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Imperfect Passage: A Sailing Story of Vision, Terror, and Redemption | [Michael Cosgrove]

Imperfect Passage: A Sailing Story of Vision, Terror, and Redemption

Michael Cosgrove had a beautiful family, a successful career, and a lovely Southern California home overlooking the Pacific Ocean. At the age sixty, he decided to leave that all behind to sail around the world. In spite of his romanticized vision of rugged individualism and salty tales to share with his grandchildren, Cosgrove quickly realizes that sailing around the world isn’t going to be as easy as he’d imagined.
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Michael Cosgrove had a beautiful family, a successful career, and a lovely Southern California home overlooking the Pacific Ocean. At the age sixty, he decided to leave that all behind to sail around the world. In spite of his romanticized vision of rugged individualism and salty tales to share with his grandchildren, Cosgrove quickly realizes that sailing around the world isn’t going to be as easy as he’d imagined. From a psychotic crewmate, sleep deprivation, and mental breakdowns, to stormy weather and hallucinations, Cosgrove rides the waves, holding on as best he can to his dream of “doing something grand.” Alone, and thousands of miles away from everyone and everything he loves, he is forced to ask himself one question: What in God’s name am I doing here?

In his attempt to avoid the inevitable (growing old, weak, frail), Cosgrove runs amok. He breaks his budget to outfit the boat and then refuses to read the manuals. He enters unfamiliar harbors in the dead of night, hires a violent first mate, and sails headlong into ferocious storms. In the midst of his adventures, he longs for the simpler days when his four daughters were still children, when his first marriage was still intact, and when his future still seemed bright and expansive. Though driven by scenes of sheer terror, absurd folly, and deep inner searching, Cosgrove keeps his sense of humor throughout his harrowing journey.

Imperfect Passage is the story of one man’s perseverance against Father Time and Mother Nature, proving that with enough will, one can, in his or her own way, conquer the unconquerable.

©2012 Michael Cosgrove (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Richard 01-08-15
    Richard 01-08-15
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    "Interesting for a sailor"
    Would you try another book from Michael Cosgrove and/or Peter Powlus?

    Perhaps if it was sailing. Not the best writer.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Is factual.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Not the best.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes because I like true sailing stories


    Any additional comments?

    Worth reading as a sailor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ReneeS 10-21-14
    ReneeS 10-21-14
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    "Disappointing"
    What disappointed you about Imperfect Passage?

    Many facets of the story were disappointing, but the fact that he gave up his quest to circumnavigate and thus NOT achieve the lofty goal he set for himself was the most disappointing part of the book.


    Has Imperfect Passage turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Absolutely not! My partner and I are about to embark on our own sailing adventure and we are hungry for knowledge from others who have lived this dream. It also gets us excited and keeps us motivated listening to great sailing stories. This story did cause my partner to comment how lucky he is....several times :) So something good came of it!


    What about Peter Powlus’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job of sounding like an arrogant, wealthy, Californian: so he was the perfect narrator for this book.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is about a 60 year old man missing his very high maintenance girlfriend so he gives up on his adventure and has his boat shipped back to the states from New Zealand thus ending his journey on a bad note (mentioned in other reviews). His incessant whining is tiresome. This is not a sailing around the world adventure story as I thought it would be. As a woman who dreams of sailing to far away places, I cringe every time he mentions "his Sally". She is the antagonist in this story and not at all likeable. She wont even stay on the boat with him when she comes to visit him in Tahiti. Yuk! If your looking for a real sailing adventure story I suggest "Islands Oceans and Dreams", by Michael Salvaneschi. He too misses his family and thus ends his adventure AFTER an almost decade long circumnavigation. The story is ripe with adventure, friendship, & far away places. I am in no way related to or know the author, I just appreciate when other reviewers give me options when searching in this genre.

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    Krishna Murphy 08-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Feeling dirty after reading this book"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Criminals. This kind of sailor gives Americans a bad name.


    What was most disappointing about Michael Cosgrove’s story?

    It started off so well but ended up being a story about a criminal. The bottom line is that you plowed into another boat and fled like a thief in the night.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator did a nice job.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger in that I paid money for this book and some of it would go to the author. Disappointment in how the story ended. Certainly, the author could have been more ethical despite what the other person was trying to do.


    Any additional comments?

    This person gives American cruisers a bad name.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tom NJ, USA 07-17-14
    Tom NJ, USA 07-17-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Conquering the Seas"

    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.

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    Miriam 06-26-14
    Miriam 06-26-14
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    "A Coastal Sailor's Prospective"

    I can empathize with Cosgrove as a coastal sailor in Hawaii. Enjoyed the accurate descriptions of the places he visited. I don't think you could dream up the adventure he had - and the "End Game". A very good good read for yachties.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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