• Deep

  • Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves
  • By: James Nestor
  • Narrated by: James Nestor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-31-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (649 ratings)

Regular price: $19.95

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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.
©2014 James Nestor (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"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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4 out of 5 stars
By P. Wilson on 11-13-17

More than I expected!

I have always been a fan of reading anything related to treasure hunting and shipwreck diving so this came up as a recommendation based on my listening history. I did not expect much but I got more than I bargained for!

The amount of danger that these divers experience with these free dives is unbelievable. I could not believe how many risks they take and come out alive. I don't think our bodies were meant to dive hundreds of feet under water but these divers do it over and over again with blackouts and near death experiences. If you are even remotely interested in anything water or nautical related, you will enjoy this book.


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5 out of 5 stars
By Mary Duke on 03-23-17

I loved this book!!!

Where does Deep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I think this is one of the best books I've ever listened to!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Deep?

I realized that in addition to learning about freediving, I was also learning so much more about the ocean, its inhabitants and its history.

What about James Nestor’s performance did you like?

The narration was really good. It was easy to follow and even though I listen to the book in small segments that go along with my commute, I never felt like I lost my place.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was super sad when the book was coming to a close. The content of the book really made me think and it was so well written and read that I realized it was a rare find and I'm so glad to have been able to experience it!

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