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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Great book, full of facts and stories

If you love Orcas or want to know about their history with humans, you must read this book. The author digs through all kinds of primary research to give an accurate and balanced portrayal of the early days of orca-human relations. I wish he had let a professional read the book (I could only play it at 1.25x while usually I go for 1.5x when the reader is a pro). I'm more in love with and determined to save the whales than I was before reading.
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- Adam Miller

Couldn't put it down.

What made the experience of listening to The Killer Whale Who Changed the World the most enjoyable?

With humour and pathos, Mark puts us in the mind of the orcas. With his muckrakers precision he documents the first contact between humans and this amazing species.


Which character – as performed by Mark Leiren-Young – was your favorite?

Moby Doll, the first orca displayed in captivity.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Orcas and humans - first contact


Any additional comments?

Mark's reading of his own work is precise and entertaining. He tells the suspenseful narrative with panache, wit and a journalists attention to facts.

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- Colin Heath

Book Details

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