Antarctica, June 6th, 1998: 23-year-old Matt Lewis has just started his dream job: an observer aboard a deep-sea fishing boat. As the crew haul in their lines for the day, the waves seem bigger than usual - they are casting shadows on the deck. A storm is brewing. What follows is an astonishing story of courage and tragedy. Lewis leads the escape onto three life rafts, where the battle for survival begins.
"Last Man Off is a first-hand account of an ocean tragedy."
"This brilliantly written and thrilling account will be enjoyed by fans of A Perfect Storm and Touching the Void."
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Better than The Perfect Storm!
This book (and its incredibly agile NARRATOR) instantly moved near the top of my all-time nonfiction list. I bet Sebastian Junger is proud of what Matt Lewis has not only survived, but proud of the way he spun his tale here, keeping the reader/listener ARC-WELDED to the material.
There's not an uninteresting character IN this book, especially as described by Matt Lewis, and sublimely rendered by this PHENOMENAL narrator, Malcolm Hamilton. I really hope this book gets Hamilton more work--to breathe such vivid life into a handful of less commonly heard accents spoken by the crew (including Afrikaans & Portuguese) was refreshingly impressive.
Any Afrikaans-to-English accent he did was brilliant. As I mentioned, EVERY character is richly drawn and spoken for here.
I could NOT stop thinking about this book (and still haven't stopped). The initial journal-entry template, later escalating with time-stamps as the tempo rapidly picks up only added to the visceral telling of this hellacious event.
This is one of only two books I've listened to where I'm glad I LISTENED to, instead of READING. As a result, I was treated to an award-worthy performance by someone I've never heard narrate before (Malcolm Hamilton), a talent perfectly cast for narrating this epic story. Hats off to Matt Lewis AND Malcolm Hamilton!
- Harriet S. Leveen