Summer will soon be with us again. It is the time for taking cruises and going to the beaches. It is always wise to be careful, because sometimes things can go wrong.
Abduction by Robin Cook
Read by Richard Hauenstein. Reading time 11 hours 14 minutes.
Perry Bergman's marine exploration company encounters problems drilling into a sea mountain under the Atlantic Ocean. He joins a diving team on a submersible craft, and they discover a subterranean world far beyond anything they'd imagined. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. Bestseller. 2000.
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Beast by Peter Benchley
Read by Chuck Benson. Reading time 8 hours 51 minutes.
The waters around Bermuda are fished out, and a giant squid, driven by the shortage, begins to feast on humans. Its first victims are a couple headed home from a romantic six-month cruise. Its next victims are the twins of a New York media magnate. Whip Darling, an expert on the deep, identifies the killer by marks left on several wrecks. Can anyone stop this enormous beast and its insatiable appetite? Some strong language.
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Deep Black: Sea of Terror by Stephen Coonts
Read by Phil Gigante. Reading time 14 hours 44 minutes.
Japanese ecoterrorists and Middle Eastern extremists working together hijack a freighter with nuclear materials and a cruise ship in the Atlantic--and their detonation destination is New York City. Charlie Dean and his commandos quickly mobilize to stop them. Sequel to ...Arctic Gold (RC 71057). Strong language and some violence. Commercial audiobook. 2010.
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Every Man for Himself by Beryl Bainbridge
Read by Rick Rohan. Reading time 5 hours 42 minutes.
Aboard the RMS Titanic on its maiden voyage in 1912 is a wealthy young man who helped design the ship that now bears him home to New York. En route he is daunted by an unrequited love affair and by the squalid life of the ship's crew amid the opulence above deck. When disaster strikes, he faces tests of courage and survival.
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Great Lakes Shipwrecks and Survivals by William Ratigan
Read by Randy Atcher. Reading time 13 hours 10 minutes.
History of maritime disasters on each of the North American inland seas: Lake Michigan, Huron, Erie, Superior, and Ontario. Describes how vessels and their crews functioned during catastrophic storms. A separate section details the November 1975 wreck of the cargo ship Edmund Fitzgerald.
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In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
Read by Brian Conn. Reading time 11 hours 2 minutes.
Relying mainly on the cabin boy's journal discovered in 1960, the author recounts the disastrous 1819 voyage of the whaling ship Essex. He describes the attack of an eighty-five-foot bull sperm whale, and the ensuing starvation, dehydration, and cannibalism that befell the shipwrecked survivors.
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Islands by Anne Rivers Siddons
Read by Laura Giannarelli. Reading time 13 hours 34 minutes.
Upon marrying Charleston's Lewis Aiken, MD, Anny Butler not only finally gains a real family but also joins the "Scrubs" social circle. These longtime friends of Lewis's share leisure time at their Sullivan's Island communal beach house until misfortune plagues the group. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2004.
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Jaws by Peter Benchley
Read by Michael Russotto. Reading time 9 hours 34 minutes.
The residents of a Long Island resort town called Amity decide to cover up a young woman's death when pieces of her body, obviously having been attacked by a shark, washes up on the beach. News of a killer shark, after all, could ruin the summer business. But the shark strikes a second time. Strong language.
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Kon-Tiki: across the Pacific by raft by Thor Heyerdahl
Read by Roy Avers. Reading time 9 hours 2 minutes.
Relates how six hardy young Norwegians made a perilous but successful voyage from Peru to Tahiti on a raft of balsa logs. This venture tested the author's theory that the original settlers of Polynesia might have come from South America by following the ocean currents. Bestseller 1951.
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The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Read by Alexander Scourby. Reading time 2 hours 23 minutes.
A short novel of an old Cuban fisherman who hooks a huge marlin after 85 days without a single catch. Battling the sea, the fisherman tows the marlin back to Havana, only to find that sharks have eaten it.
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The Poseidon Adventure by Paul Gallico
Read by Michael Scherer. Reading time 11 hours 34 minutes.
The SS Poseidon, a giant ocean liner-turned-cruise ship, capsizes when caught by a tidal wave. The few remaining survivors struggle to remain alive until rescuers arrive. Some strong language. 1969.
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The Ruins by Scott Smith
Read by Jonathan Davis. Reading time 16 hours 38 minutes.
Two American couples abandon their lazy August holiday on a Yucatan beach to search inland for a German tourist's brother at a mysterious archaeological site. Their very survival comes into question as they encounter an increasingly horrific menace. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2006.
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Survive the Savage Sea by Dougal Robertson
Read by Jack Fox. Reading time 7 hours 33 minutes.
Author relates his family's nightmare of trying to survive after killer whales attacked and sank their forty-three-foot schooner Lucette in the Pacific Ocean. Robertson's daily account describes their thirty-eight-day struggle against thirst, starvation, and exhaustion before being rescued by Japanese fishermen. 1973.
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