• Moby-Duck

  • The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them
  • By: Donovan Hohn
  • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-11-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Recorded Books
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.6 (110 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

When the writer Donovan Hohn heard of the mysterious loss of thousands of bath toys at sea, he figured he would interview a few oceanographers, talk to a few beachcombers, and read up on Arctic science and geography. But questions can be like ocean currents: wade in too far, and they carry you away. Hohn's accidental odyssey pulls him into the secretive world of shipping conglomerates, the daring work of Arctic researchers, the lunatic risks of maverick sailors, and the shadowy world of Chinese toy factories.
Moby-Duck is a journey into the heart of the sea and an adventure through science, myth, the global economy, and some of the worst weather imaginable. With each new discovery, Hohn learns of another loose thread, and with each successive chase, he comes closer to understanding where his castaway quarry comes from and where it goes. In the grand tradition of Tony Horwitz and David Quammen, Moby-Duck is a compulsively readable narrative of whimsy and curiosity.
©2011 Donovan Hohn (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC
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5 out of 5 stars
By K. on 06-09-11

Brilliant narration

I am about three quarters finished with this. The narrator seems to perfectly embody the tone of the author: wry, slightly self-deprecating, and fairly obsessed with his quest to learn everything he can about the fate of the lost bath toys. Along the way he travels far from home to take voyages on a variety of ships, learning about, among other things, plastics manufacture, cargo shipping, oceanography, and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Hohn contrasts the happy innocence of the rubber duckie with the darker elements of man's impact on the planet. The author never loses his interest in his quest and I have found it mesmerizing. The descriptions are vivid and beautifully written. And if Hohn, the author, does not sound in real life like Welch, the narrator, he should!

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3 out of 5 stars
By "lynn3418" on 03-08-17

Interesting story but way too many side jaunts.

So many times I struggled to stay with this book. I don't mind occassional, even more frequent, tangents but at times the author kept takung a leap and then many more off that tangent before heading back. I appreciate the research he did but we don't need to know every tidbit unearthed. Also, skipping from dry as dirt recitations of molecular composition to recounting what sounded like stoner conversation was annoying. Some serious editing would make this an interesting, more coherent read or listen.

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