This audiobook is a delightful light-hearted tale about boating. It is the memoir of a lifelong boater, written from the perspective of a person who has not made a living at sea but is just there because he enjoys being on the water. The audiobook has stories about his pets on board and about the people he meets traveling the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterways (GIWW). He traveled extensively for 10 years in a Grand Banks trawler. This journey has been just part of his lifelong boating adventures seeking that elusive boating paradise.
©2012 Terry Victor Kimmel (P)2013 Terry Victor Kimmel
Dr. Kimmel's writing makes you feel like you are along with him as he explores the Southern US and the Caribbean while boating. You get to be with him to enjoy success and you feel for him as the mechanical failures keep happening.He describes the costs associated with boating which sound unpredictable. Boats cost too much, require a lot of repair, can strand you almost anywhere and bring a tear to your eye when they sink.
He writes that the happiest day for a boater is when you buy a new boat and the second happiest day is when you sell it. After listening to the book, I believe the author would do it all over in a heartbeat. The boat repair business sounds like a industry designed to allow the repairer to profit at a boat owners great expense. The repairers seem to promise prompt service and then do not deliver it. At one point the author measures the speed of a repair based on how many times the repairers eyes blink.If you like boating then you expect the pitfalls.
Dr. Kimmel describes each stop on his journey. A true boater sticks with his plan and the author does that and enjoys the fruits of his efforts. I feel like I am richer for what I now know about places I will never likely see. I never expected that I would listen to a book like this one but I began it because of the Narrator, Joshua Bennington. I have listened to his work on the book Adjuster Stories and he has the perfect voice to keep your interest. He did not disappoint me and I look forward to listening to him again.
In a word---" Everything"
Take a chance like I did and you will enjoy the journey.
I have already told some of my boating friends about the book. The stories are too real and bring back memories of our time on the water.
It had a sad ending when the author had to sell his love. And not just to buy another one but to get out of boating.
Joshua Bennington must be a boater because he talks a lot like the people I meet down at my boat. I don't know if the author asked him to read that way but he sounds different in some of the other books I have heard done by him.
This book is a definite must for any one who loves water sports.
I FELT THAT I WAS LISTENING TO A FELLOW BOATER WHO HAS GONE THROUGH SOME OF THE SAME PROBLEMS AND ADVENTURES THAT I HAVE LIVED THROUGH. VERY ENTERTAINING.
"FLY:NORTH, SOUTH, EAST AND WEST" BY TERRY REECE BECAUSE THAT BOOK WAS ALSO DONE BY JOSHUA BENNINGTON BUT IT WAS ABOUT A PILOTS MEMOIRS.
JOSHUA BENNINGTONS PERFORMANCE GAVE THIS BOOK A DOWN HOME TONE.
OH YES, I WANT TO VISIT SOME OF THE SAME PLACED AND THEN LISTEN AGAIN TO DR. KIMMELS STORY ABOUT THE AREA
I RECOMMEND BOTH THE AUDIO BOOK AND THE PAPER BACK
Both versions are good but the audio version felt like I was talking to the author at the dock.
I enjoyed the audio book very much and would recommend it to anyone who has a love of the water.
BOATS AND MORE BOATS
I liked when the author reminisced about the way boating was only a few years back and how this or that has changed
The narrator gave the audio book a conversational tone, all most like you were talking to the author and he was telling you his story down at the dock
The story of the purchase of authors ideal boat and his dealing with the boat dealership. This must happen to a lot of boat buyers because it also happened to us
If you are a boater or like being on the water this book will entertain you and give you a smile
BOATING: A LIFE'S JOURNEY RANKS HIGH AMOUNG THE AUDIO BOOKS I HAVE LISTENED TO. IT WAS DONE IN A DIFFERENT STYLE. A MORE CONVERSATIONAL MANNER, BUT I LIKED IT
TERRY KIMMEL WAS MY FAVORITE CHARACTER SINCE THE THE BOOK CIRCLED AROUND HIM
I DON'T KNOW WHO'S IDEA IT WAS TO READ THE BOOK IN A CASUAL MANNER BUT IT WAS A NICE CHANGE FROM THE STIFF FORMAL MANNER SOME OF THE AUDIO BOOKS HAVE
IT WAS A BOOK WE LISTEN TO NON-STOP WHILE ON A TRIP WITH OUR BOAT
NICE STORY, LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT OTHER BOATING ADVENTURES
the audio version was good and i liked that i could hear it while i was driving but the printed book was just as good
the story about his first boat and his adventures in that boat. all beginning boaters make mistakes, this author just admitted to his
entertaining book, read by a down home narrator gave the book more of a conversational feel
It is a good audio book but certainly not the best I have ever heard. What I liked about the narration was that it did not sound like a professional announcer but a real person.
I liked when the author leaves the ICW and takes us for a ride to some of the out of the way places he has visited.
Joshua Bennington tells the story like I believe the author would be telling the story down at the dock to one of his friends.
A boaters book! Believable boating book.
My wife and I listened to the book together. That was something we had never done before. We had always read a book and then talked about what we had read. Doing the book together was a lot of fun. The narrator was clear and the story was easy to follow.
I liked when the author told about the rules of the road when in the ICW. Very true and very funny.
There were no characters but the author. It was a memoirs book told in the first person.
I like the story of the authors first boat and how it was towed into a Coast Guard Station and then his father told him, he could always get another one!
Another ICW book with a little different slant about his voyages in and out of the ICW. A different perspective of cruising with a lot of reminiscing.
Both versions are good but I like audio books better because I can play when I am traveling.
There was a book written around 1915 called "The Boy, Me and the Cat" by Henry Plummer that has stories about travels in the canals of the East Coast.
Picking order in the canal system
Liked the audio book and highly recommend it.
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