The Killer Whale Who Changed the World

  • by Mark Leiren-Young
  • Narrated by Mark Leiren-Young
  • 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The fascinating and heartbreaking account of the first publicly exhibited captive killer whale - a story that forever changed the way we see orcas and sparked the movement to save them.
Killer whales had always been seen as bloodthirsty sea monsters. That all changed when a young killer whale was captured off the west coast of North America and displayed to the public in 1964. Moby Doll - as the whale became known - was an instant celebrity, drawing 20,000 visitors on the one and only day he was exhibited. He died within a few months, but his famous gentleness sparked a worldwide crusade that transformed how people understood and appreciated orcas. Because of Moby Doll, we stopped fearing killers and grew to love and respect orcas.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Drove across the country, needed a book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?


If you care at all about the oceans and the life in them, this book can be eye opening and shocking. Both in good ways.

What did you like best about this story?

Learning about the society of killer whales

Have you listened to any of Mark Leiren-Young’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


This one is the best.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Moby's podmember was heard crying out to Moby from the water outside where Moby was held

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- Jess Edwards

Very informative

This is a well researched book that's easy to understand for anyone. It is interesting and insightful and I recommend it for anyone who loves whales :)
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-13-2017
  • Publisher: Perpetual Motion Productions