People of the Sturgeon Audiobook, Excerpts

Lake sturgeon and the annual spearing season in Wisconsin provide a long and storied relationship. Listen to the tales through more than 20 audiobook excerpts or purchase your own copy.

Credit: Michigan Sea Grant

Listen to excerpts. There are 23 to choose from, or listen to them all.

People of the Sturgeon authors Kathleen Schmitt Kline, Ronald Bruch and Frederick Binkowski narrate, with additional contributions from four others. The audio production is far more than a straight read. It features music and sounds recorded on location that bring to life the experience of a Native-American pow-wow, the hunt for sturgeon from the frigid surface of Lake Winnebago, the craftsmanship of a decoy carver and much more.

The audio book expands on the print’s content to include updates on Menominee tribal and WDNR relations; new information on sturgeon aging; music by Madison, Wis., artists Graminy; and definitive spring 2011 recordings of the mysterious sounds of sturgeon “thunder,” later analyzed and proven to be infrasonic. Sturgeon thunder is the subject of an ongoing Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and University of Wisconsin-Madison Nelson Institute study about the sounds produced by the large fish. Purchase the full audiobook online.