Winner of three independent book awards: NIEA, Readers' Favorites and Beverly Hills Book Awards. Obsessed with sailing, Leslie Nack's larger-than-life Norwegian father has a dream to live on a sailboat and show his three daughters the world. And although it takes years, in 1975 he finally completes his preparation and sets his sights on French Polynesia. But when they begin their journey, Leslie, who has just turned 14, faces a disturbing reality: her father, who's crossed boundaries in the past, is not to be trusted...and she's trapped with him on a 45-foot sailboat.
Intense and inspiring, Fourteen is a coming-of-age adventure story about a girl who – with the help of the ocean, which alternately serves as her solace and her savior - comes into her own power and finds the strength to fight back against abuse.
©2015 Leslie Johansen Nack (P)2016 Leslie Johansen Nack
I am a writer, mixed-media artist and reformed English teacher. I've lived in many foreign countries , including Mexico (for 12 years).
Do you mean if I had it to do over again would I listen to it? Definitely. If you mean do I want to listen to it again, I'd rather listen to Leslie's next book. Too many good unread books in the world to listen to the same one twice.
I like Leslie's voice and her willingness to let us in to all sides of the family relationship. She dealt with some very hard issues and I think conveyed well the double-sided nature of her relationship with her father.
I think her voice is consistent with the young girl, as conveyed in the book. Granted, she is this young girl, but her adult self. Nonetheless, the reading was believable and effective.
Yes. It wasn't possible, but I would have enjoyed listening to it on a long trip in the car. On the other hand, even though I listened to it in 12 or more sessions, there was no problem picking up with the plot session to session.
I am anxious to find out what happened to the characters next. Leslie seemed to be such a strong young woman. I can't imagine having a father who was a sexual predator and I am very interested to know what effect this has had on her life since, whether her sisters faced the same problems, and how this very complicated family continued to function. There are really two main plots here--the incredible adventures of the journey coupled with the complexity and narcissistic personality of the dominant father. I know she is writing her next book. I'll be here with an ear cocked!!! I really enjoyed this book and plaudits to Leslie for both the telling and reading of the tale. Good job.
A sailing adventure about a young girl's struggles with her father...and the sea.
Leslie is an excellent writer and many of her passages pulled me into the story. Here is one that really stood out for me: “The hatch closed, leaving me alone (at the helm) again. The world of stars and ocean took over my heart and soul. The comforting sound of the ocean sloshing against the hull filled my ears as the boat pushed forward.
Yes, although I rarely have that luxury.
While I liked the story, the way it ends made the book unsatisfying. Way to many unanswered questions. Much of the story revolves around the family members and yet it ends with no wrap up of what has happened to them since or future sailing or anything. I found myself caring about and interested in the family characters only to be left hanging
"Ticks many boxes"
What I liked most about Leslie Johansen Nack's story was the atmosphere, expertly recreated from her past, as she and her sisters lived an unusual lifestyle from most other girls in their early teens, with an adventure on the horizon (no pun intended).
The best part, for me, was the exhilarating adventure, the sense of danger, and all the time an underlying awareness of her father's proximity.
This is a difficult one to answer because Ms Nack tends not to over-dramatize her performance, so I'm tempted to say that her portrayal of her own character was my favourite.
It would be accurate to say that I was caught up with the expected adventure, tempered by this girl's coming-of-age story, and followed with the beautifully-described islands of the South Pacific and, finally, the story's climax.
Needless to say, I rather enjoyed this audio book.
"Brilliantly narrated by the author"
I read the kindle version of this Memoir back in July 2016 and loved it. I was lucky enough to be given the audio book as a gift. My initial 5* review of the kindle version stands for this audiobook. Although I should like to add that the narration by the author is brilliant. "This is a great 'coming of age', adventure and survival memoir and so well written. The author had me turning the pages even though I didn't want the book to finish. The 'sailing' alone would have had me captivated..... Leslie's father takes his 3 daughters on a 45' boat journey across the ocean to Tahiti - can you even imagine that!! - The descriptions of this voyage are brilliant. There's an undercurrent though of the non-water type which Leslie is frightened of and eventually tries to stand-up-to... Mrs Johansen - Leslie's mother isn't great at sea and so her daughters are to set-sail with their father alone. I am happy to recommend this memoir. Please don't feel you need to be interested in boats/sailing/the ocean to enjoy this book - there's more to this memoir than first meets the eye."
"A lesson in the courage children teach us all"
Living life with parents who are unable to nourish and love in the way parents should often defeats the soft souls of children...but in this touching and often painful story, again i am humbled to have been able to understand what so many untold stories happen every day. Inspiring and a lesson in just how wise young children can be....and how deeply they will fight to survive hellish experiences in tact, with grace and with hope.
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