Fathoms by Rebecca Giggs audiobook

Fathoms: The World in the Whale

By Rebecca Giggs
Read by Shiromi Arserio

Simon & Schuster Audio 9781982120696
12.09 Hours 1
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A gorgeous meditation on the awe-inspiring lives of whales, revealing what they can teach us about ourselves, our planet, and our relationship to other species. When writer Rebecca Giggs encountered a humpback whale stranded on her local beachfront in Australia, she began to wonder how the lives of whales reflect the condition of our oceans. Fathoms: The World in the Whale blends natural history, philosophy, and science to explore: How do whales experience ecological change? How has whale culture been both understood and changed by human technology? What can observing whales teach us about the complexity, splendour, and fragility of life? In Fathoms, we learn about whales so rare they have never been named, whale songs that sweep across hemispheres in annual waves of popularity, and whales that have modified the chemical composition of our planet’s atmosphere. We travel to Japan to board the ships that hunt whales and delve into the deepest seas to discover how plastic pollution pervades our earth’s undersea environment. In the spirit of Rachel Carson and Rebecca Solnit, Giggs gives us a vivid exploration of the natural world even as she addresses what it means to write about nature at a time of environmental crisis. With depth and clarity, Giggs outlines the challenges we face as we attempt to understand the perspectives of other living beings, and our own place on an evolving planet. Evocative and inspiring, Fathoms marks the arrival of an essential new voice.

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Finalist for the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction

Finalist for the Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction

A BookPage Best Book of 2020

A gorgeous meditation on the awe-inspiring lives of whales, revealing what they can teach us about ourselves, our planet, and our relationship to other species.

When writer Rebecca Giggs encountered a humpback whale stranded on her local beachfront in Australia, she began to wonder how the lives of whales reflect the condition of our oceans. Fathoms: The World in the Whale blends natural history, philosophy, and science to explore: How do whales experience ecological change? How has whale culture been both understood and changed by human technology? What can observing whales teach us about the complexity, splendour, and fragility of life? In Fathoms, we learn about whales so rare they have never been named, whale songs that sweep across hemispheres in annual waves of popularity, and whales that have modified the chemical composition of our planet’s atmosphere. We travel to Japan to board the ships that hunt whales and delve into the deepest seas to discover how plastic pollution pervades our earth’s undersea environment.

In the spirit of Rachel Carson and Rebecca Solnit, Giggs gives us a vivid exploration of the natural world even as she addresses what it means to write about nature at a time of environmental crisis. With depth and clarity, Giggs outlines the challenges we face as we attempt to understand the perspectives of other living beings, and our own place on an evolving planet. Evocative and inspiring, Fathoms marks the arrival of an essential new voice.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Dazzingly well-researched…combining reportage, cultural criticism and poem as a call to action in the spirit of Rachel Carson.” Irish Times (Dublin)
“Giggs displays a keen awareness of what it means to write about a creature whose future is just as uncertain as our own.” The Nation
“Deeply researched and deeply felt…beautifully revelatory and haunting.” Booklist (starred review)
“Giggs reiterates that the whale and its life, legacy, and precarious environmental state are reflective of the greater issues the Earth faces.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Lyrical…Its finest passages — and they are many — awaken a sense of wonder.” Washington Post
“The lushness of her sentences and the intensity of her vision inspire frequent rereading—not for clarity, but for sheer pleasure and depth of meaning. ” Los Angeles Review of Books
“Delving, haunted, poetic.” New York Times Book Review

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Author Bio: Rebecca Giggs

Author Bio: Rebecca Giggs

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/Nature
Runtime: 12.09
Audience: Adult
Language: English