Regular price: $28.00

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
  • Get access to the Member Daily Deal
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

From Susan Casey, the New York Times best-selling author of The Devil's Teeth and The Wave, a breathtaking look into the mysterious world of dolphins and their conflicted history with man.

Since the dawn of recorded history, humans have felt a kinship with the sleek and beautiful dolphin, an animal whose playfulness, sociability, and intelligence seem like an aquatic mirror of mankind. In recent decades scientists have discovered dolphins recognize themselves in reflections, count, feel despondent, adorn themselves, rescue one another (and humans), deduce, infer, form cliques, throw tantrums, gossip, and scheme. Several native peoples trace their lineages to dolphins. They are the stars of multimillion-dollar aquatic theme parks, money that has fueled a sinister illicit trade as shown in the documentary Blackfish. The US Navy has a secret program using dolphins as undersea soldiers. The theory that they are a superior, extraterrestrial species is popular among the New Age fringe. They are the victims of brutal slaughters as depicted in the documentary The Cove. To swim with a dolphin is a transporting experience, an encounter with a being seemingly so like us yet so alien.

No writer is better positioned to portray these magical creatures than Susan Casey, whose combination of personal reporting, intense scientific research, and evocative prose made The Wave and The Devil's Teeth contemporary classics of writing on the oceans. For two years Casey traveled the world, and now she has written a thrilling book about the other intelligent life on the planet.

©2015 Susan Casey (P)2015 Random House Audio

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    99
  • 4 Stars
    40
  • 3 Stars
    12
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    2

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    102
  • 4 Stars
    34
  • 3 Stars
    10
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    93
  • 4 Stars
    31
  • 3 Stars
    14
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    3
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

So sad I love dolfins, I wish more people cared

I wish more people cared about marine life and animals in general nothing should be hurt hunted and killed it's not right !

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Enlightening; don’t expect uplifting

More a journey into the cruel and depressing world of some humans, which was important to read, just not terribly enjoyable. Well reported, though Casey tends to insert herself into the story a little too much to call it journalism. Production and narration are very good. Overall, engaging and enlightening. And important. Just not as uplifting as I was naively hoping.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Probably the coolest and best book on dolphins


This book is both and enlightening and realistic and yet still not cheesy yet still holds the spiritual mythos behind dolphins um it's also quite sad regarding the cove and other sad things that have been happening dolphins for thousands of years

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

So good.

“Kiska was depression in motion.”

This line really got me. We ruin the lives of this poor animal. We destroy their homes and kidnap them. This book was very informative and the narrator was spectacular. I highly recommend it.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Solid Information

Not quite as entertaining a book as I'd have thought (it got quite dark at time), yet filled with solid information and I learned a lot.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Must Read!

This is an important story. Susan teaches us about the wonders of cetaceans, their extraordinary brains, their heroic compassion and their horrible treatment by humans. If you care about dolphins, our oceans, or any part if the natural world, read this book! Susan helped me understand how many and varied are the cetaceans tormenters. She, and the brave men and women she profiles in her story, make me want to fight for "non-human rights" too. Thank you, Susan.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Sad but enlightened

These creatures have suffered greatly at our hand and continue to do so. May we continue the struggle to protect these wondrous animals.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Fabulous

I learned so much from this book. very knowledgeable and precise. A must read for any human.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Delightful

The narrator was one of the very best I have heard. She even used accents for the many different foreign voices. And the writing and thinking are wise and eloquent. Maybe one of my favorite books.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Wowed!

What a beautiful read, full of exploration! The ocean is Earths gem & we must protect it.

Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 10-22-18

intriguing & impressive

It's amazing to get to.know about dolphins in depth. Im deeply touched by the stories and this lovely and intelligent creatures. Love them!

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • dc-l
  • 09-04-16

Stick with it!

As usual with Susan Casey, this is a very comprehensive volume. You need to have patience at times as some of the research takes you into 'marginal' areas but Susan comes good and applies more mature journalist practice to the subject.

Looking forward to her next project.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Frankimunk
  • 04-03-16

A MUST READ ESSENTIAL IF YOU ARE AN OCEAN LOVER

Fabulous book, will be re-read many times. Exposes the horrific slaughter of Dolphins by the Japanese in Taiji that are then sold to Marine Parks to live 30+yrs in a concrete pool, horrifying that Human can be soo very cruel to a species that are peaceful, intelligent and fun loving