YES! In fact I plan on bringing it with me when I eventually depart on my own multi-year sailing journey...which I finally have decided to do BECAUSE of this book. I expect to listen to this book many times, especially once I go off cruising. There are so many important lessons in here for a sailor, and many of them I don't think I can fully appreciate until I get out there and do it myself.
Larry's perseverance in pursuing his dream, his never-give-up spirit even in the most challenging circumstances, and the moving humanity of the key players. I felt that I came to know Larry, Ken, and the other people in the book, and I was sad when the book was over - I wanted to keep them in my life and continue experiencing their adventure through his words. What I finally realized is that I CAN experience this adventure, by doing it myself! I would not have had the nerve to even consider it had I not heard Larry's story. Now, my husband and I are planning our own multi-year cruise on our own boat. And I have Larry and this book to thank for it.
His passion, his melodious voice, and knowing that I was hearing the story directly from the person who lived it, not just in his words, but from his own mouth.
Since my husband and I first started kicking the idea around of quitting our jobs and sailing around the world, I've been consuming books written by sailors who did this as fast as I can find them. This must be the 5th or 6th book I've read that was written by sailors who've done this type of journey, but NONE of them moved me like this book, nor gave me the final push to actually resolve to do it. This book is a perfect combination of useful information for boaters, along with a powerful, moving human story of a man who not only finds happiness at sea, but learns that he actually had everything he needed for happiness within him to begin with. The love story between Larry and Ken is slow to build, and in the end this is what makes it so beautiful - it wasn't a fast-moving, rushed romance but a lovely, unhurried, deepening relationship that developed during the course of an incredible adventure. I enjoyed the in-depth view into the personal life of someone I'd never met, and I ended up feeling like I'd known him forever. As for the adventure itself, I can't think of a single book in which I felt quite so much like I was WITH them. His descriptions of the exotic places he visited are evocative and rich with detail. I lived every experience, I saw it through his eyes, heard it through his ears, smelled the pungent smells, felt the fear and the elation. As an avid scuba diver myself, I felt like own my lungs were about to explode during the dive incident when Larry got twisted up in line and almost ran out of air (and I wanted smack him for breaking so many basic rules for divers!). I titled this review "This book changed my life", and I truly mean that. It is this book that convinced me that we can DO this - and that we SHOULD do it, sooner rather than later. Larry is imperfect, he made mistakes, he offered many cautionary tales - and yet he succeeded in living a dream that only a tiny fraction of humans will ever get to experience. Well, thanks to Larry, I intend to be one of them. But even if you never intend to do this yourself, listening to this book will serve as the closest thing to it.
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