Four Fish

  • by Paul Greenberg
  • Narrated by Christopher Lane
  • 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Our relationship with the ocean is undergoing a profound transformation. Just three decades ago, nearly everything we ate from the sea was wild. Today, rampant overfishing and an unprecedented biotech revolution have brought us to a point where wild and farmed fish occupy equal parts of a complex and confusing marketplace. We stand at the edge of a cataclysm; there is a distinct possibility that our children’s children will never eat a wild fish that has swum freely in the sea.
In Four Fish, award-winning writer and lifelong fisherman Paul Greenberg takes us on a culinary journey, exploring the history of the fish that dominate our menus — salmon, sea bass, cod, and tuna — and investigating where each stands at this critical moment in time. He visits Norwegian megafarms that use genetic techniques once pioneered on sheep to grow millions of pounds of salmon a year. He travels to the ancestral river of the Yupik Eskimos to see the only Fair Trade–certified fishing company in the world. He makes clear how PCBs and mercury find their way into seafood; discovers how Mediterranean sea bass went global; challenges the author of Cod to taste the difference between a farmed and a wild cod; and almost sinks to the bottom of the South Pacific while searching for an alternative to endangered bluefin tuna.
Fish, Greenberg reveals, are the last truly wild food — for now. By examining the forces that get fish to our dinner tables, he shows how we can start to heal the oceans and fight for a world where healthy and sustainable seafood is the rule rather than the exception.


What the Critics Say

"An award-winning food journalist brilliantly dissects the relationship between humans and the four fish that dominate the seafood market....The narrative is grounded in common sense and anchored by first-rate, on-scene reporting from the Yukon and Mekong Rivers, Lake Bardawil in the Sinai Peninsula and the waters off the coasts of Long Island, Greece, Hawaii and the Shetland Islands. Hugely informative, sincere and infectiously curious and enthusiastic." (Kirkus)


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Couldn't handle the character voices

This is a fascinating book, however the audio version is compromised by the narrator's annoying mannerism of reading direct quotes "in character", including accents. In other words, if a French person is talking the narrator will read with a French accent etc. This seemed pretty condescending and strange to me for a non-fiction book (how does the narrator know what these people sound like?) and was so distracting that I stopped listening.
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- Bjorn Bellenbaum

Provocative Look Into the Future of Fish

This book provides a well-researched and well-rounded look at the state of fishing by examining four principal edible fish. This is NOT an environmental screed that says we should all be vegetarians and leave the ocean alone; rather it is a sensible, sober look at the ocean's problems and what the practical solutions are.

The narrator is PERFECT. In some audible books I feel the narrators try a little too hard to do other voices and accents, but this narrator nails it. When you get to the section on Tuna and hear the 9/11 anecdote, you'll fully appreciate this narrator's range.
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- Abdur Abdul-Malik "The Tertiarty Adjunct to Unimatrix 01."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-15-2010
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio