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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (16 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fred Waitzkin Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Last Marlin is an unforgettable memoir of growing up in the fifties. Young Fred is a Jewish boy who is stretched between the divergent values of parents who cannot tolerate one another. Fred’s father, Abe, is a brilliantly talented salesman whose relentless will drives him to succeed, at any cost. He marries Stella, an abstract artist, the student of de Kooning and Hans Hofmann, but also the daughter of a wealthy industrialist with whom Abe forges an alliance. When the marriage founders, Fred’s world is assaulted and he must negotiate the tense family divide.

Scenes range from Long Island synagogues and smoky nights with legendary painters to the boats of drug smugglers in Bimini and the marlin-rich waters of the Gulf Stream, where Fred sinks boats and battles thousand-pounders, believing that fishing is the answer to all of his problems.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Remarkably ambitious and satisfying.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “This memoir of growing up is passionate, often very tender, and thoroughly engrossing. [Waitzkin] is excruciatingly open about his family’s eccentricities.”

    Peter Jennings, anchorman

  • “Waitzkin, who proved with Searching For Bobby Fischer that he could use the particulars of an avocation to illuminate the emotional needs it assuaged, does the same here with wonderfully evocative details about fishing.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “As Searching for Bobby Fischer used chess as a canvas to portray a father-son relationship, The Last Marlin goes beyond fishing to explore the inner life of Fred and his vibrant yet enigmatic father Abe…This suspenseful book will sweep you away, break your heart, and leave you smiling.”


  • “A well-done father-son tale.”

    Library Journal

  • “Waizkin’s passionate words will lure you in and stay with you.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Belinda | 11/9/2012

    " I love memoirs. This one is good and has some interesting history. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Amanda | 2/28/2011

    " I read this because I wanted insight in to his mother Stella Waitzkin's life. Stella was a NY artist. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jules Hernandez | 11/9/2008

    " Interesting but often left me feeling sad. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jules | 8/10/2008

    " Interesting but often left me feeling sad. "

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About the Author

Fred Waitzkin was born in Massachusetts in 1943 and graduated from Kenyon College. He has written for Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Motorboating and Sailing. He lives in New York City and Martha’s Vineyard and fishes regularly in the Bahamas.