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Deep

Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves
Written by: James Nestor
Narrated by: James Nestor
Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
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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.

What the critics say

"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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Best audiobook I’ve ever listened to.

This book is wonderful and very informative both for an aspiring freediver, and for a laymen who’s interested in the wonders the ocean holds. Highly recommend.

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Great listen!

So informative! Story is incredible, makes me wish I was in the ocean right now!

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Easily my favourite book.

An absolute gem, and the reason I am learning to free dive. Thank you James, sincerely, for all you did while writing this book. It was one of the highlights of my year so far.

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Really interesting, well written and researched

It’s a great story of the authors journey and discovery of not only the sport of free diving but also the current research and science of going deep. I loved the storyline, the transformational and continually more and more immersive (deeper and deeper) interest he took. Another great author from Outside Mag. Narration is good but I’m not sure why he chose to change the voice when speaking the other’s parts - for half the book I thought he was making fun of the people (this is obviously very minor and kind of funny). Great overall.

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perfect

Top tier journalistic quality of information, and altogether an intensely interesting topic that was written and presented to perfection

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Takes me back to the ocean

James Nestor’s discovery of the ocean’s mesmerizing power brings me right back to my own days of discovering freediving.
For me, the discovery of freediving came as an affirmation that the ocean truly can feel like home. When you dive down and have sharks swim beside you, there’s a sense of unity that is only achievable by entering the sharks world on their terms.
I think James did a great job of describing these moments. I had a smile on my face for a good portion of this audiobook.
Thank you for the ocean memories while I currently live landlocked! Cheers

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Informative

Great overall, however, the narrator's sometimes monotonous delivery and characterization/mimicry of the story's people made it annoying and comical at times; just when seriousness was called for, he would break the mood with his delivery. Probably better read rather than listened to.

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  • Kim
  • 2020-04-05

Educational

I listened to the sample and was upset when it ended. I HAD to listen to this book. I learned things I did not know, and now have a deeper appreciation for our oceans, the animals inside it and the power it holds to take our lives. If the only thing you take away from this book is that coral is dying and we need to preserve it then so be it, but there is so much information in this book you won’t be disappointed or bored. I have a non sensical fear of water and I wanted to learn more, I am glad I bought this book.

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wow! what a great read.. this guy sure gets around

loved the book. I spearfish and I learned a lot reading this book. very informative and eye opening read

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  • P. Wilson
  • 2017-11-13

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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  • Mary Duke
  • 2017-03-23

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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  • Anthony Karis
  • 2017-06-30

For the love of water.

Have you ever looked at a body of water and marveled at it, how deep is it, how cold or what lives in it. If you have then Deep allows you to have a look into the word of free diving and the zen philosophy behind it. It describes free diving in a way that makes you want more.

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  • alyssa
  • 2017-06-26

I learned to freedive after starting this book. :)

I'm not exactly sure what I was looking for when I happened upon this book. I'd been scuba diving for over 5 years. I had never considered freediving before. But I guess one thing unites underwater folks, we love being in the water and the creatures that occupy it. If either criteria applies to you, you'll like this book. I really like the format and how the author used depth.

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  • Kara
  • 2017-07-13

Great Listen for All Ocean Lovers

Great book- so much more than just about freediving. Loved learning about the different "renegade science" projects worldwide and ocean research facilitated by freediving.

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  • Sunn Pinn
  • 2018-06-04

Best non fiction in years

Deeper was much more profound than I thought it would be. As a freediver myself, I thought it would simply be about the world of freediving, but it is so much more than that. It’s a philosophical journey into our minds and our place on Earth. What a wonderfully thought provoking and fascinating story.

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  • Ruslan B.
  • 2017-06-22

Great book, easy to comprehend

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand and learn more about human abilities to dive deep.
I am a free diver and found this book helpful, motivating, a breeze to listen, easy to comprehend.
Highly recommend.

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  • tanner mansell
  • 2017-06-20

Amazing

This is one of the most fascinating books I have ever read. I highly recommend

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  • Gwynne Axelrod
  • 2017-04-10

Excellent!

This is a fantastic book. Fascinating stories and solid info on freediving and oceanic state of affairs.

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  • Mr David M Mott
  • 2017-01-31

Fascinating

This story is wildly entertaining and is as important as anything you will encounter in modern non-fiction. I found myself googling its wild cast of characters to learn more about their endeavors and the answers they seek. Enterspecies communication, radical freediving to unheard of depths and the search for the amphibious proto humans we evolved from to the origins of life itself; there is much here to love. Like the sea itself this book calls to us to return to our earliest existence. Bravo.

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