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3.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 5 3.74 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andy Hillstrand, Johnathan Hillstrand, Malcolm MacPherson Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9781400177462
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The Time Bandit is the fishing vessel that Andy and Johnathan Hillstrand use to hook the "deadliest catch," Alaskan king crabs and opilio crabs, in the Bering Sea, a dangerous and mercurial body of water that can steal years from a fisherman's life. The Hillstrand brothers, however, are the real "thieves." They take valuable crabs from the sea while facing its dangers head on. In pursuit of their daily catch, the brothers brave ice floes and heaving sixty-foot waves, gusting winds of eighty miles per hour, unwieldy and unpredictable half-ton steel crab traps, and an injury rate of almost 100 percent. There are fewer than 400 fishermen of this kind in the United States, and early death is a common fate. But the Hillstrand brothers are drawn to the drama and adventure of life on the high seas, as was their grandfather before them. They don't complain about the risks and dangers-this is their world. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “You know that cool reality-TV show Deadliest Catch?…The boat captains featured on the series…continue to scare us in this behind-the-scenes book.”

    Sacramento Bee

  • This type of material could not be more suited to Dufris, and he doesn't hold back. AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 2/16/2014

    " Loved this book, as a huge fan of Deadliest Catch - this was a must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 2/14/2014

    " Great read! Gave me a new perspective about the show and the backgrounds of a great fishing family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nora Tripp | 2/13/2014

    " These boys had the childhood all boys dream of...full of "FROGS, SNAILS, and PUPPY-DOG 'TALES'!!!" A great read. You'll LOVE the Hillstrand's even more! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meagan | 2/11/2014

    " When I received my copy of this book, I started reading it with great enthusiasm. I'm a big fan of the Discovery Channel series "The Deadliest Catch," and I was hoping that Time Bandit would in some way enhance my enjoyment of the show. I should preface my review by saying that I do believe that the Hillstrand brothers have some truly remarkable and fascinating stories to tell, and that the idea of this book is a good one. Unfortunately, it never really worked for me. Almost the entire book seemed like someone had just given Johnathan Hillstrand several shots of tequila, and then turned him loose to tell some stories. The stories are, in general, interesting, and sometimes become fascinating. Unfortunately, there's no real flow between them, and as a result the book feels incredibly disjointed. With the exception of a few of the descriptions of specific fishing events, especially the tragedies averted and those experienced, the book was a struggle to finish. I would encourage fans of the show to stick to the show, and leave this book behind. I would also encourage the Hillstrand brothers to find another co-writer and editor and try again. Perhaps someone else would take a firmer hand in shaping the many stories into one coherent narrative, the kind of book that I think it's possible to write from the experiences of these hard-working fishermen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karin | 1/21/2014

    " Started listening to this adult nf audiobook on a car trip with Alex. It was pretty good, but was more a series of vignettes than a book with a plot. We didn't finish it, but enjoyed what we heard. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 1/12/2014

    " Those Hillstrand boys are CRAZY! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelley Kassa | 1/12/2014

    " Good for die-hard Deadliest Catch fans, but not particularly well-written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 1/11/2014

    " I you like the tv series you will like this book. Although it was a little hard to follow Johnathan's thoughts he is a little over the place, but if you now the show you know what I mean. Go Crabbers! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristie (fabk) | 1/8/2014

    " Really interesting for anyone who likes the show, or likes fishing and Alaska. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy Carter | 12/5/2013

    " Not done reading this but so far isn't too bad. Could have been written better but of you need a book to read and give your brain a rest this is it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 11/9/2013

    " An interesting read but the story does jump around a bit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tenery | 11/5/2013

    " It was ok. Pretty funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 11/1/2013

    " Like the Deadliest Catch book, I enjoyed reading this because of the show. The book was a nice mix of technical information and fishing stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carey | 9/27/2013

    " Funny, Don't know how these guys survived this long... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 6/15/2013

    " this book was absolutely hilarious at times and completely sad and scary the next. if you love the show "dangerous catch" then you will love the book. johnathan tells a lot of great stories. a very quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela Wade | 10/31/2012

    " The anecdotal bits alone in this book make it worth the read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adriana | 9/23/2012

    " Who wouldn't love to read about two bothers' experiences as Alaskan crab fishermen?! It's not the most highbrow read, but it is very entertaining. If you like the show "Deadliest Catch" on Discovery like Carl and I do, read it!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 9/11/2012

    " I'm listening to this on audio...It's ok. I'm wondering if all the words are capitalized in the book. It feels like Every Sentence Is An Epic Statement From The Gods. And is there a ban on contractions? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hillary D | 7/27/2012

    " A very fun book. I found myself asking again and again if any of it could possibly be true...and if so, god-damn are they both lucky to be alive! A VERY fun, and intriguing read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 3/12/2012

    " I love Deadliest Catch! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb Boomer | 3/11/2012

    " Ok if you are a Deadliest Catch fan like me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sal | 10/4/2011

    " A must read for fans of the TV show "The Deadiest Catch." The captains/brothers, John and Andy Hillstrand, give a closer look into their story. A quick and easy read which will give fans of the show a greater appreciation for these guys and their crew. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evan | 7/28/2011

    " this is very good book. writen the skippers on the crabbing vessel, Time Bandit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 4/26/2011

    " Great book about life as a crab fisherman and how it was growing up. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mark | 1/12/2011

    " Didn't get past the first chapter before deciding it wasn't for me. Didn't realize it was connected to a TV show. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 8/21/2010

    " An interesting read but the story does jump around a bit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 8/18/2010

    " Really fun book about the Hillstrand brothers. Great stories of growing up in Alaska, sea stories and crabbing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 7/23/2010

    " I'm listening to this on audio...It's ok. I'm wondering if all the words are capitalized in the book. It feels like Every Sentence Is An Epic Statement From The Gods. And is there a ban on contractions? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sal | 7/16/2010

    " A must read for fans of the TV show "The Deadiest Catch." The captains/brothers, John and Andy Hillstrand, give a closer look into their story. A quick and easy read which will give fans of the show a greater appreciation for these guys and their crew. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 7/13/2010

    " Certainly not a great book, but I now know a lot more about what made these crazy guys the way they are. If you watch the show you will enjoy the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 5/23/2010

    " If you love the show, you should really read the book. Makes you wonder how they survived their childhoods, not to mention the crab fishing!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nora | 3/1/2010

    " These boys had the childhood all boys dream of...full of "FROGS, SNAILS, and PUPPY-DOG 'TALES'!!!" A great read. You'll LOVE the Hillstrand's even more! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 10/17/2009

    " A good read, and a damn tough job. Would have liked to have given 3.5. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evan | 8/12/2009

    " this is very good book. writen the skippers on the crabbing vessel, Time Bandit. "

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About the Author
Author Andy Hillstrand

Andy Hillstrand shares duties with his brother, Johnathan, on board their family-operated vessel, the Time Bandit. Andy mans the boat during opilio season. During the off-season, he can be found on his Indiana ranch training horses.

About the Narrator

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.