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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (126 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael J. Tougias Narrator: Joe Barrett Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9781504628297
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During the height of the blizzard of 1978, a tanker foundered on the shoals off the Massachusetts coast. The Coast Guard dispatched a patrol boat that was soon in trouble, too. A pilot-boat captain, Frank Quirk, heard of the Coast Guard’s plight on his radio. He gathered his crew of four, readied his forty-nine-foot steel boat, the Can Do, and entered the maelstrom of the blizzard soon to be known as the Storm of the Century.

Encountering one of the most monstrous seas ever recorded, Quirk struggled through the night to keep his boat from sinking, maintaining contact through his hand-held battery-powered radio. The Can Do stayed afloat past three a.m. Then there was silence.

Through dozens of interviews as well as recordings of the radio communications exchanged between Quirk and the Coast Guard—actual recordings included here in this audiobook—Michael J. Tougias provides us a devastating, true account of bravery and death at sea.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A well-researched, vividly written tale of brave men overwhelmed by the awesome forces of nature.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This true story is worthy listening even for those only mildly interested in the sea…Joe Barrett’s crisp reading propels the story, and his voiced reenactments of radio transmissions aid clarity.”

    AudioFile 

  • “Arguably the best story of peril at sea since Sebastian Junger’s Perfect Storm…[The] balancing of human and technical detail is nearly perfect, and he has made the book accessible even to relative newcomers to maritime literature.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • Ten Hours until Dawn is every bit as gripping as the best adventure fiction.” 

    Midwest Book Review

  • “Narrator Barrett makes each character come to life. He handles the New Englandaccents with ease and his tone conveys the seriousness, stark realism, and ultimate tragedy.”

    Kliatt

  • An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year in 2006
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cape Fisherman | 12/9/2013

    " A page turning account of heroic men risking their lives to aid others in the white-out conditions of The Blizzard of '78. Tougias' thorough research of the men, meterology and marinership will keep you from putting the book down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven Thompson | 8/8/2013

    " Amazing book about what Mother Nature can throw at you while at sea. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MJ | 11/7/2012

    " This is a riviting audio book. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 5/22/2011

    " Great book about rescues at sea by coast guard boats and about the Blizzard of 78. Very detailed about how the Coast Guard works and what happens during rescues and storms. Very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 4/28/2011

    " Heroic depiction of a man and his crew truly dedicated to helping others in need. The book was a good read but I got a little lost at times with the sailing terminology, however, it was due to my own ignorance of such things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh | 10/25/2010

    " True account of coast guard rescue boat "Can Do" during the blizzard of 78'. Fascinating and hard to put down. Will be a movie soon I believe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 8/30/2010

    " Heroic depiction of a man and his crew truly dedicated to helping others in need. The book was a good read but I got a little lost at times with the sailing terminology, however, it was due to my own ignorance of such things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh | 5/28/2009

    " True account of coast guard rescue boat "Can Do" during the blizzard of 78'. Fascinating and hard to put down. Will be a movie soon I believe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 9/11/2007

    " Great book about rescues at sea by coast guard boats and about the Blizzard of 78. Very detailed about how the Coast Guard works and what happens during rescues and storms. Very interesting. "

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About the Author

Michael J. Tougias is the author and coauthor of twenty-three books, including Rescue of the Bounty, A Storm too Soon, Fatal Forecast, and Ten Hours Until Dawn. Tougias has written for the New York Times and several other prestigious magazines and newspapers. He is a sought-after lecturer who gives more than seventy presentations each year. He lives in Massachusetts.

About the Narrator

Joe Barrett has appeared both on and off Broadway as well as in hundreds of radio and television commercials. He has earned eighteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and has been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. He has narrated books by such authors as Trevanian, Brian Freeman, Don Winslow, and James W. Huston.