• by James Nestor
  • Narrated by James Nestor
  • 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice.
An Amazon Best Science Book of 2014. A Scientific American Recommended Read.
Deep is a voyage from the ocean's surface to its darkest trenches, the most mysterious places on Earth. Fascinated by the sport of freediving - in which competitors descend to great depths on a single breath - James Nestor embeds with a gang of oceangoing extreme athletes and renegade researchers. He finds whales that communicate with other whales hundreds of miles away, sharks that swim in unerringly straight lines through pitch-black waters, and other strange phenomena. Most illuminating of all, he learns that these abilities are reflected in our own remarkable and often hidden potential - including echolocation, directional sense, and the profound bodily changes humans undergo when underwater. Along the way Nestor unlocks his own freediving skills as he communes with the pioneers who are expanding our definition of what is possible in the natural world - and in ourselves.


What the Critics Say

"Fascinating, informative, exhilarating." (Wall Street Journal)
"A journey well worth taking." (New York Times Book Review)
"Nestor pulls us below the surface into a world far beyond imagining and opens our eyes to these unseen places." (Dallas Morning News)


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Customer Reviews

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This story is wildly entertaining and is as important as anything you will encounter in modern non-fiction. I found myself googling its wild cast of characters to learn more about their endeavors and the answers they seek. Enterspecies communication, radical freediving to unheard of depths and the search for the amphibious proto humans we evolved from to the origins of life itself; there is much here to love. Like the sea itself this book calls to us to return to our earliest existence. Bravo.
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- Mr David M Mott

what a great book with scientific information

I love the book it was very interesting to listen to I also came away with a greater understanding of the Sea and the great animals that live there I agree with the author but I think the sea animals are smarter than men I only hope that someday soon we all wake up and save our oceans

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- Thomas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-31-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios