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.
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.
Thanks for taking me along with you around the world! I just sat down and listened to your whole tale. Additionally you did a first rate narration.
I'm from San Francisco and loved sailing from Sausalito, around Angel Island...all over but I never went under the Golden Gate. You took me there.
In the'60's I shipped out as a a deck hand on a Norwegian freighter :Tahiti, Pango, Fifji, Raubaul, Numia etc, but I was a deckhand: you were a Skipper!
I doff my cap to you. Your story was fantastic what an adventure. What was your next fulfillment? You are a gifted writer and narrater. Looking for your next book. Congratulations!
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 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.
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.