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Audiobook Review

Nancy R. Ives
February 15, 2010

Blending Hudson River lore with an account of her personal journey from dot-com desk job to a career in fireboat engineering, DuLong tells of her initiation into the world of engines, mechanics, and work aboard the antique fireboat John J. Harvey. In smart, captivating prose, she delves into early New York State history as well as into the role Harvey played post-9/11, taking listeners to the Manhattan waterfront and poking into forgotten areas of the Hudson. DuLong herself reads in a cogent and pleasant manner that lends clarity to her material. Listeners will love this unusual mix of history, adventure, feminism, and blue-collar know-how. Highly recommended for large public libraries.