An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.
OK this is about Gay skipper and the gay way of life. If that is not your cupper, leave now but if it is ok with you then this is a truly fun listen. The tenacity of our hero is remarkable for he and his crew suffers more than his fair share of mishaps. It is a tail of a dream fulfilled and a cautionary tale about anyone with similar ambitions. 'Julia' is a floating bar to which all are invited such is their generosity. The bar is a magnet for meeting people, learning about seamanship and attitudes. It is undeniably a major achievement, costly beyond imaginings and a great example to anyone who can dream but that's as far as it gets. Go on, listen!
A great tale of one man's journey. Gave a much more personal touch in that the author was also the reader. Very enjoyable from cover to cover!
I really enjoyed this honest account of Larry & Ken's circumnavigation. I loved not only the magical moments sailing dreams are made of but also the detailed accounts of foul weather and a barrage of maintenance issues.
That Larry and Ken are gay lovers lends a very unique perspective to the story. Larry narrates to us with humour and a very genuine sense of openness.
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.
Yes I would recommend this to a friend because it is a very enjoyable listen that transports you into the adventure.
I listen to a lot of sailing audiobooks but can't compare this one to any of the others, it stands alone as both a sailing narrative and a honest human story.
Tough to pick out a scene but if I had to I would say the decision to fly out for Christmas and by chance miss the tsunami. Very heavy stuff. The way Larry describes it all and the compassion for these people and this disaster is an inspiring human story.
Would have loved to but don't have that opportunity
I listen to audiobooks when I go out and run and I enjoyed this one enough that I have listened to it exclusively for a few months probably 3-4 times in it's entirety. Very enjoyable. I would love to go to hear him speak.
When the story revolved around ports of call and actual sailing stories it was very good. The descriptions of the south pacific were very good, and I listened to the section about the passage from the south China sea through the Suez Canal twice because I was interested in Mr. Jacobsen's experience in this area that most cruisers skip. After listening to his description, I'll definitely go the southern route!
A little less emphasis on the partying lifestyle, It is not my plan to drink myself around the world.
His voice is clear and engaging.
How to Sail around the World Buzzed.
My husband and I are in the beginning stages of our plan to circumnavigate. I'm obsessed with sailing stories. This one was a worthwhile read. No story of circumnavigation, for obviously good reasons, can cover every detail of the trip. And Mr. Jacobsen's story seems to be heavy on the "personal growth and life is about happiness" emphasis, which is valid. But I prefer stories that focus on the technical details, the planning, and the sailing and the destinations. My plan is to avoid the disco and booze stops. That seemed to be opposite of his experience.
I am a 50 something and was not prepared for the story as written
I guess I was not ready for hot steamy man love in the tropics, the book is more of a gay manifesto than sailing novel expected from the synopsis
He has a good voice and knows the material,as the writer who better to read the book aloud
I can respect people's individuality, but I've listened to almost two hours of this book and reached my limit of the author justifying and embellishing his sexual preference rather than describing his sailing experience. In the dust cover write up, the author also alludes to the fact that, at the risk of great personal detriment, he dropped everything in his life to follow his dream to sail around the world. However, as far as I was able to make it into this book, the author builds himself up to be an over-privileged snob who has both the financial and familial support to do whatever he pleases. Product not as advertised....
Sorry, I couldn't make it past the second hour and can't identify any redeeming qualities to this point.
Can I please have my credit back?
The Meek Shall Inherit the Gulag
How about emphasize the sailing experience.
James Baldwin's Across Islands and Oceans from Good Old Boat magazine
Good voice, carries well in vehicle travel. I really like that the author read his own book.
Reduce the incessant emotional departures,the unending hugs, the tears. I kept pushing on hoping to get to some serious sailing but by chapter six, my wife just couldn't stand it anymore and suggested we cut our loses and switch to James Baldwin's book.
Maybe it moves more into the sailing experience after chapter six, but the repetitive emotions, tears, hugs, etc. just got boring. We may skip ahead a few chapters and see if the emotional baggage is left behind or at least delivered in a way that the listener can empathize with the feelings expressed.