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For Sig Hansen and his brothers, commercial fishing is as much a part of their Norwegian heritage as their names. Descendents of the Vikings who roamed and ruled the northern seas for centuries, the Hansens' connection to the sea stretches from Alaska to Seattle and all the way to Norway. And after 20 years as a skipper on the commercial fishing vessel the Northwestern - which was his father's before him - Sig has lived to tell the tales.

Sig first went out onto the Bering Sea on the Northwestern at the age of 12, and every summer after that until he graduated high school. With its brutal storms of 40-foot waves, gale winds, freezing spray and treacherous ice-cover, the Bering Sea is a true frontier, deadly in its unpredictability. To be a successful fisherman, you need to be a mechanic, navigator, welder, painter, carpenter, and sometimes, a firefighter. To be a successful fisherman year after year, you need to be a survivor.

This is the story of a family of survivors; part memoir and part adventure tale, Northwestern Saga brings readers on deck, into the dockside bars and into the history of a family with a common destiny.

©2010 Captain Sig Hansen and Mark Sundeen (P)2010 Macmillan Audio

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"Nothing more nor less than a cracking good sea story." ( Booklist)

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great book on firsthand experience of crab fishing

This is a great book on the development of the great crab fishing industry of Dutch Harbor and the fishing industry in general of Northwest Washinginton. Remarkably written an illustrated! Proud to be a visitor of the area!

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deadlist catch fans

if you love deadlist catch you will love this bood. it goes into sig live and how the family became fishermen.

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One you will to listen to again!

Would you listen to North by Northwestern again? Why?

I will listen to this again. It is a great book filled with history and interesting facts.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sig, Edgar and their Dad are the best characters in the book. They are real people who have worked hard and I enjoy listening to the their story.

Which character – as performed by Rick Adamson – was your favorite?

I thought Rick did a great job as Sig. I have watched every episode of Deadliest Catch and at first I thought it would be weird to listen to someone other than Sig read the story but Rick was great.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were a few emotional moments in the book, but I am not going to spoil it for other listeners. I laughed may times.

Any additional comments?

This is a worthy book. I got it with a credit, but after listening to it I wouldn't hesitate to buy it.

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