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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (59 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Hersey Narrator: Norman Dietz Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“Bluefish,” writes the author, are “animated chopping machines. They will eat anything alive. They have stripped the toes from surfers in Florida. They can’t not eat.” Hersey weaves fact and legend around his subject, engaging the reader with juicy details of ocean life, philosophy, natural history, and the crises into which man has let his environment slide.

The pleasures of a summer’s bluefishing off Martha’s Vineyard are marvelously evoked as Hersey reflects upon the angler’s art, wonders of the teeming oceans where fish and fisherman confront each other, and the web of interdependence they share.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Almost no one has answered ‘why fish?’ better than Mr. Hersey…what he does best of all is evoke wonder.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • Blues is, of course, about much more than the pleasures and techniques of fishing; it is, as Fisherman tells Stranger, about interconnections—the ties between mankind and the natural world, among others.”

    New Yorker

  • “Wonderful…He gives us a rich and vivid sense of ocean life…The whole thing is as stately as a minuet, and as graceful.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • Blues informs and enlightens in the grand tradition of open-air, ‘universe-in-a-grain-of-sand’ writing…Part philosophy, part natural history, part cookbook, part fishing lore, this is a book as singular as its author and his distinguished career.”

    Baltimore Sun

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dooley Gilchrist | 10/5/2013

    " Possibly my favorite book of all time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Carol | 4/22/2013

    " This is a hard book to rate. It is a treatise on fish and marine ecosystems, done in the style of a Plato type "conversation". It is loaded with facts about fish and fishing and includes recipes for cooking fish and poetry about fish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mike | 6/22/2012

    " Fantastic little life lessons. I also liked the chapter ending recipe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Patrick O'Connell | 4/16/2012

    " A professional author and novice fisherman learns to fish, and at the same time the habits of the voracious schooling bluefish off of the New England coast. Each chapter begins with a recipe for bluefish. "

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About the Author
Author John Hersey

John Hersey (1914–1993), a prolific and acclaimed writer of both fiction and nonfiction, won a Pulitzer Prize for A Bell for Adano. Yet throughout his life, he was most respected for Hiroshima. According to the New Yorker, “[It] remains his crowning achievement. Though it is imbued with a profound moral sense, it does not preach. It does not hector. It simply tells. The power of it, and of its author, is in the reporting.”