Hearing this true story of adventure romance and courage in the authors voice is a wonderful experience. Having already read and thouroughly enjoyed the book on paper it is such a treat to now listen to the audio version.
Ken. In the course of the book we witness Kens transition from a somewhat skeptical participant to a full adventure partner in every sense.
I am torn between the choice of the encounter with the Komodo Dragons or the one with Israeli intelligence. You be the judge!
What a treat that would be.
You will love this audiobook!
One of the best books I have read - a true coffee-table and bedside item! If Larry could do it, so could you!
Julia, Larry's mom
Have seen him as a live speaker - inspiring!
Buy this book today - it could change your life!
I read the book and now the audio. Larry has the knack for telling a great story. Actually, it's the best sailing story I've read yet. He personalizes it takes you with him as he tells the story.
Larry of course. He's the one that made it all happen. It was a real sacrifice personally and financially.
He's an excellent story teller. Very few authors know how to relate to readers like he does.
Probably the preparation for the trip and his background before starting the trip. I still think about his trip now and then, especially when I'm on my sailboat.
Great read. It showed what excellent person Larry is despite what others may think of alternate lifestyles. We all are different in so many ways, and Larry didn't try to hide himself with a glib story about sailing just to sell a book. He put his heart and soul into it.
The author allowed me to explore the sailing world he observed and experienced. His account is very well written and extremely enjoyable. I always respect a fellow sailor's perspective, especially from someone who has circumnavigated this Earth! I hope to do so one day.
Joshua Slocum wrote "the book" about sailing around the world. Many others have also done so in their accounts of their experiences. Jacobson brings a refreshing up-to-date reality to the "around-the-world" adventure with his story.
I have not had the opportunity to hear Larry Jacobson"s motivational performanances.
I appreciate hearing first-hand accounts and totally respect people who "walk the walk" of sailing around the world.
Larry Jacobson gives us a heart-felt story of an incredible journey that most of us dream about, and will never take the risk. I increasingly feel the push "out the Gate" that Larry experienced, some fear and lots of respect for the sea, but now feel even more compelled to get it on. Thanks, Larry, for the motivation!!!
Yes. I'm not a seagoing sailor, but listening with my eyes closed I was on that boat. Jacobson's got a good voice; could be a radio announcer; made it easy to listen to.
It's a candid story form the heart of an ambition fulfilled and as they say... How cool is that? Very much liked the author's decision to tell the story from three perspectives... his journal, his emails, and his post adventure thoughts. The format affords the listener a terrific sense of perspective.
"ADVENTURE WON'T LOOK FOR YOU. GO FIND IT"
This was my first ever audio book. Larry sounds like an accomplished guy and listening was a completely satisfying experience.
First of all, Larry is a wonderful speaker and it is no surprise to me that he is so well received.
I felt fortunate that I had heard Larry's musical, happy voice as I read the hardbound copy of The Boy Behind the Gate. It made "my" journey around the world all the more real. I am so glad that his is the voice in this recording!
Although I do very much enjoy Larry as a character, I will have to say that the ocean had the most dramatic role and I have to applaud Ken for his moxie.
This may not actually be a straightforward answer to the question but whenever Larry speaks of his mom, wow - the love - what a genuine man!
Larry has a great sense of humor and his sensitivity toward others is evident. This book evokes laughter and tears, frustration and joy and wonder.
Larry Jacobson continues to share his dream. I enjoy his voice and his enthusiasm as I listen to him tell his story of grit and grace.
The fact that Larry carried out a dream that other people only think about. That in itself is so amazing. It would have been easy to give up the trip when things started happening aboard Julia, but that did not stop Larry. This book is truly inspiring and that's what this author
Larry stands out so much since it's his dream and we get to ride along through
all the trials and tribulations.
In Larrys story you get to travel along with him and his crew to many wonderful places.The book photos are breathtaking.
The book makes you laugh and cry. Since Larry comes at us with complete honesty, It made his story even better.
I need to ad that I truly enjoyed this book. I didn't put it down until I finished.
This book illustrate the strength and courage to pursue a life long dream. Larry brings this journey to reality for all of us sitting on the sofa with similar dreams.
Larry's ability to adapt and solve his difficulties during life on board a boat is worth every minute of this book.
Larry's character to learn and develop new skills throughout the voyage is inspiring. I did not cry, but I found myself laughing at all the things that can go wrong at sea.
Larry becomes the sea dog that survives storms, mechanical problems and relationship. Oh yeah, he's gay. If I ever find myself on a boat in a storm, I most definitely want Larry on board.
I listened and bought the hard bound book. Took the trip with Larry and his friends in my armchair by following their adventure around the world with google earth on my ipad or laptop. It was and education and adventure for me discovering ports and lands I would never have the opportunity to visit. I now feel like I'd been there.
If you like Bill Bryson's books. In particular "In a Sunburned Country" and "Walk In the Woods" you will like "The Boy Behind the Gate."
The emotion and reality in his voice. It is beneficial when writers can successfully narrate their own books.
I'm a sailor. Not a big sailer like Larry. I live on the East coast. I have a small boat but I can empathize with the author.
Larrys take on life is one to be admired. His courage to follow his dreams and not let the fear of the unknown horizon hold him back.
When I bought this I thought I was just getting an adventure novel. It is way more. It's a story of perseverance, goal setting and people being very much the same from all cultures of the world
Larry himself. I am a great lakes sailor with a dream of sailing the Erie canal to the Hudson river, down the east coast and ultimately attend carnival. My goals seem wimpy compared to sailing the globe. Larry's tenacity and resilience kept him on point.
When he arrived back in San Fransisco and was wondering how he would adapt back into the corporate world after six years on the ocean. When he arrived home, was it really home. For Larry home was his fifty foot boat and home was wherever he was at any moment.
Larry was also in Tialand and homesick around Christmas time and decided to fly back to the states for a family holiday visit. He put his boat on dry dock for some maintanace while he was gone. The day after he arrived home was when the devastating sunami hit the region. If he had stayed at anchore in that harbor only a couple more days he would sure have perished.
Having lost a brother this past year that was a gay man that was self distructive and very much wasted his life. We feel he really had a hard time being who he was. Larry is a gay Jewish man very comfortable with who he is. His take on prejudism alone makes this a great lison wether you are a sailor or not. We as people have allot to learn from Larry.