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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: March 2010 ISBN: 9781427209047
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 1/24/2014

    " I loves me some "Deadliest Catch." Super interesting stories, but wow, this really needed a better editor/ghost writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donnie Springfield | 1/15/2014

    " Captain Sig Hansen of Deadliest Catch fame delivers a family history in North by Northwestern: A Seafaring Family on Deadly Alaskan Waters. This multi-generational epic largely focuses on the author's father, Svarre (svar-ee) Hansen. The narrative meanders wildly from generation to generation, with historical and cultural anecdotes peppered throughout. The storytelling style takes some getting used to, but feels comfortable after two or three chapters. This is a recommended read, particularly for fans of Deadliest Catch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dean Heitman | 1/9/2014

    " If you like the show Deadliest Catch then this is a book you should read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/6/2014

    " A must read for fans of Deadliest Catch. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah | 1/5/2014

    " Loved the history of the family and the crab fishing industry. Totally enjoyed this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alisa | 12/25/2013

    " Great book that tells the tale of a Norweigan based family that have built themselves up from the ground up. Great book... and loved it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 12/22/2013

    " Needs editing!!! Needs a ghost writer!!!!! Interesting but poorly written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen Dilbeck | 12/17/2013

    " Hansen trait:getting yourself supidly into trouble, just barely saving your ass, then shutting your mouth about it so you don't catch hell pg. 59. There are only 2 types of people in this world: Hansens and those who want to be pg 248. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan Swensen | 12/12/2013

    " Another great book for Deadliest Catch fans. Right up there with the Hillstrand's Time Bandit book. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skyler | 12/9/2013

    " turns out to be, along with crab fishing adventure, an interesting history of the Ballard neighbourhood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 1/1/2013

    " To satisfy my obsession with Deadliest Catch... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 12/4/2012

    " This book went into the history of crab fishing and the Hansen family's involvement. Definitely provided insight that even The Deadliest Catch hasn't given. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lee Tyner | 8/29/2012

    " Sig's stories and explanations were good, but should have had more editing & organization. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 7/16/2012

    " I thought this was a good read, although I did find a few grammatical errors throughout the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill Kahn | 3/18/2012

    " If you are reading it to hear all about Deadilest Catch, don't bother. It deals more with the growth of the fishing industry in Alaska and Sig's family's history in that industry. Very fasinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roger Weston | 11/18/2011

    " Sitting around a camp fire, Captain Sig could tell a lot of great stories. From bar fights to burning crab boats, this book is the next best thing to being there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 4/21/2011

    " A good book for someone who is a fan of "Deadliest Catch." The book bounces around a little, but was still a very interesting read. (I would have given it a 3 1/2 star rating if that was possible.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 4/9/2010

    " I haven't ever watched a full episode of 'Deadliest Catch' but this book made me feel what it must be like to be there. Lots of family history told in a way that makes you understand what it was like for the author to grow up and yearn to become the man he now is. Very interesting and well written! "

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About the Author

Sig Hansen is the captain of the commercial fishing vessel Northwestern. He has been featured on Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch from the pilot through every season of the show.

About the Narrator

Rick Adamson is an award-winning voice artist with more than twenty years’ experience in voiceovers, spoken word events, event announcing, and children’s media, as well as commercials for well-known international corporations. He has narrated numerous television and film documentaries, including Croatia, co-narrated with Martin Sheen. His audiobook narration includes more than two dozen major books, as well as dozens of early-reader titles for juveniles. He won the prestigious Audie Award in 2011 for Best Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction for In a Heartbeat, and he was among the finalists for the 2006 Audie Award for Best Personal Development/Motivational Work for Younger Next Year. He earned an AudioFile Earphones Award for the ensemble narration of Rough Water.