Coasting Trade (Robin McGrath) An Audio Book Performance for Three Voices

Coasting Trade by Robin McGrath
An Audio Book Performance for Three Voices
Narrated by Robert Joy, Rick Boland and Anita Best
Listening Time: 44 minutes
10-digit ISBN: 0-9737586-7-8
13-digit ISBN: 978-0-9737586-7-2

Coasting Trade follows the voyage of a Yankee trading schooner circumnavigating the island of Newfoundland, with navigation notes adapted from Sailing Directions for the Island and Banks of Newfoundland by J.S. Hobbes (1865).

As the vessel puts in at various ports, the lyrical narratives weave back and forth through a century of change. A smuggler who studies angels, a woman who knits a stove, green martyrs, a homesick immigrant, and a biologist studying the sexual characteristics of caplin all come to the attention of the navigator before he turns southward, to the joy of glad returning.

Coasting Trade was recorded and produced with soundscape recordings by the award-encrusted Chris Brookes.


In a performance of less than an hour, producer Chris Brookes and poet Robin McGrath transport the listener to a Yankee schooner circling Newfoundland in the late nineteenth century. The production, a Canadian tapestry for the ears, is beautifully embellished with sound effects that capture the waves, ship sounds, and local fauna. Robert Joy, Rick Boland, and Anita Best bring a lyrical beauty to this "Performance for Three Voices." McGrath provides fleeting glimpses into the lives of an immigrant, a biologist, a smuggler, and Newfoundland locals scratching a life out of the rugged terrain. The short performance is superb, with the rich voices of Joy, Boland, and Best meshing into a melody against the harmony of background sounds.
—AudioFile magazine

This Canadian audiobook recording brought to you by Rattling Books of Newfoundland and Labrador.