October 1991. It was "the perfect storm" - a tempest that may happen only once in a century - a nor'easter created by so rare a combination of weather conditions that it could not possibly have been worse. Creating waves one hundred feet high and winds of 120 miles an hour, the storm whipped the sea to inconceivable levels. Tragically, the six-man crew of the swordfish boat ANDREA GAIL headed directly towards the storm's inescapable center. Things got ugly quickly, unexpectedly. Working from published material, radio dialogues, eyewitness accounts, and the experiences of people who have survived similar storms, Junger attempts to re-create the last, fatal, moments of the ANDREA GAIL as well as the heart-stopping rescues of other victims of the storm.
"...a wild ride that brilliantly captures the awesome power of the raging sea and the often futile attempts of humans to withstand it." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)
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The unabridged audio version of Sebastian Junger's The Perfect Storm, read by Richard M. Davidson, moves in the same haunting fashion as the deadly storm referenced in the title. Opening slowly, the story lulls you with a false sense of calm, behind which looms an inexorable power. Almost imperceptibly the drama begins to build and before you know what's hit you, the sheer force of the cumulative events has swept you into a maelstrom of tragic human consequence.
Junger's carefully researched and sympathetic book is a mesmerizing chronicle of man's struggle against nature. Davidson's unassuming, slightly nasal tone subtly captures the drollery of the salty New England attitude. "People often get premonitions when they do jobs that could get them killed ... the trick is knowing when to listen to them." He makes listening to The Perfect Storm seem like you're bearing witness to a natural disaster. You're powerless to help, but the awesome spectacle has such an emotional hold that it's nearly impossible to turn away. Start this tape too late in the evening and you may be in for a dark and stormy night. (Running time: nine hours, six cassettes) --George LaneyFrom the Publisher:
6 1.5-hour cassettes
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Book Description Harper Perennial, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 7241755
Book Description Harper Perennial, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0007241755