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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (391 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sig Hansen, Hansen Captain Sig, Sundeen Mark, Mark Sundeen Narrator: Sundeen Mark, Adamson Rick, Rick Adamson Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the tradition of Sebastian Junger and Linda Greenlaw comes Captain Sig Hansen’s rags-to-riches epic of his immigrant family’s struggle against deadly Alaskan seas, freezing shipwrecks, and dangerously brutal conditions to achieve the American Dream.

Sig Hansen has been a star of the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch from the pilot to the present. Seen in over 150 countries, the show attracts more than 49 million viewers per season, making it one of the most successful series in the history of cable TV. With its daredevil camera work, unpredictably dangerous weather, and a setting as unforgivable and unforgettable as the frigid Bering Sea, Deadliest Catch is unlike anything else on television.

But the weatherworn fishermen of the fishing vessel Northwestern have stories that don’t come through on TV. For Sig Hansen and his brothers, commercial fishing is as much a part of their Norwegian heritage as their names. Descendants of the Vikings who roamed and ruled the northern seas for centuries, the Hansens’ connection to the sea stretches from Alaska to Seattle and all the way to Norway. And after twenty years as a skipper on the commercial fishing vessel the Northwestern—which was his father’s before him—Sig has lived to tell the tales.

To be a successful fisherman, you need to be a mechanic, navigator, welder, painter, carpenter, and sometimes, a firefighter. To be a successful fisherman year after year, you need to be a survivor.

This is the story of a family of survivors; part memoir and part adventure tale, North by Northwestern brings readers on deck, into the dockside bars and into the history of a family with a common destiny. Built around a gripping tale of a deadly shipwreck like The Perfect Storm, North by Northwestern is the multi-generational tale of the Hansen family, a clan of tough Norwegian-American fishermen who, through the popularity of Deadliest Catch, have become modern folk-heroes.

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  • A New York Times Bestseller

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tammy | 2/14/2014

    " Story of the Hansen family as told by Captain Sig of Dangerous Catch. Starts with his grandfather as a fisherman in Norway and follows the family to current day and brief stories of the current crew on the Northwestern. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bob Richard | 2/13/2014

    " A must read for fans of the Deadliest Catch, a good read for anyone else. The book does not cover just Captain Sig and the Deadliest Catch, but has a lot of information about his Norwegian heritage, his family heritage, the history of fishing in the Seattle area and of course fishing and crabbing in Alaska. One of the things I liked about the book was the way that the above topics were interspersed through out the book which helped to keep things moving. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Judi | 2/12/2014

    " I wanted to read this book because I enjoy the TV show Deadliest Catch and Sig Hansen and his family and crew members are on the Northwestern. I was surprised that there was not a lot in the book about the show . It was more about his family and the crab fishing business and it's history.It was a good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marjie Pride | 2/4/2014

    " i recommend this book to anyone who's a fan of deadliest catch, its a total inside look into the Hansen family. "

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