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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (304 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Kurlansky Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Fishing at sea, an ancient trade and a way of life that has defined coastal towns throughout history, may be coming to an end. The culture and traditions of coastal Britain and of seagoing nations everywhere are now threatened with extinction. Celebrated author Mark Kurlansky explores the fate of our oceans and the decline of our most ancient coastal enterprise. The book sends up a timely distress flare, one that brilliantly illuminates a colorful, exuberant, and poignant landscape, from Newlyn in Cornwall to Gloucester in Massachusetts. The result is a cultural, economic, environmental, and culinary bouillabaisse, the most compelling fish tale of our time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Part treatise, part miscellany, unfailingly entertaining.”

    New York Times 

  • “Fascinating stuff...[Kurlansky] has a keen eye for odd facts and natural detail.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Suffused with [Kurlansky’s] pleasure in exploring the city across ground that hasn’t already been covered with other writers’ footprints.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “A delightful, intimate history and contemporary portrait of the quintessential northeastern coastal fishing town…vividly depicts the contemporary tension between the traditional fishing trade and modern commerce.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Kurlansky brings his storytelling elan to the fishing town of Gloucester, Mass…Such a multicultural place suits this author perfectly; he can revel in the local color, peek into the corners and under the floorboards…Kurlansky offers a broad, intelligent examination into the decline of the fisheries….A lucent addition to Gloucester’s town treasury, featuring a wealth of dramatic stories.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Krista | 2/16/2014

    " It was okay. Not quite as interesting or informative as I had hoped but still worth a quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Irene | 1/30/2014

    " I really enjoyed reading about the glory days and the fall of fishing in Gloucester, MA. Kurlansky has a way of folding history, ecology, economics and everyday human nature into a story with depth and warm humor. I often visited Point Judith in RI as a kid (to walk the piers; see the derby boats come in; and have clam cakes from "Johnny's clam shack"). There's something compeling about a fishing port. I visited Gloucester for the first time around 1977 on a vacation with my college roommate. I doubt passing through is anything remotely like living there, but this book rounds out the story quite a bit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Monica | 1/27/2014

    " Very interesting read, especially the last part about fishing vs tourism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Caroline | 1/23/2014

    " Fansicating and insightful book about the fishing industry and Glouschester. Wasn't a bit dry or boring for non-fiction. "

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