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66 Days Adrift

A True Story of Disaster and Survival on the Open Sea
Narrated by: Nick Hahn
Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (44 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The lure of paradise was unmistakable, and Bill Butler was on a quest to find it with his wife Simonne - riding the Pacific currents on their sloop Siboney, with a world of possibilities ahead. But,1200 miles from land, the alluring ocean showed its deadly side when, without warning, a pod of pilot whales attacked their sailboat, battering it until it sank beneath the waves.

The dazed couple was left drifting in midocean in a leaky six-foot raft meant for coastal waters, with only a few hastily grabbed provisions to sustain them. Simonne, who had never truly shared Bill's dream of circumnavigating the globe, blamed him bitterly for their desperate plight.

In this powerful account of their 66-day odyssey, Butler tells a gritty, harrowing tale of their battles against nature, despair, and their own demons. He reveals how he and Simonne found the strength to survive despite the ravages of hunger, storms, and sharks. Based on Butler's faithful log entries, 66 Days Adrift is both a chilling cautionary tale for sailors with big ideas and an inspiring story of love, faith, and survival against long odds.

©2005 William A. Butler (P)2013 New Street Communications, LLC

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Riveting story... but.

really a riveting true story, and an incredible tale of real survival. um... but I was not a fan of the voice performance. my gf heard it, and initially thought it was a done by a text to speech synthesizer. Despite my unhappiness with the voice narration, I was unable to stop listening because the story was so good. a must read in the genre of true survival.

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Must read awesome tale and true<br />

Love this book could not put it down so happy I found this amazing tale. Performance was awesome this is an absolute must read. If you like stories about the sea and survival you are going top live this as i did i was moved a couple times a least.

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Gripping!

This book was spellbinding. As a boater I was drawn to the story. Then I was fascinated by the sheer will to survive and the cleverness and ingenuity they used. I do think his nautical knowledge was a key element but the spiritual growth and connection provided the essential miracles.

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  • Mr. Jones
  • Fayetteville, NC, United States
  • 09-23-18

My Opinion

Another story of castaways. . . With 2, one female in this one, the wife Simone. Which was a good story. The two people on the raft helped each other make it through. I have a difference of opinion about God

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Engrossing

I really enjoyed listening to this book. sometimes the "fighting words" got tedious to listen to, but I could relate. I am glad he came to know God too. A very brave couple with a strong will to survive.

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Unbelievable!

I could not stop listening! It is amazing what they went through and survived!! Wow!

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Enthralling story

As a former sailor who sailed from Honolulu to Bora Bora in June of 1980, I loved the story. Even though each day at sea was essentially the same, I was continually intrigued to hear what happened next. It was a miracle they survived. The narrator, however, should find a different job. His tone was mostly monotonous and slow. I had to increase the speed to 1.25x. With such a suspenseful story, he could have been a lot more animated.

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Great story of adventure and survival!

I thoroughly enjoyed this true story of adventure and survival on the high seas! As a sailor myself, Bill Butler's account is sure to make me a more careful seaman, since I often assume the best while out on my sailboat.

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Excellent story and well narrated

This is an excellent and well narrated story and kept me very interested for the entire length of this audiobook. I just wish there was a movie about this.

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  • las3tortugas
  • 6542 de bordeaux, montreal,qc,h2g2s1
  • 04-16-16

Daily activities with a spouse in a restreint area for a long time.

The angle used to describe such a dificult event makes it very captiviating


I just loved it.

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  • Chris Kelly
  • 07-10-17

What...a...terribly...slow...narra...tor

how was this released it sounds as though the narrator is speaking to an imbecile. He has a decent sounding voice but..he...reads...at...a...maddeningly...slow...pace.

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  • James
  • 01-16-15

Trouble and strife

This was an enjoyable story, very tense at times as you'd expect, but with a focus on marital and religious difficulties.

Bill comes across as a slightly bungling character, not your typical survival hero like Shackleton or Callahan, and even believes he can communicate telepathically with his family. When not in the grip of a violent mood swing his wife Simone seems the most level-headed.

Religious folk will probably enjoy the couple's "spiritual journey" in which God "tests their faith" and "delivers them to safety". Bill ruminates on the subject extensively, and in the process is unintentionally amusing. He gives thanks for natural changes in wind direction and proclaims it a miracle that none of the sharks which terrorise the raft by day and night have yet succeeded in eating them.

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  • Chris
  • 10-27-18

On balance not bad but

The constant mention of God was off putting and the priest meddling in the marriage was just too much.

A great story!

lovely generous ending!!

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  • Tegan
  • 05-05-19

Egotistical one sided account

This story is a beautiful example of all the gear and no idea! The hero is a male Chauvinistic pig who denigrates his partner all the way through the story. His lack of knowledge on the Ocean and the creatures within is glaringly obvious. Not to mention he paints him self as an absolute angel against his partner who he paints as screeching banshee. I would’ve given the story -5 stars if I could however the premise for the story is an awesome one, how the writer manages to be such a nasty person is beyond me and just spoils the whole thing.