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Stop Drifting, Start Rowing: One Woman's Search for Happiness and Meaning Alone on the Pacific | [Roz Savage]

Stop Drifting, Start Rowing: One Woman's Search for Happiness and Meaning Alone on the Pacific

In 2007, Roz Savage set out to row 8,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean—alone. Despite having successfully rowed across the Atlantic the previous year, the Pacific presented the former office worker with unprecedented challenges and overpowering currents—both in the water and within herself. Crossing Earth’s largest ocean alone might seem a long way removed from everyday life, yet the lessons Roz learned about the inner journey, the ocean, and the world are relevant to all of us.
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Publisher's Summary

In 2007, Roz Savage set out to row 8,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean—alone. Despite having successfully rowed across the Atlantic the previous year, the Pacific presented the former office worker with unprecedented challenges and overpowering currents—both in the water and within herself.

Crossing Earth’s largest ocean alone might seem a long way removed from everyday life, yet the lessons Roz learned about the inner journey, the ocean, and the world are relevant to all of us. She shares tales of the ups and downs of her voyage across the waves, while offering insights on how to find happiness through a meaningful and rewarding life.

©2013 Roz Savage (P)2013 Audible Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[Savage's] British accent adds a personal touch to her account of the joys and challenges of undertaking such a big trip. This first-person account displays her intimate maritime knowledge, as conveyed in the technical details of her trip." (AudioFile)

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    Brandin Los Angeles, CA, United States 05-14-14
    Brandin Los Angeles, CA, United States 05-14-14 Member Since 2011
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    "I only listened to 1/3, so maybe it gets better?"

    Narration is OK. I've heard some god awful narration so i couldn't put it in the 1 or 2 stars with that category of "unlistenable". Still, the narration was just ok.


    Story really belongs in a much shorter book. I'm sure the story is actually very very good - but she draws it out with detailed accounts of things that we just don't care about hearing. There's a constant refrain about how she likes to eat clean & is forced to eat things she doesn't want to eat. It's exhausting to listen to mundane comments about how you don't like a certain type of food. I feel like I'm at my friend's house & her 5 year old is protesting that night's dinner.

    Seriously, I have to believe this story gets better - but I can't make it through a minute longer.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Pierre de Villiers 04-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Sooo Enjoyable and informative!"
    What made the experience of listening to Stop Drifting, Start Rowing the most enjoyable?

    It was narrated by the author - you just experience it on a deeper level if its read by the person who experiences it first hand!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stop Drifting, Start Rowing?

    Too many!! - Two guys on plastic raft- The helicopter rescue- Over all sense and experience being in the middle of nowhere - loved it.


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

    The general&over all amount of help / money and love produced by strangers to help Roz achieve her goals. It just shows you that if you put yourself out there, in a sincere and honest way, you will never find yourself to be alone.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12-14-14
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    "Way too heavy on hypocrticitical enviro-preaching"

    I bought and read the book based on the book's summary. And the journey itself was interesting and she's also a decent writer so parts of the book were quite interesting. But there was way too much environmental preaching and (environmental) hypocrisy for my liking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dirtydawg84 Paso Robles, Ca 12-09-14
    dirtydawg84 Paso Robles, Ca 12-09-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Want to hear a great adventure,with a message too?"

    She did IT! She did it and documented her adventure to boot! Roz's narrative give a huge bonus with this audiobook as well. Google the Pacific Ocean. That thing is huge! This woman is amazing! WOW! If you're an advocate or even curious about the plastic pollution and the ongoing problem with it in and on Earth's oceans, (and getting worse). LISTEN TO THIS audiobook. Give it to your friends and family too. Cheers to you Roz for your sharing and caring!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie GLENDALE, AZ, United States 09-03-14
    Leslie GLENDALE, AZ, United States 09-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Riveting!"
    What does Roz Savage bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love that the author read the book, and through her expression I was able to almost feel as if I were sitting next to her. Great voice and inflection for narration.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an excellent story of not only adventure but also one of how resilient people are. Roz experienced extreme situations and she describes how they made her feel but also why she did what she did and how it made her stronger. The book was well written and well narrated. I was just enthralled. I thank Roz for making my drive to and from work something to look forward to! I highly recommend this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alexa Medina, TX, United States 03-16-14
    Alexa Medina, TX, United States 03-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Inspirational, insightul and just fabulous!"
    Where does Stop Drifting, Start Rowing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    On my all time favorites list. This is a remarkable story told wonderfully. Beautifully written and read. Enjoyed every line. A truly inspirational womans story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The purpose of her challenge never left the story.


    What about Roz Savage’s performance did you like?

    Never felt like she was reading. Rather storytelling. Superb.


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

    There is a line in the book ...something like. ...average woman does extraordinary thing...


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tom HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND, United States 02-28-14
    Tom HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND, United States 02-28-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Can not believe it! Roz is my new hero!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Stop Drifting, Start Rowing to be better than the print version?

    I am a listener not a reader.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Loved her voice-how she worded all her thoughts in the book and what a journey both physically and mentally.
    wow!!!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DJ United States 07-13-14
    DJ United States 07-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Positively Courageous Inspiration "

    Unfulfilled in a materialistic lifestyle and an unsatisfying marriage, Roz shook up her life.
    She extracted herself from both and went in search of her purpose. Selling all her belongings, she went on a mental sabbatical, studying mystical, philosophical and metaphysical traditions. She read about the Hopi Tribe "Prophecies and their belief that these are now coming true  in The Hopi Survival Kit. The Predictions consist Of a Sequence of signs that the end of civilization is approaching, and a new era is coming. The first sign is "gourd of ashes" falling from the sky.  The Hopi interpreted this occurring when the Bomb fell on Hiroshima. Since then, they have regularly sent a delegation to the United Nations to issue a call to action . According to their philosophy, we have to look after the earth if we want it to look after us. If we lose touch with our spirituality and forget that we are dependent for our survival, things are not going to go well. The people who know where to find their own food and water" will survive best. (introduction "Dream big change your life")

    Realizing a fundamental truth in her being, She decided to row the oceans solitary to bring awareness to the earth and the damage we are doing to the environment .
    She learned  much more about herself and life. Roz tried to figure out lessons being taught by the ocean obstacle. She realized the ocean is just what it is not a sentient being.  Learning about adversity overcoming obstacles by how you respond to adversity are positives in the hardship that makes it meaningful With opportunity for growth and learning . Pg 69

    One obstacle involved broken water makers. Roz had a computer on board which she connected to satellite to post a blog. One post concerned the Junk ship launched from CA with destination Hawaii, it's mission to study trash from land and it's cumulative effect stalling out in the Great Pacific Garbage patch. Roz managed  an ocean meet-up with guys sailing he ship made from plastic bottles and other trash,  celebrated with them with a fish fry and was awarded a share in their water to get her the rest of the way in their common destination. Serendipity on the high seas seems to be a major theme in the narrative. She had many of these types of encounters and other events for better or worse.

    I chose the book, because I was intrigued with the idea of one woman and one boat crossing the great expanses of water between continents.  There is much controversy in academia about how the first people's migrated to the Americas. The prevalent theory is the Beringia  Land Bridge access.  Other researchers have a preponderance of evidence for also a water landing perhaps as early as 40000 years ago . If one woman rowing a boat albeit one loaded with modern technology  such as GPS, weather monitoring by satellite phone, surely skilled Ancient mariners could have . No Problem!

    I learned much more though and left the book with great admiration and understanding for Roz Savage for her dream of purpose and a kindred spirit regarding Native American Wisdom and a purposeful life!

    I will check out her book about crossing the Atlantic. 
     

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Fitz 04-19-14
    Fitz 04-19-14
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    "Rowing story is fine but......"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Anybody that holds the enviro-nut job flag for Al Gore and then pushes, no forces it down your throat leaves me wanting. This book preaches an agenda that we now know to be based on the made up story once called global warming. Al's movie that Roz uses as her base of scientific evidence has been so discredited that in England it requires a notice to this fact if shown to the public.
    If your looking for that kind of book this is it. If like me you wanted a book of adventure and "ocean rowing", this is not it...


    Has Stop Drifting, Start Rowing turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, just from this author.


    What about Roz Savage’s performance did you like?

    The voice was nice.


    4 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    PeanutMom 04-21-14
    PeanutMom 04-21-14

    Caviler Lover

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    "What a Lady!"
    Would you listen to Stop Drifting, Start Rowing again? Why?

    I will, it's storytelling at its best!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I listened almost 3 hours thinking it was an professional voice talent reading the book, not Roz. She is amazing!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    She weaves in motivation, hope, love and knowledge with a fantastic story!


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

    Oh yes!


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a woman, you will love this woman.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Mr. Philip R. Saunders
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    "Too long, too worthy, and inadequately narrated"

    I wanted to like this a lot. I didn’t.

    I could not identify with Roz from the outset, I could not empathise with her need to declutter, and in particular I could not appreciate her first act; that of getting rid of her husband. Now it may be that she wished to retain a certain degree of privacy and she chose not to present the full story, but she stands judged on what she has written, not upon speculation.

    This is a shame, a real shame because in between all of the padding, all of the pithy philosophy, she does have a message that is worth listening too. She just takes too long to say it, and the delivery is less than perfect.

    The producers should have re-record the sections where the stress, intonation and pauses of this self-narrated audiobook interfered with relaxed listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DelWij
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    "An incredible journey"
    Any additional comments?

    A very well narrated reading of Roz's incredible tale. Her very honest and humble recounting of the journey almost makes rowing solo across the Pacific sound easy! A highly recommended listen for anyone interested in Adventure / Environmentalism.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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