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  1. 10.2 hrs • 3/1/2016 • Unabridged

    “Lost fish,” writes Howell Raines, “chasten us to the knowledge that we are all, in each and every moment, dwindling. Imagine my surprise when I discovered well into my sixth decade that losing fish can prepare us for a blessing as well as for pain.” Confronting loss—of an elusive fish or something larger—is at the heart of The One That Got Away, the graceful sequel to Raines’s much-loved, bestselling memoir Fly Fishing through the Midlife Crisis, published to great acclaim in 1993. With the same winning combination of reminiscences, anecdotes, philosophy, and fishing lore, his bold new memoir covers the eventful years in this latest passage of his life, and the realization that in relinquishing his former identity as a newspaperman he has actually gotten what he wanted, just in the most unlikely way. In wry and witty prose, Raines shifts between fishing vignettes and personal reflections on his childhood, his second marriage, his relationships with his two sons, the trajectory of his career at the New York Times and his move toward old age. At the center of his narrative is his most thrilling fishing adventure—an epic battle with a marlin he hooked and fought for more than seven hours in the South Pacific—which comes to symbolize his growing understanding and acceptance of the unpredictability of luck, love, lies and life, and how the unexpected can, in fact, be an opportunity to make life more interesting. Raines’ wonderful descriptions of streams, people and fish; his passion for angling and writing; and his wise and perceptive commentary on the vagaries of his own life combine to create a profound book—one of undeniable appeal and uncommon heart.

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    The One That Got Away

    10.2 hrs • 3/1/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 6.6 hrs • 2/4/2016 • Unabridged

    “It would sweeten a man’s temper at any time to read it,” wrote essayist Charles Lamb some years after this novel was first published in 1653. Of course, The Compleat Angler is much more than just a seventeenth century “how-to” guide to catching and cooking fish. So disarming is Mr. Walton’s quiet enthusiasm for the countryside and all the various delights that it contains that, even if you never have nor ever will pick up a fishing rod, you will benefit from a little time spent in the genial company of the author and his friends.

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    The Compleat Angler

    6.6 hrs • 2/4/16 • Unabridged
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    7.1 hrs • 11/17/2015 • Unabridged

    As told to journalist Jonathan Franklin in dozens of exclusive interviews, 438 Days is the miraculous account of the man who survived alone and adrift at sea longer than anyone in recorded history. On November 17, 2012, Salvador Alvarenga left the coast of Mexico for a two-day fishing trip. A vicious storm killed his engine and the current dragged his boat out to sea. The storm picked up and blasted him west. When he washed ashore on January 29, 2014, he had arrived in the Marshall Islands, nine thousand miles away—equivalent to traveling from New York to Moscow round trip. For fourteen months, Alvarenga survived constant shark attacks. He learned to catch fish with his bare hands. He built a fish net from a pair of empty plastic bottles. Taking apart the outboard motor, he fashioned a huge fishhook. Using fish vertebrae as needles, he stitched together his own clothes. He considered suicide on multiple occasions—including offering himself up to a pack of sharks. But Alvarenga never failed to invent an alternative reality. He imagined a method of survival that kept his body and mind intact long enough for the Pacific Ocean to toss him up on a remote palm-studded island, where he was saved by a local couple living alone in their own Pacific Island paradise. Based on dozens of hours of interviews with Alvarenga and interviews with his colleagues, search and rescue officials, the medical team that saved his life and the remote islanders who nursed him back to health, 438 Days is an epic tale of survival, an all-true version of the fictional Life of Pi, a study of the resilience, will, ingenuity, and determination required for one man to survive fourteen months lost at sea.

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    438 Days

    7.1 hrs • 11/17/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 7.0 hrs • 11/13/2012 • Unabridged

    Fishermen don’t rely on luck in order to catch fish, they put their skills, knowledge, and experience into play every time they cast their line. Likewise, righteous and godly living doesn’t come naturally but requires study, commitment, and a lot of practice. In Catch of the Day, Jimmy Houston combines both his love of fishing and his love of God in this unique fisherman’s 365-day devotional. Each day features Scripture and a thought for meditation that applies insights from the art of fishing to daily spiritual growth, as well as fishing tip from a pro. Anyone who loves God’s creation, combined with the excitement of the catch, will truly enjoy this guide of spiritual lessons for life.

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    Catch of the Day

    7.0 hrs • 11/13/12 • Unabridged
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  5. 9.3 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    Biologist and extreme angler Jeremy Wade is well known for his extremely popular River Monsters program, the most successful show in Animal Planet history. Whether he’s tracking fearsome monsters like the goliathn tiger fish or gargantuan brutes like the freshwater stingray, Wade sifts through the mythology surrounding these creatures to separate fact from fiction. What emerges are true stories to rival even the most exhilarating mysteries.

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    River Monsters

    9.3 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
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  6. 6.3 hrs • 3/30/2010 • Abridged

    In the tradition of Sebastian Junger and Linda Greenlaw comes Captain Sig Hansen’s rags-to-riches epic of his immigrant family’s struggle against deadly Alaskan seas, freezing shipwrecks, and dangerously brutal conditions to achieve the American Dream. Sig Hansen has been a star of the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch from the pilot to the present. Seen in over 150 countries, the show attracts more than 49 million viewers per season, making it one of the most successful series in the history of cable TV. With its daredevil camera work, unpredictably dangerous weather, and a setting as unforgivable and unforgettable as the frigid Bering Sea, Deadliest Catch is unlike anything else on television. But the weatherworn fishermen of the fishing vessel Northwestern have stories that don’t come through on TV. For Sig Hansen and his brothers, commercial fishing is as much a part of their Norwegian heritage as their names. Descendants of the Vikings who roamed and ruled the northern seas for centuries, the Hansens’ connection to the sea stretches from Alaska to Seattle and all the way to Norway. And after twenty years as a skipper on the commercial fishing vessel the Northwestern—which was his father’s before him—Sig has lived to tell the tales. To be a successful fisherman, you need to be a mechanic, navigator, welder, painter, carpenter, and sometimes, a firefighter. To be a successful fisherman year after year, you need to be a survivor. This is the story of a family of survivors; part memoir and part adventure tale, North by Northwestern brings readers on deck, into the dockside bars and into the history of a family with a common destiny. Built around a gripping tale of a deadly shipwreck like The Perfect Storm, North by Northwestern is the multi-generational tale of the Hansen family, a clan of tough Norwegian-American fishermen who, through the popularity of Deadliest Catch, have become modern folk-heroes.

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    North by Northwestern

    6.3 hrs • 3/30/10 • Abridged
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    6.2 hrs • 11/15/2007 • Unabridged

    Patrick F. McManus’s gently comic stories about outdoor life have earned him millions of fans worldwide. With Kerplunk!, McManus delivers a collection of folksy, wonderfully wise depictions of country life worthy of Mark Twain.  In these tall tales, McManus and his buddies learn how not to net a fish, why you should never get your hair cut by someone who’s mad at you, what to do when a deer wanders into camp but your sleeping bag has frozen shut, and how to avoid bird-dog flatulence.  Traveling the highways and byways of the Pacific Northwest, the delightful backcountry characters of Kerplunk! understand how a life of hunting and fishing—and its inherent potential for misadventure—can resonate with larger meaning. McManus’s characters know exactly why it costs $500 to make a fly lure that retails for $2; why installing a boat trailer hookup can lead to divorce; and, most important, why you should always listen for the sound of your fishing line hitting the water—because in life as it is in fishing, you don’t know you’re in the water until you hear the kerplunk!  These wry, curmudgeonly tales appeal to real outdoorsmen and the armchair variety alike. Often nostalgic, occasionally philosophical, and always funny, the stories in Kerplunk! reaffirm Patrick F. McManus’s reputation as an American classic.

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    Kerplunk!

    6.2 hrs • 11/15/07 • Unabridged
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  8. 4.5 hrs • 5/17/2005 • Abridged

    With his colorful tattoos and booming hip-hop sound track, Mike Iaconelli has turned the world of big-money competitive bass fishing upside down. In Fishing on the Edge, Iaconelli tells his own story—and it’s a whopper: a Philly-born, Jersey-bred Yankee who’s been stealing the spotlight from bass fishing’s traditionally all-Southern anglers, attracting fans and dominating one of the fastest-growing sports in America. How did Mike Iaconelli, a college-educated kid from New Jersey, come blasting into a sport dominated by old-school stars like Gary Klein, Kevin VanDam, and Denny Brauer? How did Mike, a.k.a. “Ike,” take a secret childhood passion and turn it into a profession, earning million-dollar sponsorships and a storm of media attention, ranging from ESPN’s SportsCenter to profiles in the New York Times and Esquire? While Mike has attracted both fans and foes on the tour, his success speaks for itself, especially his victory at the 2003 CITGO Bassmaster Classic, the Super Bowl of competitive fishing. Forty-four million Americans fish, but no one does it quite like Mike Iaconelli. In Fishing on the Edge, he lets you in on the secrets to his extraordinary success—how he developed his “power” fishing style; how he attacks the water, positions the boat, and perseveres through those days when the bass just aren’t biting. With sidebar tips that can be used by any fisherman—from using spinner baits to picking out the right rod to his no-fail “secret weapons”—this is an intensive, informative, and often raucous journey through the life of a brash young man destined to do for fishing what Tony Hawk did for the X Games: take the sport to a whole new level. At the same time, it’s the compelling first-person story of a man who prepared carefully every step of the way, kept notes on every fish he ever caught, and executed the perfect plan to get to the top. A tale of passion, competition, and extreme personality, Fishing on the Edge is a book for anyone who loves the sport of fishing, wants to turn a hobby into a career, or is simply fascinated by a man’s unstoppable drive to succeed.

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    Fishing on the Edge

    4.5 hrs • 5/17/05 • Abridged
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  9. 1.5 hrs • 6/1/1996 • Abridged

    One of the best-known, most-loved TV fishing personalities, Jimmy Houston has become a bass legend. Two-time winner of the B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year award, Jimmy now brings you all of the wonderful, entertaining, and instructive stories he’s gathered over the years. Anyone who loves fishing—on a lake, pond, river, or ocean—is guaranteed to love Jimmy Houston’s insightful, instructive, and laugh-out-loud funny tips and tales. Whether he’s fishing with sports or political celebrities or his children, Jimmy proves there’s no story like a fish story, and here are his best—packed with all the know-how that has made his name a legend.

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  10. 5.5 hrs • 4/12/1987 • Unabridged

    “Bluefish,” writes the author, are “animated chopping machines. They will eat anything alive. They have stripped the toes from surfers in Florida. They can’t not eat.” Hersey weaves fact and legend around his subject, engaging the reader with juicy details of ocean life, philosophy, natural history, and the crises into which man has let his environment slide. The pleasures of a summer’s bluefishing off Martha’s Vineyard are marvelously evoked as Hersey reflects upon the angler’s art, wonders of the teeming oceans where fish and fisherman confront each other, and the web of interdependence they share.

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    Blues

    5.5 hrs • 4/12/87 • Unabridged
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