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The Perfect Storm Audiobook

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

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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 Logan, Utah 11-26-14
    Ryan Logan, Utah 11-26-14

    "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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    "Fact is better than Fiction"
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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. <br/><br/>Great narration and an interesting, hair-raising story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kathrin Greenville SC 01-11-15
    Kathrin Greenville SC 01-11-15 Member Since 2016
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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.

    3 of 3 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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    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.

    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

    Always moving. Always listening. Always learning. "After all this time?" "Always."

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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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    16 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon 06-27-17
    Sharon 06-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A real story and a thriller"

    Like so many good journalistic accounts, this well-written and carefully puzzled together story will open your eyes to whole lives and careers and risks and sacrifices that are part of the fabric of our everyday lives, but that few of us truly appreciate.

    This story changes the way I eat fish, think about weather, listen to storm reports. It changes how I see fishing boats and their humans leaving port and returning. It changes the intense human struggles I imagine playing out off shore during any storm.

    You cannot read this book without gaining great respect for the people on board these vessels, as well as those who hone their own courage and hubris, creativity and discipline to rescue them when in trouble on the high seas.

    Mr Junger takes us on a clear-eyed ride and we are moved by the effort and ingenuity, sheer guts, relentless work, endurance, skill, intense suffering and courage it took to get through that storm.

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    marian 05-25-17
    marian 05-25-17
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    "Wrong pronunciation"

    It's pronounced "portugee" with a hard G as in "golf," NOT a soft G as in "genius."

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    Amazon Customer 05-23-17
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    "Glad I listened to this!"

    Factual account, so some descriptions are dry, but the story shines through and is well done.

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    skiatd1 05-07-17
    skiatd1 05-07-17
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    "Fantastic Sebastian Junger Classic"

    Fantastic Sebastian Junger Classic. Well narrated. Absolutely thrilling and delivers an intimate look into the lives of the people and professions described.

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    Loves2Read 12-23-16
    Loves2Read 12-23-16
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    "Fascinating"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Perfect Storm to be better than the print version?

    I was fascinated by both.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is not a novel so identifying a favorite character does not seem relevant.


    Have you listened to any of Richard Davidson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I do not know but he did a good job.


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

    It is hard to stop listening to because it is a fascinating view into a unique community.


    Any additional comments?

    I have followed Junger's very impressive career as a journalist for nearly twenty years since The Perfect Storm was first published. I am very glad that I decided to revisit this work by listening to the audio version. It was just as fascinating as it was the first time. I highly recommend this book for anyone who appreciates good journalism and a look into the lives and community of those that are probably quite different from their own.

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    11/30/16
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    "Awesome"

    This is one of the best books I have ever heard. so much info it is out this world!

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    5/28/17
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    "Great listen"

    I enjoyed the film but the book opened up a whole new world. Well paced, exciting and very informative listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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