Adrift [Movie Tie-in]

A True Story of Love, Loss, and Survival at Sea
Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard
Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
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The heart-stopping memoir, soon to be a major motion picture starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin, and directed by Baltasar Kormákur (Everest).

Young and in love, their lives ahead of them, Tami Oldham and her fiancé, Richard Sharp, set sail from Tahiti under brilliant blue skies, with Tami’s hometown of San Diego as their ultimate destination. But the two free spirits and avid sailors couldn’t anticipate that less than two weeks into their voyage, they would sail directly into one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. They found themselves battling pounding rain, waves the size of skyscrapers, and 140 knot winds. Richard tethered himself to the boat and sent Tami below to safety, and then all went eerily quiet. Hours later, Tami awakened to find the boat in ruins and Richard nowhere in sight.

Adrift is the story of Tami’s miraculous 41 day journey to safety on a ravaged boat with no motor and no masts, and with little hope for rescue. It’s a tale of love and survival on the high seas - an unforgettable story about resilience of the human spirit and the transcendent power of love.

©2018 Tami Oldham Ashcraft (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers
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never thought I would write this review

If you thought 50 shades of Grey was a good book, you will love this. not for the sex or anything, but because the juvenile writing is similar. This story took place in the 80s but there is very little context and in the case of this book the term "timeless story" is not good. the story itself is muddled with flashbacks that distract from the adventure but give the reader a good insight into the love of this woman's life. So perhaps it is just a story of the authors life and not an adventure story. Not really sure but you can get the book and decide.

The narration is hard to handle and over dramatized. If I wanted to hear a young woman yell and whine, I will take my headphones off and listen to my daughter's.

I am sure being adrift in the Pacific for 40 some days must really suck but the listener of an audio book should not suffer more than the author. I listened to 5 hrs of this book and I will never get that time back. I am going to go out and make every minute of my life count now that I wasted that time on this book. Maybe that is the goal and overall message of the book.....make every minute count. Start by not getting this book.

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Simply Awful

Struggled to finish this. Narration set the whole tone off, poorly done. Awful all around.

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Narratoe is extremely annoying. Makes the book hard to listen to.

The narrator’s voice is very irritating when she is yelling, which is a lot of the book. It’s very piercing
on the ears. It really makes this book hard to listen to.

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Narrator awful

I hate writing bad reviews but this book has the worst narrator i have ever listened to. I could not get past the first hour before i couldn’t take any more of this book. I couldn’t even get into the story because the narrating was so awful. It was almost comical with the voice changing. I wished i could have finished this book

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Screamin Read

Although I appreciate the challenges the heroin went through, there was too much stream of consciousness for my tastes, especially when the narrator screamed to reflect the main characters frustration. Donna J Young

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Bad narrator!

I tried to like it but the narrator was bad, please don't use a woman to speak for a man. Then the screaming was also annoying. The movie must suck as well?

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highly recommend

I have listened to it multiple times. It's an absolutely engrossing story. I highly recommend.

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Adrift

Did not appreciate the story laced with profanity. Reader does an awful job with the British accent. Did not finish the book.

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movie is better than the book.

It's not often that you hear about a movie being better than the book. Sadly, this is true for this book. I'm always disappointed when a memoir is not narrated by the author,. This story should have been narrated by someone else. Unfortunately, I also feel like the author did not do the story justice. It was very anticlimactic. I dont doubt that Tami's experience was book worthy. However, I wish the author would have focused on Tami's survival, rather than her past with Richard. I understand that was a big part of her story and her will to live. But, it went back and forth too much.

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Laugh and cry

I did both through this book. I would probably read it listen to it again.