I liked the characters and the story setting. The descriptions of bullfighting and scenery were great. Really got a feeling I was there. On the bad side, I did not know why I was there. The whole story kind of seemed aimless.
No. The reading of the story was too lethargic. Made the whole story just seem listless. I much prefer the other Hemingway books. For Whom the Bell Tolls was fantastic.
Too lethargic. Seemed like all the characters were William Hurt. Other narrators seem to do a better job making the characters more unique in the reading.
Yes. I would like to see the scenery in a movie. Despite the light plot, Hemingway paints with his words and the beauty of the places shine through.
This was a fantastic book. It transports you from boat to boat, describing the trials that these solo sailors face in this great race. When the author opens a window to a particular incident, he does well to close it out. You really get a feel for the race and what drives these sailors to make the toughest passage around the world.
This book was the worst I have ever listened to. From the start, the author is condescending to everyone that is not presently mirroring his thinking. His descriptions of the people around him are mostly negative and he tries to portray himself as superior to everyone else. He often talks about his desires in life and within minutes is criticizing the people that live the way he just claimed to desire.
I was able to persevere through the arrogant ranting in the first half by waiting for his failures to come out. I laughed at the author, not with him when he made mistake after mistake.
If you are a sailor there is very little to get from this book. What he writes about is usually wrong. His disasters at sea (if you call cruising along the West Coast at sea) end when he has to get the boat back to San Diego alone. Somehow with a crew all his mistakes are made and when he is alone he becomes some sort of sea dog. It makes the whole book suspicious when his best moments come without a witness.
There is no sailing knowledge to be gleaned from this book. If you think eating an overcooked hamburger and drinking a lot of coffee is an accomplishment, this book will give you plenty of similar feats. If you are looking for a book where the sailor respects the sea and longs to be part of it, you will not find it here.
I wish I could purge this book from my memory.
This book is about a man who has a crisis and decides to sail. I did not like how this was just a thing to accomplish for him. He often would say things like conquering the storm or achieving the tough passage. I definitely would not want to be this guy’s friend. He is arrogant and always right. He even talks about hitting a right of way boat and then says that the other boat set him up. That is a convenient excuse for being negligent and then running away from his responsibility.
He does have an interesting story to tell. His descriptions of the sailing experience and some of the tough parts were well written. He has some epiphanies that are worth hearing about.
His story was inconsistent at times and barely believable. Read this book with caution. This is not about someone who loves and appreciates the sea. He is not very knowledgeable about sailing. It is a sixty year old man who decides to sail away and considers any accomplishment as conquering something. The book focuses more on his thoughts than the sailing I was hoping to read about.
This was just a great story. I love the periodical facts that go along with the story. I love this author and the performance keeps the book intact.
This is a well read story. The action of the story is compelling and the descriptions of World War I are horrifying. The book moves along quickly and leaves you with the sense of disgust that is intended. One of the best pieces of literature that shows the horror and helplessness of war.
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