Audiobook Review: One Breath: Freediving, Death, and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits

Here is the description from Amazon:

“One Breath is a gripping and powerful exploration of the strange and fascinating sport of freediving, and of the tragic, untimely death of America’s greatest freediver.

Competitive freediving – a sport built on diving as deep as possible on a single breath – tests the limits of human ability in the most hostile environment on earth. The unique and eclectic breed of individuals who freedive at the highest level regularly dive hundreds of feet below the ocean’s surface, reaching such depths that their organs compress, light disappears, and one mistake could kill them.

Even among freedivers, few have ever gone as deep as Nicholas Mevoli. A handsome young American with an unmatched talent for the sport, Nick was among freediving’s brightest stars. He was also an extraordinary individual, one who rebelled against the vapid and commoditized society around him by relentlessly questing for something more meaningful and authentic, whatever the risks. So when Nick Mevoli arrived at Vertical Blue in 2013, the world’s premier freediving competition, he was widely expected to challenge records and continue his meteoric rise to stardom. Instead, before the end of that fateful competition Nick Mevoli had died, a victim of the sport that had made him a star, and the very future of free diving was called into question.

With unparalleled access and masterfully crafted prose, One Breath tells his unforgettable story, and of the sport which shaped and ultimately destroyed him.”

“Water is acceptance of the unknown.” Nick Mevoli Perhaps this quote by Nick Mevoli himself most defines his brief life. He focused on freediving, a dive on one breath to the farthest depth possible under water. Even with the best equipment, and a healthy body, a freediver risks uncertainty every time he dives. Nick Mevoli felt impatient to dive to further depths and perhaps impatience hastened his demise.

One Breath: Freediving, Death, and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits by Adam Skolnick offers the background of freediving with the compelling story of Nick Mevoli, an American who felt at ease in international waters and embraced a sometimes nomadic life. I liked listening to the audiobook edition, published by Audible, and well-narrated by Paul Boehmer, because hearing the story gave it a sense of immediacy. Whatever edition you choose, and you can choose book and audio:), One Breath: Freediving, Death, and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits remains a thought-provoking tale that will stay with you for awhile.

Disclosure: I received a copy of One Breath: Freediving, Death, and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits from Audible in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

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