On September 2, 2013, at the age of 64, Diana Nyad emerged onto the sands of Key West after swimming 111 miles, nation to nation, Cuba to Florida, in an epic feat of both endurance and human will, in 53 hours. Diana carried three poignant messages on her way across this stretch of shark-infested waters, and she spoke them to the crowd in her moment of final triumph:
Millions of people around the world cheered this maverick on, moved by her undeniable tenacity to be the first to make the historic crossing without the aid of a shark cage. At the end of her magnificent journey, after 35 years and four crushing failures, the public found hope in Diana's perseverance. They were inspired by her mantra - find a way - that led her to realize a dream in her 60s that had eluded her as a young champion in peak form.
In Find a Way, Diana engages us with a unique, passionate story of this heroic adventure and the extraordinary life experiences that have served to carve her unwavering spirit.
Diana was a world champion in her 20s, setting the record for swimming around Manhattan Island along with other ocean-swim achievements, all of which rendered her a star at the time. Back then, she made the first attempt at the Mount Everest of swims, the Cuba Swim, but after 42 hours and 79 miles she was blown desperately off course. Her dream unfulfilled, she didn't swim another stroke for three decades.
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"Hearing [Nyad] tell her story in her own words adds another dimension to the endeavor, and the listener feels her single-minded dedication to her goal. Her description of the challenging circumstances she overcame early in her life is jarring, and makes her achievements even more impressive. Nyad also gives the listener glimpses of her mind while swimming by singing the songs that help her to maintain her stroke, counting in various languages, and yelping when stung by jellyfish." (AudioFile)
I am a middle school reading and English teacher, and parent of two teenagers. We live in Duluth Minnesota, and our whole family enjoys audiobooks.
I am a Nyad groupie, so this was a must-listen for me. Nyad telling her own story is key to this book, I think. Even though I have followed all of her attempts on-line, and seen the video of her finish several times, hearing her read about this moment still made me teary. Nyad is the most impressive example I know, other than Holocaust survivors of putting mind over matter and staying focused on your goals. Onward!
Loved every minute. Changed my life.
I recommend this for everyone- to live on a higher level - to really live.
I hoped, I struggled, I laughed & I cried right along with the author. Diana did the story true justice by reading it herself as her voice carried the heart & conviction that was, no doubt, truly present. I loved every word!
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Thank you for sharing your story, Diana. You are a fabulous role model and inspiration for women, like myself, who later in life continue to seek their dreams in sports.
This is such a beautiful book. if you're looking for inspiring story, this is the book you need to read. I love it so much that I'm buying the hardcover. you gotta have this book in your library. thank you for being so inspirational.
This is truly one of the best books I've ever read. It's a look into the heart and soul of a beautiful person who never gave up on her dreams and because of that has inspired me and many others to ask what is my dream and how can I live each day of my life "not a fingernail better". Thank you Diana Nyad for finding a way and for inspiring so many of us in the process.
This was such a great book! My mom and I listened to it on a long car drive, and we loved every minute of it. Diana will inspire you with her story and her unique storytelling narration. Enjoy!
What an exceptional book by an amazing woman. I loved every minute of it. I cannot fathom swimming in the dark of night out at sea, thinking of sharks, and all manner of prey. Then to be stung by deadly jellyfish and keep swimming! Diana gives life to the words never give up. Her team also never gives up and persevered. What amazing friends. This book makes me feel inspired.
I bought the audiobook after seeing Diana Nyad at a lecture series in Pittsburgh. The story of her life and the monumental efforts that she puts herself through are hard to imagine. I swim and cannot imagine swimming for that many hours and having the drive and will power to endure the pain and monotony.
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