The Breath of a Whale by Leigh Calvez is narrated by Karen White. I wanted to feel inspired by this book. I wanted to learn more about these gentle giants of the ocean. I have fallen in love with several other nature books like The Soul of An Octopus by Sy Montgomery. I was really hoping for that same emotional connection to the book.
This book does discuss the gentle giants of the seas and their emotions as well as intelligence. There are portions of this story that discuss the effects of sonar and nuclear testing in the oceans. I wanted more of their habitats and their connections to each other and their young. But to my surprise, I felt that the whales were not the priority of this read. It was mostly about the author—the whales are just there. It also didn’t feel very…very…what is the word I am looking for? Oh, scientific. I felt anyone could do their research and write a more detailed analysis about whales. This is a shame because I have more of her books on my TBR and I am now skeptical about reading them.
But what really killed this book for me was the narrator. There is absolutely no emotion in her voice. In fact, I didn’t think it was a person narrating the book, I thought it was just computer-generated because it was so robotic. I rate this audiobook 2 out of 5 stars.