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2.8 out of 52.8 out of 52.8 out of 52.8 out of 52.8 out of 5 2.80 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Linda Greenlaw Narrator: Linda Greenlaw Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9781423390084
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Linda Greenlaw hadn’t been blue-water fishing for ten years, since the great events chronicled in The Perfect Storm and The Hungry Ocean, when an old friend offered her the captaincy on his boat, Seahawk, for a season of swordfishing. She took the bait, of course, and thus opened a new chapter in a life that had already seen enough adventure for three lifetimes. The Seahawk turns out to be the rustiest of buckets, with sprung, busted, and ancient equipment guaranteed to fail at any critical moment. Life is never dull out on the Grand Banks, and no one is better at capturing the flavor and details of the wild ride that is swordfishing, from the technical complexities of longline fishing and the nuances of reading the weather and waves to the sheer beauty of the open water. The trip is full of surprises, “a bit hardier and saltier than I had hoped for,” but none more unexpected than when the boat’s lines inadvertently drift across the Canadian border and she lands in jail. Seaworthy is about nature — human and other; about learning what you can control and what you do when fate takes matters out of your control. It’s about how a middle-aged woman who sets a high bar for herself copes with challenge and change and frustration, about the struggle to succeed or fail on your own terms, and above all, about learning how to find your true self when you’re caught between land and sea. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 2/4/2014

    " This is the third or fourth book by Linda Greenlaw that I've read. While I'd have to say it's not the strongest of her stories, she has such a gift for story telling, even a subject revolving around commercial fishing becomes a page-turner in her hands. Linda's style is conversational and clean - as ship-shape and straightforward to read as I imagine the boats must be that she so capably commands. In "Seaworthy," she returns after a ten-year absence to her first love, fishing for swordfish off the waters of Newfoundland. The ins and outs of finding competent and compatible crew, dealing with a temperamental old boat, and coping with a deck swamped with thrashing sharks, all pale in significance compared to a run-in with Canadian Fisheries officials. In my opinion, you can't go wrong reading any of Linda's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Elizabeth | 1/28/2014

    " Wonderful - 10 years after The Perfect Storm and writing some great books she returns to the sea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Losier | 1/28/2014

    " Benefitted from her desciption of her management techniques, and her aproach to the job. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Doug | 1/18/2014

    " Too much introspection, not enough returning to the sea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dayle | 1/17/2014

    " She is pretty cool and for an 'older person' (she was in her late 40's when she returned to the sea as a sword boat captain) does great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrina | 1/17/2014

    " I will be reading all of Greenlaw's books... This book, though slightly repetitive at points, perfectly displays the author's love of the sea while she relays a million horrible events that should, in reality, cause disdain, this book held my attention from the moment I opened it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 1/13/2014

    " Quite enjoyable, nearly as good as Hungry Ocean "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ted Brewster | 11/28/2013

    " Anything by Linda Greenlaw about her fishing years is worth a read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Riley | 9/30/2013

    " Not bad. A quick read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandy | 9/2/2013

    " The weakest of all her books...she could have put it all on 10 pages. She must have been trying to make some money to pay her court costs. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 2/7/2013

    " This book seemed like the author was trying too hard to defend herself and her choices. Especially at the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 1/29/2013

    " What a fascinating career choice for anyone, especially a woman, but I found myself bored reading it and basically skimming several pages. However, I still may try some of her other books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Theresa | 9/6/2012

    " too much language for my taste. I didn't finish the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Grace | 9/3/2012

    " I grabbed this book at the library and skimmed it. Pretty good story, but more info than I needed on the run down boat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan Fariel | 9/3/2012

    " True story of another adventure swordfishing with Linda Greenlaw. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Harris | 3/11/2012

    " Purchased this from Amazon. It was a quick and "palate cleansing" read after the SC political slog. Not as good as her first but enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sonia | 8/9/2011

    " Don't know if I will finish it... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 7/21/2011

    " Linda is always a fun read! her adventures are interesting as well as informative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve Clark | 7/5/2011

    " I'm pretty ignorant about commercial swordfish fishing. This book gives you the feeling that it is a difficult and dangerous job that may not be particularly lucrative. The author obviously enjoys the job though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roberta | 6/18/2011

    " A female captain competing in the high stakes swordfish market. A good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 4/26/2011

    " Linda is always a fun read! her adventures are interesting as well as informative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 4/1/2011

    " True story of another adventure swordfishing with Linda Greenlaw. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 3/26/2011

    " This book seemed like the author was trying too hard to defend herself and her choices. Especially at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 1/10/2011

    " I have enjoyed reading all of Linda Greenlaw's books. She is America's only swordfish boat captain! She had taken ten years off, was living on Isle au Haut in Maine pulling lobster traps when she took on the challenge of fishing another season on the Grand Banks... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Theresa | 12/23/2010

    " too much language for my taste. I didn't finish the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 11/15/2010

    " Not bad. A quick read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 11/12/2010

    " Strictly speaking, I didn't finish reading this properly - I paged through the last 50 pages or so, skimming it.

    Boring. Simply boring. She admits at the beginning she had bills to pay. Well, hopefully sales of this helped! What a waste of what I thought was good writing talent! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandy | 11/5/2010

    " The weakest of all her books...she could have put it all on 10 pages. She must have been trying to make some money to pay her court costs. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Doug | 10/1/2010

    " Too much introspection, not enough returning to the sea. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Grace | 9/17/2010

    " I grabbed this book at the library and skimmed it. Pretty good story, but more info than I needed on the run down boat. "

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About the Author
Author Linda Greenlaw

Linda Greenlaw is America’s only female swordfish-boat captain and was featured in the book and the film The Perfect Storm and in the Discovery Channel series Swords: Life on the Line. She is the author of three New York Times bestsellers, including The Lobster Chronicles, as well as two mysteries and two cookbooks coauthored with her mother, Martha Greenlaw. She lives on Isle au Haut, Maine.