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"The Outlaw Ocean is an outstanding example of investigative journalism, illuminating some of the darkest corners of a world we often don't think about...what he found ranges from horrible to shocking and from unfair to unbelievable...a magnificent read...proof that outstanding writing is still one of the best tools we have to get to know the world we live in.” (Gabino Iglesias, NPR)

"These chapters are vibrant as individual stories, but as a collection they’re transcendent, rendering a complex portrait of an unseen and disturbing world. Urbina pursues a depth of reportage that’s rare because of the guts and diligence it requires... The result is not just a fascinating read, but a truly important document... It is a master class in journalism.” (Blair Braverman, The New York Times Book Review)

"Not just a stunning read, this book is a gripping chronicle of the watery wild west and it shows us - frankly unlike anything I've read before - how global indifference can trap innocent people in endless cycles of exploitation, how the vast ocean has become a danger zone, and ultimately how we all pay a price for this mayhem and mistreatment." (John Kerry, former Secretary of State and founder of the Our Ocean Conference)

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"A riveting, terrifying, thrilling story of a netherworld that few people know about, and fewer will ever see.... The soul of this book is as wild as the ocean itself." (Susan Casey, best-selling author of The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean)

An adrenaline-fueled tour of a vast, lawless and rampantly criminal world that few have ever seen: the high seas.

There are few remaining frontiers on our planet. But perhaps the wildest, and least understood, are the world's oceans: too big to police, and under no clear international authority, these immense regions of treacherous water play host to rampant criminality and exploitation. 

Traffickers and smugglers, pirates and mercenaries, wreck thieves and repo men, vigilante conservationists and elusive poachers, seabound abortion providers, clandestine oil-dumpers, shackled slaves and cast-adrift stowaways - drawing on five years of perilous and intrepid reporting, often hundreds of miles from shore, Ian Urbina introduces us to the inhabitants of this hidden world. Through their stories of astonishing courage and brutality, survival and tragedy, he uncovers a globe-spanning network of crime and exploitation that emanates from the fishing, oil and shipping industries, and on which the world's economies rely. 

Both a gripping adventure story and a stunning exposé, this unique work of reportage brings fully into view for the first time the disturbing reality of a floating world that connects us all, a place where anyone can do anything because no one is watching.

©2019 Ian Urbina (P)2019 Random House Audio

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  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Worldoceans
  • 2019/12/09

Subject interesting, but some facts not true

Being a long distance sailor and marine biologist, I started out totally engrossed by the interesting subject matter. But I started to lose faith in the reporting when several completely wrong "facts" were presented. It made me question the validity of all other facts.

First the author describes the hauling in of Antarctic Cod (Dissotichus mawsoni) and describing their eyes bulging out of their sockets from the release of pressure. This is incorrect, they do not have a swim bladder and their eyes do not bulge out. I have hauled in mawsoni from over 1000' and they are alive, in great shape, and can even be kept in an aquarium for research.

Second he describes how it would be deadly to fall over the side in Antarctica because the water is -80F. Impossible and rediculous - sea water can only go as low as 28F, after which it freezes.

Thirdly - later on in the book when describing the dutch abortion ship, which he says is a 36' long sailboat with a 29hp diesel engine. He said it was cruising at 10 knots, which is impossible unless it was surfing down a wave, which is not "cruising". A sailboat cannot exceed it's hull speed which is 1.34 X the square root of the length of the waterline (about 32' for a 36' sailboat). For a 36' sailboat that would equate to about 7.6 kts in flat calm seas with no headwind and a motor powerful enough to reach hull speed (unlikely with a 29hp). Since he describes 8' waves pounding the bow, it is unlikely that they could even make 5 kts, let alone 10kts.

None of these facts are huge, but when there are mistakes like this I have to take the entire book with a grain of salt, wondering how much other exaggeration there was.

Having said all that - this is well worth a read - but don't rely on every fact being correct.

  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Mary
  • 2019/09/14

Disappointed

The story is very interesting and thought provoking but as an audiobook I could never get through it. The reader is montone and dry. I am disappointed that I do see an option to return this book after only listening to one chapter.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • C. W. N.
  • 2019/08/29

A Real Eye-Opener & Necessary Read

Ian Urbina taks the reader on a rollercoaster ride, with mind-blowing accounts of life and business at sea, just beyond the reach of the just, or at least where the good guy's hands are tied behind their backs. An amazing depiction of courageous people facing the most abusive & dishonest companies & governments on the planet.
This is a must-read.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Justin
  • 2019/08/31

Highly recommended!

Both the writing and narration are excellent. I can honestly say that the author conducted some truly intrepid and impressive reporting for this book. The human right abuses that he chronicles in this book are both shocking and underreported. A quite engaging listen. Highly recommended.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Mike
  • 2019/10/21

Individual short stories

I almost claimed plagiarism throughout the first half of the 4th-chapter, thinking I had read a book written about the same exact story. Did some digging, only to discover I had previously read Ian Urbina's prose unknowingly in The Guardian:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/12/ship-of-horrors-deep-sea-fishing-oyang-70-new-zealand

I enjoyed the format of several short stories (essays, as the author claims) built around a singular theme in the Outlaw Ocean. Well-done.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anna J
  • 2021/04/14

Great read

Could not put it down. Hard to match with fiction as far as being interesting. Also flows very well for non fiction. Again mostly due to abundance of good material.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Carolyn H.
  • 2021/02/27

Despite some flaws, an eye-opening must-listen!

This audiobook provides a startling view into a world that is likely to never reach the consciousness of most people living outside of it, but with which we are all nonetheless inexorably linked. Despite some flaws, the important (albeit disturbing) education it provides makes this a worthwhile and highly recommended read. The level of exploitation and mistreatment of people, the environment, and animals that occurs on the high seas, as revealed in this reporting, is horrific and the complacency with which it’s met is shocking. In addition to the morality wake-up call, there is a lot of fascinating detail about life on the sea and even some fun high-seas hijinks. I particularly enjoyed the chapters on the so-called ‘raiders of the lost arks’ and on the battles between the Japanese whalers and anti-whaling activists. Other highlights include learning about the many intricate challenges and legal complexities that governments, environmental activists, and all members of the fishing industry must navigate. The main issues I saw with the book were an at times tedious redundancy, singularity of perspective, and lack of nuanced analysis of the issues. I realize some repetitiveness and a lack of integration of ideas and themes from different chapters is unavoidable with a collection of essays, but in this case, I found it somewhat dulled the reader into ceasing to be outraged by crimes against humanity, particularly regarding the sea slavery issue. There were also very few alternative perspectives other than the author’s own and those of the victims of the powerful or their advocates (the arguable exception to this being the Somali chapter, where the reader got to hear some varying opinions from locals). Something about it felt incomplete, and the reporting would have benefited from fairer balance, as the issues are incredibly complex. However, if your main goal is to raise much-needed awareness and empathy for sea slavery – which seemed to be the most consistent theme – deeper analysis and perspective will only muddy that message. Nevertheless, I was left with immense gratitude that I had listened to this reporting and that the author had made the arduous effort to bring back the tales he did. The narrator does a fine job and I think he was a good choice for this book.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Indigo
  • 2021/01/03

This book should be a section of world history for every high school senior.

These stories of the people who were enslaved for the Sea bass on our plates will make any moral person say no to “the fish” on the menu. Human trafficking as I understood it was bad enough. Mr Urbina has taught me a new low in how we treat each other. 2021 and we are still buying and selling people.
Well told.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • T. Adams
  • 2020/09/07

Must Read for Environmental Conservation

Although Urbina writes on all aspects of the gray lines in maritime law, the stories and research he provides on the efforts and discrepancies regarding oceanic environmental conservation was insightful and shocking. I truly have felt moved to help in the efforts to protect our oceans and I appreciate all the hard work Urbina did to write about it all.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • aaron
  • 2020/08/16

Outstanding Book on Ocean Stuff

This book covers everything from pirates to illegal fishing. The storytelling is good, not great, but since there are so few books that cover the topics covered here, the storytelling is elevated to something close to Hemingway.

It's a real shame that there aren't more journalists doing this type of reporting, so Urbina definitely deserves praise for being one of the few to venture into these inherently dangerous worlds. There are thousands of war reporters out there, and maybe only five(!!) that do any sort of worthwhile reporting on Ocean Lawlessness. That's just ridiculous.

I hope Urbina continues reporting on Ocean Stuff.