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Islands, Oceans, and Dreams: The True Story of a Sailor's Seven Year Solo Voyage Around the World | [Michael Salvaneschi]

Islands, Oceans, and Dreams: The True Story of a Sailor's Seven Year Solo Voyage Around the World

Islands, Oceans, and Dreams is a true story of a man who, at the age of 33, began dreaming of voyaging with his wife to the South Pacific. He wasn't an adventurer or daring by nature, but he bought a boat and began learning the ways of the sea. Twenty years later, racked with the pain of divorce and still aching to live out his dream, he set off alone for Tahiti. After reaching French Polynesia, he continued cruising for seven years and wound up solo sailing around the world. Islands, Oceans, and Dreams takes the listener on that voyage.
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Islands, Oceans, and Dreams is a true story of a man who, at the age of 33, began dreaming of voyaging with his wife to the South Pacific. He wasn't an adventurer or daring by nature, but he bought a boat and began learning the ways of the sea. Twenty years later, racked with the pain of divorce and still aching to live out his dream, he set off alone for Tahiti. After reaching French Polynesia, he continued cruising for seven years and wound up solo sailing around the world. Islands, Oceans, and Dreams takes the listener on that voyage.

From turquoise lagoons to pirates, with plenty of adventure in between, this is a must-read for any sailor or armchair traveler who loves stories of the sea.

Michael Salvaneschi has more than 30 years of experience sailing California’s offshore Islands. His two voyages to Mexico, his two-year stint as a commercial swordfisherman and his seven-year solo voyage around the world have taught him much about seamanship. As a guest speaker at yacht clubs, sailing societies, and service groups, Michael tells his stories and shares his experiences as a solo sailor.

©2005 Michael Salvaneschi (P)2012 Michael Salvaneschi

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    John S. Seattle, WA United States 09-04-12
    John S. Seattle, WA United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2005
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    "If you're into maritime adventure"

    this is the book for YOU! I bought it as a general interest travel narrative, and it does work as that, although at some points better than others.

    Part 1 struck me as the least "general interest" section, as the author spends much of that time alone on the high seas in the middle of nowhere, although there are (eventually) stops in the Marquesas, Samoa, Tahiti, Fiji, etc.

    Part 2 is largely concerned with Australia, both sightseeing on land, and sailing its vast coast, finishing up with the trip to Arabia, with a lengthy stopover in Sri Lanka.

    Part 3 covers the most in terms of miles - Arabia to California, via the Mediterranean, Atlantic, and Panama Canal. Starts out with adventures in avoiding pirates (he never really is threatened, though friends have a lot less luck) from Arabia to Israel, through the Suez Canal. Stops, including sightseeing trips, in Israel, Italy, Gibraltar, the Canary Islands, and Trinidad, until the not-so-simple Canal crossing, and home to San Diego.

    Michael's a really nice fellow, without being particularly sappy about it, making lots of friends along the way; he uses the convention of referring to them by their boats' names ("Beatrice" etc.) and as he meets up with some after a long absence from the story, that did get a tad confusing at times. He's also quite a foodie, so it wasn't exactly hardtack and sardines for him; at one point he has so much surplus fish he makes a quantity of "fish jerky" out of it all! He did a terrific job in picking out the highlights of the trip, so things never really dragged for me, as I'd feared they might.

    Parker's narration works quite well in terms of maintaining enthusiasm, although I wish he'd done (more) prep work in getting place names correct, as at times it was almost painful to hear him get some wrong.

    Final verdict: definitely recommended!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    P. Palmieri Orlando, Fl 07-06-13
    P. Palmieri Orlando, Fl 07-06-13

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    "Great story telling, you get lost in the trips"
    If you could sum up Islands, Oceans, and Dreams in three words, what would they be?

    Great light autobiography of the author's adventures as a sole sailer around the world.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Michael - he is the main character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The trip up the red sea - its tense and slightly humorous as Michael fights the wind and his own imagination of pirates.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    somewhere in the middle when michael comes to terms with his solitude and appreciation for his life.


    Any additional comments?

    its a great story read by a great narrator.. its worth the credit to download and get lost at sea with him.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    matthew san diego, CA, United States 05-31-13
    matthew san diego, CA, United States 05-31-13 Member Since 2008

    I am an English teacher in China and can now read and write some Chinese.I have been to 13 countries on 4 continents.I am an avid audiophile

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    "Modern day adventure"

    The author seemed a bit depressed at first.Having been divorced,but he goes on a seven year adventure by himself,which was perhaps fool hardy.The recounting of navigating the Cape York peninsula and the whole coast of Australia was enthralling as he nearly runs his boat aground.The stories about Sri Lanka,the Maldives and navigating the Red Sea in gale force winds made me think he was courageous.When he glossed over Europe I could understand that this part of the world is overpriced.Going through the Panama Canal lochs was also cool.He picks up a couple of backpackers to help with the navigation.I was left feeling like the sea is perhaps the last place on earth a man can be alone with his thoughts and truly free.In the deep ocean there is less concern for hitting rocks and when provisioned right a blissful place that often ends in island hospitality.When he met the tug boat captain in Sri Lanka he began to understand that we have all the capacity for happiness within us.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leo mirabel, Quebec, Canada 02-22-13
    Leo mirabel, Quebec, Canada 02-22-13 Member Since 2007
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    "A personal favorite"
    What made the experience of listening to Islands, Oceans, and Dreams the most enjoyable?

    The way his experiences were described. Felt like I was there. And, he's a San Diegan. Like I am.


    What about Andrew Parker’s performance did you like?

    Great story teller. Like it was his own experience.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Loved the book. I'll listen to it again.


    Any additional comments?

    Wish it was twice as long.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James oakdale, NY, United States 08-10-13
    James oakdale, NY, United States 08-10-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Edit the Narration!"
    What would have made Islands, Oceans, and Dreams better?

    The first 2 parts of the narration were not edited. The sounds of the narrators slapping his tongue, swallowing, sighing, re-reading sentences is ridiculous (and quite disgusting at times). The 3rd part had the problems edited out.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The information about the voyage


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Andrew Parker?

    Scott Brick


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

    Interest, funny, sad at times.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    ReneeS 10-21-14
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    "Well told sailing story!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The authors tales of the people and places he sails to.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Tahiti or Bust


    Any additional comments?

    This is a wonderful sailing story about a man who succeeds at his goal of sailing to Tahiti, then decides to continue onward eventually circumnavigating the world. He ends up doing it solo because of a divorce but he doesn't dwell on this too much. He does become introspective about the situation that lead to his having to sail solo, but not in a whining, irritating manner. I felt that it allowed me, the reader, to understand the transformation to acceptance and eventually fondness for the time he spends alone during his travels. This man is humble, friendly, kind, tough, a gentleman, and all around good guy. He really doesn't say anything unkind about anyone he met along the way, to the contrary he speaks very highly of most everyone he encountered during his journey. He does a great job of describing his time under sail, along with all of the people and places that he visits. This book will get you excited to start your own sailing adventure!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Werner South Guildford, Australia 02-28-14
    Werner South Guildford, Australia 02-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Nice sailing story for those who enjoy the genra"

    This is not an 'edge-of-your-seat' adventure story. It's simply the story of one man's journey around the globe. It's not a hard core sailing yarn, so sailing terminology and jargon is kept to a minimum. I found it a bit 'flowery' and over descriptive at first but did get used to the style. I found it a good pleasant listen, but only for those with an interest in sailing stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa 09-30-13
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    If you could sum up Islands, Oceans, and Dreams in three words, what would they be?

    Great book! focus is more on the people and places and yet still gets in lots of good sailing and cruising information.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Fellow cruisers. Although the story is about his journey, the many friends he meets makes the book interesting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dirtydawg84 Paso Robles, Ca 08-16-13
    dirtydawg84 Paso Robles, Ca 08-16-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Cool adventure BUT!!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book is already written. If I were to change something it wouldn't be the same book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Islands, Oceans, and Dreams?

    When the whale surfaced next to him in the Med


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Rereading previous sentences.


    What else would you have wanted to know about Michael Salvaneschi’s life?

    Why his ex wife left him


    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to this book 3 times. I thought the 1st time I was being too critical about the author's mistakes and trials. Well, I wasn't. I sail as does my wife. I know the variable out there is dynamic, but jeez!! How many mistakes can a person make on such a passage? With thing constantly failing or breaking or the run ins with different persons ending in misunderstandings... I can't imagine how he made it through the complete passage with the storms and near misses. I titled the book "How not to circumnavigate the globe".

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Needed some editing."

    I thoroughly enjoyed the account of the voyage. However, this audio version needs some editing. There were several times when the reader stumbled over a word, went back to the start of the sentence or paragraph and restarted, but this was left in. The narrator's performance itself was very good, it was the editing that let it down.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Maggie com
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    7/22/14
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    "TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE USEFULL"

    This is an interesting read but there's too much technical information which if you don't actually sail doesn't mean a lot and detracts from the story.
    I enjoyed the narrator tone of voice but it seemed to repeat in parts, not sure if it was a technical error or the narrator lost his place, reread and it wasn't caught on proofreading.

    Overall a good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Celia
    Bracknell, Berkshire, United Kingdom
    4/21/13
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    "Journey Around the World"

    I really liked this journey around the world. The narrator was good to listen to and although it was a long book it kept my attention - especially the section whilst travelling through the Red Sea. Worth a listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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