The Perfect Storm (Audio Cassette)
6 cassettes/ 9 hours
Read by Richard M. Davidson
It was the storm of the century -- a tempest created by so rare a combination of factors that meteorologist deemed it "the perfect storm." When it struck in October, 1991, there was virtually no warning. "She's comin' on, boys, and she's comin' on strong," radioed Captain Billy Tyne of the Andrea Gail from off the coast of Nova Scotia. Soon afterward, the boat and its crew of six disappeared without a trace.
Sebastian Junger takes us on a real-life thriller, deep into the heart of the storm. He recreates the last moments of the Andrea Gail crew and the heroic acts of the National Guard rescue team; he weaves together the history of the New England fishing industry, the science of storms, and candid accounts of the people whose lives the storm touched.
The Perfect Storm is a stark and compelling journey into the dark core of nature that leaves listeners with a breathless sense of what if feels like to be caught, helpless, in the grip of a force beyond understanding or control.
"Superb . . . told with authority, brio, and deep sympathy for those in peril on the sea."
--Washington Post Book World
About the Author
Sebastian Junger is a contributing editor at Men's Journal and has written for Outside, American Heritage, The New York Times Magazine, and other publications. Before making a full-time career of journalism, he worked as a freelance high-climber, taking down trees for landscape companies. Junger, who spent most of his years on the coast of Massachusetts, currently lives in New York City.