• A Voyage for Madmen

  • By: Peter Nichols
  • Narrated by: Norman Dietz
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (270 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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Not Awesome

My main complaint is with the narration. Very monotone, very difficult to get into a story that is read poorly.
The story sounds amazing, but having a difficult time following the narration

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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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great one to fall asleep to

great stories and I love the content but narrator is as monotone as can be. found it hard to stay awake.

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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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Better than I thought

Definitely worth a listen. Especially if you're a single handed sailor.
The narration isn't as bad as some reviewers complain. It's a book, not dramatized movie.

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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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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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Change speed to x1.1 or x1.2

The narration is too slow for comfortable listening. Increase speed one or two notches and you’ll find the narrator acceptable. I found that x1.1 worked best for me, x1.2 was okay but just a bit too fast.
GREAT BOOK!!!

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Good read

Interesting and entertaining. Narration somewhat dry but fitting.

Definitely worth the read for sailors and enthusiasts.

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Worth Your time

This story is very well written and chronicles in detail the arduous journey these men
undertook. You can almost imagine being there with them. Very engaging!

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