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The Killer Whale Who Changed the World Audiobook

The Killer Whale Who Changed the World

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Publisher's Summary

The fascinating and heartbreaking account of the first publicly exhibited captive killer whale - a story that forever changed the way we see orcas and sparked the movement to save them.

Killer whales had always been seen as bloodthirsty sea monsters. That all changed when a young killer whale was captured off the west coast of North America and displayed to the public in 1964. Moby Doll - as the whale became known - was an instant celebrity, drawing 20,000 visitors on the one and only day he was exhibited. He died within a few months, but his famous gentleness sparked a worldwide crusade that transformed how people understood and appreciated orcas. Because of Moby Doll, we stopped fearing killers and grew to love and respect orcas.

©2016 Mark Leiren-Young (P)2017 Mark Leiren-Young

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    Adam Miller Weston, MA United States 08-18-17
    Adam Miller Weston, MA United States 08-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book, full of facts and stories"

    If you love Orcas or want to know about their history with humans, you must read this book. The author digs through all kinds of primary research to give an accurate and balanced portrayal of the early days of orca-human relations. I wish he had let a professional read the book (I could only play it at 1.25x while usually I go for 1.5x when the reader is a pro). I'm more in love with and determined to save the whales than I was before reading.

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    Colin Heath 07-25-17
    Colin Heath 07-25-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Couldn't put it down."
    What made the experience of listening to The Killer Whale Who Changed the World the most enjoyable?

    With humour and pathos, Mark puts us in the mind of the orcas. With his muckrakers precision he documents the first contact between humans and this amazing species.


    Which character – as performed by Mark Leiren-Young – was your favorite?

    Moby Doll, the first orca displayed in captivity.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Orcas and humans - first contact


    Any additional comments?

    Mark's reading of his own work is precise and entertaining. He tells the suspenseful narrative with panache, wit and a journalists attention to facts.

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    Jess Edwards 07-04-17
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    "Drove across the country, needed a book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes

    If you care at all about the oceans and the life in them, this book can be eye opening and shocking. Both in good ways.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Learning about the society of killer whales


    Have you listened to any of Mark Leiren-Young’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes

    This one is the best.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Moby's podmember was heard crying out to Moby from the water outside where Moby was held


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    Anonymous 06-28-17
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    "Very informative"

    This is a well researched book that's easy to understand for anyone. It is interesting and insightful and I recommend it for anyone who loves whales :)

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    C. Winslow Springfield, VA, United States 06-21-17
    C. Winslow Springfield, VA, United States 06-21-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Orcas: My Heart & Soul"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Killer Whale Who Changed the World to be better than the print version?

    Listening to Mark Leiren-Young read his book undoubtedly adds so much more depth to this amazing story of Moby Doll and his impact on our understanding of and respect for Orcas.


    What other book might you compare The Killer Whale Who Changed the World to and why?

    Orca: The Whale Called Killer, by Erich Hoyt — the book that ignited my passion for Orcas


    Which character – as performed by Mark Leiren-Young – was your favorite?

    Moby Doll


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

    Yes! However, I listened over several days of commuting time.


    Any additional comments?

    As someone who holds Orcas close to my heart and soul, I felt joy, fascination, sorrow, and anger throughout the book. Perhaps it is true that the capture of Moby broke through the perceptions of the "monster" man had previously seen the orca as, but it also started the frenzy of Orca captivity. Nonetheless, I hope the telling of Moby's story will influence more people to take notice of these incredible creatures and to help support their well being by standing against captivity, dams and fish farms that reduce their food supplies and toxins polluting their waters (including trash, noise and shipping traffic).

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