The Man Who Caught the Storm: The Life of Legendary Tornado Chaser Tim Samaras Audiobook, by Brantley Hargrove Play Audiobook Sample

The Man Who Caught the Storm: The Life of Legendary Tornado Chaser Tim Samaras Audiobook

The Man Who Caught the Storm: The Life of Legendary Tornado Chaser Tim Samaras Audiobook, by Brantley Hargrove Play Audiobook Sample
FlexPass™ Price: $15.95
$9.95 for new members!(Includes UNLIMITED podcast listening) Add to Cart learn more
Regular Price: $19.99 Add to Cart
Read By: Jacques Roy Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 5.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: April 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781508255352

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:


Longest Chapter Length:

39:08 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

16 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

15:44 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:


Publisher Description

The life and death saga of one of history’s greatest storm chasers: a tour-de-force tale of obsession, ingenuity, and the race to understand nature’s fiercest phenomenon—the tornado.

“An instant classic of Americana.” —Hampton Sides

“Many a novel is not written this memorably.” The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Masterful. This is what man versus nature is all about.” —Skip Hollandsworth

“Hargrove is one today’s great science writers.” —The Washington Post

At the turn of the twenty-first century, the tornado was one of the last true mysteries of the modern world. It was a monster that ravaged the American heartland a thousand times each year, yet science’s every effort to divine its inner workings had ended in failure. Researchers all but gave up, until the arrival of an outsider.

In a field of PhDs, Tim Samaras didn’t attend a day of college in his life. He chased storms with brilliant tools of his own invention and pushed closer to the tornado than anyone else ever dared. When he achieved what meteorologists had deemed impossible, it was as if he had snatched the fire of the gods. Yet even as he transformed the field, Samaras kept on pushing. As his ambitions grew, so did the risks. And when he finally met his match—in a faceoff against the largest tornado ever recorded—it upended everything he thought he knew.

Brantley Hargrove delivers a masterful tale, chronicling the life of Tim Samaras in all its triumph and tragedy. He takes readers inside the thrill of the chase, the captivating science of tornadoes, and the remarkable character of a man who walked the line between life and death in pursuit of knowledge. Following the tradition of Into Thin Air and The Perfect Storm, Hargrove’s debut offers an unforgettable exploration of obsession and the extremes of the natural world.

Download and start listening now!

“Hargrove is one today’s great science writers. His book delivers…He takes the reader not only on a journey through the remarkable life of engineer-explorer Samaras but also through the beautifully desolate roads of the plains while on the chase…The book will surely enthrall…[on] a journey through America’s heartland with one of chasing’s legends.”

— Washington Post 


  • “An instant classic of Americana—a story of tragedy, invention, lore, science, and a most original kind of genius.”

    — Hampton Sides, New York Times bestselling author
  • “This gripping book takes you inside Samaras’ life and tragic death, relying on hours of interviews with friends and family and chase footage to offer an incredible look at his perilous calling.”

    — Popular Science
  • “Hargrove’s shared passion allows him incredible access to Tim’s world.”

    — Outside
  • “An exemplar of narrative nonfiction.”

    — Library Journal (starred review)

The Man Who Caught the Storm Listener Reviews

Be the first to write a review about this audiobook!

About Brantley Hargrove

Brantley Hargrove is an author and journalist who has written for Wired, Popular Mechanics, and Texas Monthly. He has gone inside the effort to reverse-engineer supertornadoes using supercomputers and has chased violent storms from the Great Plains down to the Texas coast.

About Jacques Roy

Jacques Roy is a audio narrator and actor, known for The Lower Angels and Room and Board.