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

by | Read by Richard Davidson

Published by Recorded Books, Inc.

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.

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AudioFile Review

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

This classic audiobook, reimagined on film in the late 1990s, tells the story of two storms that combine off the Atlantic Coast to form one monster gale, and its catastrophic effect on one fishing ship. Narrator Richard M. Davidson's deep, authoritative voice effectively captures the book's mood, and his diction and tone allow listeners to easily follow all of the action. He alters his voice slightly to denote dialogue but doesn't commit to full-fledged characters. His tone, however, is a little too hard, and he tends to approach some words and phrases too emphatically, making the book sound like a hard-boiled detective story instead of a tragic tale of human loss. R.I.G. SYNC 2015 © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine

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