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June 2, 2021

Under the Sea: A World Like No Other by Seeker ~ an Audiobook Review

by Donna Huber

I haven't had as much time for reading so I've relied heavily on audiobooks to get my book fix since the start of the new year. I don't listen to many nonfiction books and I also dropped my nonfiction reading goal this year, but I have found myself missing my science reads (yes, I'm still reading science for work but it isn't the kind of science that made me study biology in the first place). So when Netgalley fixed the app so I could listen to audiobooks and I saw a science audiobook, I had to get it.

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Under the Sea
May 2021; Audiogems by Findaway
audio (1 hour); Marine Biology
Under the Sea
 explores what we know, and don't know, about the world's largest ecosystem - the oceans. It didn't feel like I was really listening to an audiobook. Instead, it felt like a cross between a podcast and a TED Talk. I googled Seeker to see if there was a podcast. What I found on was a bunch of videos and a list of podcasts (I'm going to have to check out Surprisingly Brilliant as I love science history). Though I couldn't link to it from the website, I did find an indexed page for DNews which was referenced in some of the chapters in Under the Sea. Following that link, I found some written articles.

Before picking up the audiobook, I knew nothing about Seeker. but the audiobook was so well produced it immediately made me want to search out what else they have produced. 

Under the Sea is popular science so the information is easily accessible to a general audience. I think a middle school- or high school-age student who is interested in oceans would find this audiobook very interesting and would have no problems with the level of information. That being said, I didn't feel like the topic was "dumbed down". Truly it speaks to the skill of the science writer(s). 

You never know when you pick up a science nonfiction book if I'm going to get a textbook or a series of published research articles - you know, informative, but kind of dry. Under the Sea was definitely not dry. I found the presentation entertaining. 

At an hour in length, Under the Sea is the perfect length for a morning commute or lunchtime listen. I could also see it being used in the classroom. And that reminds me, on the Seeker website, I saw a link for educators and parents that has a number of resources.

I will definitely be seeking out more of these audiobooks to get my science fix.

Buy Under the Sea at Amazon

Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour.

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  1. Well I definitely need to listen to this. I haven't tried the NetGalley audiobook feature but now I am going to see if I can figure it out. :) Great review!