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As Long as It's Fun, the Epic Voyages and Extraordinary Times of Lin and Larry Pardey | [Herb McCormick]

As Long as It's Fun, the Epic Voyages and Extraordinary Times of Lin and Larry Pardey

To anyone interested in small-boat cruising and voyaging, the names Lin and Larry Pardey need no introduction. As world-girdling sailors who roamed the planet on a pair of small, engineless boats that they built themselves, the Pardeys established their hard-earned reputations by eloquently (and sometimes controversially) telling their stories through a series of best-selling books and manuals, and countless seminars and boat shows.
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To anyone interested in small-boat cruising and voyaging, the names Lin and Larry Pardey need no introduction. As world-girdling sailors who roamed the planet on a pair of small, engineless boats that they built themselves, the Pardeys established their hard-earned reputations by eloquently (and sometimes controversially) telling their stories through a series of best-selling books and manuals, and countless seminars and boat shows.

They have been called the first couple of cruising and have remained true to their mantra: Go simple, go small, go now. And after 200,000 miles of cruising under sail, they ve demonstrated that the dream of voyaging over the horizon is not only attainable, it s affordable. The children of modest, middle-class families, their message of accessibility into the world of cruising of taking your own floating home anywhere has proved irresistible to tens of thousands of sailors. Lin and Larry Pardey became cruising royalty not solely due to their impressive deeds but also through their rare ability to share what they'd learned across multiple media. Seemingly every offshore cruiser knows who they are and what they represent. Or do they?

In As Long as It's Fun, the biography of Lin and Larry Pardey, Herb McCormick recounts their remarkable sailing career from their early days in Southern California to their two circumnavigations to their current life in a quiet cove in New Zealand. Through interviews with their families, friends, and critics, McCormick delves deeply into the couple's often-controversial opinions, sometimes-tenuous marriage, and amazing list of accomplishments. As Long as It's Fun is as much a love story as it is a sea yarn, and, like all such stories, it s not without complications...which makes it not only a sailing tale but also a human one.

©2014 Herb McCormick (P)2014 New Street Communications, LLC

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    Jeanne D'Arcy Roanoke, VA 05-09-14
    Jeanne D'Arcy Roanoke, VA 05-09-14

    Sailor. Reader. Adventurer. Liberal.

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    "splendidly written, beautifully narated"
    What made the experience of listening to As Long as It's Fun, the Epic Voyages and Extraordinary Times of Lin and Larry Pardey the most enjoyable?

    The narrator has a natural talent - great delivery. And the storytelling from the writer is first-rate.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The sections describing their earliest voyages.


    Any additional comments?

    I've long been a fan of the Pardeys. I've read all of their books, and thus was familiar with aspects of this biography before I experienced the biography. Herb McCormick brought new insights and a fresh perspective. Excellent overall.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Seattle, WA, United States 04-23-14
    Eric Seattle, WA, United States 04-23-14
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    "A great tale inadequately told and poorly narrated"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This book should be recommended as an introduction to the library of Pardey authored books, rather than a good standalone work. It outlines with far too little detail the globe trotting lifestyle of the couple, never giving enough detail as to all that happened or why. It reads more like an old Readers Digest condensed book, enumerating events without detail. It does, though, make one want to dig into the Pardey books to get the details of their adventures that this one is lacking.


    What other book might you compare As Long as It's Fun, the Epic Voyages and Extraordinary Times of Lin and Larry Pardey to and why?

    I'd compare it to Josh Slocum's books, to Two Years Before the Mast or to More Backward Faster.


    What didn’t you like about Russell Stamets’s performance?

    I felt his delivery was a bit thin, flat and I felt he mispronounced quite a few words.


    Did As Long as It's Fun, the Epic Voyages and Extraordinary Times of Lin and Larry Pardey inspire you to do anything?

    This book did inspire me to search out the Pardey authored books, search for the Hiscock books about their adventures and look for more information about many of the characters named in this book.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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