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A Voyage for Madmen

Narrated by: Norman Dietz
Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (103 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

In 1968, nine sailors set off on the most daring race ever held: to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe nonstop. It was a feat that had never been accomplished and one that would forever change the face of sailing. Ten months later, only one of the nine men would cross the finish line and earn fame, wealth, and glory. For the others, the reward was madness, failure, and death.

In this extraordinary book, Peter Nichols chronicles a contest of the individual against the sea, waged at a time before cell phones, satellite dishes, and electronic positioning systems. A Voyage for Madmen is a tale of sailors driven by their own dreams and demons, of horrific storms in the Southern Ocean, and of those riveting moments when a split-second decision means the difference between life and death.

©2001 Peter Nichols (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"A riveting account of the triumphant human spirit." ( Publishers Weekly)

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One of the best, most disturbing, and insightful.

This book had moments that were very difficult to take and moments that gave new understanding of the human condition, highly recommended.

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  • Patrick
  • kansas city, KS, United States
  • 09-22-18

great story

I just reread this book a second time while a recreation of the race is underway. it is September 2018 and the boats in the current Golden Globe race just suffered a knock down last night. To boats just fasted one person injured.

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Ok story but long and boring

I would return this title if they would let me. I listened to this story with the VERY intriguing title, for 20+ chapters. The announcer is dry and much like your 7th-grade science teacher--boring.

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Wow

A story with a character for each facet of man's collective personality. The man we dream of being, the man we hope we aren't, and the men we more probably are.

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The greatest story of all

Superbly detailed and written, this story is the greatest recount of an era and unbelievable events I have ever read. Exciting, horrific and compelling, a true must read for any and all who enjoy history, sailing, adventure or are just looking for entertainment. This book will not disappoint.

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investing in danger

A document of the first Golden Globe Race. From a time when men took to death and danger to make a name. Competition, design, negotiation, fight, arrogance, ignorance, success and death is all in sailing and all in this book.

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Amazing!

What people will do when faced alone by their own demons and ghosts! Still presents as a mystery!

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Captivating

An incredibly gripping narrative superbly narrated. One of the best sailing books I have read or listened to. An inspiring tale of courage and endurance.

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Story thrills with 1st Golden Globe race

Loved the story. The listener should be interested in sailing. I enjoyed the parallel stories of each of the competitors.