• The Man Who Caught the Storm

  • By: Brantley Hargrove
  • Narrated by: Jacques Roy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (165 ratings)

1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
The Man Who Caught the Storm  By  cover art

The Man Who Caught the Storm

By: Brantley Hargrove
Narrated by: Jacques Roy
Try for $0.00

$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Buy for $18.89

Buy for $18.89

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

A tale of obsession and daring. A contest between humankind and nature’s fiercest phenomenon. The saga of the greatest storm chaser who ever lived.

At the turn of the 21st century, the tornado was one of the last true mysteries of the modern world. It was a monster that ravaged the American heartland a thousand times each year, yet science’s every effort to divine its inner workings had ended in failure. Researchers all but gave up, until the arrival of an outsider.

In a field of PhDs, Tim Samaras didn’t attend a day of college in his life. He chased storms with brilliant tools of his own invention and pushed closer to the tornado than anyone else ever dared. When he achieved what meteorologists had deemed impossible, it was as if he had snatched the fire of the gods. Yet even as he transformed the field, Samaras kept on pushing. As his ambitions grew, so did the risks. And when he finally met his match - in a face-off against the largest tornado ever recorded - it upended everything he thought he knew.

Brantley Hargrove delivers a masterful tale, chronicling the life of Tim Samaras in all its triumph and tragedy. He takes readers inside the thrill of the chase, the captivating science of tornadoes, and the remarkable character of a man who walked the line between life and death in pursuit of knowledge. Following the tradition of Into Thin Air and The Perfect Storm, Hargrove’s debut offers an unforgettable exploration of obsession and the extremes of the natural world. 

©2018 Brantley Hargrove (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

More from the same

What listeners say about The Man Who Caught the Storm

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    135
  • 4 Stars
    22
  • 3 Stars
    6
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    115
  • 4 Stars
    18
  • 3 Stars
    9
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    1
Story
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    123
  • 4 Stars
    15
  • 3 Stars
    5
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Tim Samaras Would be Proud

I respected and admired Tim Samaras for what he accomplished and for how he led his life both personally and professionally. I have the same professional respect for Carl Young. His successful forecasts were the cornerstone for the whole effort. If the book has any shortcomings (IMHO), it should have paid more attention to that fact. Another sore point - the author noted two National Weather Service (NWS) failures to warn the public during tornadic activity. I realize controversy always outsells success - especially when it comes to government agencies. But failing to offer examples of the thousands of times the National Weather Service has saved lives in favor of two of their rare failures is entirely inaccurate and unjustified. The book is an outstanding read. Extremely thorough research, intimate interviews and the author's immersion into months of chasing gives the book and himself great credibility. I just wish he would have given the NWS some time recognizing their wins. Here's an easy one. Took me 15 minutes to find in the Storm Prediction Center's website archives. Compare the Convective Outlook Areas for the Days 3 thru 1 (the event day) to the storm reports for the April 27th, 2011 outbreak.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great book

Heard about this book on Weather Geeks podcast. I downloaded it right away. Glad I did. fantastic work. Thank you.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

The Man Who Caught the Storm

Caught my interesting. Made me appreciate the all the effort and chances that are
Taken to advance the early warning systems.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Amazing!!

This is an amazing account of the life and career of Tim Samaras! Highly recommend!!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Close To The Heart

Being a storm chaser myself this book is special to me. Tim Samaras was a blessing to this world and NOTHING will ever replace his legacy.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Recommended Read

Although the author never met Tim Samaras, he paints a wonderful portrait of the man - his genius, obsessions, strengths, and flaws. For that matter, every "character" in the book is portrayed sympathetically with their own strengths and weaknesses. The science of meteorology is intense, but as a reader, you never feel intimidated by the science. It's a short book and definitely worth the time. Bonus - I was surprised to find mention of the tornados that threatened my hometown in the book and its importance in the research. I well remember the day the storm chasers descended about 1 pm on our town. You knew just by looking at the crowd it was going to be a horrible, terrible, no good, very bad day.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

captivating

Loved it! Felt like I was right there chasing with them. Tim Samaras was a brilliant force.

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Science lovers unite!

Very boring. I think you really need to love science to like this book. Monotone and boring.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Loved!

I loved this book so much. I thought that both the writing and the reading were excellent. Highly recommend to really anyone. Whether you are fascinated by tornadoes or not.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Amazing!

I absolutely loved the writing and to dive into Tim's life and his journey was such a rewarding listen. Legend.