• The Secret Life of Lobsters

  • By: Trevor Corson
  • Narrated by: David Marantz
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (124 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this intimate portrait of an island lobstering community and an eccentric band of renegade biologists, journalist Trevor Corson escorts the listener onto the slippery decks of fishing boats, through danger-filled scuba dives, and deep into the churning currents of the Gulf of Maine to learn about the secret undersea lives of lobsters.

©2004 Trevor Corson (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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Uninteresting and poorly written

I found this book to be poorly written, it was repetitive and had such a slow pace. The characters he chose to focus on just weren't interestingly depicted and had no arch through the story. There was way too much unchecked casual misogyny for me. The way the author anthropomorphized the lobsters in the chapter on mating habits was the creepiest thing I've ever read. It was like bad fan fiction, not science writing, with phrases like "he fondled her tender body" and "she accepted his thrusts". And then he described certain encounters as one lobster raping another which is just so philosophically incorrect and problematic. I don't even know why I finished it, maybe it's just because I liked the word swimmerettes and wanted to learn more about climate impact on lobster population.

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Fascinating look at lobsters, Maine lobstr fishery

What did you like best about this story?

Provided a balance between the science and the people behind both the science and the lobstering. I learned a great deal and also got a sense of the history of lobstering in Maine.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Major mispronunciations throughout that should have been caught.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, but I looked forward to my commute because of it.

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Finding out information

Who knew? I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It covers information about lobsters "Down East".

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Life Cycle of a Delicacy

Well worth the read. Held my attention from the beginning. Not just dry biological facts, but a study of the harvesting community as well. EXCELLENT.

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Excellent. But learn New England place names.

This was great. Very interesting, informative, and articulate. The narrator's mispronouncement of Mt. Desert Island (although spelled Desert, it is pronounced like the word dessert), got a bit annoying for this native Mainer. But otherwise the narration was wonderful.

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