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.
Inspiring, scary and real.
There were too many memorable parts. The adventure of sailing into and through the unknown is truly a measure of their bravery. All the obstacles the overcame showed grit and ingenuity (along with large amounts of money). Flying the rainbow flag around the world was gutsy.
The places they anchored and ports of call sounded exciting as well as utopic. As I listened I followed along with google maps. Zooming in and out to see where they were, how far they had come and how far they had to go. Truly fascinating!
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.
Less of a focus on the author's sexuality.
To much of a focus on the author's sexuality. Neither the title, nor the description of the book, suggest that this is a central theme of the book. It is deceptive to draw the reader/listener in with the promise of a book that is primarily about a sailing adventure, and instead feed them the ramblings of a middle-aged gay man so focused on himself and his relationships.
The author could have focused more on the background of his business story, and what prepared him for this journey. It is fine for him to share his biographical background, but unfortunately that became the central theme of the book and detracted from the sailing aspects of the book. Had the author focused more on the technical and descriptive aspects of the journey, the book might have been better.
If I could choose only one, Larry.
I was looking for a book primarily about a sailing adventure. Instead, I listened to a middle aged man drone on about his various relationships and his penchant for being naked. It would be easy to dismiss my review as one who is simply "homophobic" (which I am sure the author would do) but that is not the case. My problem is that the fact that the author made his sexuality such a central theme of the book but failed to be up front about that in the title, subtitle or description of the book, which I read before I selected it. I have two credits per month to select books to listen to while I am driving, walking, etc., and I wasted one of them on this book. It was a real disappointment.
I love books about travelling and finding one's self ... i love books about achieving one's childhood dreams ... i just don't think this book is one of them ... i guess unless you are a sailor who is interested in the subject of sailing this book would seem too far off ... i hardly ever put a book down ... only the one's i cannot stomach ... i wasn't able to go through this audio book ... not because it was bad or anything ... just not for me ...
Lately i am having a hard time finding good travelling and adventure books on audible ... this and "all over the map" which was about a whining single woman dying to find a man and is not REALLY interested in travelling as much as she would like us to think ( i reviewd this book earlier) would top my list of the worst books of the month ...
sorry for being so harsh
Delete 9 of 10 gay Love and/or heartbreak passages. I might have finished the book had he not tried to sell the positive aspects of homosexual relationships.
This is a story about man/man love set in the cruising world. Although he makes it cutesy and stays away from the dark graphics, the lifestyle permeates this book. I slogged through the adventure while girding against the kissing and cuddling...... until he reunites with his true love. (chap 12 of 17). ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. Label this book dime store.
Good narration. clear and precise speech.
I bought this book hoping to hear about high sea adventure and was disappointed because it was more about the authors gay relationships than sailing around the world. I couldn't go take it any more and had to stop listening. Not a great sailing book. More of a book about a sailor and his struggles with other gay men.
Way too many details about his love life and not enough about sailing around the world!
Sure... he was best part of the listen!
It had some good details about sailing
Author is a gay male. I am not a homaphobe but I bought the book to hear stories of sailing not stories of his love and lost male companions while at sea!
This turned out not to be the inspiring sailing adventure I thought it would be.
Instead of adventure, inspiration & insight we have endless tales about personal relationships, things breaking on the boat & getting weather predictions wrong.
And for the life of me I cannot understand why the author chose to do the reading himself.
This is the first Audible book I literally could not bring myself to finish.