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

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

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  • Ryan
    Logan, Utah
    26/11/14
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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.

    Great narration and an interesting, hair-raising story.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Glitter
    01/08/14
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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
  • Mike
    Atlanta, Ga
    18/05/15
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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
  • Kathrin
    Greenville SC
    11/01/15
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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 4 people found this review helpful
  • Cynthia
    Monrovia, California, United States
    28/01/15
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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
  • NWallday
    18/09/17
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    "great book!"

    I've met Sebestian and spent some exteneded time with him as I coordinated a speaking engagement with him. He is great and I'm a fan of his work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angelena Paarlberg
    Florida
    12/09/17
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    "Outstanding and informative read."

    This is not just an interesting story, it's very informative. Very well researched, I learned a lot about commercial fishing, emergency response and the Northeast high seas.
    I recommend it for anybody interested in the ocean, fishing, boating or meteorology. And excellent read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharon
    27/06/17
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • marian
    25/05/17
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    "Wrong pronunciation"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    23/05/17
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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