This was a very good introductory book on five different whale species. I thoroughly enjoyed the author's humor and the way he mixed stories with facts. There were only two problems I had with the book, first the section on blue whales seemed a mix and match of ideas. I suppose this is most likely due to there being less information on the whales than others. In addition, the section where the author consumes whale meat disturbed me the most. Although he did say he would not do it outside the journalistic realm, it still disturbed me especially considering his knowledge of the plight of whales. I must say he lost some of my respect in those moments, as I am an avid proponent of whales and all animals as I am vegan. Overall, I would recommend this book to any nature lover and those curious about whales.