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  • My Story of the Sea
  • Written by: Hannah Stowe
  • Narrated by: Anna Rust
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins

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Move Like Water

Written by: Hannah Stowe
Narrated by: Anna Rust
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Publisher's Summary

A book to sweep you away from the shore, into a wild world of water, whale, storm, and starlight―to experience what it’s like to sail for weeks at a time with life set to a new rhythm.

As a young girl, Hannah Stowe was raised at the tide’s edge on the Pembrokeshire coast of Wales, falling asleep to the sweep of the lighthouse beam. Now in her midtwenties, working as a marine biologist and sailor, Stowe draws on her professional experiences sailing tens of thousands of miles in the North Sea, North Atlantic, Mediterranean, Celtic Sea, and the Caribbean to explore the human relationship with wild waters. Why is it, she asks, that she and so many others have been drawn to life at sea―and what might the water around us be able to teach us?

Braiding her powerful and deeply personal narrative with stories of six keystone marine creatures―the fire crow, sperm whale, wandering albatross, humpback whale, shearwater, and the barnacle―Stowe invites listeners to fall in love, as she has, with the sea and those that call it home, and to discover the majesty, wonder, and vulnerability of the underwater world.

For fans of Rachel Carson and Annie Dillard, Move Like Water: My Story of the Sea is an inspiring, heartfelt hymn to the sea, a testament to finding and following a dream, and an unforgettable introduction to a deeply gifted nature writer of a new generation.

©2023 Hannah Stowe (P)2023 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"A sensuous book, more felt than described, more described than explained, more painted than penned: part memoir, part journal and—with each chapter named for a creature the author encountered either in real life or in dreams—part natural mystery tour. —Carl Safina, The New York Times Books Review

"Stirring.... Fascinating.... Unforgettable.... Stowe immerses readers in the sights, sounds, and rhythms of the ocean in her spellbinding debut. —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

Lovely...fascinating.... Nature lovers and sailors will savor Stowe’s personal, thoughtful, science-filled voyages. —Kirkus Reviews

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  • 2023-11-16

Absolutely incredible naturalist book about stories at sea

The entire book reads like a gorgeous poem. It ebs and flows like the ocean, every word rich and every sentence beautiful. The stories blend awe at marine ecology, the story of a young girl growing up by the ocean and sailing, magical interactions with animals, history, stories at sea, and so much more. I loved every word. The narrator’s voice is also quite peaceful and lovely to listen to. I’m getting my mom this book for Christmas. Most I’ve loved a book in as long as I can remember. Absolutely beautiful writing.

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