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Kids love the ocean - it’s mysterious and unknown, home to monsters of the imagination and some of the most fascinating life forms on the planet.

But while many grown-ups might love being by or on the sea, how much do we actually know about the world beneath the waves?

In this follow-up to A Grown-Up Guide to Dinosaurs, evolutionary biologist, Professor Ben Garrod, takes the listener on an oceanic journey from the beginning of life on Earth to the present day, discovering what the ocean actually is and why it’s so important in the evolutionary history of life.

A Listen Entertainment production for Audible Originals.

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eye opener

every bit of it was enthralling, engaging.
old science lessons hidden beneath surface ,
stirred up my brain. i m so happy n glad i came across this book

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An interesting story of oceans told wth enthusiasm

An interesting story of oceans told with enthusiasm.
from the genesis of the oceans, life in its increasing complexity to the present day impact on the oceans and it's implications - the author speaks in a very direct and engaging way to tell the story. it is crisp too

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Wonderful!

I loved it. A must listen for those fascinated or even slightly interested in the underwater world.

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Insightful with charming narration!

Every chapter has been artfully arranged for an engrossing listen. Professor Ben Garrod is simply charming with the narration and interviews. I feel like I've learnt a lot and can come back and listen to this many times!

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Omg i love this soo much

This is one of the best books/narrations I’ve ever heard. The content is fabulous! I want more!!!!

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Exemplary production

Great initiative on the part of academia to produce a documentary on what the world needs most. A concerted effort. Kudos!

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  • Peter J L
  • 11-08-20

Science for everyone!

If you have ever had more than a passing interest in the ocean then you will be utterly amazed by the splendour and wonder!

If that sparks an enquiry into the deeper meanings and science of the sea then this is for you.

Professor Ben Garrod explains deftly and openly the deeper science of the sea. From the sparks of life to development of mammals, he explains in a welcoming and friendly style the science of the ocean.

This is an openly accessible podcast that will interest anyone, not just academics or oceanographers but anyone who has ever dipped their toes in the shoreline and thought it wonder what’s going on out there!’

An absolute must listen!

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  • David J James
  • 16-10-20

Nowhere near as good as the dinosaur one

The guy clearly has a wealth of knowledge but in the end it was an Attenboroughesque propaganda piece for the anthropogenic climate change natrative. It would have been good to dwell on the plastic issue where we do know it is anthropogenic and there is a political will from various countries to solve it.

If we cannot solve the ocean plastic matter then it is a waste of time even discussing the CO2 emissions issue. Please talk to us about what can be done to clean up the plastics, and don't get distracted into the mindless carbon narrative.

I am not happy that little detail was given to issues like the El Nino and the currents and how the temperatures work and how much the moon affects tides. Nobody cares about Myllothingy, it is just one phase the Chinese happen to have found, among a thousand possible, with no real bearing on the actual life today.

Why are some groups of teleosts almost exclusively riverine and have only a few marine species? With 3,500 representatives, the Siluriformes make up one in seven of vertebrates and yet there are many mysteries and unanswered questions around them. They include the only parasite on man, and two of the few species that can electrocute us to death. There are those we can eat and some so large that they could devour a child.

So please let's have a grown up guide to catfishes next time, and less about PC stuff and trying to get into the formulaic BBC mould. I know you are much cleverer than that.

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  • Chrissie Ann
  • 14-08-20

Brilliant

I have learnt so much from this plain language guide as I did from the grown up guide to dinosaurs. The experts were great and Ben is natural.

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  • MissSt
  • 20-08-20

Grown up Ocean Lessons

Really interesting hope there are more series like this. Easy to listen to, rich in facts and really personable too.

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  • JJ
  • 17-08-20

More please

Another fantastic grown up guide series! it will leave you wanting to find out more.

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  • S. A. Rainey
  • 16-08-20

Enjoyable and educational

Excellent series - listened to it all in one sitting. Easy to understand for a lay-person without being patronising.

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  • Ms. Gregory
  • 10-03-21

fantastic

really loved this audio book. I have known for a while that fish are amazing after watching tropical fish. so sad that us humans do not appreciate the value of our oceans we really are dependent on them.

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  • Cinnamon M Andrews
  • 27-02-21

Entertaining and informative

A great way of educating us non scientists! Makes me want to “do my bit” even more!

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  • charlotte
  • 18-02-21

Funny, interesting and easy to listen to

Brilliant series, really interesting and funny. The narration is great. I hope more are brought out.

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  • Nguyen Hoang Hong Nhung
  • 17-02-21

Well written and great information

loved it. beautifully worn written and spoken. you can see the authors love, respect and concern for the oceans. fantastic effort in the conservation effort. my favorite fun fact is about spermaceti found in the heads of sperm whales

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  • Tony
  • 30-08-20

Very informative and interesting

Every human should listen to this, there are interviews with many scientists that discuss the evolution of life and current issues that we should all be concerned about.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-09-20

Didn't get the feeling it was for grown ups

Couldn't get past the first half of the first episode. The narrators tones and inflections did not sound grown up to me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-09-20

so interesting & presented in an entertaining way

so interesting
& presented in an entertaining way. I put it on to go to sleep. makes learning relaxing and enjoyable.

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  • Peter Reed
  • 18-11-20

please read - optomistic -

great read - very interesting & well presented - tells a fascinating story about how things have changed over time

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-09-20

Great podcast.

Apart from the complicated chemistry stuff, this was a very interesting, funny and entertaining listen.

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  • Charlotte
  • 19-01-21

Great!

Such a great book, super educational but not boring. Loved it. Would recommend for kids or adults.

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  • Happy camper
  • 17-01-21

Love it

How wonderful to get a glimpse of the complexity of the underwater world.
Thoroughly enjoyed the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-01-21

A bit complicated

loved the grown up guide to dinosaurs so gave this a listen and it was my complex than the dinosaur one. was difficult to keep up at times and I come from a medical background.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-12-20

Love it!

Excellent presenter and fantastic level of detail for me, not too complex, not too simplified either. I really enjoyed the science, and learnt lots I didn't know. Recommend to anyone with an interest in oceans, biology or natural science.

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  • Michael
  • 16-12-20

Essential reading for everyone

How is it possible for us to blindly pretend that it’s all okay when we’re on an unstoppable path to oblivion of all life forms?