In early May of 2005, Captain Tom Tighe and first mate, Loch Reidy, of the sailboat Almeisan welcomed three new crew members, two men and a woman, for a five-day voyage from Connecticut to Bermuda. While Tighe and Reidy had made the journey countless times, the rest of the crew were paying passengers learning about offshore sailing—and looking for adventure. Four days into their voyage, they got adventure but nothing that they had expected or had any training to handle.
A massive storm struck, sweeping Tighe and Reidy from the boat. The remaining crew members somehow managed to stay aboard the vessel as it was torn apart by wind and water. Overboard! follows the simultaneous desperate struggles of boat passengers and the captain and first mate fighting for their lives in the sea.
©2010 Michael J. Tougias (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“I was frightened or astonished by every page of this beautifully told story of raging elements and human survival. And then the tale is ultimately and heartrendingly inspirational. You will not be able to put this book down.” (Dodge Moran, first American to sail solo, nonstop, around the globe)
The author taught me about sailing and drew me into the action. The narration was good, too. I never got bored, and I never regretted the purchase. That's good enough for me. Worth the time & money.
Sidenote: as others have said, you should also check out The Perfect Storm. It's got more information about storms, and boats, and the lives of sailors, as well as the personal connection to the characters. (TPS is a better book, without question.)
THANK GOD! Remember the anticipation, the dread of "Jaws"? Well, to me, this was even more intense, AND non-stop!
I found myself pacing when I was in my office, and when I tried listening in bed, I couldn't relax enough to sleep (don't try it).
Suspenseful? Oh...I'd say so. It felt like a 6-hour roller coaster ride!
Wow, “Overboard!” written by Michael J. Tougias, was quite a miraculous true life survival story.
I really enjoyed all of the descriptions of what happened at sea and the suspense about who would survive the sailing trip. I was also impressed by the Coast Guard rescue teams.
The narrator, Malcolm Hillgartner, did a great job.
The story is quite an adventure. You will not be sorry you listened to it.
I wouldn't know whether or not the audiobook is better than the print version since I didn't read the print version.
The story was well told, the writer kept it interesting throughout the telling and didn't over-dramatize the events covered.
The captain and the first mate were the most interesting because their experiences were so much more extreme than the experience of the other people involved.
The time before the first mate was rescued was pretty amazing.
This was good story of adventure and survival, if you're in to this genre, you should enjoy it.
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