Hear the stories of men and women battling the elements, and sometimes each other, to stay alive, confronting savage storms, rogue waves, icebergs, sharks, starvation and their own fear and suffering.
From Sebastian Jungers The Whale Hunter to Herman Wouks The Caine Mutiny to Lawrence Beesleys The Loss of The S.S. Titanic, Rough Water is a unique collection of the finest writing on why men and women go to sea, and what they find there.
Rough Water is an adventure audiobook at its most compelling.
Clint Willis, the anthologist de l'extrème who brought us High, takes to the brine for a wide-lens collection of tales from the high seas in Rough Water. Much of it aims for the outer reach as portrayed in Sebastian Junger's Perfect Storm. Armchair navigators will thrill to the dangers and codes of honor that intermingle in the surf, as in Robin Knox-Johnston's stiff-upper-lip telling of his solo circumglobal sail: "I was in the lead and stood a slight chance of winning, and I felt that this would be worth giving an eye for, so I carried on." And like many anthologies, this one may draw readers to the full-length versions. Tony Farrington's harrowing account of a rescue in the South Pacific stands on its own, but others, like Steven Callahan's "Adrift: Seventy-six Days Lost at Sea," beg for a full telling. Not recommended for a pleasure cruise. --Tipton Blish
The exhilaration of danger and survival at sea immediately focuses the listener on this first of three collections in the Adrenaline series. Willis, a master anthologist, has selected stories that reflect both literary quality and classic adventure in both fiction and nonfiction. Complementing the work of Herman Wouk, Patrick O'Brian and Sebastian Junger, the selection of narrators is equally fine. Prebble, Malcolm and Guidall are masters at their craft. With riveting intensity and subtle drama, listeners are brought through a gale on Shackleton's Antarctic expedition, witness the sinking of the Titanic and experience a whale hunt in an open boat. The lack of liner notes to credit the narrators with specific stories is an oversight, but this spectacular program should not be missed. R.F.W. An AUDIOFILE Earphones Award Winner. (c) AudioFile, Portland, Maine