This is not an 'edge-of-your-seat' adventure story. It's simply the story of one man's journey around the globe. It's not a hard core sailing yarn, so sailing terminology and jargon is kept to a minimum. I found it a bit 'flowery' and over descriptive at first but did get used to the style. I found it a good pleasant listen, but only for those with an interest in sailing stories.
This is easily one of the best books of the year, and could easily be used as a basis for a high school science course.
I will be listening to it again, in front of my PC, to research some of the many interesting scientific facts mentioned in the book.
I thought this book might provide some insights and thoughts on open marriages. Not so. This book is a detailed and often graphic description of the authors various sexual adventures, punctuated by some of her thoughts on the subject of open marriage.
Unfortunately, while it gives plenty of details about the various sexual acts and some details about those involved, little or no voice is given to the authors husband and who, appears almost coerced into the open marriage by his sex addicted wife.
It also, offers little insight into what drives the author in her relentless pursuit of extra-marital relationships. At times, I almost felt sorry for her, as there appears to be some deep unfilled need inside her. But unfortunately, this is never really explored in depth.
This is easy listening, soft porn, but offers few insights.
Unlike most books in this genre, which appear to be written by either the very young, solo sailors (Jessica Watts, Jesse Martin, Robin L. Graham and) or the older cicumnavigator, this book is written by a young couple. It hence offers a slightly different perspective. And at first I thought this might be a fairly refreshing and entertaining book.
Unfortunately, this young couple uses the book to pour scorn on the cruising fraternity as a whole and gloat how great they area and how easy it all comes to them. I guess it takes a bit of wisdom, which is generally gained with age, to appreciate to the real skill is to find commonalities rather then pick differences.
Listening to the book, I couldn't help thinking that these guys are a couple of conceited idiots whom, should I ever have have the misfortune to meet them on the ocean, I would steer well clear off.
Other than that, this is a fairly standard "milk run" cruising story. Neither particularly exciting nor particularly well told.
As such, there are better stories, including "Islands, Oceans, and Dreams: The True Story of a Sailor's Seven Year Solo Voyage Around the World" which is also available on Audible.
This is not a story in the conventional sense but simply a collection of anecdotes, each chapter apparently focusing on a new assembly of characters. There appears to be new storyline or character development and listening became pretty tiring after a while (so I never did finish the story). Like sitting at a bar with some guy who insists on telling one pointless story after another.
Great story that really helps one understand how things work. This is not an academic treaty but primarily the story of one factory (also many other anecdotes are mentioned) and their relationship with one American company as seen through the eyes of an American intermediary on the ground in china.
Book should have been more concise - as it is the book is way to repetitive to be enjoyable.
Maybe. If I really wanted to hear the story. But he certainly is not one of my favourite narrators based on this book. But than again he didn't have much to work with.
Each chapter could have been cut by 50-60%
A interesting look at the Vietnam war from the perspective of the troops on the ground. I certainly learned a thing or two about what happened on the ground and some of the dilemmas solders at different levels at the hierarchy had to deal with.
Malas and Hawk, the two main protagonists.
Well and clearly spoken while still being able to capture and embody each of the many characters with their own distinct voice.
It's probably not as gripping as some other war books I have read but it still is a good read.
There are many characters to keep track of and it helps to have some understanding of the US army hierarchy. There are some character lists on the Internet that are helpful. Simply google 'Matterhorn character list'.
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