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The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea | [Sebastian Junger]

The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea

Man’s struggle against the sea is a theme that has created some of the world’s most exciting stories. Now, in the tradition of Moby Dick comes a New York Times best seller destined to become a modern classic. Written by journalist Sebastian Junger, The Perfect Storm combines an intimate portrait of a small fishing crew with fascinating scientific data about boats and weather systems.
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Man’s struggle against the sea is a theme that has created some of the world’s most exciting stories. Now, in the tradition of Moby Dick comes a New York Times best seller destined to become a modern classic. Written by journalist Sebastian Junger, The Perfect Storm combines an intimate portrait of a small fishing crew with fascinating scientific data about boats and weather systems. In late October, North Atlantic seas are unpredictable. Still, one last good swordfish catch is a chance to start the winter with a fat wallet. As Captain Billy Tyne steers his 72-foot longboat Andrea Gail toward the Grand Banks, growing weather fronts are moving toward the same waters. The Andrea Gail is sailing into the storm of the century, one with 100 mile per hour winds and waves cresting over 110 feet. As each man on the boat faces this ultimate foe, Sebastian Junger gives the account an immediacy that fills The Perfect Storm with suspense and authenticity. Narrator Richard M. Davidson’s reading adds further drama to this unforgettable sea adventure. An interview with the author concludes the audiobook.

©1997 Sebastian Junger (P)1998 Recorded Books

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    Ryan Fairbanks, AK, United States 11-26-14
    Ryan Fairbanks, AK, United States 11-26-14 Member Since 2012

    "The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why" Mark Twain

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    My favorite thing about Sebastian Junger's book "The Perfect Storm" was that it wasn't fictionalized in any way, which can make the task of reconstructing the last few days of six men on a fishing vessel very difficult. But through a thoughtful examination of the events on and off of the Andrea Gail, Junger recreates the gripping story of what happened in late October 1991. It was known as the Perfect Storm - a freak meteorological marriage of two weather events that culminated in wave heights over 100 feet, sustained winds of 75mph, and over $200 million in damage along the eastern seaboard.

    Great narration and an interesting, hair-raising story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Glitter 08-01-14
    Glitter 08-01-14
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    "Riveting Book, Mediocre Narration"
    Would you try another book from Sebastian Junger and/or Richard Davidson?

    I recommend other work by Sebastian Junger. I would have to take Davidson on a case by case basis.


    What other book might you compare The Perfect Storm to and why?

    In the Heart of the Sea for the historic background to Atlantic coastal fishing and as a compelling story in it's own right.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Richard Davidson’s performances?

    I'd be hesitant.


    Any additional comments?

    Please do not prejudge the book if you have seen the movie. The two do not compare.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Kathrin Greenville SC 01-11-15
    Kathrin Greenville SC 01-11-15
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    "Good if you are interested in ships and fishing"

    The Audible version has an interview with the author at the end where he talks about how this book started out as a chapter, then got turned into a magazine article and then into a 300 something page book. He mentioned the trouble of filling all these pages with the story and in order to do so expanded on several topics e.g. fishing history, oceanography, marine biology, hypothermia etc. And this is where I had troubles with the book. It's very well researched but it circles around a topic that I am just not that interested in.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States 01-28-15
    Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States 01-28-15 Member Since 2012

    Audible listener who's grateful for a long commute!

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    "Best as a Listen"


    There are some books and stories that work best for me on Audible. Frank Mueller's narration of Erich Maria Remarque's"All Quiet on the Western Front" (1927/1929) was one - I somehow managed to miss it as assigned high school reading, and had no luck trying to actually read the text. I couldn't follow it until I listened. Stephen King's 2010 "A Good Marriage" was a so-so-so novella narrator Jessica Hecht turned into a wicked, memorable tease in 2014. Now, I'm adding Sebastian Junger's 1997's "The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea" (2014 Audible) to my list.

    "The Perfect Storm" was, at the time it was written, a newer approach to writing scientific history. Junger approached a historically significant natural phenomenon by telling the stories of those who lived through it - and those who did not. The book is liberally salted with meteorological history and contains thorough discussions of how storms develop and are sustained. It's interwoven with the personal histories of the people that sailed the seas during that epic storm, and the loved ones they left pacing on widow's walks.

    Swordfishing is a difficult life, and the crew of the Andrea Gail worked hard and played hard. Junger traces the lives of the crew members, concentrating especially on Bobby Shatford and his girlfriend, Chris Cotter. Their volatile relationship was a good analogy for the coming storm.

    Junger's writing can be dry, but Richard Davidson's narration made the statistics and history lively. Meteorological terms that were unfamiliar to me slipped off his tongue with ease.

    I will no longer feel guilty, thinking that I really should finish "The Perfect Storm" every time I dust the paperback that's been sitting on my bookshelf for more than a decade.

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    12 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Atlanta, Ga 05-18-15
    Mike Atlanta, Ga 05-18-15
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    "Great story, better than the movie"

    This is one of the few books I have listened to several times because it is so well researched and the narrator is excellent! Jungar did a great job with this story and it will always be one of the classic true stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aer1107 NJ, USA 05-07-15
    Aer1107 NJ, USA 05-07-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyed it"

    Very educational. The book gave many facts about weather and waves that effected everyone in this storm. It was enjoyable but wasn't the best book I've listened too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Devlin Faust Knoxville 04-28-15
    Devlin Faust Knoxville 04-28-15 Member Since 2008

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    "Well, It's Not Exactly 'Perfect'"
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    This may be one of those rare occasions where the movie is as good as the book. I won't say the movie was necessarily better than the book.

    I thought that the book started out nicely and I was interested for a while, but as it went on, it lost me. That's a shame, as this is really a story that needs to be told. Indeed, it is obvious that the author went to a lot of trouble to research fact after fact after fact after fact.

    I thought it was well-narrated and some good information was imparted, but I found that my attention eventually started going elsewhere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sarah 02-17-15
    sarah 02-17-15
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    "Better read than listened to"
    What disappointed you about The Perfect Storm?

    I feel it is a good story, and an interesting book, but a bit dry and technical for listening.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Perfect Storm?

    I enjoyed learning about what happens when a ship/boat heads into a wave.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    It did...which is why I feel it is not a great choice for listening. It isn't fast paced or attention getting, but yet I feel it would be a great book to sit down and read in traditional form.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It is a good and interesting story. It is only the delivery I am not a fan of.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Janetville, Ontario, Canada 02-08-15
    Lisa Janetville, Ontario, Canada 02-08-15

    Proud Canadian. Lakeside views. LOVE audio. Living with MS. Prefer male authors. J.K. fooled me aka Silkworm. Action, adventure, suspense!!

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    "A Perfect Listen...I Was Hooked!!"

    I had seen the movie and loved it! This audio book captures the soul of the fishing industry, the men behind the perilous work and the separation of these men from their families sometimes for months at a time!! The information contained in this book will give you a new found respect for these men and their perilous journey on the sea. The book was written at a wonderful pace, telling the story of not only the Andrea Gale and her men but of the instruments of today and of a century ago, the unforgiving nature of the sea, the history of fishing regulations and the geography of this treacherous area known as Grand Banks, the tip and the tail...just as fascinating as the swordfish themselves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy Prince George, British Columbia, Canada 01-03-15
    Sandy Prince George, British Columbia, Canada 01-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Dull and Pendantic"

    Waste of money and time. Both the writer and the narrator failed to bring this event or the people involved to life. I enjoy nonfiction and documentaries but I could not finish this book, it was so boring. That about says it all because a book has to be really poorly done for me to drop it part way through, especially when I pay for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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