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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (407 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Malcolm MacPherson, Andy Hillstrand, William Dufris, Johnathan Hillstrand Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 four hundred 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.

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  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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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.