Encountering one of the most monstrous seas ever recorded, Quirk struggled through the night to keep his boat from being driven to the depths of the sea, maintaining contact with a local ham-radio operator through his hand-held battery-powered radio. We know that the Can Do stayed afloat past three a.m. Then there was silence.
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©2005 Michael J. Tougias; (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks
"Tougias balances human and technical detail to create the best book of its kind since Sebastian Jungier's The Perfect Storm." (Booklist)
"Tougias delivers a well researched, vividly written tale of brave men overwhelmed by the awesome forces of nature. An absorbing account." (Publishers Weekly)
I was in the blizzard of 78. Caught in my own issues, like trying to get home while collecting my 4 an 7 year-old children from 2 different day care locations and getting lost in the blinding snow, I never even heard of the "Can Do." I feel rather ashamed of this but everyone was busy surviving. It is a good book.
An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.
If you enjoy a good yarn about the Sea, and sadly there are not enough on Audible, this will hold you spellbound. The story is simple but it is woven into a tapestry of side tales that add to the plot. The subtext is understanding the strength of those that risk their lives daily for other mariners; a breed of people that are rare and incredibly brave when Mother Nature gets very cross indeed.
I never drive without an audio book and if you want to reduce driving stress, save money on speeding fines and use the time to listen to what the writers of our world have to say, never leave home without one.
I listened through this, but I'll not get anything else by this author. Although about 20% has bearing on the story, the rest is peripherally related to the sea, and is dry hearsay with some history thrown in.
This book obviously will be compared to "The Perfect Storm". Whereas that book tell a more dramatized story, this book is more like a documentary. It efficiently steps through the events of that day, offers background info on all the main characters and tells the story of the storm. It even includes the actual audio tapes of the radio transmissions - a nice touch for an audio book.
The book provides detailed information on how the events take place and you get a good idea of what actually happened.
As for the uncritical admiration for the main characters - I just could not buy it. Throughout their lives they have dedicated themselves to helping others, which is indeed admirable. But it seemed to me they were foolish to do what they did on the day of the storm.
The Good -
The story at the high point of the storm is interesting, but beyond that there's not much.
The Not So Good -
Most of the rest of the book. Perhaps it is just the writing of Tougias? Granted, this is the first book I've listened to/read by him, but if the rest are like this I'd have to assume someone told him he was really good at writing books about this subject matter so he does it even though the story is not that interesting? Or, perhaps he is unable to make what should be an interesting story, interesting?
The Bad -
Too much filler put in. I held out all the way through to the end. I hoped it would get better and while it wasn't really "bad" it just wasn't that good. I'd never finish a "bad" book. Life's too short for that.
The Narration -
The performance was alright for this book. Barrett seemed to have the right voice and cadence for the subject matter, but he is not a narrator that I would search out. His voice is a little gravely and seemed to detract from the story at times, but that could be because the subject matter was detailed so poorly by the writing?
The Overall -
Probably going to kill this one from the library. I have no interest in listening again because nothing jumped out at me and made me say "tell me again". You want a really good book in a somewhat related topic get Trapped Under the Sea!
Exceptionally well researched but nicely balanced with humanity to make for a poignant and riveting read.
Joe Barrett kills it. Great narrator and perfect for this book. 10/10
Unfortunately I (unwisely) bought several books by this author at one time. Considering the subject and available information I thought this would be right up my alley. Sadly, I was wrong. The reader was okay but had no northeastern accent and the story lost a bit from that. I found the writing tedious and boring. I wish I had selected more carefully.
As a resident of Scituate during the blizzard of '78, I loved Tougias' book. I knew both victims from Scituate, Mr. Hart, and little Amy. I met Amy's mother when she first moved to town. The book was accurate, and described the ocean during that storm about as well as could be. One would have to witness such sights and sounds for oneself to ever really know what it was like. Sadly, I am sorry I bought the audiobook. Narrators and actors who have to force a Bostonian accent would better serve their audience by forgoing the attempt. I tried to listen despite the annoyance of the narrators horrible and exagerated accent, but I had to shut the ipod off after hearing his mangling of the pronounciation of Scituate. As a south shore Bostonian, the massachusetts accent was like nails on a chalkboard. His pronounciation of Scituate was a downright insult. To the narrator I can only say, "for shame sir, for shame. The tale itself would have held the reader spellbound. Your use of this tale as a practice session for broadening your acting skills was a dismal failure."
If you're from the midwest, you might be able to listen to this for the story and not be annoyed. If you can read the book for yourself, I enthusiastically recommend it. Personally I believe that Mr. Barrett has ruined Mr. Tougias' meticulous research and fine story telling skills.
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