Ninety Percent of Everything

  • by Rose George
  • Narrated by Pearl Hewitt
  • 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On ship-tracking websites, the waters are black with dots. Each dot is a ship; each ship is laden with boxes; each box is laden with goods. In postindustrial economies, we no longer produce but buy. We buy, so we must ship. Without all those dots, the world would not work.
Freight shipping has been no less revolutionary than the printing press or the Internet, yet it is all but invisible. Away from public scrutiny, shipping revels in suspect practices, dubious operators, and a shady system. Infesting our waters, poisoning our air, and a prime culprit of acoustic pollution, shipping is environmentally indefensible. And then there are the pirates.
Rose George, acclaimed chronicler of what we would rather ignore, sails from Rotterdam to Suez to Singapore on ships the length of football fields and the height of Niagara Falls; she patrols the Indian Ocean with an antipiracy task force; she joins seafaring chaplains and investigates the harm that ships inflict on endangered whales.
Sharply informative and entertaining, Ninety Percent of Everything reveals the workings and perils of an unseen world that holds the key to our economy, our environment, and our very civilization.


What the Critics Say

“Consistently absorbing...Timely as well as deft...George's spirited book cracks open a vast, treacherous and largely ignored world.” (The New York Times)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Not exactly what I expected….

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Overall I am glad I read this book. It had a lot of information but not exactly what I expected. I expected more info about the chain and detail of transporting t shirts, food, construction materials, etc. But on the other hand, I learned about whales, merchant marines, surviving at sea. Like I said, it could be me.

Would you recommend Ninety Percent of Everything to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes and no. Depends on what they are interested in.

Which character – as performed by Pearl Hewitt – was your favorite?

The Captain of the Kendall…..

If this book were a movie would you go see it?


Any additional comments?

It was worth reading because in the book there was a saying (gem of wisdom) that has served me well. Thank for that!

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- reyna khan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-25-2017
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio