Atlantic

Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms,and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories
Narrated by: Simon Winchester
Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
Categories: History, World
4 out of 5 stars (616 ratings)

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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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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.

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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.

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Sail away ...

Simon Winchester does a fabulous job of narrating his own book. His accent is delightful and he puts emphasis in all the right places. I will never look at the Atlantic Ocean the same. It was a great listen very informative, as is all of his work

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No Movie Here!

The mark of a great historical book is that there is no chance the dimwits in Hollywood will make a movie out of it. This book fits that bill, in a good way. Broad and in depth, the author covers the subject in an original way. As he does so well, in his other books, he makes the approach personal. From his own prospective, the author brings to life the myriad of characters within the story of this seemly inanimate geological feature. His narration is easy to listen to while being interesting and, dare I say, compelling.

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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.

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endlessly informative and entertaining

loved this book. Winchester both writes and narrates with both great sweep of historical perspective and fascinating detail

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Simply Spectacular

A very enjoyable several hours! Be prepared for solid history, science and riveting tales of the sea.

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  • KK
  • 10-22-18

Beautiful, poetic storytelling

Simon Winchester turns every accounting of history, science or social observation into well-crafted and captivating stories. No less happens in this book about the Atlantic ocean: its geologic and historic collisions with mankind are a fascinating read.

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Stick it out for the second half

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I almost didn't finish this book, which is a rarity for me. The intro alone was 1 1/2 hrs long and the entire first part of the book seemed to be a snobbish name-dropping list of Atlantic coast towns and cities and his seeming assumption that everyone who reads his book is well traveled and has been to the same places. To have any idea of what the author is talking about you need to have, at the very least, an atlas beside you as you listen. He jumps from one place to another often quickly and doesn't say much of anything pertaining to the purpose of the book. However, the book redeems itself in the second half and turned out to be quite worth wading through to get there living up to it's advertising.
The author himself is a fine reader.

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Great Author

Simon tells amazing stories and narrates his stories extremely well. I highly recommend all of his books.

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  • Kym Angrave
  • 04-11-19

Brilliant

Well another brilliantly researched book by Simon and narrated beautifully by him
I have read most of his books and love them all

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  • Vaughan
  • 02-09-20

Title accurately defines this book.

Simon Winchester is one of those few authors who reads his books as well as he writes them. But this book didn't quite hit the spot for me. Whilst impeccably narrated, it covers just too much and I have needed to read this across several sittings. Winchester covers the Atlantic itself - its geology, literature, trade and much more. It is well researched, and extensively covers the various environmental disasters which have seriously threatened the long term survival of the Atlantic. Winchesterclearly loves the Atlantic and everything about it, and the book is therefore a genuinely thought through attempt to chronicle the Atlantic Ocean's many dimentions in a way which isaccessible and informative.

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  • Ian
  • 02-06-19

Enjoyed every minute

Another wonderful book by Simon Winchester. Beautifully written, well narrated, and full of fascinating tales. Highly recommended.