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3.39 out of 53.39 out of 53.39 out of 53.39 out of 53.39 out of 5 3.39 (41 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Linda Greenlaw Narrator: Unspecified Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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After 17 years at sea, Linda Greenlaw figured it was time to take a break from her career as a swordboat captain. She felt she needed to return to Isle au Haut - a tiny island seven miles from the Maine coast with a population of 70 year-round residents, 30 of whom were her relatives. She would pursue a simpler life; move back in with her parents and get to know them again; become a professional lobsterman; and find a guy, build a house, have kids, and settle down.

But all doesn't go as planned. The lobsters resolutely refuse to crawl out from under their rocks and into the traps she and her stern man (AKA, her father) have painstakingly set. Her fellow Islanders, an extraordinary collection of characters, draw her into their bizarre Island intrigues. Guys prove even more elusive than lobsters. And as mainlanders increasingly fish waters that are supposed to be reserved for Islanders, she realizes the that the Island might be heading for a gear war, a series of attacks that had in the past escalated from sabotage of equipment to extreme violence.

Then, just when she thinks things couldn't get much worse, something happens that forces her to reevaluate everything she thought she knew about life, luck, and lobsters. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaethe | 2/20/2014

    " Like so many others, I was interested in Greenlaw because of The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea. But where Junger is an outstanding writer, Greenlaw is merely okay. The book was fine, but not memorable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean Andrews | 2/15/2014

    " A very easy, funny read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 2/4/2014

    " Very funny memoir about a lobsterwoman living on a small island in Maine. She describes the crazy characters on her island so that I feel like I live right next door. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Curtis Jauregui | 1/31/2014

    " An allright book, entertaining depiction of living on an island secluded in the North Atlantic. Some cool insights into the lobster fishing industry,sounds like a romantic lifestyle, although she can't get laid. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daryoung | 1/28/2014

    " Delightful pictures of life as a lobster fisherman in the style of "All Creatures Great and Small" (vignettes, introduction to a profession, quaint and quirky characters). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 D | 1/27/2014

    " Very entertaining! I enjoyed reading this book. Sent it to Tricia Johnson when I was done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William | 1/25/2014

    " Second time reading. Since I'm in Pittsburgh its nice to read about places with great memories, like Stonington and Isle au Haut. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 1/18/2014

    " good read (no pun intended)but short. Gives a feeling of living on a small island, much like living in a small town. "All Fishermen Are Liars" I found better. Both are a series of vignettes. "Liars" is longer and I found it more interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edwin | 1/14/2014

    " Fun book about a (woman) Lobsterman on a small island off the coast of Maine, although the title says that, doesn't it? Anyway, I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamela | 1/8/2014

    " I loved these books. I picked them up not really thinking or looking for anything in particular but I enjoyed the way she writes and the male world in which she works and thrives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ted Hinkle | 1/2/2014

    " Fresh, enjoyable, humorous, interesting characters, easy relaxing read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelby McKean | 12/22/2013

    " A very special small-town story with a protagonist who is getting her land legs after a real-life brush with fame and death in The Perfect Storm. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 12/11/2013

    " A lonely woman traps lobsters, musing on the dwindling crustacean populations and the parallel human exodus from island life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 11/30/2013

    " Read this last summer when we were vacationing on Isle au Haut, Maine, where author Greenlaw lives. Interesting at the time because we were on the island but not favorite otherwise. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alycia | 11/23/2013

    " This book was pointless. The author was writing it in hopes of making money. She had made great money on a previous book, but compared to that one, this one was a let down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jana | 10/14/2013

    " I was listening to a library downloaded audio book and it just really wasn't very interesting. When the downloaded file expired after 3 weeks I had nearly finished but didn't care that I didn't make it to the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christina Gagliano | 10/3/2013

    " I wanted to love this book but I just didn't. I didn't click with the author, although her style was fine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindyanne | 8/24/2013

    " A great read, just like her other two books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 8/23/2013

    " I enjoyed the book. Her writing style is so personal, like visiting with an old friend. She paints the island where she lives in such a vivid way that you feel like you are also a resident. I am looking forward to reading her other books on fishing and also her new fiction books as well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 8/23/2013

    " I expected more but I sure know a lot about Lobsters now... Did Cyn recommend this book? Have to ask her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 6/25/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Every time I picked it up to read, it felt like curling up next to a warm fire on a rainy day. Ms. Greenlaw made all the quirky island characters, her family and the never ending search for lobster come alive, in a humorous and touching fashion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 12/29/2012

    " I could tell how much Linda missed long lining in this book and she did not write with as much passion compared to her other memoirs. Still good story though! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kwilly | 10/3/2012

    " Read this once in 2002. Loved it. Read it again in 2007. loved it again. But then again, I'm all about the non-fiction/ fishing books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Wheeler | 3/21/2012

    " fisherwomen tell good fish stories... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 12/24/2011

    " It was OK. Life on a very small island does not entice me but I did learn more than I knew (or maybe wanted to know) about lobster fishermen. Greenlaw is an observant and witty writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann Amadori | 7/27/2011

    " Great (true) story. I can't imagine a woman getting a college degree then pursuing a career as a fisherman. She writes with humor and I wanted to know more about her. Her descriptions of her island neighbors is fun and makes fishing for lobsters sound interesting, although the tedium shows through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dayspring | 7/14/2011

    " The author lives on a small island in Maine and is one of the only local female lobster fisherman. The book is funny, interesting, and a fascinating glimpse into rural New England coastal life. Definitely an easy, fun read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Evie Landry | 6/20/2011

    " a few interesting bits about the lobster business. overall pretty boring "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Louise DeMoss | 6/10/2011

    " The first of two books by the same author that I've read (if you don't count the cookbook she wrote with her mother). Very enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Val | 5/5/2011

    " Great story by Linda Greenlaw about her life after she left being a swordfisherwoman, returned to the small island her parents lived on, and started fishing for lobster with her Dad. Great portrait of small town life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jana | 4/5/2011

    " I was listening to a library downloaded audio book and it just really wasn't very interesting. When the downloaded file expired after 3 weeks I had nearly finished but didn't care that I didn't make it to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elle | 3/4/2011

    " I like all Linda Greenlaw books. She chronicles her life on the water with a wonderful sense of humor. This book follows her adventures sword fishing in The Hungry Ocean, when she becomes a lobsterman on the Isle au Haut Maine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandy | 2/13/2011

    " Interesting, but not nearly as good as the Hungry Ocean. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 1/9/2011

    " I enjoyed this book and learning more about the culture of living on a small island where your family has resided for generations. This was a pleasant read, quick read. I appreciated her honesty about herself and her struggles. She is a true crusty yankee/New Englander! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 9/18/2010

    " This is a great book to take along & read when you have 10 or 15 minutes. The chapters are short & self contained, like little essays. You don't need to know anything about fishing or boats to enjoy this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 9/16/2010

    " It was OK. Life on a very small island does not entice me but I did learn more than I knew (or maybe wanted to know) about lobster fishermen. Greenlaw is an observant and witty writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trish | 8/20/2010

    " Another very interesting book about the Lobster industry in Maine and written in Linda Greenlaw's great style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen | 6/27/2010

    " "Live on a Very Small Island" says it all. Add to this life on a lobster fishing vessel and you have it. Still, I enjoyed her writing and admire her wishing to return to this lifestyle. A return to your roots sort of book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 6/10/2010

    " Lots and lots about lobsters. I was really hoping there would be a story but nothing really happened. Not really sure how I feel about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 6/8/2010

    " What a great read this was! I found out about this book on a program about the arts and I throughly enjoyed reading it. In fact I was just digging through an old book diary and really wanted to share some of these with other avid readers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 1/23/2010

    " I expected more but I sure know a lot about Lobsters now... Did Cyn recommend this book? Have to ask her. "

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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.