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The Lobster Chronicles: Life on a Very Small Island | [Linda Greenlaw]

The Lobster Chronicles: Life on a Very Small Island

After 17 years at sea, Linda Greenlaw figured it was time to take a break from her career as a swordboat captain. She felt she needed to return to Isle au Haut - a tiny island seven miles from the Maine coast with a population of 70 year-round residents, 30 of whom were her relatives. She would pursue a simpler life; move back in with her parents and get to know them again; become a professional lobsterman; and find a guy, build a house, have kids, and settle down. But all doesn't go as planned.
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After 17 years at sea, Linda Greenlaw figured it was time to take a break from her career as a swordboat captain. She felt she needed to return to Isle au Haut - a tiny island seven miles from the Maine coast with a population of 70 year-round residents, 30 of whom were her relatives. She would pursue a simpler life; move back in with her parents and get to know them again; become a professional lobsterman; and find a guy, build a house, have kids, and settle down.

But all doesn't go as planned. The lobsters resolutely refuse to crawl out from under their rocks and into the traps she and her stern man (AKA, her father) have painstakingly set. Her fellow Islanders, an extraordinary collection of characters, draw her into their bizarre Island intrigues. Guys prove even more elusive than lobsters. And as mainlanders increasingly fish waters that are supposed to be reserved for Islanders, she realizes the that the Island might be heading for a "gear war," a series of attacks that had in the past escalated from sabotage of equipment to extreme violence.

Then, just when she thinks things couldn't get much worse, something happens that forces her to reevaluate everything she thought she knew about life, luck, and lobsters.

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    Scott Ottawa, ON, Canada 02-17-09
    Scott Ottawa, ON, Canada 02-17-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Interesting, Enjoyable and Light"

    This is the second audio book by this author and narrator that I have listened to, and it was as enjoyable as the first. It's a fairly short "listen" and I always feel a little slighted for having to spend one credit on an audio book that is less than 8 hrs (in this case just less than 6); but on the flip side, having listened to many audio books that are much longer, it's really nice to find a story that is immediately engaging and well narrated. Granted, it is about her life (or a brief period thereof) as a lobster fisherman - and anecdotes of her life on a small island in Maine; if that doesn't sound like it will appeal to you, then this audio book probably won't. But I thought it was entertaining and a relaxing intermission (albeit brief) between stories that are often a fair bit little heavier.

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    Maida Sandy, UT, United States 11-04-12
    Maida Sandy, UT, United States 11-04-12 Member Since 2008

    I am a life long student. I love to study and learn and I enjoy factual books but also well research novels. At age 75 I have read lots.

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    "A new look at a different kind of life"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lobster Chronicles to be better than the print version?

    I think they were both as good


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lobster Chronicles?

    I lived in Rhode Island for the first 12 years of my life and my Grandmother grew up in Easport ME so it was very touching to me. The complexity of the very small town and the relationships of the towns people were wonderful to read about and it made me want to go to the island to visit


    What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    I did not realize what the fishing industry had to do to provide us with the wonderful products of their labors

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    Susann Bowling Green, KY, United States 05-25-12
    Susann Bowling Green, KY, United States 05-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Daydreaming of Lobster Fishing?"
    Would you recommend The Lobster Chronicles to your friends? Why or why not?

    The narrator has a great voice.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are daydreaming of quitting your job to trap lobster, or even live some place remote, listen to this first.

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