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The Big One

An Island, an Obsession, and the Furious Pursuit of a Great Fish
Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
Categories: Sports, Other
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Published to rave reviews in hardcover and purchased by DreamWorks in a major film deal, The Big One is a spellbinding and richly atmospheric work of narrative journalism in the tradition of Friday Night Lights.

Here is the story of a community - Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts - and a sporting event - the island's legendary Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby - that is rendered with the same depth, color, and emotional power of the best fiction. Among the characters we meet: Dick Hathaway, a crotchety legend who once caught a bluefish from a helicopter and was ultimately banned for cheating; Janet Messineo, a recovering alcoholic who says that striped bass saved her life; Buddy Vanderhoop, a boastful Native American charter captain who guides celebrity anglers like Keith Richards and Spike Lee; and Wyatt Jenkinson, a nine-year-old fishing fanatic whose mother is battling brain cancer. At the center of it all is five-time winner Lev Wlodyka, a cagey local whose next fish will spark a storm of controversy and throw the tournament into turmoil.

Much more than just a book for fishing enthusiasts, The Big One is an exhilarating story of passion and obsession and a powerful testament to the dreams that keep us all going.

©2009 David Kinney. Recorded by arrangement with Grove Atlantic, Inc. (P)2015 Audible Inc.

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Very much enjoyed it the book and will certainly recommend it to friends and anyone salty.