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Time Bandit: Two Brothers, the Bering Sea, and One of the World's Deadliest Jobs | [Andy Hillstrand, Johnathan Hillstrand, Malcolm MacPherson]

Time Bandit: Two Brothers, the Bering Sea, and One of the World's Deadliest Jobs

The Time Bandit is the fishing vessel that Andy and Johnathan Hillstrand use to hook the "deadliest catch", Alaskan king crabs and opilio crabs, in the Bering Sea, a dangerous body of water that can steal years from a fisherman's life. In pursuit of their daily catch, the brothers brave ice floes and heaving 60-foot waves, gusting winds of 80 miles per hour, unwieldy and unpredictable half-ton steel crab traps, and an injury rate of almost 100-percent.

There are fewer than 400 fishermen of this kind in the U.S., and early death is a common fate. But the Hillstrand brothers are drawn to the drama and adventure of life on the high seas - this is their world.

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The Time Bandit is the fishing vessel that Andy and Johnathan Hillstrand use to hook the "deadliest catch", Alaskan king crabs and opilio crabs, in the Bering Sea. They take valuable crabs from the sea while facing its dangers head on. In pursuit of their daily catch, the brothers brave ice floes and heaving 60-foot waves, gusting winds of 80 miles per hour, unwieldy and unpredictable half-ton steel crab traps, and an injury rate of almost 100-percent.

There are fewer than 400 fishermen of this kind in the United States, and early death is a common fate. But the Hillstrand brothers are drawn to the drama and adventure of life on the high seas, as was their grandfather before them. They don't complain about the risks and dangers - this is their world.

©2008 Andy Hillstrand, Johnathan Hillstrand, and Malcolm MacPherson; (P)2008 Tantor

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    Andrew Chatham, ON, Canada 09-04-08
    Andrew Chatham, ON, Canada 09-04-08
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    "Much Better Then I Had Expected"

    For Fans of the Discovery Channels 'Deadliest Catch' Series, this story follows the captains of the Time Bandit one of the 4-5 crab boats they feature in the series. Chapters are told from alternating perspectives of Andy and Jonathan, with one overlying story that makes it even better then just hearing stories from there seasons on the boat. The book covers the King Crab and Snow Crab seasons, as well as there growing up, and personal lives. I think this book even if you have not seen the show would still be enjoyable and maybe make you look into the series. If you have followed the crew over the 4-5 seasons you will remember some of the events they talk about which makes you fell more a part of the story. Being chased by the Russian Navy while fishing in there waters is only one of the great segments.

    - Andrew H. Hochheimer

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Providence, RI, United States 09-15-08
    Michael Providence, RI, United States 09-15-08
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    "good stories - bad ghostwriter"

    This was a welcome book about two brothers I had learned about from the show and already liked. Stories were excellent, narrative about brothers and trouble they got in to and their "off the boat" lives were excellent. A near dealbreaker was the lack of grammatical contractions. The ghostwriter or editor clearly stuck to some silly "style" rule that appears to forbid the use of the words "can't" or "Don't" or "won't" in the first person narratives and instead used "do not" "will not", etc. It was very distracting- I am sure tough-as-rocks, hard working Alaskan fisherman do not talk like that. It would have helped if the bothers Hillstrand narrated instead of a pro, or if they had used different narrators for each of the brothers portions. So in short- excellent plot, poor writing

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Roxy 05-08-12
    Roxy 05-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Passion is really felt"
    What did you love best about Time Bandit?

    The personality of each of them.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Johnathan, he is a free spirit. I love that.


    Which character – as performed by William Dufris – was your favorite?

    Johnathan


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

    Yes, I did.


    Any additional comments?

    I farmed 960 acres and raised beef cattle. I know what passion is all about. Brought back a lot of memories for me. Was great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mjchgo 08-27-10
    mjchgo 08-27-10
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    "Good complement to the show!"


    If you watch and enjoy TV's Deadliest Catch, this is a good choice to help you delve a bit more into the details of this crazy line of work.
    Hearing the costs and expenses involved in stocking and maintaining the boat in relation to the dollars made from a successful catch is an interesting part of the story.
    Made me greatly appreciate the fact that there are guys out there crazy enough to do this job so we can enjoy the crab leg special at Red Lobster.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hazel Anchorage, AK, United States 12-21-09
    Hazel Anchorage, AK, United States 12-21-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Very enjoyable"

    I bought this for my husband, as we are both fans of the series "Deadliest Catch". I listened to it first, and thoroughly enjoyed it. So much humor, some sadness, very poignant moments. I'd recommend it to all.

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    Tara Jaffrey, NH, USA 08-18-09
    Tara Jaffrey, NH, USA 08-18-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Sign me up for the next crabing season!"

    I can't say enough for the story and the narration of this book. I felt like I was in the Alaskan waters with the Hillstrand brothers as the stories were shared by both brothers. I think that the narrator was perfect, he was able to give the feeling of a rough Alaskan fisherman with perfect comedic timing when needed. I have listened to this audiobook several times already and could easily listen again. I don't think the book makes crab fishing sound easy in any way but I find myself wishing I was not female so I could sign up for the next season, nothing worth doing is easy. If you like dry humor in the face of danger and quirky tales of hard working individuals take a listen, you won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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