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

4.07 avg rating
( 84,629 ratings by GoodReads )
 
9780061013515: The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea

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 factors that it could not possibly have been worse. Creating waves ten stories high and winds of 120 miles an hour, the storm whipped the sea to inconceivable levels few people on Earth have ever witnessed. Few, except the six-man crew of the Andrea Gail, a commercial fishing boat tragically headed towards its hellish center.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

Meteorologists called the storm that hit North America's eastern seaboard in October 1991 a "perfect storm" because of the rare combination of factors that created it. For everyone else, it was perfect hell. In The Perfect Storm, author Sebastian Junger conjures for the reader the meteorological conditions that created the "storm of the century" and the impact the storm had on many of the people caught in it. Chief among these are the six crew members of the swordfish boat the Andrea Gail, all of whom were lost 500 miles from home beneath roiling seas and high waves. Working from published material, radio dialogues, eyewitness accounts, and the experiences of people who have survived similar events, Junger attempts to re-create the last moments of the Andrea Gail as well as the perilous high-seas rescues of other victims of the storm.

Like a Greek drama, The Perfect Storm builds slowly and inexorably to its tragic climax. The book weaves the history of the fishing industry and the science of predicting storms into the quotidian lives of those aboard the Andrea Gail and of others who would soon find themselves in the fury of the storm. Junger does a remarkable job of explaining a convergence of meteorological and human events in terms that make them both comprehensible and unforgettable.

Review:

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 Laney

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Junger, Sebastian
Published by HarperTorch
ISBN 10: 006101351X ISBN 13: 9780061013515
New MASS MARKET PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Orion Tech
(Grand Prairie, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperTorch. MASS MARKET PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 006101351X . Bookseller Inventory # HGT4353SHGG020117H0922P

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 5.35
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Junger, Sebastian
Published by HarperTorch
ISBN 10: 006101351X ISBN 13: 9780061013515
New MASS MARKET PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 4
Seller
Brats Bargain Books
(Waresboro, GA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperTorch. MASS MARKET PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 006101351X Never Read- may have some wear to the cover or edges due to shelf life or handling-publishers mark- Good Copy- I ship FAST!. Bookseller Inventory # SKU000012819

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 1.90
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.59
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Sebastian Junger
ISBN 10: 006101351X ISBN 13: 9780061013515
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller
vladimir belskiy
(alexandria, VA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Jun 01, 2000. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # HM-LXT5-ZV45

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 3.40
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Junger, Sebastian
Published by HarperTorch 1998-01-01 (1998)
ISBN 10: 006101351X ISBN 13: 9780061013515
New MASS MARKET PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Cellar, LLC
(Nashua, NH, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperTorch 1998-01-01, 1998. MASS MARKET PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 006101351X Has slight shelf wear to dust jacket. A portion of your purchase of this book will be donated to non-profit organizations. Over 1,000,000 satisfied customers since 1997! We ship daily M-F. Choose expedited shipping (if available) for much faster delivery. Delivery confirmation on all US orders. Bookseller Inventory # Z006101351XZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 3.50
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Junger, Sebastian
Published by HarperTorch (1998)
ISBN 10: 006101351X ISBN 13: 9780061013515
New Mass-market paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
MVE Inc
(Hickory, NC, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperTorch, 1998. Mass-market paperback. Book Condition: New. Mass market (rack) paperback. Glued binding. 320 p. Audience: General/trade. Bookseller Inventory # Alibris_0007099

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 3.89
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Junger, Sebastian
Published by HarperTrade, New York, NY, U.S.A. (1998)
ISBN 10: 006101351X ISBN 13: 9780061013515
New Soft Cover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Josephine Dibenedetto - Bookseller
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperTrade, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1998. Soft Cover. Book Condition: New. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 004209

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 3.95
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Junger, Sebastian
Published by HarperTorch
ISBN 10: 006101351X ISBN 13: 9780061013515
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Agora Books
(Tacoma, WA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperTorch. Book Condition: New. 006101351X Excellent condition, paperback 2000, no marks, superb cover, very minor shelf wear, readit. Bookseller Inventory # MDGS-07408

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 4.77
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Sebastian Junger
Published by HarperTorch (1998)
ISBN 10: 006101351X ISBN 13: 9780061013515
New Mass Market Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperTorch, 1998. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX006101351X

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 6.38
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Junger, Sebastian
Published by HarperCollins, Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. (1998)
ISBN 10: 006101351X ISBN 13: 9780061013515
New Soft cover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
PORT HOLE BOOKS and PUBLISHING
(Florence, OR, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins, Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., 1998. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. New mass market paperback. Bookseller Inventory # 012320

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 6.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.50
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Sebastian Junger
ISBN 10: 006101351X ISBN 13: 9780061013515
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Castle Rock
(Pittsford, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 97800610135151.0

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 8.62
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book