Book Reviews of The Lobster Chronicles: Life on a Very Small Island (Audio Cassette) (Unabridged)

The Lobster Chronicles: Life on a Very Small Island (Audio Cassette) (Unabridged)
The Lobster Chronicles Life on a Very Small Island - Audio Cassette - Unabridged
Author: Linda Greenlaw
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ISBN-13: 9781590860984
ISBN-10: 1590860985
Publication Date: 7/10/2002
Edition: Unabridged
Rating:
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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3.3 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Brilliance Audio Unabridged
Book Type: Audio Cassette
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Helpful Score: 4
Greenlaw (The Hungry Ocean), known to readers of The Perfect Storm as the captain of the sister ship to the ill-fated Andrea Gail, gave up swordfishing to return to her parents' home on Isle Au Haut off the coast of Maine and fish for lobster. Her plainspoken essays paint a picture of a grueling life as she details maintaining her boat and her equipment, setting and hauling hundreds of traps with a crew of one (her father, a retired steel company executive), contending with the weather and surviving seasons when the lobsters don't bother to come around. She intersperses her narrative with plenty of eccentrics who live on her tiny island (there are 47 full-time residents, half of whom she's somehow related to). Among them are Rita, the inveterate borrower who's such a nuisance that Greenlaw's parents hide behind the couch when they see her coming; George and Tommy of Island Boy Repairs, who make a horrendous mess of every job they undertake; and Victor, the cigar-eating womanizer who imports a red-headed flasher from Alabama. One of Greenlaw's themes is her desire to find a husband but, according to her friend Alden, she intimidates men: she's tough talking, feisty and very self-assured, which is no doubt why the other lobstermen on the island readily accept her as one of them. Self-speculation and uncertainties such as these nicely balance her delightfully cocky essays of island life.
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Helpful Score: 3
Wonderful descriptions of small town (island) Maine and the difficult life of the modern day lobster fisherman. Written with humor and love for the locale.
Covers one bad lobster season, while telling background stories. Also nice from a feminist perspective, as the author is a woman in a traditionally and still male dominated profession. She acknowledges this, while not seeming to be phased by it or feel excluded.
Enjoyable, quick read.
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Helpful Score: 2
I enjoyed this book. I thought it was a little bit easier to read than "The Hungry Ocean", as the technical side of being a swordboat captain was sometimes hard to follow, but The Lobster Chronicles is more about coming home and seeing life through older, wiser eyes as than it is about catching lobsters...although she does explain the intricacies of that quite well, too. She made her island home sound like a place I would love to see someday.
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Helpful Score: 2
I enjoyed reading this book about trying to make a new life back home. I especially like Linda's observations about her relatives and other Islanders.
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I could not put this book down - read it in a day! Fascinating details about fishing for lobsters and life in a small town. Her writing is concise but wryly funny. Her descriptions of the neighbors on this small island range from engaging to hilarious.
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This is a great read and the reader should enjoy being able to read a few chapters at a time. it's a "day in the life" type monologue so there's no real story per se, it's the author's ruminations of life as a lobsterman. Definitely an enjoyble read!
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OUTSTANDING TRUE STORY OF THE LOVE OF THE SEA
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Great book about the dramas of small town life and by a woman writting about a field few women are in- lobster fishing. Bound to make any downeasters homesick. I personally would like to meet the author. She sounds like a fun person to know and hang out with.
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Linda Greenlaw writes interesting tales of her life living off of the sea. I really like her books, including this one, but she has a bit of disrespect for the animals she harvests from the oceans. That attitude bothers me a bit. Overall, this is a good book, though not as entertaining as her previous The Hungry Ocean.
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Great read,couldn't put it down!
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Another great book by Linda Greenlaw! One kick butt chica!
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very enjoyable read.
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Great true story.
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The Lobster Chronicles: Life on a Very Small Island by Linda Greenlaw, picks up where The Hungry Ocean leaves off. Linda has decided to give up her life of 19 years as a swordfish boat captain and move back in with her parents on the Isle Au Haut, off the coast of Maine, trap lobsters for a living, and look for a mate.

The book isn't so much the story of a lobster season as a series of biographical sketches of the islands inhabitants. The book does a very good job of describing "life on a very small island" (the subtitle) and the peculiar inhabitants who like living there.

I found this book to be very interesting reading, and enjoyable, but I was disappointed when I reached the end. Like reality, the book didn't come to a strong conclusion.

Literary Quality: 6/10

Enjoyment: 6/10
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I really enjoyed this book. The author reveals her trials and successes of being a woman is a "man's world". There was some technical info I passed over quickly.
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Makes you want to visit Maine and meet these people!
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I really enjoyed reading about the intersting "characters" on the island. What a great life.
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I think Ms. Greenlaw is a nice person, but the book was boring. I'm sure many people will enjoy it though.
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very good. Tells a good story about her life from her early years to where she is now. Very interresting.
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Fabulous book. I really enjoyed it!
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A very good audio book.
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A methodical view and story of lobster fishing and life on an island. Interesting story that is sometimes more informative than story line.
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Good read into a life I knew nothing about.
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I found this memoir fascinating, especially since the lobster"man" is a woman, and a very strong, intelligent one at that. Good read.
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Living in Maine, I found this a fabulous little book. I laughed out loud at several parts. Great book and a quick read.
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Fascinating!
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Greenlaw's book is funny as well as enlightening about a dwindling way of life and the perils of overfishing.
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The Lobster Chronicles: Life on a Very Small Island by Linda Greenlaw, picks up where The Hungry Ocean leaves off. Linda has decided to give up her life of 19 years as a swordfish boat captain and move back in with her parents on the Isle Au Haut, off the coast of Maine, trap lobsters for a living, and look for a mate.

The book isn't so much the story of a lobster season as a series of biographical sketches of the islands inhabitants. The book does a very good job of describing "life on a very small island" (the subtitle) and the peculiar inhabitants who like living there.

I found this book to be very interesting reading, and enjoyable, but I was disappointed when I reached the end. Like reality, the book didn't come to a strong conclusion.

Literary Quality: 6/10

Enjoyment: 6/10
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Interesting...I love everything Maine and this captures the essence - lobster fishermen, small island life. Good read.
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Light-hearted, often funny account of life on a New England island. Linda Greenlaw is an excellent writer...would like to read more accounts of her unusual life.
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Entertaining light read. Wonder what she is doing now?
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Greenlaw (The Hungry Ocean), known to readers of The Perfect Storm as the captain of the sister ship to the ill-fated Andrea Gail, gave up swordfishing to return to her parents' home on Isle Au Haut off the coast of Maine and fish for lobster. Her plainspoken essays paint a picture of a grueling life as she details maintaining her boat and her equipment, setting and hauling hundreds of traps with a crew of one (her father, a retired steel company executive), contending with the weather and surviving seasons when the lobsters don't bother to come around. She intersperses her narrative with plenty of eccentrics who live on her tiny island (there are 47 full-time residents, half of whom she's somehow related to). Among them are Rita, the inveterate borrower who's such a nuisance that Greenlaw's parents hide behind the couch when they see her coming; George and Tommy of Island Boy Repairs, who make a horrendous mess of every job they undertake; and Victor, the cigar-eating womanizer who imports a red-headed flasher from Alabama. One of Greenlaw's themes is her desire to find a husband but, according to her friend Alden, she intimidates men: she's tough talking, feisty and very self-assured, which is no doubt why the other lobstermen on the island readily accept her as one of them. Self-speculation and uncertainties such as these nicely balance her delightfully cocky essays of island life.
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This is a very sweet book that ends too soon. Now I want to know more. smr
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I really enjoyed this autobiographical telling of Greenlaw's adjustment to life as a lobster fisherman from the captain of a swordfish boat. This includes the adjustment of returning to live to her hometown on a small island off the coast of Maine.
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Good insightful story from a woman who has worked the fishing and lobster business. Good description of a very peaceful island existance, along with the ruminations of what life brings on a daily basis.
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This is an interesting memoir of a less than successful lobster season on Isle au Haut off the coast of Maine. Very readable and interesting.
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Ever wondered what it would be like to live nearly isolated on a tiny island making your living as a lobsterman? Linda Greenlaw, author of the New York Times Bestseller The Hungry Ocean shares her first few years with us. Interesting, humorous, and honest, it is definitely worth the read.
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Very enjoyable and humourous read by the author. Life on an island of 70 inhabitants off the coast of Maine.
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True stories woven together to make a quilt of family and community
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Highly recommended. The title of the book is very appropriate, because this book really is Linda's memoirs of lobster fishing (alone and with her father) and living on a very small island (only 47 inhabitants, but some of the are really characters!)