Have you Heard? Dangerous Waters
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Have you Heard? Dangerous Waters

Take a bite out of these audiobooks featuring ocean life and tales of survival.

Below you’ll find a selection of audiobook recommendations from the Plano Public Library relating to sharks and the ocean. This is just a sample of the audiobooks in our collection, and you can visit a library location for assistance in finding personalized recommendations.


As Good as Dead: The Daring Escape of American POWs from a Japanese Death Camp by Stephen L. Moore, read by Tim Campbell. Personal narratives of the eleven survivors of the Palawan massacre. Print / Playaway / eBook.

Pacific written and read by Simon Winchester. The New York Times best-selling author of The Men Who United the States traces the geological history of the Pacific Ocean to assess its relationship with humans and indelible role in the modern world. Print / Playaway / eAudiobook / eBook.

Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum, read by Bernard Mayes. When a ship under his command was wrecked on the coast of Brazil in 1887, it seemed that his maritime career had ended in disgrace. Not one for retiring to earthy pastures, Slocum rebuilt a hundred-year old sloop and set off from Boston in 1895 on the first single-handed circumnavigation of the globe. eAudiobook.

The Wager: a tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder by David Grann, read by Dion Graham. After a British naval ship wrecks while chasing Spanish treasure the castaways fight for survival, culminating in a court martial that reveals a shocking truth about human nature and the nature of empire. Print / Large print / eAudiobook / eBook.

The Last Pirate of New York: a Ghost ship, a Killer, and the Birth of a Gangster Nation by Rich Cohen, read by Ari Fliakos. Was he New York City’s last pirate… or its first gangster? The true story of the bloodthirsty underworld legend who conquered Manhattan, dock by dock. Print / eAudiobook.

Atlantic written and read by Simon Winchester. The Atlantic has been central to the ambitions of explorers, scientists and warriors, and it continues to affect our character, attitudes, and dreams. The author chronicles that relationship, making the Atlantic come vividly alive. Print / CD Book / eAudiobook.

The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books by Edward Wilson-Lee, read by Richard Trinder. At the peak of the Age of Exploration, Hernando Colon sailed with his father Christopher Columbus on his final voyage to the New World, a journey that ended in disaster, bloody mutiny, and shipwreck. After Columbus’s death in 1506 Hernando sought to create the greatest library in the world, only to lose part of his collection to another maritime disaster in 1522, setting him off on a race against time to complete his sublime project. Print / eAudiobook.

Sinkable: Obsession, the Deep sea, and the Shipwreck of the Titanic written and read by Daniel Stone. From the national bestselling author of The Food Explorer, a fascinating and rollicking plunge into the story of the world’s most famous shipwreck, the RMS Titanic. Print / eAudiobook.

The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan, narrated by Rebecca Gibel. Forced into an overcrowded lifeboat after a mysterious explosion on their trans-Atlantic Ocean liner, newly widowed Grace Winter battles the elements and her fellow survivors and remembers her husband, Henry, who set his own safety aside to ensure Grace’s. Print / eAudiobook.

The Pirate’s Wife: The Remarkable True Story of Sarah Kidd by Daphne Palmer Geanacopoulos, read by Courtney Patterson. A work of narrative nonfiction filled with romance and high seas adventure, a historian and journalist charts the life of Sarah Kidd, who secretly aided and abetted her infamous husband, pirate Captain Kidd, from within the strictures of polite society in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century New York. Print / eAudiobook.


In Deeper Waters by F.T. Lukens, narrated by Kevin R. Free. A young prince must rely on a mysterious stranger to save him when he is kidnapped during his coming-of-age tour in this swoony adventure. Print / eAudiobook / eBook.

Haunting the Deep by Adriana Mather, narrated by Tara Sands. Samantha Mather survived one curse, and now she’s having recurring dreams about the Titanic, and walking the deck with first-class passengers like her aunt and uncle. Then missives from the Titanic begin finding their way to her, along with haunting visions of people who went down with the ship. Her friends in the Descendants are determined to help Sam. First they must unravel who is behind the spell that is drawing her ever further into the dream ship– and closer to sharing the same grim fate as its ghostly passengers. Print / eAudiobook.

Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis, narrated by a full cast. Khosa is destined to be sacrificed to the sea and struggles understand her destiny as the kingdom comes under attack and the ocean threatens to destroy them all. Print / eAudiobook / eBook.

Adrift written and narrated by Paul Griffin. Working in Montauk for the summer, Matt and Mike meet three girls who invite them to their Hamptons mansion, where the group decides to sail out into the ocean in a small boat, become lost at sea, and must learn to work together to survive. Print / Playaway.

Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World by Jennifer Armstrong, read by Taylor Mali. Describes the events of the 1914 Shackleton Antarctic expedition when, after being trapped in a frozen sea for nine months, their ship, Endurance, was finally crushed, forcing Shackleton and his men to make a very long and perilous journey across ice and stormy seas to reach inhabited land. Print / CD Book.

A Crack in the Sea by H.M. Bouwman, narrated by Bahni Turpin. Pip, a young boy who can speak to fish, and his sister Kinchen set off on a great adventure, joined by twins with magical powers, refugees fleeing post-war Vietnam, and some helpful sea monsters. Print / eAudiobook.

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller, narrated by Marisa Calin. When her father, the ruthless pirate king, discovers that a legendary treasure map can be found on an enemy ship, his daughter Alosa knows that there’s only one pirate for the job, herself. Leaving behind her beloved ship and crew, Alosa deliberately facilitates her own kidnapping to ensure her welcome on the ship. Print / eAudiobook / eBook.

The Cruise of the Arctic Star by Scott O’Dell, read by Robert Blumenfeld. Describes the experiences of the author and his crew sailing up the California coast and includes historical anecdotes connected with places along the way. Playaway.

Straight on till Morning: a Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell. Narrated by Lorna Bennett. What if Wendy first traveled to Never Land… with Captain Hook? Print / Playaway / eAudiobook.

Torpedoed: the true Story of the World War II Sinking of “The Children’s Ship” by Deborah Heiligman, read by Marisa Calin. A true account of the attack and sinking of the passenger ship SS City of Benares, which was evacuating children from England during WWII. Print / Playaway.


Sharks: What do Great Whites, Hammerheads and Whale Sharks get up to all Day? By Carlee Jackson, read by Max Meyers. A beautifully illustrated nonfiction story following great whites, hammerheads, whale sharks, and more over the course of one day. Print / Wonderbook.

Oona and the Shark by Kelly DiPucchio, narrated by Imani Parks. Oona the mermaid is friends with everyone, but when her attempts to befriend a shark with sensory issues fail miserably she realizes what may be fun for her may be overwhelming for him. Print / Vox.

Odder by Katherine Applegate, narrated by a full cast. Odder spends her days off the coast of central California, practicing her underwater acrobatics and spinning the quirky stories for which she’s known. She’s a fearless daredevil, curious to a fault. But when Odder comes face-to-face with a hungry great white shark, her life takes a dramatic turn, one that will challenge everything she believes about herself–and about the humans who hope to save her. Print / Playaway.

Fins by Randy Wayne White, narrated by Tristan Morris. The world’s shark population is in trouble for a sad, simple reason: shark fin soup. And although it’s illegal, poachers have been targeting Florida’s biannual migration of blacktip sharks. Marine biologist Doc Ford needs some assistance protecting the sharks and enlists the help of three kids, Luke, Marta, and Sabina. Together they form Sharks, Inc. and are given an important assignment: to set out each day on their small fishing boat in hopes of tagging sharks for Doc’s research. Print / Playaway.

I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916 by Lauren Tarshis, narrated by P.J. Ochlan. In July, 1916, Chet Roscow is fascinated by news accounts of the great white shark said to be attacking people along the New Jersey shore not far from his home, but when he goes swimming in Matawan Creek he discovers the truth of the stories. Print / Playaway / eGraphic Novel / eBook / Spanish / Graphic Novel.

Shadow of the Shark written and narrated by Mary Pope Osborne. As a thank-you from Merlin and Morgan, Jack and Annie are sent on what should be a vacation at a luxurious resort in Cozumel, Mexico, but is, by mistake, an adventure with ancient Mayans, instead. Print / Playaway / CD Book / eAudiobook / eBook.

The Pout-Pout Fish and the Bully-Bully Shark by Deborah Diesen, narrated by Fred Berman. Mr. Fish finds the courage to speak up for his friends when a shark comes to the park and bullies them. Print / Wonderbook.

Clark the Shark Tooth Trouble by Bruce Hale, narrated by Oliver Wyman. When Clark the Shark has a loose tooth, he has to go to a dentist, but Clark has heard that the dentist is scary. Print / Wonderbook / eBook.

When fish got feet, Sharks got Teeth, and bugs Began to Swarm by Hannah Bonner, read by Abigail McCue. Describes Earth 430 million years ago, long before dinosaurs existed. Print / eAudiobook.

Stink and the Shark Sleepover by Megan McDonald, narrated by Barbara Rosenblat. When Stink’s parents win an aquarium sleepover, he and his two friends enjoy a scavenger hunt before trying to fall asleep while worrying about the frankensquid on the loose. Print / CD Book / eBook.

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