlantic swiftly evolved in the world's growing consciousness of itself as an enclosed body of water. Soon it became the fulcrum of Western civilization. More than a mere history, Atlantic is an unforgettable journey of unprecedented scope by one of the most gifted writers in the English language.

©2010 Simon Winchester (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Andy Westport, CT, United States 11-12-10
    Andy Westport, CT, United States 11-12-10 Member Since 2010
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    "a whale of a book"

    Atlantic is well researched, interesting and superbly narrated. Between the so very interesting details Winchester weaves together, ranging from geology to geography to science to the personalities, the story is captivating. Winchester's vibrancy of language, coupled with his wonderful voice, make this a most entertaining and very informative audiobook.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Krasner 01-01-11 Member Since 2015

    I like books that have interesting characters and easy to follow plots. For example, Cormoran Strike, is a great character for me.

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    "Another winner from Simon"

    I love Simon Winchester books. They are not for everyone though. If you are interested in trivia like what lured the Phoenicians out of the Mediterranean Sea into the Atlantic Ocean (mollusks that give off royal purple dye) and like the concept that the Atlantic Ocean has a history that is unbelievably interesting, this book is for you. Plus, I love Simon Winchester's reading.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Ray Glendale, AZ, United States 12-18-10
    Ray Glendale, AZ, United States 12-18-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Starts Better Than it Finishes"

    The first half or so of the book is fantastic. I immediately put several of Winchester's books on my wish list. Unfortunately the book slides into a global warming boiler plate and never regains its initial grace. Regardless of one's view on climate change - and I agree that it is changing - this just isn't how the book was billed. So I wound up with a sack of oranges when I thought I was buying apples. Climate change activists that pick up the book because of a good review based on the book's climate credentials will be disappointed overall (though they will be happy that someone of Winchester's stature is championing the cause) and the reader just looking for a good historical story will be put off by the surreptitious nature of its activist message.

    28 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    John S. Campbell Cincinnati, OH 08-01-15
    John S. Campbell Cincinnati, OH 08-01-15 Member Since 2009
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    "First-rate!"

    Another excellent book and well told story by Simon Winchester. His language is impeccable, and his research is unsurpassed. I was truly enriched by taking the time to listen to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Howard P 02-04-15
    Howard P 02-04-15 Member Since 2010

    Writer of Songs, Musician, Photographer & Artist. Reader of History, Non-Fiction, Music, Science & Cosmology.

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    "Was not pleased."

    I've enjoyed other books by Simon Winchester, such as Krakatoa. In fact, the author is one of my favorites. I was all set for another exciting journey. But, what an overwhelming long and tedious journey it was. I couldn't wait for Atlantic to end, and thought of stopping many times.

    The story (if there is one) rambled on in no particular order time-wise and content-wise, literally jumping all over the map,.There are far too many topics, too much minutiae and too many words. Anything remotely connected to the Atlantic Ocean is fair game, The author inserted himself in several parts, as if he were an heroic adventurer.

    Mr. Winchester also was narrator. I usually enjoy hearing writers read their own material. Unfortunately. In spite of his very British accent, but

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    Double Eagle Maker westfield, in, United States 12-07-13
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    "another excellent book by Simon Winchester"
    Where does Atlantic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The top audiobook I have listened to so far, and like the other Winchester books, I have learned a great deal and his books always seem to help my understanding the world.Bravo! and Aldas, bekesseg!


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    Del Simcox 02-25-13
    Del Simcox 02-25-13
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    "Another great Simon Winchester book."

    I first became acquainted with Simon Winchester when I listened to him read his book Krakatoa several years ago. Since that time, I think I've enjoyed all of his audio book presentations. Atlantic is one of the best.

    Many of his works have a geology story associated with them - and the connections between geology the subject of the book are fascinating. He has a gift for sharing insights about phenomena that leave the listener wondering - "I never knew that - why haven't I heard that before".

    I've grown to love Simon Winchester's writing style - wrapping a thought in layers of adjectives to create a rich, thought-provoking visual picture of a concept he is teaching.

    I really like the fact that this author reads his own works. His reading performance is wonderful and I never tire of hearing his personable, authentic and empathetic voice.

    Atlantic weaves a fascinating story from the ocean's creation to its exploration and plundering by mankind. Simon Winchester explores the role of the Atlantic ocean in history and speculates about its future.

    Take the opportunity to listen to this book, or any of Simon Winchester's other well-reseached books to learn much from this master teacher.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Cole 09-24-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent, as always, from Simon Winchester"

    Simon Winchester has once again, researched in depth, and found a great theme. He has personalized it with his own experience, and turned in a superb performance!!

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    Marc SOUTHINGTON, CT, United States 09-19-12
    Marc SOUTHINGTON, CT, United States 09-19-12 Member Since 2002
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    "A very thought provoking story"
    What did you love best about Atlantic?

    The way it explained changes in the earth and some of the consequences past and possible future.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Atlantic?

    At the end of the book when the writer goes to the site of a naval disaster and what he finds, the whole story of the calamity and the timeline made it very real.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the writer described the scene of one of mans first communities near the ocean.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I think it would have been too much for one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    This book got me thinking of the present changes in our weather patterns and what might be causing the changes, man VS nature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Frances Berkeley, CA, USA 08-04-12
    Frances Berkeley, CA, USA 08-04-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Couldn't finish this one"

    I loved Simon Winchester’s Krakatoa and thought I would like this as well. Unfortunately I found it unfocused and didn't like the first few stories. I usually finish books I start, but I abandoned this one early on. Maybe it gets better further into it?

    Simon Winchesters voice is a delight to listen though.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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