Eye of the Albatross: Visions of Hope and Survival

Eye of the Albatross: Visions of Hope and Survival

"One of the most delightful natural history studies in decades." ?The Boston Globe Eye of the Albatross takes us soaring to locales where whales, sea turtles, penguins, and shearwaters flourish in their own quotidian rhythms. Carl Safina's guide and inspiration is an albatross he calls Amelia, whose life and far-flung flights he describes in fascinating detail. Interwoven with recollecti/>Eye?The "One of the most delightful natural history studies in decades." ?The Boston Globe Ey...

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Title:Eye of the Albatross: Visions of Hope and Survival
Author:Carl Safina
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Eye of the Albatross: Visions of Hope and Survival
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:400 pages pages

Eye of the Albatross: Visions of Hope and Survival Reviews

  • David Ward
    Feb 04, 2010

    My first book by Carl Safina was What Animals Think and Feel and it instantly made me fall in love with his writing style. I immediately put all his books on my amazon waiting list and Im buying them one by one. I was worried my hopes would be too high and maybe the first book was ...

    I enjoyed every bit of this book. It was told as if Carl Safina was sitting down with you and just sharing a conversation. Full of facts and reflections on life. It is intimidating at first because he crams a lot of words into chapters and pages. But I loved it. This book wasn't only a...

    I really enjoyed reading about the unusual and remote locations that Safina was able to visit -- it?s hard to imagine some of those places and the abundance of birds. I enjoyed googling for more photos and videos of the places he mentioned. Sometimes he wandered a bit from the topic ...

    This is some of the best nature writing I have ever encountered. Carl Safina explores issues of marine conservation and the history of human use of marine resources by following the travels of a single albatross named Amelia. As she flies across the Pacific, feeding her chick and herse...

    Everything you wanted to know about albatross. Carl Safina's own passion for these amazing creatures infuses the entire book, and the science part reads like a page turner. He brings the reader into the strange and remote world of Northwest Hawaiian Islands conservation work and doesn'...

    This book of natural history is definitely a stand-out for 2014 reading. Although the main topic is albatrosses, the book ranges over a broader area--ocean health, sharks, sea turtles, ocean fishing. Not only does Safina convey a lot of information, but also his language is poetic and ...

    The background information about albatrosses, how they came to be named, and their natural history, was superb. The stories of human cruelty are relentless and heartbreaking, and yet seem necessary. I am a much deeper advocate for albatrosses as a result of reading this book. The a...

    I think this may be one of, if not the, best book Carl Safina has written. Truly lyrical, poetic, and at times breathtaking nature writing, also peppered with stories and descriptions of landscape and biologists and researchers as they do their admirable work to learn about and protect...

    Carl Safina is an gifted writer who has produced a sweeping and engaging book about the Pacific Ocean ecosystem focused on seabirds and fish. His "guide" and inspiration is Amelia, a hardworking parent Laysan Albatross wearing a state-of-the-art satellite tracking transmitter. Safina's...

    The whole book was brilliant for anyone interested in animals (esp. sea life) and nature. It?s filled with facts and anecdotes I found fascinating (an albatross circles the planet at the equivalent of the equator 3 1/2 times every year!!). And he does a really great job of taking you...

    Truly eye-opening about albatrosses. For instance, the incredible feats of navigation and endurance they achieve to feed themselves and sustain their chicks.) Safina is also thought-provoking and eloquent: ?I am impressed anew by... how much the harshness that challenges life is what...

    A long difficult book about connections: between bird and bird, bird and shark, people and bird. The vast Pacific Ocean is the broad template of this story; the Northwest Hawaiian Islands the stage. The connections that go back many millions of years have been disrupted by the coming o...

    An informative and well written book about these incredible seabirds. He love and wonder of nature shines through. The cruelty that man has inflicted on these animals is breathtakingly horrific. Overall very good but I felt that I had absorbed the best of the book in the first 75% and ...

    Though sometimes it dragged on, Safina really does a great job at reiterating his philosophies. I really enjoyed the personification of the albatross and just how information-driven it was, yet, I felt as though I was reading a story rather than a nonfiction science novel. ...

    A beautifully written book. The language is as magical as the places the author visits. And his clear-eyed view of what a sentimentalist might call progress is refreshing. Loved it. ...

    This book was less about albatrosses than I thought it was going to be, and while those sections were still my favorite, the rest of the book was also very nice. Every few chapters the author returns to Amelia the Laysan albatross and her imagined experiences inferred from satellite si...

    I wasn't taken by this book - perhaps beacause I'm not a bird lover. However, I've always respected Safina's passion and commiment to the sustainability of our oceans and environment. There are moments in this book where the writing is truly poetic, eliciting insights into the links be...

    This is the best natural history book I have read in a long time. Safina is funny, insightful, introspective, informative and well researched. He puts forth some good fodder to chew on. I found myself dog earring and hightlighting all over the place. I would love to have been involved ...

    Eye of the Albatross: Visions of Hope and Survival by Carl Safina (Holt McDougal 2003)(598.42). This is a very well done look at the health of our oceans and the creatures that depend on the sea for habitat and survival. My rating 7.5, finished 2004. I reread this 9/23/16 and downgrade...

  • Melody
    Apr 04, 2008

    My first book by Carl Safina was What Animals Think and Feel and it instantly made me fall in love with his writing style. I immediately put all his books on my amazon waiting list and Im buying them one by one. I was worried my hopes would be too high and maybe the first book was ...

    I enjoyed every bit of this book. It was told as if Carl Safina was sitting down with you and just sharing a conversation. Full of facts and reflections on life. It is intimidating at first because he crams a lot of words into chapters and pages. But I loved it. This book wasn't only a...

    I really enjoyed reading about the unusual and remote locations that Safina was able to visit -- it?s hard to imagine some of those places and the abundance of birds. I enjoyed googling for more photos and videos of the places he mentioned. Sometimes he wandered a bit from the topic ...

    This is some of the best nature writing I have ever encountered. Carl Safina explores issues of marine conservation and the history of human use of marine resources by following the travels of a single albatross named Amelia. As she flies across the Pacific, feeding her chick and herse...

    Everything you wanted to know about albatross. Carl Safina's own passion for these amazing creatures infuses the entire book, and the science part reads like a page turner. He brings the reader into the strange and remote world of Northwest Hawaiian Islands conservation work and doesn'...

    This book of natural history is definitely a stand-out for 2014 reading. Although the main topic is albatrosses, the book ranges over a broader area--ocean health, sharks, sea turtles, ocean fishing. Not only does Safina convey a lot of information, but also his language is poetic and ...

    The background information about albatrosses, how they came to be named, and their natural history, was superb. The stories of human cruelty are relentless and heartbreaking, and yet seem necessary. I am a much deeper advocate for albatrosses as a result of reading this book. The a...

    I think this may be one of, if not the, best book Carl Safina has written. Truly lyrical, poetic, and at times breathtaking nature writing, also peppered with stories and descriptions of landscape and biologists and researchers as they do their admirable work to learn about and protect...

    Carl Safina is an gifted writer who has produced a sweeping and engaging book about the Pacific Ocean ecosystem focused on seabirds and fish. His "guide" and inspiration is Amelia, a hardworking parent Laysan Albatross wearing a state-of-the-art satellite tracking transmitter. Safina's...

    The whole book was brilliant for anyone interested in animals (esp. sea life) and nature. It?s filled with facts and anecdotes I found fascinating (an albatross circles the planet at the equivalent of the equator 3 1/2 times every year!!). And he does a really great job of taking you...

    Truly eye-opening about albatrosses. For instance, the incredible feats of navigation and endurance they achieve to feed themselves and sustain their chicks.) Safina is also thought-provoking and eloquent: ?I am impressed anew by... how much the harshness that challenges life is what...

    A long difficult book about connections: between bird and bird, bird and shark, people and bird. The vast Pacific Ocean is the broad template of this story; the Northwest Hawaiian Islands the stage. The connections that go back many millions of years have been disrupted by the coming o...

    An informative and well written book about these incredible seabirds. He love and wonder of nature shines through. The cruelty that man has inflicted on these animals is breathtakingly horrific. Overall very good but I felt that I had absorbed the best of the book in the first 75% and ...

    Though sometimes it dragged on, Safina really does a great job at reiterating his philosophies. I really enjoyed the personification of the albatross and just how information-driven it was, yet, I felt as though I was reading a story rather than a nonfiction science novel. ...

    A beautifully written book. The language is as magical as the places the author visits. And his clear-eyed view of what a sentimentalist might call progress is refreshing. Loved it. ...

    This book was less about albatrosses than I thought it was going to be, and while those sections were still my favorite, the rest of the book was also very nice. Every few chapters the author returns to Amelia the Laysan albatross and her imagined experiences inferred from satellite si...

    I wasn't taken by this book - perhaps beacause I'm not a bird lover. However, I've always respected Safina's passion and commiment to the sustainability of our oceans and environment. There are moments in this book where the writing is truly poetic, eliciting insights into the links be...

    This is the best natural history book I have read in a long time. Safina is funny, insightful, introspective, informative and well researched. He puts forth some good fodder to chew on. I found myself dog earring and hightlighting all over the place. I would love to have been involved ...

    Eye of the Albatross: Visions of Hope and Survival by Carl Safina (Holt McDougal 2003)(598.42). This is a very well done look at the health of our oceans and the creatures that depend on the sea for habitat and survival. My rating 7.5, finished 2004. I reread this 9/23/16 and downgrade...

    Stilted prose and overblown metaphors distracted me from the authentically fascinating science. I read the whole thing and got a lot out of it, but I wish it had spent a longer time in the hands of a capable editor. ...

    This and his other 3 books bring the reader right into the sea with whales, swordfish, salmon and tuna or into the air with seabirds. He's a marine biologist and ecologist with a bent towards compromise and cooperation. He's a great teacher. ...

    Good natural history of the albatross; but another depressing view of what is happening with the ocean. This is not a new book as it came out in 2003. However, according to Birdlife International, not much has changed. Will have to apply for a trip to Midway Atoll Nat'l Wildlife Refuge...

    I'm in love with Safina. I want him to write more books, right away. I want to sell all my worldly goods and devote my life to saving birds. Safina's a delicious prose stylist with a clear, burning passion for animals. Highly recommended. ...

  • Matthew
    Sep 23, 2007

    My first book by Carl Safina was What Animals Think and Feel and it instantly made me fall in love with his writing style. I immediately put all his books on my amazon waiting list and Im buying them one by one. I was worried my hopes would be too high and maybe the first book was ...

    I enjoyed every bit of this book. It was told as if Carl Safina was sitting down with you and just sharing a conversation. Full of facts and reflections on life. It is intimidating at first because he crams a lot of words into chapters and pages. But I loved it. This book wasn't only a...

    I really enjoyed reading about the unusual and remote locations that Safina was able to visit -- it?s hard to imagine some of those places and the abundance of birds. I enjoyed googling for more photos and videos of the places he mentioned. Sometimes he wandered a bit from the topic ...

    This is some of the best nature writing I have ever encountered. Carl Safina explores issues of marine conservation and the history of human use of marine resources by following the travels of a single albatross named Amelia. As she flies across the Pacific, feeding her chick and herse...

    Everything you wanted to know about albatross. Carl Safina's own passion for these amazing creatures infuses the entire book, and the science part reads like a page turner. He brings the reader into the strange and remote world of Northwest Hawaiian Islands conservation work and doesn'...

    This book of natural history is definitely a stand-out for 2014 reading. Although the main topic is albatrosses, the book ranges over a broader area--ocean health, sharks, sea turtles, ocean fishing. Not only does Safina convey a lot of information, but also his language is poetic and ...

    The background information about albatrosses, how they came to be named, and their natural history, was superb. The stories of human cruelty are relentless and heartbreaking, and yet seem necessary. I am a much deeper advocate for albatrosses as a result of reading this book. The a...

    I think this may be one of, if not the, best book Carl Safina has written. Truly lyrical, poetic, and at times breathtaking nature writing, also peppered with stories and descriptions of landscape and biologists and researchers as they do their admirable work to learn about and protect...

    Carl Safina is an gifted writer who has produced a sweeping and engaging book about the Pacific Ocean ecosystem focused on seabirds and fish. His "guide" and inspiration is Amelia, a hardworking parent Laysan Albatross wearing a state-of-the-art satellite tracking transmitter. Safina's...

    The whole book was brilliant for anyone interested in animals (esp. sea life) and nature. It?s filled with facts and anecdotes I found fascinating (an albatross circles the planet at the equivalent of the equator 3 1/2 times every year!!). And he does a really great job of taking you...

    Truly eye-opening about albatrosses. For instance, the incredible feats of navigation and endurance they achieve to feed themselves and sustain their chicks.) Safina is also thought-provoking and eloquent: ?I am impressed anew by... how much the harshness that challenges life is what...

    A long difficult book about connections: between bird and bird, bird and shark, people and bird. The vast Pacific Ocean is the broad template of this story; the Northwest Hawaiian Islands the stage. The connections that go back many millions of years have been disrupted by the coming o...

    An informative and well written book about these incredible seabirds. He love and wonder of nature shines through. The cruelty that man has inflicted on these animals is breathtakingly horrific. Overall very good but I felt that I had absorbed the best of the book in the first 75% and ...

    Though sometimes it dragged on, Safina really does a great job at reiterating his philosophies. I really enjoyed the personification of the albatross and just how information-driven it was, yet, I felt as though I was reading a story rather than a nonfiction science novel. ...

    A beautifully written book. The language is as magical as the places the author visits. And his clear-eyed view of what a sentimentalist might call progress is refreshing. Loved it. ...

    This book was less about albatrosses than I thought it was going to be, and while those sections were still my favorite, the rest of the book was also very nice. Every few chapters the author returns to Amelia the Laysan albatross and her imagined experiences inferred from satellite si...

    I wasn't taken by this book - perhaps beacause I'm not a bird lover. However, I've always respected Safina's passion and commiment to the sustainability of our oceans and environment. There are moments in this book where the writing is truly poetic, eliciting insights into the links be...

    This is the best natural history book I have read in a long time. Safina is funny, insightful, introspective, informative and well researched. He puts forth some good fodder to chew on. I found myself dog earring and hightlighting all over the place. I would love to have been involved ...

    Eye of the Albatross: Visions of Hope and Survival by Carl Safina (Holt McDougal 2003)(598.42). This is a very well done look at the health of our oceans and the creatures that depend on the sea for habitat and survival. My rating 7.5, finished 2004. I reread this 9/23/16 and downgrade...

    Stilted prose and overblown metaphors distracted me from the authentically fascinating science. I read the whole thing and got a lot out of it, but I wish it had spent a longer time in the hands of a capable editor. ...

    This and his other 3 books bring the reader right into the sea with whales, swordfish, salmon and tuna or into the air with seabirds. He's a marine biologist and ecologist with a bent towards compromise and cooperation. He's a great teacher. ...

    Good natural history of the albatross; but another depressing view of what is happening with the ocean. This is not a new book as it came out in 2003. However, according to Birdlife International, not much has changed. Will have to apply for a trip to Midway Atoll Nat'l Wildlife Refuge...

    I'm in love with Safina. I want him to write more books, right away. I want to sell all my worldly goods and devote my life to saving birds. Safina's a delicious prose stylist with a clear, burning passion for animals. Highly recommended. ...

    Much easier to get into than song of the blue ocean. I enjoyed the layout of the book, always returning to the tagged albatross after exploring issues surrounding their conservation and challenges these species face. ...

    Another interesting journey taken by Carl Safina. The amount of plastic in the ocean and what it is doing to wildlife is distressing at the very least. Safina books are a great combination of the personal, the natural, and the scientific. This one is no exception. ...

    This book surprised me, I thought; how much can you write about an Albatross? Turns out it's great stuff. Full of the author's experiences all over the world with this misunderstood bird, and written in a way that draws you into the story of the plight of the Albatross. ...

    A delightful mixture of science, personal experience, and fictionalized account of an albatrosses adventures as scientists track it across the Pacific. ...

  • Jana
    Jun 17, 2014

    My first book by Carl Safina was What Animals Think and Feel and it instantly made me fall in love with his writing style. I immediately put all his books on my amazon waiting list and Im buying them one by one. I was worried my hopes would be too high and maybe the first book was ...

    I enjoyed every bit of this book. It was told as if Carl Safina was sitting down with you and just sharing a conversation. Full of facts and reflections on life. It is intimidating at first because he crams a lot of words into chapters and pages. But I loved it. This book wasn't only a...

    I really enjoyed reading about the unusual and remote locations that Safina was able to visit -- it?s hard to imagine some of those places and the abundance of birds. I enjoyed googling for more photos and videos of the places he mentioned. Sometimes he wandered a bit from the topic ...

    This is some of the best nature writing I have ever encountered. Carl Safina explores issues of marine conservation and the history of human use of marine resources by following the travels of a single albatross named Amelia. As she flies across the Pacific, feeding her chick and herse...

    Everything you wanted to know about albatross. Carl Safina's own passion for these amazing creatures infuses the entire book, and the science part reads like a page turner. He brings the reader into the strange and remote world of Northwest Hawaiian Islands conservation work and doesn'...

    This book of natural history is definitely a stand-out for 2014 reading. Although the main topic is albatrosses, the book ranges over a broader area--ocean health, sharks, sea turtles, ocean fishing. Not only does Safina convey a lot of information, but also his language is poetic and ...

    The background information about albatrosses, how they came to be named, and their natural history, was superb. The stories of human cruelty are relentless and heartbreaking, and yet seem necessary. I am a much deeper advocate for albatrosses as a result of reading this book. The a...

    I think this may be one of, if not the, best book Carl Safina has written. Truly lyrical, poetic, and at times breathtaking nature writing, also peppered with stories and descriptions of landscape and biologists and researchers as they do their admirable work to learn about and protect...

    Carl Safina is an gifted writer who has produced a sweeping and engaging book about the Pacific Ocean ecosystem focused on seabirds and fish. His "guide" and inspiration is Amelia, a hardworking parent Laysan Albatross wearing a state-of-the-art satellite tracking transmitter. Safina's...

    The whole book was brilliant for anyone interested in animals (esp. sea life) and nature. It?s filled with facts and anecdotes I found fascinating (an albatross circles the planet at the equivalent of the equator 3 1/2 times every year!!). And he does a really great job of taking you...

    Truly eye-opening about albatrosses. For instance, the incredible feats of navigation and endurance they achieve to feed themselves and sustain their chicks.) Safina is also thought-provoking and eloquent: ?I am impressed anew by... how much the harshness that challenges life is what...

    A long difficult book about connections: between bird and bird, bird and shark, people and bird. The vast Pacific Ocean is the broad template of this story; the Northwest Hawaiian Islands the stage. The connections that go back many millions of years have been disrupted by the coming o...

    An informative and well written book about these incredible seabirds. He love and wonder of nature shines through. The cruelty that man has inflicted on these animals is breathtakingly horrific. Overall very good but I felt that I had absorbed the best of the book in the first 75% and ...

    Though sometimes it dragged on, Safina really does a great job at reiterating his philosophies. I really enjoyed the personification of the albatross and just how information-driven it was, yet, I felt as though I was reading a story rather than a nonfiction science novel. ...

    A beautifully written book. The language is as magical as the places the author visits. And his clear-eyed view of what a sentimentalist might call progress is refreshing. Loved it. ...

    This book was less about albatrosses than I thought it was going to be, and while those sections were still my favorite, the rest of the book was also very nice. Every few chapters the author returns to Amelia the Laysan albatross and her imagined experiences inferred from satellite si...

    I wasn't taken by this book - perhaps beacause I'm not a bird lover. However, I've always respected Safina's passion and commiment to the sustainability of our oceans and environment. There are moments in this book where the writing is truly poetic, eliciting insights into the links be...

    This is the best natural history book I have read in a long time. Safina is funny, insightful, introspective, informative and well researched. He puts forth some good fodder to chew on. I found myself dog earring and hightlighting all over the place. I would love to have been involved ...

    Eye of the Albatross: Visions of Hope and Survival by Carl Safina (Holt McDougal 2003)(598.42). This is a very well done look at the health of our oceans and the creatures that depend on the sea for habitat and survival. My rating 7.5, finished 2004. I reread this 9/23/16 and downgrade...

    Stilted prose and overblown metaphors distracted me from the authentically fascinating science. I read the whole thing and got a lot out of it, but I wish it had spent a longer time in the hands of a capable editor. ...

    This and his other 3 books bring the reader right into the sea with whales, swordfish, salmon and tuna or into the air with seabirds. He's a marine biologist and ecologist with a bent towards compromise and cooperation. He's a great teacher. ...

    Good natural history of the albatross; but another depressing view of what is happening with the ocean. This is not a new book as it came out in 2003. However, according to Birdlife International, not much has changed. Will have to apply for a trip to Midway Atoll Nat'l Wildlife Refuge...

    I'm in love with Safina. I want him to write more books, right away. I want to sell all my worldly goods and devote my life to saving birds. Safina's a delicious prose stylist with a clear, burning passion for animals. Highly recommended. ...

    Much easier to get into than song of the blue ocean. I enjoyed the layout of the book, always returning to the tagged albatross after exploring issues surrounding their conservation and challenges these species face. ...

    Another interesting journey taken by Carl Safina. The amount of plastic in the ocean and what it is doing to wildlife is distressing at the very least. Safina books are a great combination of the personal, the natural, and the scientific. This one is no exception. ...

  • JD
    Dec 04, 2017

    My first book by Carl Safina was What Animals Think and Feel and it instantly made me fall in love with his writing style. I immediately put all his books on my amazon waiting list and Im buying them one by one. I was worried my hopes would be too high and maybe the first book was ...

    I enjoyed every bit of this book. It was told as if Carl Safina was sitting down with you and just sharing a conversation. Full of facts and reflections on life. It is intimidating at first because he crams a lot of words into chapters and pages. But I loved it. This book wasn't only a...

    I really enjoyed reading about the unusual and remote locations that Safina was able to visit -- it?s hard to imagine some of those places and the abundance of birds. I enjoyed googling for more photos and videos of the places he mentioned. Sometimes he wandered a bit from the topic ...

    This is some of the best nature writing I have ever encountered. Carl Safina explores issues of marine conservation and the history of human use of marine resources by following the travels of a single albatross named Amelia. As she flies across the Pacific, feeding her chick and herse...

    Everything you wanted to know about albatross. Carl Safina's own passion for these amazing creatures infuses the entire book, and the science part reads like a page turner. He brings the reader into the strange and remote world of Northwest Hawaiian Islands conservation work and doesn'...

    This book of natural history is definitely a stand-out for 2014 reading. Although the main topic is albatrosses, the book ranges over a broader area--ocean health, sharks, sea turtles, ocean fishing. Not only does Safina convey a lot of information, but also his language is poetic and ...

    The background information about albatrosses, how they came to be named, and their natural history, was superb. The stories of human cruelty are relentless and heartbreaking, and yet seem necessary. I am a much deeper advocate for albatrosses as a result of reading this book. The a...

  • Michelle
    Feb 01, 2011

    My first book by Carl Safina was What Animals Think and Feel and it instantly made me fall in love with his writing style. I immediately put all his books on my amazon waiting list and Im buying them one by one. I was worried my hopes would be too high and maybe the first book was ...

    I enjoyed every bit of this book. It was told as if Carl Safina was sitting down with you and just sharing a conversation. Full of facts and reflections on life. It is intimidating at first because he crams a lot of words into chapters and pages. But I loved it. This book wasn't only a...

    I really enjoyed reading about the unusual and remote locations that Safina was able to visit -- it?s hard to imagine some of those places and the abundance of birds. I enjoyed googling for more photos and videos of the places he mentioned. Sometimes he wandered a bit from the topic ...

    This is some of the best nature writing I have ever encountered. Carl Safina explores issues of marine conservation and the history of human use of marine resources by following the travels of a single albatross named Amelia. As she flies across the Pacific, feeding her chick and herse...

    Everything you wanted to know about albatross. Carl Safina's own passion for these amazing creatures infuses the entire book, and the science part reads like a page turner. He brings the reader into the strange and remote world of Northwest Hawaiian Islands conservation work and doesn'...

    This book of natural history is definitely a stand-out for 2014 reading. Although the main topic is albatrosses, the book ranges over a broader area--ocean health, sharks, sea turtles, ocean fishing. Not only does Safina convey a lot of information, but also his language is poetic and ...

    The background information about albatrosses, how they came to be named, and their natural history, was superb. The stories of human cruelty are relentless and heartbreaking, and yet seem necessary. I am a much deeper advocate for albatrosses as a result of reading this book. The a...

    I think this may be one of, if not the, best book Carl Safina has written. Truly lyrical, poetic, and at times breathtaking nature writing, also peppered with stories and descriptions of landscape and biologists and researchers as they do their admirable work to learn about and protect...

    Carl Safina is an gifted writer who has produced a sweeping and engaging book about the Pacific Ocean ecosystem focused on seabirds and fish. His "guide" and inspiration is Amelia, a hardworking parent Laysan Albatross wearing a state-of-the-art satellite tracking transmitter. Safina's...

    The whole book was brilliant for anyone interested in animals (esp. sea life) and nature. It?s filled with facts and anecdotes I found fascinating (an albatross circles the planet at the equivalent of the equator 3 1/2 times every year!!). And he does a really great job of taking you...

    Truly eye-opening about albatrosses. For instance, the incredible feats of navigation and endurance they achieve to feed themselves and sustain their chicks.) Safina is also thought-provoking and eloquent: ?I am impressed anew by... how much the harshness that challenges life is what...

    A long difficult book about connections: between bird and bird, bird and shark, people and bird. The vast Pacific Ocean is the broad template of this story; the Northwest Hawaiian Islands the stage. The connections that go back many millions of years have been disrupted by the coming o...

    An informative and well written book about these incredible seabirds. He love and wonder of nature shines through. The cruelty that man has inflicted on these animals is breathtakingly horrific. Overall very good but I felt that I had absorbed the best of the book in the first 75% and ...

    Though sometimes it dragged on, Safina really does a great job at reiterating his philosophies. I really enjoyed the personification of the albatross and just how information-driven it was, yet, I felt as though I was reading a story rather than a nonfiction science novel. ...

    A beautifully written book. The language is as magical as the places the author visits. And his clear-eyed view of what a sentimentalist might call progress is refreshing. Loved it. ...

    This book was less about albatrosses than I thought it was going to be, and while those sections were still my favorite, the rest of the book was also very nice. Every few chapters the author returns to Amelia the Laysan albatross and her imagined experiences inferred from satellite si...

    I wasn't taken by this book - perhaps beacause I'm not a bird lover. However, I've always respected Safina's passion and commiment to the sustainability of our oceans and environment. There are moments in this book where the writing is truly poetic, eliciting insights into the links be...

    This is the best natural history book I have read in a long time. Safina is funny, insightful, introspective, informative and well researched. He puts forth some good fodder to chew on. I found myself dog earring and hightlighting all over the place. I would love to have been involved ...

    Eye of the Albatross: Visions of Hope and Survival by Carl Safina (Holt McDougal 2003)(598.42). This is a very well done look at the health of our oceans and the creatures that depend on the sea for habitat and survival. My rating 7.5, finished 2004. I reread this 9/23/16 and downgrade...

    Stilted prose and overblown metaphors distracted me from the authentically fascinating science. I read the whole thing and got a lot out of it, but I wish it had spent a longer time in the hands of a capable editor. ...

    This and his other 3 books bring the reader right into the sea with whales, swordfish, salmon and tuna or into the air with seabirds. He's a marine biologist and ecologist with a bent towards compromise and cooperation. He's a great teacher. ...

    Good natural history of the albatross; but another depressing view of what is happening with the ocean. This is not a new book as it came out in 2003. However, according to Birdlife International, not much has changed. Will have to apply for a trip to Midway Atoll Nat'l Wildlife Refuge...

    I'm in love with Safina. I want him to write more books, right away. I want to sell all my worldly goods and devote my life to saving birds. Safina's a delicious prose stylist with a clear, burning passion for animals. Highly recommended. ...

    Much easier to get into than song of the blue ocean. I enjoyed the layout of the book, always returning to the tagged albatross after exploring issues surrounding their conservation and challenges these species face. ...

    Another interesting journey taken by Carl Safina. The amount of plastic in the ocean and what it is doing to wildlife is distressing at the very least. Safina books are a great combination of the personal, the natural, and the scientific. This one is no exception. ...

    This book surprised me, I thought; how much can you write about an Albatross? Turns out it's great stuff. Full of the author's experiences all over the world with this misunderstood bird, and written in a way that draws you into the story of the plight of the Albatross. ...

  • Amanda
    Jun 05, 2019

    My first book by Carl Safina was What Animals Think and Feel and it instantly made me fall in love with his writing style. I immediately put all his books on my amazon waiting list and Im buying them one by one. I was worried my hopes would be too high and maybe the first book was ...

    I enjoyed every bit of this book. It was told as if Carl Safina was sitting down with you and just sharing a conversation. Full of facts and reflections on life. It is intimidating at first because he crams a lot of words into chapters and pages. But I loved it. This book wasn't only a...

    I really enjoyed reading about the unusual and remote locations that Safina was able to visit -- it?s hard to imagine some of those places and the abundance of birds. I enjoyed googling for more photos and videos of the places he mentioned. Sometimes he wandered a bit from the topic ...

  • Rachel
    Jan 21, 2008

    My first book by Carl Safina was What Animals Think and Feel and it instantly made me fall in love with his writing style. I immediately put all his books on my amazon waiting list and Im buying them one by one. I was worried my hopes would be too high and maybe the first book was ...

    I enjoyed every bit of this book. It was told as if Carl Safina was sitting down with you and just sharing a conversation. Full of facts and reflections on life. It is intimidating at first because he crams a lot of words into chapters and pages. But I loved it. This book wasn't only a...

    I really enjoyed reading about the unusual and remote locations that Safina was able to visit -- it?s hard to imagine some of those places and the abundance of birds. I enjoyed googling for more photos and videos of the places he mentioned. Sometimes he wandered a bit from the topic ...

    This is some of the best nature writing I have ever encountered. Carl Safina explores issues of marine conservation and the history of human use of marine resources by following the travels of a single albatross named Amelia. As she flies across the Pacific, feeding her chick and herse...

    Everything you wanted to know about albatross. Carl Safina's own passion for these amazing creatures infuses the entire book, and the science part reads like a page turner. He brings the reader into the strange and remote world of Northwest Hawaiian Islands conservation work and doesn'...

  • Patricia
    Jan 28, 2018

    My first book by Carl Safina was What Animals Think and Feel and it instantly made me fall in love with his writing style. I immediately put all his books on my amazon waiting list and Im buying them one by one. I was worried my hopes would be too high and maybe the first book was ...

    I enjoyed every bit of this book. It was told as if Carl Safina was sitting down with you and just sharing a conversation. Full of facts and reflections on life. It is intimidating at first because he crams a lot of words into chapters and pages. But I loved it. This book wasn't only a...

    I really enjoyed reading about the unusual and remote locations that Safina was able to visit -- it?s hard to imagine some of those places and the abundance of birds. I enjoyed googling for more photos and videos of the places he mentioned. Sometimes he wandered a bit from the topic ...

    This is some of the best nature writing I have ever encountered. Carl Safina explores issues of marine conservation and the history of human use of marine resources by following the travels of a single albatross named Amelia. As she flies across the Pacific, feeding her chick and herse...

    Everything you wanted to know about albatross. Carl Safina's own passion for these amazing creatures infuses the entire book, and the science part reads like a page turner. He brings the reader into the strange and remote world of Northwest Hawaiian Islands conservation work and doesn'...

    This book of natural history is definitely a stand-out for 2014 reading. Although the main topic is albatrosses, the book ranges over a broader area--ocean health, sharks, sea turtles, ocean fishing. Not only does Safina convey a lot of information, but also his language is poetic and ...

    The background information about albatrosses, how they came to be named, and their natural history, was superb. The stories of human cruelty are relentless and heartbreaking, and yet seem necessary. I am a much deeper advocate for albatrosses as a result of reading this book. The a...

    I think this may be one of, if not the, best book Carl Safina has written. Truly lyrical, poetic, and at times breathtaking nature writing, also peppered with stories and descriptions of landscape and biologists and researchers as they do their admirable work to learn about and protect...

    Carl Safina is an gifted writer who has produced a sweeping and engaging book about the Pacific Ocean ecosystem focused on seabirds and fish. His "guide" and inspiration is Amelia, a hardworking parent Laysan Albatross wearing a state-of-the-art satellite tracking transmitter. Safina's...

    The whole book was brilliant for anyone interested in animals (esp. sea life) and nature. It?s filled with facts and anecdotes I found fascinating (an albatross circles the planet at the equivalent of the equator 3 1/2 times every year!!). And he does a really great job of taking you...

    Truly eye-opening about albatrosses. For instance, the incredible feats of navigation and endurance they achieve to feed themselves and sustain their chicks.) Safina is also thought-provoking and eloquent: ?I am impressed anew by... how much the harshness that challenges life is what...

  • Billy
    Nov 18, 2017

    My first book by Carl Safina was What Animals Think and Feel and it instantly made me fall in love with his writing style. I immediately put all his books on my amazon waiting list and Im buying them one by one. I was worried my hopes would be too high and maybe the first book was ...

    I enjoyed every bit of this book. It was told as if Carl Safina was sitting down with you and just sharing a conversation. Full of facts and reflections on life. It is intimidating at first because he crams a lot of words into chapters and pages. But I loved it. This book wasn't only a...

    I really enjoyed reading about the unusual and remote locations that Safina was able to visit -- it?s hard to imagine some of those places and the abundance of birds. I enjoyed googling for more photos and videos of the places he mentioned. Sometimes he wandered a bit from the topic ...

    This is some of the best nature writing I have ever encountered. Carl Safina explores issues of marine conservation and the history of human use of marine resources by following the travels of a single albatross named Amelia. As she flies across the Pacific, feeding her chick and herse...

    Everything you wanted to know about albatross. Carl Safina's own passion for these amazing creatures infuses the entire book, and the science part reads like a page turner. He brings the reader into the strange and remote world of Northwest Hawaiian Islands conservation work and doesn'...

    This book of natural history is definitely a stand-out for 2014 reading. Although the main topic is albatrosses, the book ranges over a broader area--ocean health, sharks, sea turtles, ocean fishing. Not only does Safina convey a lot of information, but also his language is poetic and ...

    The background information about albatrosses, how they came to be named, and their natural history, was superb. The stories of human cruelty are relentless and heartbreaking, and yet seem necessary. I am a much deeper advocate for albatrosses as a result of reading this book. The a...

    I think this may be one of, if not the, best book Carl Safina has written. Truly lyrical, poetic, and at times breathtaking nature writing, also peppered with stories and descriptions of landscape and biologists and researchers as they do their admirable work to learn about and protect...

    Carl Safina is an gifted writer who has produced a sweeping and engaging book about the Pacific Ocean ecosystem focused on seabirds and fish. His "guide" and inspiration is Amelia, a hardworking parent Laysan Albatross wearing a state-of-the-art satellite tracking transmitter. Safina's...

    The whole book was brilliant for anyone interested in animals (esp. sea life) and nature. It?s filled with facts and anecdotes I found fascinating (an albatross circles the planet at the equivalent of the equator 3 1/2 times every year!!). And he does a really great job of taking you...

    Truly eye-opening about albatrosses. For instance, the incredible feats of navigation and endurance they achieve to feed themselves and sustain their chicks.) Safina is also thought-provoking and eloquent: ?I am impressed anew by... how much the harshness that challenges life is what...

    A long difficult book about connections: between bird and bird, bird and shark, people and bird. The vast Pacific Ocean is the broad template of this story; the Northwest Hawaiian Islands the stage. The connections that go back many millions of years have been disrupted by the coming o...

  • Judy
    Mar 18, 2012

    My first book by Carl Safina was What Animals Think and Feel and it instantly made me fall in love with his writing style. I immediately put all his books on my amazon waiting list and Im buying them one by one. I was worried my hopes would be too high and maybe the first book was ...

    I enjoyed every bit of this book. It was told as if Carl Safina was sitting down with you and just sharing a conversation. Full of facts and reflections on life. It is intimidating at first because he crams a lot of words into chapters and pages. But I loved it. This book wasn't only a...

    I really enjoyed reading about the unusual and remote locations that Safina was able to visit -- it?s hard to imagine some of those places and the abundance of birds. I enjoyed googling for more photos and videos of the places he mentioned. Sometimes he wandered a bit from the topic ...

    This is some of the best nature writing I have ever encountered. Carl Safina explores issues of marine conservation and the history of human use of marine resources by following the travels of a single albatross named Amelia. As she flies across the Pacific, feeding her chick and herse...

    Everything you wanted to know about albatross. Carl Safina's own passion for these amazing creatures infuses the entire book, and the science part reads like a page turner. He brings the reader into the strange and remote world of Northwest Hawaiian Islands conservation work and doesn'...

    This book of natural history is definitely a stand-out for 2014 reading. Although the main topic is albatrosses, the book ranges over a broader area--ocean health, sharks, sea turtles, ocean fishing. Not only does Safina convey a lot of information, but also his language is poetic and ...

    The background information about albatrosses, how they came to be named, and their natural history, was superb. The stories of human cruelty are relentless and heartbreaking, and yet seem necessary. I am a much deeper advocate for albatrosses as a result of reading this book. The a...

    I think this may be one of, if not the, best book Carl Safina has written. Truly lyrical, poetic, and at times breathtaking nature writing, also peppered with stories and descriptions of landscape and biologists and researchers as they do their admirable work to learn about and protect...

    Carl Safina is an gifted writer who has produced a sweeping and engaging book about the Pacific Ocean ecosystem focused on seabirds and fish. His "guide" and inspiration is Amelia, a hardworking parent Laysan Albatross wearing a state-of-the-art satellite tracking transmitter. Safina's...

    The whole book was brilliant for anyone interested in animals (esp. sea life) and nature. It?s filled with facts and anecdotes I found fascinating (an albatross circles the planet at the equivalent of the equator 3 1/2 times every year!!). And he does a really great job of taking you...

    Truly eye-opening about albatrosses. For instance, the incredible feats of navigation and endurance they achieve to feed themselves and sustain their chicks.) Safina is also thought-provoking and eloquent: ?I am impressed anew by... how much the harshness that challenges life is what...

    A long difficult book about connections: between bird and bird, bird and shark, people and bird. The vast Pacific Ocean is the broad template of this story; the Northwest Hawaiian Islands the stage. The connections that go back many millions of years have been disrupted by the coming o...

    An informative and well written book about these incredible seabirds. He love and wonder of nature shines through. The cruelty that man has inflicted on these animals is breathtakingly horrific. Overall very good but I felt that I had absorbed the best of the book in the first 75% and ...

    Though sometimes it dragged on, Safina really does a great job at reiterating his philosophies. I really enjoyed the personification of the albatross and just how information-driven it was, yet, I felt as though I was reading a story rather than a nonfiction science novel. ...

    A beautifully written book. The language is as magical as the places the author visits. And his clear-eyed view of what a sentimentalist might call progress is refreshing. Loved it. ...

    This book was less about albatrosses than I thought it was going to be, and while those sections were still my favorite, the rest of the book was also very nice. Every few chapters the author returns to Amelia the Laysan albatross and her imagined experiences inferred from satellite si...

    I wasn't taken by this book - perhaps beacause I'm not a bird lover. However, I've always respected Safina's passion and commiment to the sustainability of our oceans and environment. There are moments in this book where the writing is truly poetic, eliciting insights into the links be...

    This is the best natural history book I have read in a long time. Safina is funny, insightful, introspective, informative and well researched. He puts forth some good fodder to chew on. I found myself dog earring and hightlighting all over the place. I would love to have been involved ...

  • Aron Wagner
    Aug 01, 2015

    My first book by Carl Safina was What Animals Think and Feel and it instantly made me fall in love with his writing style. I immediately put all his books on my amazon waiting list and Im buying them one by one. I was worried my hopes would be too high and maybe the first book was ...

    I enjoyed every bit of this book. It was told as if Carl Safina was sitting down with you and just sharing a conversation. Full of facts and reflections on life. It is intimidating at first because he crams a lot of words into chapters and pages. But I loved it. This book wasn't only a...

    I really enjoyed reading about the unusual and remote locations that Safina was able to visit -- it?s hard to imagine some of those places and the abundance of birds. I enjoyed googling for more photos and videos of the places he mentioned. Sometimes he wandered a bit from the topic ...

    This is some of the best nature writing I have ever encountered. Carl Safina explores issues of marine conservation and the history of human use of marine resources by following the travels of a single albatross named Amelia. As she flies across the Pacific, feeding her chick and herse...

    Everything you wanted to know about albatross. Carl Safina's own passion for these amazing creatures infuses the entire book, and the science part reads like a page turner. He brings the reader into the strange and remote world of Northwest Hawaiian Islands conservation work and doesn'...

    This book of natural history is definitely a stand-out for 2014 reading. Although the main topic is albatrosses, the book ranges over a broader area--ocean health, sharks, sea turtles, ocean fishing. Not only does Safina convey a lot of information, but also his language is poetic and ...

    The background information about albatrosses, how they came to be named, and their natural history, was superb. The stories of human cruelty are relentless and heartbreaking, and yet seem necessary. I am a much deeper advocate for albatrosses as a result of reading this book. The a...

    I think this may be one of, if not the, best book Carl Safina has written. Truly lyrical, poetic, and at times breathtaking nature writing, also peppered with stories and descriptions of landscape and biologists and researchers as they do their admirable work to learn about and protect...

    Carl Safina is an gifted writer who has produced a sweeping and engaging book about the Pacific Ocean ecosystem focused on seabirds and fish. His "guide" and inspiration is Amelia, a hardworking parent Laysan Albatross wearing a state-of-the-art satellite tracking transmitter. Safina's...

    The whole book was brilliant for anyone interested in animals (esp. sea life) and nature. It?s filled with facts and anecdotes I found fascinating (an albatross circles the planet at the equivalent of the equator 3 1/2 times every year!!). And he does a really great job of taking you...

    Truly eye-opening about albatrosses. For instance, the incredible feats of navigation and endurance they achieve to feed themselves and sustain their chicks.) Safina is also thought-provoking and eloquent: ?I am impressed anew by... how much the harshness that challenges life is what...

    A long difficult book about connections: between bird and bird, bird and shark, people and bird. The vast Pacific Ocean is the broad template of this story; the Northwest Hawaiian Islands the stage. The connections that go back many millions of years have been disrupted by the coming o...

    An informative and well written book about these incredible seabirds. He love and wonder of nature shines through. The cruelty that man has inflicted on these animals is breathtakingly horrific. Overall very good but I felt that I had absorbed the best of the book in the first 75% and ...

    Though sometimes it dragged on, Safina really does a great job at reiterating his philosophies. I really enjoyed the personification of the albatross and just how information-driven it was, yet, I felt as though I was reading a story rather than a nonfiction science novel. ...

    A beautifully written book. The language is as magical as the places the author visits. And his clear-eyed view of what a sentimentalist might call progress is refreshing. Loved it. ...

    This book was less about albatrosses than I thought it was going to be, and while those sections were still my favorite, the rest of the book was also very nice. Every few chapters the author returns to Amelia the Laysan albatross and her imagined experiences inferred from satellite si...

    I wasn't taken by this book - perhaps beacause I'm not a bird lover. However, I've always respected Safina's passion and commiment to the sustainability of our oceans and environment. There are moments in this book where the writing is truly poetic, eliciting insights into the links be...

    This is the best natural history book I have read in a long time. Safina is funny, insightful, introspective, informative and well researched. He puts forth some good fodder to chew on. I found myself dog earring and hightlighting all over the place. I would love to have been involved ...

    Eye of the Albatross: Visions of Hope and Survival by Carl Safina (Holt McDougal 2003)(598.42). This is a very well done look at the health of our oceans and the creatures that depend on the sea for habitat and survival. My rating 7.5, finished 2004. I reread this 9/23/16 and downgrade...

    Stilted prose and overblown metaphors distracted me from the authentically fascinating science. I read the whole thing and got a lot out of it, but I wish it had spent a longer time in the hands of a capable editor. ...

  • Suzanne Auckerman
    Mar 08, 2013

    My first book by Carl Safina was What Animals Think and Feel and it instantly made me fall in love with his writing style. I immediately put all his books on my amazon waiting list and Im buying them one by one. I was worried my hopes would be too high and maybe the first book was ...

    I enjoyed every bit of this book. It was told as if Carl Safina was sitting down with you and just sharing a conversation. Full of facts and reflections on life. It is intimidating at first because he crams a lot of words into chapters and pages. But I loved it. This book wasn't only a...

    I really enjoyed reading about the unusual and remote locations that Safina was able to visit -- it?s hard to imagine some of those places and the abundance of birds. I enjoyed googling for more photos and videos of the places he mentioned. Sometimes he wandered a bit from the topic ...

    This is some of the best nature writing I have ever encountered. Carl Safina explores issues of marine conservation and the history of human use of marine resources by following the travels of a single albatross named Amelia. As she flies across the Pacific, feeding her chick and herse...

    Everything you wanted to know about albatross. Carl Safina's own passion for these amazing creatures infuses the entire book, and the science part reads like a page turner. He brings the reader into the strange and remote world of Northwest Hawaiian Islands conservation work and doesn'...

    This book of natural history is definitely a stand-out for 2014 reading. Although the main topic is albatrosses, the book ranges over a broader area--ocean health, sharks, sea turtles, ocean fishing. Not only does Safina convey a lot of information, but also his language is poetic and ...

    The background information about albatrosses, how they came to be named, and their natural history, was superb. The stories of human cruelty are relentless and heartbreaking, and yet seem necessary. I am a much deeper advocate for albatrosses as a result of reading this book. The a...

    I think this may be one of, if not the, best book Carl Safina has written. Truly lyrical, poetic, and at times breathtaking nature writing, also peppered with stories and descriptions of landscape and biologists and researchers as they do their admirable work to learn about and protect...

    Carl Safina is an gifted writer who has produced a sweeping and engaging book about the Pacific Ocean ecosystem focused on seabirds and fish. His "guide" and inspiration is Amelia, a hardworking parent Laysan Albatross wearing a state-of-the-art satellite tracking transmitter. Safina's...

    The whole book was brilliant for anyone interested in animals (esp. sea life) and nature. It?s filled with facts and anecdotes I found fascinating (an albatross circles the planet at the equivalent of the equator 3 1/2 times every year!!). And he does a really great job of taking you...

    Truly eye-opening about albatrosses. For instance, the incredible feats of navigation and endurance they achieve to feed themselves and sustain their chicks.) Safina is also thought-provoking and eloquent: ?I am impressed anew by... how much the harshness that challenges life is what...

    A long difficult book about connections: between bird and bird, bird and shark, people and bird. The vast Pacific Ocean is the broad template of this story; the Northwest Hawaiian Islands the stage. The connections that go back many millions of years have been disrupted by the coming o...

    An informative and well written book about these incredible seabirds. He love and wonder of nature shines through. The cruelty that man has inflicted on these animals is breathtakingly horrific. Overall very good but I felt that I had absorbed the best of the book in the first 75% and ...

    Though sometimes it dragged on, Safina really does a great job at reiterating his philosophies. I really enjoyed the personification of the albatross and just how information-driven it was, yet, I felt as though I was reading a story rather than a nonfiction science novel. ...

    A beautifully written book. The language is as magical as the places the author visits. And his clear-eyed view of what a sentimentalist might call progress is refreshing. Loved it. ...

    This book was less about albatrosses than I thought it was going to be, and while those sections were still my favorite, the rest of the book was also very nice. Every few chapters the author returns to Amelia the Laysan albatross and her imagined experiences inferred from satellite si...

    I wasn't taken by this book - perhaps beacause I'm not a bird lover. However, I've always respected Safina's passion and commiment to the sustainability of our oceans and environment. There are moments in this book where the writing is truly poetic, eliciting insights into the links be...

    This is the best natural history book I have read in a long time. Safina is funny, insightful, introspective, informative and well researched. He puts forth some good fodder to chew on. I found myself dog earring and hightlighting all over the place. I would love to have been involved ...

    Eye of the Albatross: Visions of Hope and Survival by Carl Safina (Holt McDougal 2003)(598.42). This is a very well done look at the health of our oceans and the creatures that depend on the sea for habitat and survival. My rating 7.5, finished 2004. I reread this 9/23/16 and downgrade...

    Stilted prose and overblown metaphors distracted me from the authentically fascinating science. I read the whole thing and got a lot out of it, but I wish it had spent a longer time in the hands of a capable editor. ...

    This and his other 3 books bring the reader right into the sea with whales, swordfish, salmon and tuna or into the air with seabirds. He's a marine biologist and ecologist with a bent towards compromise and cooperation. He's a great teacher. ...

    Good natural history of the albatross; but another depressing view of what is happening with the ocean. This is not a new book as it came out in 2003. However, according to Birdlife International, not much has changed. Will have to apply for a trip to Midway Atoll Nat'l Wildlife Refuge...

  • Adrienne Shea-michiels
    Jul 13, 2011

    My first book by Carl Safina was What Animals Think and Feel and it instantly made me fall in love with his writing style. I immediately put all his books on my amazon waiting list and Im buying them one by one. I was worried my hopes would be too high and maybe the first book was ...

    I enjoyed every bit of this book. It was told as if Carl Safina was sitting down with you and just sharing a conversation. Full of facts and reflections on life. It is intimidating at first because he crams a lot of words into chapters and pages. But I loved it. This book wasn't only a...

    I really enjoyed reading about the unusual and remote locations that Safina was able to visit -- it?s hard to imagine some of those places and the abundance of birds. I enjoyed googling for more photos and videos of the places he mentioned. Sometimes he wandered a bit from the topic ...

    This is some of the best nature writing I have ever encountered. Carl Safina explores issues of marine conservation and the history of human use of marine resources by following the travels of a single albatross named Amelia. As she flies across the Pacific, feeding her chick and herse...

    Everything you wanted to know about albatross. Carl Safina's own passion for these amazing creatures infuses the entire book, and the science part reads like a page turner. He brings the reader into the strange and remote world of Northwest Hawaiian Islands conservation work and doesn'...

    This book of natural history is definitely a stand-out for 2014 reading. Although the main topic is albatrosses, the book ranges over a broader area--ocean health, sharks, sea turtles, ocean fishing. Not only does Safina convey a lot of information, but also his language is poetic and ...

    The background information about albatrosses, how they came to be named, and their natural history, was superb. The stories of human cruelty are relentless and heartbreaking, and yet seem necessary. I am a much deeper advocate for albatrosses as a result of reading this book. The a...

    I think this may be one of, if not the, best book Carl Safina has written. Truly lyrical, poetic, and at times breathtaking nature writing, also peppered with stories and descriptions of landscape and biologists and researchers as they do their admirable work to learn about and protect...

    Carl Safina is an gifted writer who has produced a sweeping and engaging book about the Pacific Ocean ecosystem focused on seabirds and fish. His "guide" and inspiration is Amelia, a hardworking parent Laysan Albatross wearing a state-of-the-art satellite tracking transmitter. Safina's...

    The whole book was brilliant for anyone interested in animals (esp. sea life) and nature. It?s filled with facts and anecdotes I found fascinating (an albatross circles the planet at the equivalent of the equator 3 1/2 times every year!!). And he does a really great job of taking you...

    Truly eye-opening about albatrosses. For instance, the incredible feats of navigation and endurance they achieve to feed themselves and sustain their chicks.) Safina is also thought-provoking and eloquent: ?I am impressed anew by... how much the harshness that challenges life is what...

    A long difficult book about connections: between bird and bird, bird and shark, people and bird. The vast Pacific Ocean is the broad template of this story; the Northwest Hawaiian Islands the stage. The connections that go back many millions of years have been disrupted by the coming o...

    An informative and well written book about these incredible seabirds. He love and wonder of nature shines through. The cruelty that man has inflicted on these animals is breathtakingly horrific. Overall very good but I felt that I had absorbed the best of the book in the first 75% and ...

    Though sometimes it dragged on, Safina really does a great job at reiterating his philosophies. I really enjoyed the personification of the albatross and just how information-driven it was, yet, I felt as though I was reading a story rather than a nonfiction science novel. ...

    A beautifully written book. The language is as magical as the places the author visits. And his clear-eyed view of what a sentimentalist might call progress is refreshing. Loved it. ...

    This book was less about albatrosses than I thought it was going to be, and while those sections were still my favorite, the rest of the book was also very nice. Every few chapters the author returns to Amelia the Laysan albatross and her imagined experiences inferred from satellite si...

    I wasn't taken by this book - perhaps beacause I'm not a bird lover. However, I've always respected Safina's passion and commiment to the sustainability of our oceans and environment. There are moments in this book where the writing is truly poetic, eliciting insights into the links be...

    This is the best natural history book I have read in a long time. Safina is funny, insightful, introspective, informative and well researched. He puts forth some good fodder to chew on. I found myself dog earring and hightlighting all over the place. I would love to have been involved ...

    Eye of the Albatross: Visions of Hope and Survival by Carl Safina (Holt McDougal 2003)(598.42). This is a very well done look at the health of our oceans and the creatures that depend on the sea for habitat and survival. My rating 7.5, finished 2004. I reread this 9/23/16 and downgrade...

    Stilted prose and overblown metaphors distracted me from the authentically fascinating science. I read the whole thing and got a lot out of it, but I wish it had spent a longer time in the hands of a capable editor. ...

    This and his other 3 books bring the reader right into the sea with whales, swordfish, salmon and tuna or into the air with seabirds. He's a marine biologist and ecologist with a bent towards compromise and cooperation. He's a great teacher. ...

  • Talia
    Dec 04, 2013

    My first book by Carl Safina was What Animals Think and Feel and it instantly made me fall in love with his writing style. I immediately put all his books on my amazon waiting list and Im buying them one by one. I was worried my hopes would be too high and maybe the first book was ...

    I enjoyed every bit of this book. It was told as if Carl Safina was sitting down with you and just sharing a conversation. Full of facts and reflections on life. It is intimidating at first because he crams a lot of words into chapters and pages. But I loved it. This book wasn't only a...

    I really enjoyed reading about the unusual and remote locations that Safina was able to visit -- it?s hard to imagine some of those places and the abundance of birds. I enjoyed googling for more photos and videos of the places he mentioned. Sometimes he wandered a bit from the topic ...

    This is some of the best nature writing I have ever encountered. Carl Safina explores issues of marine conservation and the history of human use of marine resources by following the travels of a single albatross named Amelia. As she flies across the Pacific, feeding her chick and herse...

    Everything you wanted to know about albatross. Carl Safina's own passion for these amazing creatures infuses the entire book, and the science part reads like a page turner. He brings the reader into the strange and remote world of Northwest Hawaiian Islands conservation work and doesn'...

    This book of natural history is definitely a stand-out for 2014 reading. Although the main topic is albatrosses, the book ranges over a broader area--ocean health, sharks, sea turtles, ocean fishing. Not only does Safina convey a lot of information, but also his language is poetic and ...

    The background information about albatrosses, how they came to be named, and their natural history, was superb. The stories of human cruelty are relentless and heartbreaking, and yet seem necessary. I am a much deeper advocate for albatrosses as a result of reading this book. The a...

    I think this may be one of, if not the, best book Carl Safina has written. Truly lyrical, poetic, and at times breathtaking nature writing, also peppered with stories and descriptions of landscape and biologists and researchers as they do their admirable work to learn about and protect...

    Carl Safina is an gifted writer who has produced a sweeping and engaging book about the Pacific Ocean ecosystem focused on seabirds and fish. His "guide" and inspiration is Amelia, a hardworking parent Laysan Albatross wearing a state-of-the-art satellite tracking transmitter. Safina's...

    The whole book was brilliant for anyone interested in animals (esp. sea life) and nature. It?s filled with facts and anecdotes I found fascinating (an albatross circles the planet at the equivalent of the equator 3 1/2 times every year!!). And he does a really great job of taking you...

    Truly eye-opening about albatrosses. For instance, the incredible feats of navigation and endurance they achieve to feed themselves and sustain their chicks.) Safina is also thought-provoking and eloquent: ?I am impressed anew by... how much the harshness that challenges life is what...

    A long difficult book about connections: between bird and bird, bird and shark, people and bird. The vast Pacific Ocean is the broad template of this story; the Northwest Hawaiian Islands the stage. The connections that go back many millions of years have been disrupted by the coming o...

    An informative and well written book about these incredible seabirds. He love and wonder of nature shines through. The cruelty that man has inflicted on these animals is breathtakingly horrific. Overall very good but I felt that I had absorbed the best of the book in the first 75% and ...

    Though sometimes it dragged on, Safina really does a great job at reiterating his philosophies. I really enjoyed the personification of the albatross and just how information-driven it was, yet, I felt as though I was reading a story rather than a nonfiction science novel. ...

    A beautifully written book. The language is as magical as the places the author visits. And his clear-eyed view of what a sentimentalist might call progress is refreshing. Loved it. ...

    This book was less about albatrosses than I thought it was going to be, and while those sections were still my favorite, the rest of the book was also very nice. Every few chapters the author returns to Amelia the Laysan albatross and her imagined experiences inferred from satellite si...

    I wasn't taken by this book - perhaps beacause I'm not a bird lover. However, I've always respected Safina's passion and commiment to the sustainability of our oceans and environment. There are moments in this book where the writing is truly poetic, eliciting insights into the links be...

    This is the best natural history book I have read in a long time. Safina is funny, insightful, introspective, informative and well researched. He puts forth some good fodder to chew on. I found myself dog earring and hightlighting all over the place. I would love to have been involved ...

    Eye of the Albatross: Visions of Hope and Survival by Carl Safina (Holt McDougal 2003)(598.42). This is a very well done look at the health of our oceans and the creatures that depend on the sea for habitat and survival. My rating 7.5, finished 2004. I reread this 9/23/16 and downgrade...

    Stilted prose and overblown metaphors distracted me from the authentically fascinating science. I read the whole thing and got a lot out of it, but I wish it had spent a longer time in the hands of a capable editor. ...

    This and his other 3 books bring the reader right into the sea with whales, swordfish, salmon and tuna or into the air with seabirds. He's a marine biologist and ecologist with a bent towards compromise and cooperation. He's a great teacher. ...

    Good natural history of the albatross; but another depressing view of what is happening with the ocean. This is not a new book as it came out in 2003. However, according to Birdlife International, not much has changed. Will have to apply for a trip to Midway Atoll Nat'l Wildlife Refuge...

    I'm in love with Safina. I want him to write more books, right away. I want to sell all my worldly goods and devote my life to saving birds. Safina's a delicious prose stylist with a clear, burning passion for animals. Highly recommended. ...

    Much easier to get into than song of the blue ocean. I enjoyed the layout of the book, always returning to the tagged albatross after exploring issues surrounding their conservation and challenges these species face. ...

    Another interesting journey taken by Carl Safina. The amount of plastic in the ocean and what it is doing to wildlife is distressing at the very least. Safina books are a great combination of the personal, the natural, and the scientific. This one is no exception. ...

    This book surprised me, I thought; how much can you write about an Albatross? Turns out it's great stuff. Full of the author's experiences all over the world with this misunderstood bird, and written in a way that draws you into the story of the plight of the Albatross. ...

    A delightful mixture of science, personal experience, and fictionalized account of an albatrosses adventures as scientists track it across the Pacific. ...

    Incredibly well researched! A must for people who enjoy nature writing and learning more about the struggles of the ocean's wildlife. ...

    By far, the best story about life on these islands that I've read since we moved to Hawaii four years ago. Period. Please read it! ...

  • Gwyn
    Mar 31, 2011

    My first book by Carl Safina was What Animals Think and Feel and it instantly made me fall in love with his writing style. I immediately put all his books on my amazon waiting list and Im buying them one by one. I was worried my hopes would be too high and maybe the first book was ...

    I enjoyed every bit of this book. It was told as if Carl Safina was sitting down with you and just sharing a conversation. Full of facts and reflections on life. It is intimidating at first because he crams a lot of words into chapters and pages. But I loved it. This book wasn't only a...

    I really enjoyed reading about the unusual and remote locations that Safina was able to visit -- it?s hard to imagine some of those places and the abundance of birds. I enjoyed googling for more photos and videos of the places he mentioned. Sometimes he wandered a bit from the topic ...

    This is some of the best nature writing I have ever encountered. Carl Safina explores issues of marine conservation and the history of human use of marine resources by following the travels of a single albatross named Amelia. As she flies across the Pacific, feeding her chick and herse...

  • Elizabeth
    Aug 31, 2014

    My first book by Carl Safina was What Animals Think and Feel and it instantly made me fall in love with his writing style. I immediately put all his books on my amazon waiting list and Im buying them one by one. I was worried my hopes would be too high and maybe the first book was ...

    I enjoyed every bit of this book. It was told as if Carl Safina was sitting down with you and just sharing a conversation. Full of facts and reflections on life. It is intimidating at first because he crams a lot of words into chapters and pages. But I loved it. This book wasn't only a...

    I really enjoyed reading about the unusual and remote locations that Safina was able to visit -- it?s hard to imagine some of those places and the abundance of birds. I enjoyed googling for more photos and videos of the places he mentioned. Sometimes he wandered a bit from the topic ...

    This is some of the best nature writing I have ever encountered. Carl Safina explores issues of marine conservation and the history of human use of marine resources by following the travels of a single albatross named Amelia. As she flies across the Pacific, feeding her chick and herse...

    Everything you wanted to know about albatross. Carl Safina's own passion for these amazing creatures infuses the entire book, and the science part reads like a page turner. He brings the reader into the strange and remote world of Northwest Hawaiian Islands conservation work and doesn'...

    This book of natural history is definitely a stand-out for 2014 reading. Although the main topic is albatrosses, the book ranges over a broader area--ocean health, sharks, sea turtles, ocean fishing. Not only does Safina convey a lot of information, but also his language is poetic and ...

  • Jule
    May 10, 2019

    My first book by Carl Safina was What Animals Think and Feel and it instantly made me fall in love with his writing style. I immediately put all his books on my amazon waiting list and Im buying them one by one. I was worried my hopes would be too high and maybe the first book was ...

    I enjoyed every bit of this book. It was told as if Carl Safina was sitting down with you and just sharing a conversation. Full of facts and reflections on life. It is intimidating at first because he crams a lot of words into chapters and pages. But I loved it. This book wasn't only a...

    I really enjoyed reading about the unusual and remote locations that Safina was able to visit -- it?s hard to imagine some of those places and the abundance of birds. I enjoyed googling for more photos and videos of the places he mentioned. Sometimes he wandered a bit from the topic ...

    This is some of the best nature writing I have ever encountered. Carl Safina explores issues of marine conservation and the history of human use of marine resources by following the travels of a single albatross named Amelia. As she flies across the Pacific, feeding her chick and herse...

    Everything you wanted to know about albatross. Carl Safina's own passion for these amazing creatures infuses the entire book, and the science part reads like a page turner. He brings the reader into the strange and remote world of Northwest Hawaiian Islands conservation work and doesn'...

    This book of natural history is definitely a stand-out for 2014 reading. Although the main topic is albatrosses, the book ranges over a broader area--ocean health, sharks, sea turtles, ocean fishing. Not only does Safina convey a lot of information, but also his language is poetic and ...

    The background information about albatrosses, how they came to be named, and their natural history, was superb. The stories of human cruelty are relentless and heartbreaking, and yet seem necessary. I am a much deeper advocate for albatrosses as a result of reading this book. The a...

    I think this may be one of, if not the, best book Carl Safina has written. Truly lyrical, poetic, and at times breathtaking nature writing, also peppered with stories and descriptions of landscape and biologists and researchers as they do their admirable work to learn about and protect...

    Carl Safina is an gifted writer who has produced a sweeping and engaging book about the Pacific Ocean ecosystem focused on seabirds and fish. His "guide" and inspiration is Amelia, a hardworking parent Laysan Albatross wearing a state-of-the-art satellite tracking transmitter. Safina's...

    The whole book was brilliant for anyone interested in animals (esp. sea life) and nature. It?s filled with facts and anecdotes I found fascinating (an albatross circles the planet at the equivalent of the equator 3 1/2 times every year!!). And he does a really great job of taking you...

    Truly eye-opening about albatrosses. For instance, the incredible feats of navigation and endurance they achieve to feed themselves and sustain their chicks.) Safina is also thought-provoking and eloquent: ?I am impressed anew by... how much the harshness that challenges life is what...

    A long difficult book about connections: between bird and bird, bird and shark, people and bird. The vast Pacific Ocean is the broad template of this story; the Northwest Hawaiian Islands the stage. The connections that go back many millions of years have been disrupted by the coming o...

    An informative and well written book about these incredible seabirds. He love and wonder of nature shines through. The cruelty that man has inflicted on these animals is breathtakingly horrific. Overall very good but I felt that I had absorbed the best of the book in the first 75% and ...

  • Clarry
    Apr 13, 2013

    My first book by Carl Safina was What Animals Think and Feel and it instantly made me fall in love with his writing style. I immediately put all his books on my amazon waiting list and Im buying them one by one. I was worried my hopes would be too high and maybe the first book was ...

    I enjoyed every bit of this book. It was told as if Carl Safina was sitting down with you and just sharing a conversation. Full of facts and reflections on life. It is intimidating at first because he crams a lot of words into chapters and pages. But I loved it. This book wasn't only a...

    I really enjoyed reading about the unusual and remote locations that Safina was able to visit -- it?s hard to imagine some of those places and the abundance of birds. I enjoyed googling for more photos and videos of the places he mentioned. Sometimes he wandered a bit from the topic ...

    This is some of the best nature writing I have ever encountered. Carl Safina explores issues of marine conservation and the history of human use of marine resources by following the travels of a single albatross named Amelia. As she flies across the Pacific, feeding her chick and herse...

    Everything you wanted to know about albatross. Carl Safina's own passion for these amazing creatures infuses the entire book, and the science part reads like a page turner. He brings the reader into the strange and remote world of Northwest Hawaiian Islands conservation work and doesn'...

    This book of natural history is definitely a stand-out for 2014 reading. Although the main topic is albatrosses, the book ranges over a broader area--ocean health, sharks, sea turtles, ocean fishing. Not only does Safina convey a lot of information, but also his language is poetic and ...

    The background information about albatrosses, how they came to be named, and their natural history, was superb. The stories of human cruelty are relentless and heartbreaking, and yet seem necessary. I am a much deeper advocate for albatrosses as a result of reading this book. The a...

    I think this may be one of, if not the, best book Carl Safina has written. Truly lyrical, poetic, and at times breathtaking nature writing, also peppered with stories and descriptions of landscape and biologists and researchers as they do their admirable work to learn about and protect...

    Carl Safina is an gifted writer who has produced a sweeping and engaging book about the Pacific Ocean ecosystem focused on seabirds and fish. His "guide" and inspiration is Amelia, a hardworking parent Laysan Albatross wearing a state-of-the-art satellite tracking transmitter. Safina's...

    The whole book was brilliant for anyone interested in animals (esp. sea life) and nature. It?s filled with facts and anecdotes I found fascinating (an albatross circles the planet at the equivalent of the equator 3 1/2 times every year!!). And he does a really great job of taking you...

    Truly eye-opening about albatrosses. For instance, the incredible feats of navigation and endurance they achieve to feed themselves and sustain their chicks.) Safina is also thought-provoking and eloquent: ?I am impressed anew by... how much the harshness that challenges life is what...

    A long difficult book about connections: between bird and bird, bird and shark, people and bird. The vast Pacific Ocean is the broad template of this story; the Northwest Hawaiian Islands the stage. The connections that go back many millions of years have been disrupted by the coming o...

    An informative and well written book about these incredible seabirds. He love and wonder of nature shines through. The cruelty that man has inflicted on these animals is breathtakingly horrific. Overall very good but I felt that I had absorbed the best of the book in the first 75% and ...

    Though sometimes it dragged on, Safina really does a great job at reiterating his philosophies. I really enjoyed the personification of the albatross and just how information-driven it was, yet, I felt as though I was reading a story rather than a nonfiction science novel. ...

    A beautifully written book. The language is as magical as the places the author visits. And his clear-eyed view of what a sentimentalist might call progress is refreshing. Loved it. ...

    This book was less about albatrosses than I thought it was going to be, and while those sections were still my favorite, the rest of the book was also very nice. Every few chapters the author returns to Amelia the Laysan albatross and her imagined experiences inferred from satellite si...

    I wasn't taken by this book - perhaps beacause I'm not a bird lover. However, I've always respected Safina's passion and commiment to the sustainability of our oceans and environment. There are moments in this book where the writing is truly poetic, eliciting insights into the links be...

    This is the best natural history book I have read in a long time. Safina is funny, insightful, introspective, informative and well researched. He puts forth some good fodder to chew on. I found myself dog earring and hightlighting all over the place. I would love to have been involved ...

    Eye of the Albatross: Visions of Hope and Survival by Carl Safina (Holt McDougal 2003)(598.42). This is a very well done look at the health of our oceans and the creatures that depend on the sea for habitat and survival. My rating 7.5, finished 2004. I reread this 9/23/16 and downgrade...

    Stilted prose and overblown metaphors distracted me from the authentically fascinating science. I read the whole thing and got a lot out of it, but I wish it had spent a longer time in the hands of a capable editor. ...

    This and his other 3 books bring the reader right into the sea with whales, swordfish, salmon and tuna or into the air with seabirds. He's a marine biologist and ecologist with a bent towards compromise and cooperation. He's a great teacher. ...

    Good natural history of the albatross; but another depressing view of what is happening with the ocean. This is not a new book as it came out in 2003. However, according to Birdlife International, not much has changed. Will have to apply for a trip to Midway Atoll Nat'l Wildlife Refuge...

    I'm in love with Safina. I want him to write more books, right away. I want to sell all my worldly goods and devote my life to saving birds. Safina's a delicious prose stylist with a clear, burning passion for animals. Highly recommended. ...

    Much easier to get into than song of the blue ocean. I enjoyed the layout of the book, always returning to the tagged albatross after exploring issues surrounding their conservation and challenges these species face. ...

    Another interesting journey taken by Carl Safina. The amount of plastic in the ocean and what it is doing to wildlife is distressing at the very least. Safina books are a great combination of the personal, the natural, and the scientific. This one is no exception. ...

    This book surprised me, I thought; how much can you write about an Albatross? Turns out it's great stuff. Full of the author's experiences all over the world with this misunderstood bird, and written in a way that draws you into the story of the plight of the Albatross. ...

    A delightful mixture of science, personal experience, and fictionalized account of an albatrosses adventures as scientists track it across the Pacific. ...

    Incredibly well researched! A must for people who enjoy nature writing and learning more about the struggles of the ocean's wildlife. ...

  • Samantha Chapnick
    Jul 07, 2019

    My first book by Carl Safina was What Animals Think and Feel and it instantly made me fall in love with his writing style. I immediately put all his books on my amazon waiting list and Im buying them one by one. I was worried my hopes would be too high and maybe the first book was ...

    I enjoyed every bit of this book. It was told as if Carl Safina was sitting down with you and just sharing a conversation. Full of facts and reflections on life. It is intimidating at first because he crams a lot of words into chapters and pages. But I loved it. This book wasn't only a...

    I really enjoyed reading about the unusual and remote locations that Safina was able to visit -- it?s hard to imagine some of those places and the abundance of birds. I enjoyed googling for more photos and videos of the places he mentioned. Sometimes he wandered a bit from the topic ...

    This is some of the best nature writing I have ever encountered. Carl Safina explores issues of marine conservation and the history of human use of marine resources by following the travels of a single albatross named Amelia. As she flies across the Pacific, feeding her chick and herse...

    Everything you wanted to know about albatross. Carl Safina's own passion for these amazing creatures infuses the entire book, and the science part reads like a page turner. He brings the reader into the strange and remote world of Northwest Hawaiian Islands conservation work and doesn'...

    This book of natural history is definitely a stand-out for 2014 reading. Although the main topic is albatrosses, the book ranges over a broader area--ocean health, sharks, sea turtles, ocean fishing. Not only does Safina convey a lot of information, but also his language is poetic and ...

    The background information about albatrosses, how they came to be named, and their natural history, was superb. The stories of human cruelty are relentless and heartbreaking, and yet seem necessary. I am a much deeper advocate for albatrosses as a result of reading this book. The a...

    I think this may be one of, if not the, best book Carl Safina has written. Truly lyrical, poetic, and at times breathtaking nature writing, also peppered with stories and descriptions of landscape and biologists and researchers as they do their admirable work to learn about and protect...

    Carl Safina is an gifted writer who has produced a sweeping and engaging book about the Pacific Ocean ecosystem focused on seabirds and fish. His "guide" and inspiration is Amelia, a hardworking parent Laysan Albatross wearing a state-of-the-art satellite tracking transmitter. Safina's...

    The whole book was brilliant for anyone interested in animals (esp. sea life) and nature. It?s filled with facts and anecdotes I found fascinating (an albatross circles the planet at the equivalent of the equator 3 1/2 times every year!!). And he does a really great job of taking you...

  • Michelle
    Aug 24, 2012

    My first book by Carl Safina was What Animals Think and Feel and it instantly made me fall in love with his writing style. I immediately put all his books on my amazon waiting list and Im buying them one by one. I was worried my hopes would be too high and maybe the first book was ...

    I enjoyed every bit of this book. It was told as if Carl Safina was sitting down with you and just sharing a conversation. Full of facts and reflections on life. It is intimidating at first because he crams a lot of words into chapters and pages. But I loved it. This book wasn't only a...

    I really enjoyed reading about the unusual and remote locations that Safina was able to visit -- it?s hard to imagine some of those places and the abundance of birds. I enjoyed googling for more photos and videos of the places he mentioned. Sometimes he wandered a bit from the topic ...

    This is some of the best nature writing I have ever encountered. Carl Safina explores issues of marine conservation and the history of human use of marine resources by following the travels of a single albatross named Amelia. As she flies across the Pacific, feeding her chick and herse...

    Everything you wanted to know about albatross. Carl Safina's own passion for these amazing creatures infuses the entire book, and the science part reads like a page turner. He brings the reader into the strange and remote world of Northwest Hawaiian Islands conservation work and doesn'...

    This book of natural history is definitely a stand-out for 2014 reading. Although the main topic is albatrosses, the book ranges over a broader area--ocean health, sharks, sea turtles, ocean fishing. Not only does Safina convey a lot of information, but also his language is poetic and ...

    The background information about albatrosses, how they came to be named, and their natural history, was superb. The stories of human cruelty are relentless and heartbreaking, and yet seem necessary. I am a much deeper advocate for albatrosses as a result of reading this book. The a...

    I think this may be one of, if not the, best book Carl Safina has written. Truly lyrical, poetic, and at times breathtaking nature writing, also peppered with stories and descriptions of landscape and biologists and researchers as they do their admirable work to learn about and protect...

    Carl Safina is an gifted writer who has produced a sweeping and engaging book about the Pacific Ocean ecosystem focused on seabirds and fish. His "guide" and inspiration is Amelia, a hardworking parent Laysan Albatross wearing a state-of-the-art satellite tracking transmitter. Safina's...

    The whole book was brilliant for anyone interested in animals (esp. sea life) and nature. It?s filled with facts and anecdotes I found fascinating (an albatross circles the planet at the equivalent of the equator 3 1/2 times every year!!). And he does a really great job of taking you...

    Truly eye-opening about albatrosses. For instance, the incredible feats of navigation and endurance they achieve to feed themselves and sustain their chicks.) Safina is also thought-provoking and eloquent: ?I am impressed anew by... how much the harshness that challenges life is what...

    A long difficult book about connections: between bird and bird, bird and shark, people and bird. The vast Pacific Ocean is the broad template of this story; the Northwest Hawaiian Islands the stage. The connections that go back many millions of years have been disrupted by the coming o...

    An informative and well written book about these incredible seabirds. He love and wonder of nature shines through. The cruelty that man has inflicted on these animals is breathtakingly horrific. Overall very good but I felt that I had absorbed the best of the book in the first 75% and ...

    Though sometimes it dragged on, Safina really does a great job at reiterating his philosophies. I really enjoyed the personification of the albatross and just how information-driven it was, yet, I felt as though I was reading a story rather than a nonfiction science novel. ...

    A beautifully written book. The language is as magical as the places the author visits. And his clear-eyed view of what a sentimentalist might call progress is refreshing. Loved it. ...

    This book was less about albatrosses than I thought it was going to be, and while those sections were still my favorite, the rest of the book was also very nice. Every few chapters the author returns to Amelia the Laysan albatross and her imagined experiences inferred from satellite si...

    I wasn't taken by this book - perhaps beacause I'm not a bird lover. However, I've always respected Safina's passion and commiment to the sustainability of our oceans and environment. There are moments in this book where the writing is truly poetic, eliciting insights into the links be...

    This is the best natural history book I have read in a long time. Safina is funny, insightful, introspective, informative and well researched. He puts forth some good fodder to chew on. I found myself dog earring and hightlighting all over the place. I would love to have been involved ...

    Eye of the Albatross: Visions of Hope and Survival by Carl Safina (Holt McDougal 2003)(598.42). This is a very well done look at the health of our oceans and the creatures that depend on the sea for habitat and survival. My rating 7.5, finished 2004. I reread this 9/23/16 and downgrade...

    Stilted prose and overblown metaphors distracted me from the authentically fascinating science. I read the whole thing and got a lot out of it, but I wish it had spent a longer time in the hands of a capable editor. ...

    This and his other 3 books bring the reader right into the sea with whales, swordfish, salmon and tuna or into the air with seabirds. He's a marine biologist and ecologist with a bent towards compromise and cooperation. He's a great teacher. ...

    Good natural history of the albatross; but another depressing view of what is happening with the ocean. This is not a new book as it came out in 2003. However, according to Birdlife International, not much has changed. Will have to apply for a trip to Midway Atoll Nat'l Wildlife Refuge...

    I'm in love with Safina. I want him to write more books, right away. I want to sell all my worldly goods and devote my life to saving birds. Safina's a delicious prose stylist with a clear, burning passion for animals. Highly recommended. ...

    Much easier to get into than song of the blue ocean. I enjoyed the layout of the book, always returning to the tagged albatross after exploring issues surrounding their conservation and challenges these species face. ...

  • David Robertson
    Jun 19, 2019

    My first book by Carl Safina was What Animals Think and Feel and it instantly made me fall in love with his writing style. I immediately put all his books on my amazon waiting list and Im buying them one by one. I was worried my hopes would be too high and maybe the first book was ...

    I enjoyed every bit of this book. It was told as if Carl Safina was sitting down with you and just sharing a conversation. Full of facts and reflections on life. It is intimidating at first because he crams a lot of words into chapters and pages. But I loved it. This book wasn't only a...

    I really enjoyed reading about the unusual and remote locations that Safina was able to visit -- it?s hard to imagine some of those places and the abundance of birds. I enjoyed googling for more photos and videos of the places he mentioned. Sometimes he wandered a bit from the topic ...

    This is some of the best nature writing I have ever encountered. Carl Safina explores issues of marine conservation and the history of human use of marine resources by following the travels of a single albatross named Amelia. As she flies across the Pacific, feeding her chick and herse...

    Everything you wanted to know about albatross. Carl Safina's own passion for these amazing creatures infuses the entire book, and the science part reads like a page turner. He brings the reader into the strange and remote world of Northwest Hawaiian Islands conservation work and doesn'...

    This book of natural history is definitely a stand-out for 2014 reading. Although the main topic is albatrosses, the book ranges over a broader area--ocean health, sharks, sea turtles, ocean fishing. Not only does Safina convey a lot of information, but also his language is poetic and ...

    The background information about albatrosses, how they came to be named, and their natural history, was superb. The stories of human cruelty are relentless and heartbreaking, and yet seem necessary. I am a much deeper advocate for albatrosses as a result of reading this book. The a...

    I think this may be one of, if not the, best book Carl Safina has written. Truly lyrical, poetic, and at times breathtaking nature writing, also peppered with stories and descriptions of landscape and biologists and researchers as they do their admirable work to learn about and protect...

    Carl Safina is an gifted writer who has produced a sweeping and engaging book about the Pacific Ocean ecosystem focused on seabirds and fish. His "guide" and inspiration is Amelia, a hardworking parent Laysan Albatross wearing a state-of-the-art satellite tracking transmitter. Safina's...

  • Stephen Orth
    Sep 25, 2017

    My first book by Carl Safina was What Animals Think and Feel and it instantly made me fall in love with his writing style. I immediately put all his books on my amazon waiting list and Im buying them one by one. I was worried my hopes would be too high and maybe the first book was ...

    I enjoyed every bit of this book. It was told as if Carl Safina was sitting down with you and just sharing a conversation. Full of facts and reflections on life. It is intimidating at first because he crams a lot of words into chapters and pages. But I loved it. This book wasn't only a...

    I really enjoyed reading about the unusual and remote locations that Safina was able to visit -- it?s hard to imagine some of those places and the abundance of birds. I enjoyed googling for more photos and videos of the places he mentioned. Sometimes he wandered a bit from the topic ...

    This is some of the best nature writing I have ever encountered. Carl Safina explores issues of marine conservation and the history of human use of marine resources by following the travels of a single albatross named Amelia. As she flies across the Pacific, feeding her chick and herse...

    Everything you wanted to know about albatross. Carl Safina's own passion for these amazing creatures infuses the entire book, and the science part reads like a page turner. He brings the reader into the strange and remote world of Northwest Hawaiian Islands conservation work and doesn'...

    This book of natural history is definitely a stand-out for 2014 reading. Although the main topic is albatrosses, the book ranges over a broader area--ocean health, sharks, sea turtles, ocean fishing. Not only does Safina convey a lot of information, but also his language is poetic and ...

    The background information about albatrosses, how they came to be named, and their natural history, was superb. The stories of human cruelty are relentless and heartbreaking, and yet seem necessary. I am a much deeper advocate for albatrosses as a result of reading this book. The a...

    I think this may be one of, if not the, best book Carl Safina has written. Truly lyrical, poetic, and at times breathtaking nature writing, also peppered with stories and descriptions of landscape and biologists and researchers as they do their admirable work to learn about and protect...

    Carl Safina is an gifted writer who has produced a sweeping and engaging book about the Pacific Ocean ecosystem focused on seabirds and fish. His "guide" and inspiration is Amelia, a hardworking parent Laysan Albatross wearing a state-of-the-art satellite tracking transmitter. Safina's...

    The whole book was brilliant for anyone interested in animals (esp. sea life) and nature. It?s filled with facts and anecdotes I found fascinating (an albatross circles the planet at the equivalent of the equator 3 1/2 times every year!!). And he does a really great job of taking you...

    Truly eye-opening about albatrosses. For instance, the incredible feats of navigation and endurance they achieve to feed themselves and sustain their chicks.) Safina is also thought-provoking and eloquent: ?I am impressed anew by... how much the harshness that challenges life is what...

    A long difficult book about connections: between bird and bird, bird and shark, people and bird. The vast Pacific Ocean is the broad template of this story; the Northwest Hawaiian Islands the stage. The connections that go back many millions of years have been disrupted by the coming o...

    An informative and well written book about these incredible seabirds. He love and wonder of nature shines through. The cruelty that man has inflicted on these animals is breathtakingly horrific. Overall very good but I felt that I had absorbed the best of the book in the first 75% and ...

    Though sometimes it dragged on, Safina really does a great job at reiterating his philosophies. I really enjoyed the personification of the albatross and just how information-driven it was, yet, I felt as though I was reading a story rather than a nonfiction science novel. ...

    A beautifully written book. The language is as magical as the places the author visits. And his clear-eyed view of what a sentimentalist might call progress is refreshing. Loved it. ...

  • Kelcee Eaton
    Jun 08, 2015

    My first book by Carl Safina was What Animals Think and Feel and it instantly made me fall in love with his writing style. I immediately put all his books on my amazon waiting list and Im buying them one by one. I was worried my hopes would be too high and maybe the first book was ...

    I enjoyed every bit of this book. It was told as if Carl Safina was sitting down with you and just sharing a conversation. Full of facts and reflections on life. It is intimidating at first because he crams a lot of words into chapters and pages. But I loved it. This book wasn't only a...

    I really enjoyed reading about the unusual and remote locations that Safina was able to visit -- it?s hard to imagine some of those places and the abundance of birds. I enjoyed googling for more photos and videos of the places he mentioned. Sometimes he wandered a bit from the topic ...

    This is some of the best nature writing I have ever encountered. Carl Safina explores issues of marine conservation and the history of human use of marine resources by following the travels of a single albatross named Amelia. As she flies across the Pacific, feeding her chick and herse...

    Everything you wanted to know about albatross. Carl Safina's own passion for these amazing creatures infuses the entire book, and the science part reads like a page turner. He brings the reader into the strange and remote world of Northwest Hawaiian Islands conservation work and doesn'...

    This book of natural history is definitely a stand-out for 2014 reading. Although the main topic is albatrosses, the book ranges over a broader area--ocean health, sharks, sea turtles, ocean fishing. Not only does Safina convey a lot of information, but also his language is poetic and ...

    The background information about albatrosses, how they came to be named, and their natural history, was superb. The stories of human cruelty are relentless and heartbreaking, and yet seem necessary. I am a much deeper advocate for albatrosses as a result of reading this book. The a...

    I think this may be one of, if not the, best book Carl Safina has written. Truly lyrical, poetic, and at times breathtaking nature writing, also peppered with stories and descriptions of landscape and biologists and researchers as they do their admirable work to learn about and protect...

    Carl Safina is an gifted writer who has produced a sweeping and engaging book about the Pacific Ocean ecosystem focused on seabirds and fish. His "guide" and inspiration is Amelia, a hardworking parent Laysan Albatross wearing a state-of-the-art satellite tracking transmitter. Safina's...

    The whole book was brilliant for anyone interested in animals (esp. sea life) and nature. It?s filled with facts and anecdotes I found fascinating (an albatross circles the planet at the equivalent of the equator 3 1/2 times every year!!). And he does a really great job of taking you...

    Truly eye-opening about albatrosses. For instance, the incredible feats of navigation and endurance they achieve to feed themselves and sustain their chicks.) Safina is also thought-provoking and eloquent: ?I am impressed anew by... how much the harshness that challenges life is what...

    A long difficult book about connections: between bird and bird, bird and shark, people and bird. The vast Pacific Ocean is the broad template of this story; the Northwest Hawaiian Islands the stage. The connections that go back many millions of years have been disrupted by the coming o...

    An informative and well written book about these incredible seabirds. He love and wonder of nature shines through. The cruelty that man has inflicted on these animals is breathtakingly horrific. Overall very good but I felt that I had absorbed the best of the book in the first 75% and ...

    Though sometimes it dragged on, Safina really does a great job at reiterating his philosophies. I really enjoyed the personification of the albatross and just how information-driven it was, yet, I felt as though I was reading a story rather than a nonfiction science novel. ...

    A beautifully written book. The language is as magical as the places the author visits. And his clear-eyed view of what a sentimentalist might call progress is refreshing. Loved it. ...

    This book was less about albatrosses than I thought it was going to be, and while those sections were still my favorite, the rest of the book was also very nice. Every few chapters the author returns to Amelia the Laysan albatross and her imagined experiences inferred from satellite si...

    I wasn't taken by this book - perhaps beacause I'm not a bird lover. However, I've always respected Safina's passion and commiment to the sustainability of our oceans and environment. There are moments in this book where the writing is truly poetic, eliciting insights into the links be...

    This is the best natural history book I have read in a long time. Safina is funny, insightful, introspective, informative and well researched. He puts forth some good fodder to chew on. I found myself dog earring and hightlighting all over the place. I would love to have been involved ...

    Eye of the Albatross: Visions of Hope and Survival by Carl Safina (Holt McDougal 2003)(598.42). This is a very well done look at the health of our oceans and the creatures that depend on the sea for habitat and survival. My rating 7.5, finished 2004. I reread this 9/23/16 and downgrade...

    Stilted prose and overblown metaphors distracted me from the authentically fascinating science. I read the whole thing and got a lot out of it, but I wish it had spent a longer time in the hands of a capable editor. ...

    This and his other 3 books bring the reader right into the sea with whales, swordfish, salmon and tuna or into the air with seabirds. He's a marine biologist and ecologist with a bent towards compromise and cooperation. He's a great teacher. ...

    Good natural history of the albatross; but another depressing view of what is happening with the ocean. This is not a new book as it came out in 2003. However, according to Birdlife International, not much has changed. Will have to apply for a trip to Midway Atoll Nat'l Wildlife Refuge...

    I'm in love with Safina. I want him to write more books, right away. I want to sell all my worldly goods and devote my life to saving birds. Safina's a delicious prose stylist with a clear, burning passion for animals. Highly recommended. ...

    Much easier to get into than song of the blue ocean. I enjoyed the layout of the book, always returning to the tagged albatross after exploring issues surrounding their conservation and challenges these species face. ...

    Another interesting journey taken by Carl Safina. The amount of plastic in the ocean and what it is doing to wildlife is distressing at the very least. Safina books are a great combination of the personal, the natural, and the scientific. This one is no exception. ...

    This book surprised me, I thought; how much can you write about an Albatross? Turns out it's great stuff. Full of the author's experiences all over the world with this misunderstood bird, and written in a way that draws you into the story of the plight of the Albatross. ...

    A delightful mixture of science, personal experience, and fictionalized account of an albatrosses adventures as scientists track it across the Pacific. ...

    Incredibly well researched! A must for people who enjoy nature writing and learning more about the struggles of the ocean's wildlife. ...

    By far, the best story about life on these islands that I've read since we moved to Hawaii four years ago. Period. Please read it! ...

    Really good book for those who are interested in conservation of animals and research. ...

  • Lacy
    Jun 06, 2019

    My first book by Carl Safina was What Animals Think and Feel and it instantly made me fall in love with his writing style. I immediately put all his books on my amazon waiting list and Im buying them one by one. I was worried my hopes would be too high and maybe the first book was ...

    I enjoyed every bit of this book. It was told as if Carl Safina was sitting down with you and just sharing a conversation. Full of facts and reflections on life. It is intimidating at first because he crams a lot of words into chapters and pages. But I loved it. This book wasn't only a...

  • Walt
    Feb 11, 2015

    My first book by Carl Safina was What Animals Think and Feel and it instantly made me fall in love with his writing style. I immediately put all his books on my amazon waiting list and Im buying them one by one. I was worried my hopes would be too high and maybe the first book was ...

    I enjoyed every bit of this book. It was told as if Carl Safina was sitting down with you and just sharing a conversation. Full of facts and reflections on life. It is intimidating at first because he crams a lot of words into chapters and pages. But I loved it. This book wasn't only a...

    I really enjoyed reading about the unusual and remote locations that Safina was able to visit -- it?s hard to imagine some of those places and the abundance of birds. I enjoyed googling for more photos and videos of the places he mentioned. Sometimes he wandered a bit from the topic ...

    This is some of the best nature writing I have ever encountered. Carl Safina explores issues of marine conservation and the history of human use of marine resources by following the travels of a single albatross named Amelia. As she flies across the Pacific, feeding her chick and herse...

    Everything you wanted to know about albatross. Carl Safina's own passion for these amazing creatures infuses the entire book, and the science part reads like a page turner. He brings the reader into the strange and remote world of Northwest Hawaiian Islands conservation work and doesn'...

    This book of natural history is definitely a stand-out for 2014 reading. Although the main topic is albatrosses, the book ranges over a broader area--ocean health, sharks, sea turtles, ocean fishing. Not only does Safina convey a lot of information, but also his language is poetic and ...

    The background information about albatrosses, how they came to be named, and their natural history, was superb. The stories of human cruelty are relentless and heartbreaking, and yet seem necessary. I am a much deeper advocate for albatrosses as a result of reading this book. The a...

    I think this may be one of, if not the, best book Carl Safina has written. Truly lyrical, poetic, and at times breathtaking nature writing, also peppered with stories and descriptions of landscape and biologists and researchers as they do their admirable work to learn about and protect...

    Carl Safina is an gifted writer who has produced a sweeping and engaging book about the Pacific Ocean ecosystem focused on seabirds and fish. His "guide" and inspiration is Amelia, a hardworking parent Laysan Albatross wearing a state-of-the-art satellite tracking transmitter. Safina's...

    The whole book was brilliant for anyone interested in animals (esp. sea life) and nature. It?s filled with facts and anecdotes I found fascinating (an albatross circles the planet at the equivalent of the equator 3 1/2 times every year!!). And he does a really great job of taking you...

    Truly eye-opening about albatrosses. For instance, the incredible feats of navigation and endurance they achieve to feed themselves and sustain their chicks.) Safina is also thought-provoking and eloquent: ?I am impressed anew by... how much the harshness that challenges life is what...

    A long difficult book about connections: between bird and bird, bird and shark, people and bird. The vast Pacific Ocean is the broad template of this story; the Northwest Hawaiian Islands the stage. The connections that go back many millions of years have been disrupted by the coming o...

    An informative and well written book about these incredible seabirds. He love and wonder of nature shines through. The cruelty that man has inflicted on these animals is breathtakingly horrific. Overall very good but I felt that I had absorbed the best of the book in the first 75% and ...

    Though sometimes it dragged on, Safina really does a great job at reiterating his philosophies. I really enjoyed the personification of the albatross and just how information-driven it was, yet, I felt as though I was reading a story rather than a nonfiction science novel. ...

    A beautifully written book. The language is as magical as the places the author visits. And his clear-eyed view of what a sentimentalist might call progress is refreshing. Loved it. ...

    This book was less about albatrosses than I thought it was going to be, and while those sections were still my favorite, the rest of the book was also very nice. Every few chapters the author returns to Amelia the Laysan albatross and her imagined experiences inferred from satellite si...

  • Esme
    Aug 21, 2017

    My first book by Carl Safina was What Animals Think and Feel and it instantly made me fall in love with his writing style. I immediately put all his books on my amazon waiting list and Im buying them one by one. I was worried my hopes would be too high and maybe the first book was ...

  • Matthew Karns
    Sep 27, 2019

    My first book by Carl Safina was What Animals Think and Feel and it instantly made me fall in love with his writing style. I immediately put all his books on my amazon waiting list and Im buying them one by one. I was worried my hopes would be too high and maybe the first book was ...

    I enjoyed every bit of this book. It was told as if Carl Safina was sitting down with you and just sharing a conversation. Full of facts and reflections on life. It is intimidating at first because he crams a lot of words into chapters and pages. But I loved it. This book wasn't only a...

    I really enjoyed reading about the unusual and remote locations that Safina was able to visit -- it?s hard to imagine some of those places and the abundance of birds. I enjoyed googling for more photos and videos of the places he mentioned. Sometimes he wandered a bit from the topic ...

    This is some of the best nature writing I have ever encountered. Carl Safina explores issues of marine conservation and the history of human use of marine resources by following the travels of a single albatross named Amelia. As she flies across the Pacific, feeding her chick and herse...

    Everything you wanted to know about albatross. Carl Safina's own passion for these amazing creatures infuses the entire book, and the science part reads like a page turner. He brings the reader into the strange and remote world of Northwest Hawaiian Islands conservation work and doesn'...

    This book of natural history is definitely a stand-out for 2014 reading. Although the main topic is albatrosses, the book ranges over a broader area--ocean health, sharks, sea turtles, ocean fishing. Not only does Safina convey a lot of information, but also his language is poetic and ...

    The background information about albatrosses, how they came to be named, and their natural history, was superb. The stories of human cruelty are relentless and heartbreaking, and yet seem necessary. I am a much deeper advocate for albatrosses as a result of reading this book. The a...

    I think this may be one of, if not the, best book Carl Safina has written. Truly lyrical, poetic, and at times breathtaking nature writing, also peppered with stories and descriptions of landscape and biologists and researchers as they do their admirable work to learn about and protect...

  • Samantha
    May 16, 2019

    My first book by Carl Safina was What Animals Think and Feel and it instantly made me fall in love with his writing style. I immediately put all his books on my amazon waiting list and Im buying them one by one. I was worried my hopes would be too high and maybe the first book was ...

    I enjoyed every bit of this book. It was told as if Carl Safina was sitting down with you and just sharing a conversation. Full of facts and reflections on life. It is intimidating at first because he crams a lot of words into chapters and pages. But I loved it. This book wasn't only a...

    I really enjoyed reading about the unusual and remote locations that Safina was able to visit -- it?s hard to imagine some of those places and the abundance of birds. I enjoyed googling for more photos and videos of the places he mentioned. Sometimes he wandered a bit from the topic ...

    This is some of the best nature writing I have ever encountered. Carl Safina explores issues of marine conservation and the history of human use of marine resources by following the travels of a single albatross named Amelia. As she flies across the Pacific, feeding her chick and herse...

    Everything you wanted to know about albatross. Carl Safina's own passion for these amazing creatures infuses the entire book, and the science part reads like a page turner. He brings the reader into the strange and remote world of Northwest Hawaiian Islands conservation work and doesn'...

    This book of natural history is definitely a stand-out for 2014 reading. Although the main topic is albatrosses, the book ranges over a broader area--ocean health, sharks, sea turtles, ocean fishing. Not only does Safina convey a lot of information, but also his language is poetic and ...

    The background information about albatrosses, how they came to be named, and their natural history, was superb. The stories of human cruelty are relentless and heartbreaking, and yet seem necessary. I am a much deeper advocate for albatrosses as a result of reading this book. The a...

    I think this may be one of, if not the, best book Carl Safina has written. Truly lyrical, poetic, and at times breathtaking nature writing, also peppered with stories and descriptions of landscape and biologists and researchers as they do their admirable work to learn about and protect...

    Carl Safina is an gifted writer who has produced a sweeping and engaging book about the Pacific Ocean ecosystem focused on seabirds and fish. His "guide" and inspiration is Amelia, a hardworking parent Laysan Albatross wearing a state-of-the-art satellite tracking transmitter. Safina's...

    The whole book was brilliant for anyone interested in animals (esp. sea life) and nature. It?s filled with facts and anecdotes I found fascinating (an albatross circles the planet at the equivalent of the equator 3 1/2 times every year!!). And he does a really great job of taking you...

    Truly eye-opening about albatrosses. For instance, the incredible feats of navigation and endurance they achieve to feed themselves and sustain their chicks.) Safina is also thought-provoking and eloquent: ?I am impressed anew by... how much the harshness that challenges life is what...

    A long difficult book about connections: between bird and bird, bird and shark, people and bird. The vast Pacific Ocean is the broad template of this story; the Northwest Hawaiian Islands the stage. The connections that go back many millions of years have been disrupted by the coming o...

    An informative and well written book about these incredible seabirds. He love and wonder of nature shines through. The cruelty that man has inflicted on these animals is breathtakingly horrific. Overall very good but I felt that I had absorbed the best of the book in the first 75% and ...

    Though sometimes it dragged on, Safina really does a great job at reiterating his philosophies. I really enjoyed the personification of the albatross and just how information-driven it was, yet, I felt as though I was reading a story rather than a nonfiction science novel. ...

  • Kenno82
    Apr 01, 2012

    My first book by Carl Safina was What Animals Think and Feel and it instantly made me fall in love with his writing style. I immediately put all his books on my amazon waiting list and Im buying them one by one. I was worried my hopes would be too high and maybe the first book was ...

    I enjoyed every bit of this book. It was told as if Carl Safina was sitting down with you and just sharing a conversation. Full of facts and reflections on life. It is intimidating at first because he crams a lot of words into chapters and pages. But I loved it. This book wasn't only a...

    I really enjoyed reading about the unusual and remote locations that Safina was able to visit -- it?s hard to imagine some of those places and the abundance of birds. I enjoyed googling for more photos and videos of the places he mentioned. Sometimes he wandered a bit from the topic ...

    This is some of the best nature writing I have ever encountered. Carl Safina explores issues of marine conservation and the history of human use of marine resources by following the travels of a single albatross named Amelia. As she flies across the Pacific, feeding her chick and herse...

    Everything you wanted to know about albatross. Carl Safina's own passion for these amazing creatures infuses the entire book, and the science part reads like a page turner. He brings the reader into the strange and remote world of Northwest Hawaiian Islands conservation work and doesn'...

    This book of natural history is definitely a stand-out for 2014 reading. Although the main topic is albatrosses, the book ranges over a broader area--ocean health, sharks, sea turtles, ocean fishing. Not only does Safina convey a lot of information, but also his language is poetic and ...

    The background information about albatrosses, how they came to be named, and their natural history, was superb. The stories of human cruelty are relentless and heartbreaking, and yet seem necessary. I am a much deeper advocate for albatrosses as a result of reading this book. The a...

    I think this may be one of, if not the, best book Carl Safina has written. Truly lyrical, poetic, and at times breathtaking nature writing, also peppered with stories and descriptions of landscape and biologists and researchers as they do their admirable work to learn about and protect...

    Carl Safina is an gifted writer who has produced a sweeping and engaging book about the Pacific Ocean ecosystem focused on seabirds and fish. His "guide" and inspiration is Amelia, a hardworking parent Laysan Albatross wearing a state-of-the-art satellite tracking transmitter. Safina's...

    The whole book was brilliant for anyone interested in animals (esp. sea life) and nature. It?s filled with facts and anecdotes I found fascinating (an albatross circles the planet at the equivalent of the equator 3 1/2 times every year!!). And he does a really great job of taking you...

    Truly eye-opening about albatrosses. For instance, the incredible feats of navigation and endurance they achieve to feed themselves and sustain their chicks.) Safina is also thought-provoking and eloquent: ?I am impressed anew by... how much the harshness that challenges life is what...

    A long difficult book about connections: between bird and bird, bird and shark, people and bird. The vast Pacific Ocean is the broad template of this story; the Northwest Hawaiian Islands the stage. The connections that go back many millions of years have been disrupted by the coming o...

    An informative and well written book about these incredible seabirds. He love and wonder of nature shines through. The cruelty that man has inflicted on these animals is breathtakingly horrific. Overall very good but I felt that I had absorbed the best of the book in the first 75% and ...

    Though sometimes it dragged on, Safina really does a great job at reiterating his philosophies. I really enjoyed the personification of the albatross and just how information-driven it was, yet, I felt as though I was reading a story rather than a nonfiction science novel. ...

    A beautifully written book. The language is as magical as the places the author visits. And his clear-eyed view of what a sentimentalist might call progress is refreshing. Loved it. ...

    This book was less about albatrosses than I thought it was going to be, and while those sections were still my favorite, the rest of the book was also very nice. Every few chapters the author returns to Amelia the Laysan albatross and her imagined experiences inferred from satellite si...

    I wasn't taken by this book - perhaps beacause I'm not a bird lover. However, I've always respected Safina's passion and commiment to the sustainability of our oceans and environment. There are moments in this book where the writing is truly poetic, eliciting insights into the links be...