The Living Great Lakes

Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas
Narrated by: Barry Press
Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
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If fresh water is to be treasured, the Great Lakes are the mother lode. No bodies of water can compare to them. One of them, Superior, is the largest lake on earth, and the five lakes together contain a fifth of the world's supply of standing fresh water. Their surface area of 95,000 square miles is greater than New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island combined. They are so vast that they dominate much of the geography, climate, and history of North America. In one way or another, they affect the lives of tens of millions of people.

The Living Great Lakes is the most complete book ever written about the history, nature, and science of these remarkable lakes at the heart of North America. From the geological forces that formed them to the industrial atrocities that nearly destroyed them, to the greatest environmental success stories of our time, the lakes are portrayed in all their complexity. The book, however, is much more than just history. It is also the story of the lakes as told by biologists, fishermen, sailors, and others whom Jerry Dennis grew to know while traveling with them on boats and hiking with them on beaches and islands.

©2003 Jerry Dennis (P)2016 Tantor

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"A fine guide to the Great Lakes with a storyteller's sense of pacing, savvily blending the factual with the picaresque." ( Kirkus)

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Fascinating Information

Since I live in Chicago, I was drawn to this title so I would learn more about the Great Lakes which I have so enjoyed, especially Lake Michigan. However, knowledge of these bodies of water should be required reading! The author takes you on a voyage through the lakes in current day and past. Very well done!

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A must-read for anyone in the Great Lakes region

The story captures the spirit of living in the Great Lakes region through a variety of tales. Some of these consist of a boat rides across the Great Lakes and other disasters in the history of the region over the many centuries. It is a perfect read for anybody who lives in the Great Lakes region or those interested in helping maintain the Great Lakes.

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Good book, problematic narrator

Growing up in Michigan, I loved this book and I recommend to anyone who loves the Lakes or wants to learn more about them. The narrator however, was annoying at times and cringe worthy at points. I can look over the mispronunciations of local place names and roll my eyes at his bad attempt at a French accent whenever he read accounts by the French explorers. His use of an African-American accent when reading speech by Detroiters, however, was downright abominable and really soured an otherwise fascinating story. It was highly unnecessary and I really wish another narrator did this book because of it

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Climate Denying Author

Tough to take any of his scientific observations seriously. I just can’t take him seriously.