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Publisher's Summary

From best-selling author James Raffan comes an enlightening and original story about a polar bear’s precarious existence in the changing Arctic, reminiscent of John Vaillant’s The Golden Spruce.

Nanurjuk, “the bear-spirited one”, is hunting for seals on Hudson Bay, where ice never lasts more than one season. For her and her young, everything is in flux.  

From the top of the world, Hudson Bay looks like an enormous paw print on the torso of the continent, and through a vast network of lakes and rivers, this bay connects to oceans across the globe. Here, at the heart of everything, walks Nanurjuk, or Nanu, one polar bear among the 6,000 that traverse the 1.23 million square kilometers of ice and snow covering the bay. 

For millennia, Nanu’s ancestors have roamed this great expanse, living, evolving, and surviving alongside human beings in one of the most challenging and unforgiving habitats on Earth. But that world is changing. In the Arctic’s lands and waters, oil has been extracted - and spilled. As global temperatures have risen, the sea ice that Nanu and her young need to hunt seal and fish has melted, forcing them to wait on land where the delicate balance between them and their two-legged neighbors has now shifted. 

This is the icescape that author and geographer James Raffan invites us to inhabit in Ice Walker. In precise and provocative prose, he brings listeners inside Nanu’s world as she treks uncertainly around the heart of Hudson Bay, searching for nourishment for the children that grow inside her. She stops at nothing to protect her cubs from the dangers she can see - other bears, wolves, whales, human beings - and those she cannot. 

By focusing his lens on this bear family, Raffan closes the gap between humans and bears, showing us how, like the water of the Hudson Bay, our existence - and our future - is tied to Nanu’s. He asks us to consider what might be done about this fragile world before it is gone for good. Masterful, vivid, and haunting, Ice Walker is an utterly unique piece of creative nonfiction and a deeply affecting call to action.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2020 James Raffan (P)2021 Simon & Schuster Audio

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An eerie wake up call

The author gives a very realist, unsentimental portray of the plat bears surviving in climate change

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  • 2021-06-30

beautiful story

Aven Shore's wistful tone, often laced with warmth and notes of hope, while also dramatic and intense where required, was a perfect match for this beautiful documentary-style exposition on the life and struggles of a polar bear and her cubs. I felt like I was watching the life of this little family with Aven as my guide. I appreciated that the sections involving humans and their effects on the bears (oil, tagging, etc) were present but weren't harped on so much as to be exhausting. A very pleasant listen. I even learned a few things!

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informative and interesting

a biology book from the bears view which just make it all the more compelling.
seriously if you like learning about animals this is a great book...

Aven and Steve are great choices for the book, Steve being the voice of the Author while Aven is the storyteller when it comes to the bears