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The Boy Behind the Gate: How His Dream of Sailing Around the World Became a Six-Year Odyssey of Adventure, Fear, Discovery and Love | [Larry Jacobson]

The Boy Behind the Gate: How His Dream of Sailing Around the World Became a Six-Year Odyssey of Adventure, Fear, Discovery and Love

With his first mate and crew, amateur sailor Larry Jacobson embarked on a lifelong goal to circumnavigate the globe. Willing to risk all, Jacobson spent six years sailing into the unknown where the unrelenting oceans served as a teacher of seamanship, personal strength, and perseverance. In The Boy Behind the Gate, the author reveals those crucial steps that will motivate you to make your dreams come true. We are each given one great opportunity at life. What are you going to do with yours?
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Publisher's Summary

FOLLOW THE GLOBAL SAILING ADVENTURES OF JULIA AND HER CREW AS THEY DISCOVER THE WORLD AND THEMSELVES

With his first mate and crew, amateur sailor Larry Jacobson embarked on a lifelong goal to circumnavigate the globe. The namesake boy behind the gate is a passionate romantic who, since childhood, yearned to discover what's out there ....

How do some people overcome fears and insecurities to manifest their dreams? What are the characteristics that allow them to completely transform their lives from one of stability to one of uncertainty and adventure? Don't we all entertain ideas of reinventing ourselves, of having a chance to do it differently and by our own rules?

Willing to risk all, Jacobson spent six years sailing into the unknown where the unrelenting oceans served as a teacher of seamanship, personal strength, and perseverance.

In The Boy Behind the Gate, the author reveals those crucial steps that will motivate you to make your dreams come true. We are each given one great opportunity at life. What are you going to do with yours?

©2011 Larry Jacobson (P)2012 Larry Jacobson

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    R. Patrinellis Coloma, CA 08-27-12
    R. Patrinellis Coloma, CA 08-27-12
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    "The courage to live out a lifelong dream"
    What made the experience of listening to The Boy Behind the Gate: How His Dream of Sailing Around the World Became a Six-Year Odyssey of Adventure, Fear, Discovery and Love the most enjoyable?

    Hearing this true story of adventure romance and courage in the authors voice is a wonderful experience. Having already read and thouroughly enjoyed the book on paper it is such a treat to now listen to the audio version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ken. In the course of the book we witness Kens transition from a somewhat skeptical participant to a full adventure partner in every sense.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I am torn between the choice of the encounter with the Komodo Dragons or the one with Israeli intelligence. You be the judge!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    What a treat that would be.


    Any additional comments?

    You will love this audiobook!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Nick Switzerland 08-27-12
    Nick Switzerland 08-27-12

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    "Tremendous adventure"
    Where does The Boy Behind the Gate: How His Dream of Sailing Around the World Became a Six-Year Odyssey of Adventure, Fear, Discovery and Love rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best books I have read - a true coffee-table and bedside item! If Larry could do it, so could you!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Julia, Larry's mom


    Have you listened to any of Larry Jacobson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Have seen him as a live speaker - inspiring!


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

    Both


    Any additional comments?

    Buy this book today - it could change your life!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer sunnyvale 08-27-12
    Amazon Customer sunnyvale 08-27-12

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    "Was a great story - loved it"
    If you could sum up The Boy Behind the Gate: How His Dream of Sailing Around the World Became a Six-Year Odyssey of Adventure, Fear, Discovery and Love in three words, what would they be?

    I read the book and now the audio. Larry has the knack for telling a great story. Actually, it's the best sailing story I've read yet. He personalizes it takes you with him as he tells the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Larry of course. He's the one that made it all happen. It was a real sacrifice personally and financially.


    What about Larry Jacobson’s performance did you like?

    He's an excellent story teller. Very few authors know how to relate to readers like he does.


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

    Probably the preparation for the trip and his background before starting the trip. I still think about his trip now and then, especially when I'm on my sailboat.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read. It showed what excellent person Larry is despite what others may think of alternate lifestyles. We all are different in so many ways, and Larry didn't try to hide himself with a glib story about sailing just to sell a book. He put his heart and soul into it.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Michael MOUND, MINNESOTA, United States 08-26-12
    Michael MOUND, MINNESOTA, United States 08-26-12
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    "A global sailor's tale for other sailors"
    Where does The Boy Behind the Gate: How His Dream of Sailing Around the World Became a Six-Year Odyssey of Adventure, Fear, Discovery and Love rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The author allowed me to explore the sailing world he observed and experienced. His account is very well written and extremely enjoyable. I always respect a fellow sailor's perspective, especially from someone who has circumnavigated this Earth! I hope to do so one day.


    What other book might you compare The Boy Behind the Gate: How His Dream of Sailing Around the World Became a Six-Year Odyssey of Adventure, Fear, Discovery and Love to and why?

    Joshua Slocum wrote "the book" about sailing around the world. Many others have also done so in their accounts of their experiences. Jacobson brings a refreshing up-to-date reality to the "around-the-world" adventure with his story.


    Have you listened to any of Larry Jacobson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not had the opportunity to hear Larry Jacobson"s motivational performanances.


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

    I appreciate hearing first-hand accounts and totally respect people who "walk the walk" of sailing around the world.


    Any additional comments?

    Larry Jacobson gives us a heart-felt story of an incredible journey that most of us dream about, and will never take the risk. I increasingly feel the push "out the Gate" that Larry experienced, some fear and lots of respect for the sea, but now feel even more compelled to get it on. Thanks, Larry, for the motivation!!!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Berkeley, CA, United States 08-26-12
    Robert Berkeley, CA, United States 08-26-12
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    "INSPIRING & MOTIVATING!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I'm not a seagoing sailor, but listening with my eyes closed I was on that boat. Jacobson's got a good voice; could be a radio announcer; made it easy to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a candid story form the heart of an ambition fulfilled and as they say... How cool is that? Very much liked the author's decision to tell the story from three perspectives... his journal, his emails, and his post adventure thoughts. The format affords the listener a terrific sense of perspective.


    Which character – as performed by Larry Jacobson – was your favorite?

    Himself.


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

    "ADVENTURE WON'T LOOK FOR YOU. GO FIND IT"


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first ever audio book. Larry sounds like an accomplished guy and listening was a completely satisfying experience.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Garden Valley, CA, United States 08-27-12
    Leslie Garden Valley, CA, United States 08-27-12
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    "Grit and Grace"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Boy Behind the Gate: How His Dream of Sailing Around the World Became a Six-Year Odyssey of Adventure, Fear, Discovery and Love to be better than the print version?

    First of all, Larry is a wonderful speaker and it is no surprise to me that he is so well received.
    I felt fortunate that I had heard Larry's musical, happy voice as I read the hardbound copy of The Boy Behind the Gate. It made "my" journey around the world all the more real. I am so glad that his is the voice in this recording!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Although I do very much enjoy Larry as a character, I will have to say that the ocean had the most dramatic role and I have to applaud Ken for his moxie.


    Which character – as performed by Larry Jacobson – was your favorite?

    This may not actually be a straightforward answer to the question but whenever Larry speaks of his mom, wow - the love - what a genuine man!


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

    Larry has a great sense of humor and his sensitivity toward others is evident. This book evokes laughter and tears, frustration and joy and wonder.


    Any additional comments?

    Larry Jacobson continues to share his dream. I enjoy his voice and his enthusiasm as I listen to him tell his story of grit and grace.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Debra Cypress, CA, United States 08-28-12
    Debra Cypress, CA, United States 08-28-12
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    "A BOOK TO INSPIRE ANYONE"
    What made the experience of listening to The Boy Behind the Gate: How His Dream of Sailing Around the World Became a Six-Year Odyssey of Adventure, Fear, Discovery and Love the most enjoyable?

    The fact that Larry carried out a dream that other people only think about. That in itself is so amazing. It would have been easy to give up the trip when things started happening aboard Julia, but that did not stop Larry. This book is truly inspiring and that's what this author
    intended.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Larry stands out so much since it's his dream and we get to ride along through
    all the trials and tribulations.


    What about Larry Jacobson’s performance did you like?

    In Larrys story you get to travel along with him and his crew to many wonderful places.The book photos are breathtaking.


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

    The book makes you laugh and cry. Since Larry comes at us with complete honesty, It made his story even better.


    Any additional comments?

    I need to ad that I truly enjoyed this book. I didn't put it down until I finished.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick CAMARILLO, CA, United States 08-26-12
    Patrick CAMARILLO, CA, United States 08-26-12
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    "Courage"
    What made the experience of listening to The Boy Behind the Gate: How His Dream of Sailing Around the World Became a Six-Year Odyssey of Adventure, Fear, Discovery and Love the most enjoyable?

    This book illustrate the strength and courage to pursue a life long dream. Larry brings this journey to reality for all of us sitting on the sofa with similar dreams.


    Which character – as performed by Larry Jacobson – was your favorite?

    Larry's ability to adapt and solve his difficulties during life on board a boat is worth every minute of this book.


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

    Larry's character to learn and develop new skills throughout the voyage is inspiring. I did not cry, but I found myself laughing at all the things that can go wrong at sea.


    Any additional comments?

    Larry becomes the sea dog that survives storms, mechanical problems and relationship. Oh yeah, he's gay. If I ever find myself on a boat in a storm, I most definitely want Larry on board.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Fairfield, CT, United States 02-16-13
    Mary Fairfield, CT, United States 02-16-13 Member Since 2010
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    "For people who love true Adventure and Travel"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I listened and bought the hard bound book. Took the trip with Larry and his friends in my armchair by following their adventure around the world with google earth on my ipad or laptop. It was and education and adventure for me discovering ports and lands I would never have the opportunity to visit. I now feel like I'd been there.


    What other book might you compare The Boy Behind the Gate: How His Dream of Sailing Around the World Became a Six-Year Odyssey of Adventure, Fear, Discovery and Love to and why?

    If you like Bill Bryson's books. In particular "In a Sunburned Country" and "Walk In the Woods" you will like "The Boy Behind the Gate."


    What does Larry Jacobson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The emotion and reality in his voice. It is beneficial when writers can successfully narrate their own books.


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

    I'm a sailor. Not a big sailer like Larry. I live on the East coast. I have a small boat but I can empathize with the author.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    steve GRAND LEDGE, MI, United States 11-28-12
    steve GRAND LEDGE, MI, United States 11-28-12
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    "Great lison"
    What made the experience of listening to The Boy Behind the Gate: How His Dream of Sailing Around the World Became a Six-Year Odyssey of Adventure, Fear, Discovery and Love the most enjoyable?

    Larrys take on life is one to be admired. His courage to follow his dreams and not let the fear of the unknown horizon hold him back.


    What did you like best about this story?

    When I bought this I thought I was just getting an adventure novel. It is way more. It's a story of perseverance, goal setting and people being very much the same from all cultures of the world


    Which character – as performed by Larry Jacobson – was your favorite?

    Larry himself. I am a great lakes sailor with a dream of sailing the Erie canal to the Hudson river, down the east coast and ultimately attend carnival. My goals seem wimpy compared to sailing the globe. Larry's tenacity and resilience kept him on point.


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

    When he arrived back in San Fransisco and was wondering how he would adapt back into the corporate world after six years on the ocean. When he arrived home, was it really home. For Larry home was his fifty foot boat and home was wherever he was at any moment.
    Larry was also in Tialand and homesick around Christmas time and decided to fly back to the states for a family holiday visit. He put his boat on dry dock for some maintanace while he was gone. The day after he arrived home was when the devastating sunami hit the region. If he had stayed at anchore in that harbor only a couple more days he would sure have perished.


    Any additional comments?

    Having lost a brother this past year that was a gay man that was self distructive and very much wasted his life. We feel he really had a hard time being who he was. Larry is a gay Jewish man very comfortable with who he is. His take on prejudism alone makes this a great lison wether you are a sailor or not. We as people have allot to learn from Larry.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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