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Breaking Seas: An Overweight, Middle-Aged Computer Nerd Buys His First Boat, Quits His Job, and Sails Off to Adventure | [Glenn Damato]

Breaking Seas: An Overweight, Middle-Aged Computer Nerd Buys His First Boat, Quits His Job, and Sails Off to Adventure

Do you have a dream you must pursue, but everyone says it's unrealistic? Or that you're not qualified? Too old, too out of shape? Or you don't have the "right experience?" Glenn Damato was a 41-year-old software instructor who sought to exceed the bounds of his comfortable but humdrum existence. He embarked on an adventure for which he was miserably unprepared. Why did he do this? How did he answer the ancient human question: how do we jump-start growth in our lives? We become something we were not.
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Do you have a dream you must pursue, but everyone says it's unrealistic? Or that you're not qualified? Too old, too out of shape? Or you don't have the "right experience?"

Glenn Damato was a 41-year-old software instructor who sought to exceed the bounds of his comfortable but humdrum existence. He embarked on an adventure for which he was miserably unprepared. Why did he do this? How did he answer the ancient human question: how do we jump-start growth in our lives? We become something we were not.

The "something" Damato strived to become was neither easy nor simple: an ocean sailing skipper. Overweight and without boating experience of any kind, he decided to pursue his lifelong dream of sailing around the world on his own vessel.

Reckless? Dangerous? Idiotic? Call it what you will, Damato was determined to make the voyage a reality despite the obstacles.

©2012 Glenn Michael Damato (P)2013 Glenn Michael Damato

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    Michael Ruston, La, United States 03-21-14
    Michael Ruston, La, United States 03-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "If it fly's floats or f.... - its cheaper to rent"

    Loved the audiobook so much that I listened to the entire thing in one sitting (in a back office at work with the volume turned down low - don't tell anyone). It is good on several levels, the story is well told in a manner that makes the mundane interesting, it has a man meets middle age and fights it subplot, its a great sea story, parts of it are really funny and parts of it make you cringe in sympathy with some of the situations the author gets himself into. If you like boats, you'll like the book. If you've ever owned a boat you'll love the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen D. Croan Port Isabel, Texas 06-30-14
    Stephen D. Croan Port Isabel, Texas 06-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Fun & Entertaining!"
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    My wife and I both started listening to Glenn Damato's sailing tales and we didn't want to stop. Is it cruel to enjoy listening to other people's calamities? Maybe it is, so I apologize to Glenn. But I will tell you that anyone who has ever entered through the front doors of any West Marine supply store will thoroughly enjoy reading Breaking Seas! That's what boats are all about: they break and require money to repair. We had a fun day listening to this very well written story!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Felix Del Barrio Australia 05-29-14
    Felix Del Barrio Australia 05-29-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Don't judge this book by it's cover"
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    This is a strange one. It's a great book, well written, engaging, informative ect. But if you're expecting an 'epic journey', then expect it to only last from San Francisco to Cabo.

    Strangely I really wish the writer actually achieved what the premise of the book implies, but it's nonfiction, so fair enough.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tony 04-16-14
    Tony 04-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "So good I listened to it twice"
    Would you listen to Breaking Seas again? Why?

    I had to listen twice... it was hilarious, entertaining, and informative. This audio was read with the perfect voice to tell the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Breaking Seas?

    There are so many memorable moments one after another,


    Which scene was your favorite?

    maybe the big naked baby scene could be my favorite memorable scene


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

    The ending


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend that you listen to this book. I felt like I lived it, I believe I could easily be found in the same situations given the opportunity, financially that is, to buy a boat. I have dreamed of sailing since I was 10 and wanted that plastic sail boat at Gibson's dept. store. I never got that boat but I never forgot it either. I lived in west Texas growing up and longed to see the ocean and experience the freedom of the wind and the sea. I laughed my butt off while driving and listening to this book (both times). This brought me down to reality, and I felt like I gained the experience of this adventure without actually doing it. I live relatively close to Galveston bay and am currently signed up for ASA BKB 101, I can't wait to started. Thank you Glenn for sharing your experience!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Martin Gilbert, AZ, United States 04-13-15
    Martin Gilbert, AZ, United States 04-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "One of the best books I've listen to on Audible."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Breaking Seas to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the book


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Breaking Seas?

    Shortly after purchasing his boat he accidentally runs into a number of other boats while trying to maneuver into a new slip at the marina.


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

    No I have not but he does an excellent job of telling Glenn's story


    Any additional comments?

    My only disappointment came when I finished the book and realized this was the only thing Glenn Damato has written to date. I really hope he writes another one.

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    Michael 04-10-15
    Michael 04-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Never really gets to the adventure part"

    This is not a sailing book, nor really an account of an adventure learning to sail. It focuses much more on the judgment passed onto the author by the California sailing community with a slight sideline story of getting a boat ready for an ocean passage.

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    jennifer tallon san francisco, california, US 02-23-15
    jennifer tallon san francisco, california, US 02-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Guy has unrealistic idea of how women pee"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Breaking Seas to be better than the print version?

    Loved this book and the way the guy writes. Would read anything else he writes.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    You don't change non fiction.


    Which character – as performed by René Ruiz – was your favorite?

    The main character, the author. Self deprecating as well as egocentric. Forgiving of others, as well as totally unsympathetic.. He is a dichotomy.


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

    As someone who has bought two old boats and successfully sailed both, I made many of the same mistakes, and had some of the same misconceptions...I found myself laughing or talking out loud during the story. Or anticipating exactly what was about to happen and shouting out when it did.


    Any additional comments?

    This man clearly watches too much porn, and has never lived with a woman...His idea that a woman can direct the stream of her urine, especially underway in any condition but glassy light downwind conditions, is a direct result of him either seeing shows in Thailand where I hear women project objects with great accuracy out of their anatomy, or porn sites suggesting women "squirting" with legs and thighs splayed out to accomplish this.
    So his chem toilet, though nice in theory, was, I feel the main reason for the tension and animosity between him and his crew and was a clear red flag to his female crew that he had not the slightest clue about female evacuation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brodie Mornington, Australia 01-31-15
    Brodie Mornington, Australia 01-31-15 Member Since 2009

    An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.

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    "A great sea chuckle!"

    A great fun tale that reveals insights into the human condition with regards romance, the sea and taking on a project on a whim. From the get-go it is a light hearted nautical romp of a man with wit, humor and observational powers. As you will discover, he deserved much more than he got for no other reason that his tenacity.

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    Richard 01-08-15
    Richard 01-08-15
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    "Entertaining tale."
    Would you listen to Breaking Seas again? Why?

    Yes. Funny and entertaining for a sailor.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Liked the impressions of the female crew.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Composting head disaster.


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

    Funny. Honest portrayal. Self deprecating humor.


    Any additional comments?

    Fun to listen to.

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    Randy 10-02-14
    Randy 10-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting Read"

    I enjoyed the book, but I kept feeling that the author needed to grow a pair. The Joyce character almost ruined the book for me, she would have been swimming home if this was my boat. Other than that, I found it to be a well written and interesting story.

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    "Not one I will recommend."
    Would you try another book written by Glenn Damato or narrated by René Ruiz?

    No Sorry.


    What was most disappointing about Glenn Damato’s story?

    Sailing yarns have a habit of being a tad,"poor me". In the story I grew tired of the poor me attitude and hoped it would be replace by something else,it wasn't. I wont give any spoilers but its safe to say the story goes absolutely nowhere.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of René Ruiz?

    The narrator was spot on.


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    "high seas adventure escapism that's true!"
    What did you like most about Breaking Seas?

    A lit of blokes dream about sailing around the world, before going back to mowing the lawn, but this guy buys a big boat and quits his job without ever having set foot on a sailing boat, and then he actually does go round the world. Inspiring and very funny.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Breaking Seas?

    The descriptions of his near death experiences hold you breathless. The small things that always go wrong (this guy practically defines "sods law", are reminiscent of our own struggles with the minutiae over life. That makes it believable and very funny!


    Have you listened to any of René Ruiz’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No. I like his delivery though. He reads it as if he's telling you the story of his adventures, not reading out someone else's words. His characterisations of the many different people that Glenn encounters are subtle and well defined.


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

    The "drive by rejection" by a potential lover, that is the catalyst for the whole crazy enterprise is so painful, and every man who has ever been rejected will wince at the description. However you have to give thanks to the woman without whom we wouldn't have had this tale, and Glenn Damato wouldn't have had his amazing life.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone who loves a good adventure yarn, wrapped up in a warm room while reading about cold black seas beating against the Hull of a lonely boat in far distant reaches, read this. Anyone who lives stories of people "giving it all up" on a whim and a dream, read this. Anyone who has been unlucky in love or in their career or in life and want an inspirational tale, read this. Anyone who wants a good laugh, read this. Anyone who wants practical advice on how to set up a boat so it is sea worthy could do worse than read this as Mr damarto gives some great advice and tips along the way.
    Basically, read this, I did and I loved it!

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