Written By: Bonnie Tsui

Narrated By: Angie Kane

Date: April 2020

Duration: 6 hours 36 minutes


Humans, unlike other animals that are drawn to water, are not natural-born swimmers. We must be taught. Our evolutionary ancestors learned for survival; now in the twenty-first century, we swim in freezing Arctic waters and piranha-infested rivers to test our limits. Swimming is an introspective and silent sport in a chaotic and noisy age; it's therapeutic for both the mind and body; and it's an adventurous way to get from point A to point B. It's also one route to that elusive, ecstatic state of flow. These reasons, among many others, make swimming one of the most popular activities in the world. Why We Swim is propelled by stories of Olympic champions, a Baghdad swim club that meets in Saddam Hussein's palace pool, modern-day Japanese samurai swimmers, and even an Icelandic fisherman who improbably survives a wintry six-hour swim after a shipwreck. New York Times contributor Bonnie Tsui, a swimmer herself, dives into the deep, from the San Francisco Bay to the South China Sea, investigating what it is about water-despite its dangers-that seduces us, tempting us to come back to it again and again.


  • Vanderson11

    Excellent narrated book, loved listening to this audio. Informative and inspiring, brilliant collection of information and experiences from many amazing swimmer through the centuries and inspired me so much so that I have returned to the water after many years so this has been a catalyst of change for me this year in 2021. thank you Bonnie and thank you Angie for the lovely audio of this transcript. Very good.

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