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This audiobook is a delightful light-hearted tale about boating. It is the memoir of a lifelong boater, written from the perspective of a person who has not made a living at sea but is just there because he enjoys being on the water. The audiobook has stories about his pets on board and about the people he meets traveling the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterways (GIWW). He traveled extensively for 10 years in a Grand Banks trawler. This journey has been just part of his lifelong boating adventures seeking that elusive boating paradise.

©2012 Terry Victor Kimmel (P)2013 Terry Victor Kimmel

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This book is a keeper

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dr. Kimmel's writing makes you feel like you are along with him as he explores the Southern US and the Caribbean while boating. You get to be with him to enjoy success and you feel for him as the mechanical failures keep happening.He describes the costs associated with boating which sound unpredictable. Boats cost too much, require a lot of repair, can strand you almost anywhere and bring a tear to your eye when they sink. <br/><br/>He writes that the happiest day for a boater is when you buy a new boat and the second happiest day is when you sell it. After listening to the book, I believe the author would do it all over in a heartbeat. The boat repair business sounds like a industry designed to allow the repairer to profit at a boat owners great expense. The repairers seem to promise prompt service and then do not deliver it. At one point the author measures the speed of a repair based on how many times the repairers eyes blink.If you like boating then you expect the pitfalls.<br/><br/>Dr. Kimmel describes each stop on his journey. A true boater sticks with his plan and the author does that and enjoys the fruits of his efforts. I feel like I am richer for what I now know about places I will never likely see. I never expected that I would listen to a book like this one but I began it because of the Narrator, Joshua Bennington. I have listened to his work on the book Adjuster Stories and he has the perfect voice to keep your interest. He did not disappoint me and I look forward to listening to him again.

What about Joshua Bennington’s performance did you like?

In a word---" Everything"

Any additional comments?

Take a chance like I did and you will enjoy the journey.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Not Just Another Boating Book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have already told some of my boating friends about the book. The stories are too real and bring back memories of our time on the water.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Boating: A Life's Journey?

It had a sad ending when the author had to sell his love. And not just to buy another one but to get out of boating.

What about Joshua Bennington’s performance did you like?

Joshua Bennington must be a boater because he talks a lot like the people I meet down at my boat. I don't know if the author asked him to read that way but he sounds different in some of the other books I have heard done by him.

Any additional comments?

This book is a definite must for any one who loves water sports.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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BOATING MEMOIRS

What made the experience of listening to Boating: A Life's Journey the most enjoyable?

I FELT THAT I WAS LISTENING TO A FELLOW BOATER WHO HAS GONE THROUGH SOME OF THE SAME PROBLEMS AND ADVENTURES THAT I HAVE LIVED THROUGH. VERY ENTERTAINING.

What other book might you compare Boating: A Life's Journey to and why?

"FLY:NORTH, SOUTH, EAST AND WEST" BY TERRY REECE BECAUSE THAT BOOK WAS ALSO DONE BY JOSHUA BENNINGTON BUT IT WAS ABOUT A PILOTS MEMOIRS.

What about Joshua Bennington’s performance did you like?

JOSHUA BENNINGTONS PERFORMANCE GAVE THIS BOOK A DOWN HOME TONE.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

OH YES, I WANT TO VISIT SOME OF THE SAME PLACED AND THEN LISTEN AGAIN TO DR. KIMMELS STORY ABOUT THE AREA

Any additional comments?

I RECOMMEND BOTH THE AUDIO BOOK AND THE PAPER BACK

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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ANOTHER ICW STORY BUT WITH A TWIST

Would you consider the audio edition of Boating: A Life's Journey to be better than the print version?

Both versions are good but the audio version felt like I was talking to the author at the dock.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the audio book very much and would recommend it to anyone who has a love of the water.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Boating a Life's Journey

If you could sum up Boating: A Life's Journey in three words, what would they be?

BOATS AND MORE BOATS

What was one of the most memorable moments of Boating: A Life's Journey?

I liked when the author reminisced about the way boating was only a few years back and how this or that has changed

What does Joshua Bennington bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator gave the audio book a conversational tone, all most like you were talking to the author and he was telling you his story down at the dock

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

The story of the purchase of authors ideal boat and his dealing with the boat dealership. This must happen to a lot of boat buyers because it also happened to us

Any additional comments?

If you are a boater or like being on the water this book will entertain you and give you a smile

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A DIFFERENT VIEW OF THE DITCH

Where does Boating: A Life's Journey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

BOATING: A LIFE'S JOURNEY RANKS HIGH AMOUNG THE AUDIO BOOKS I HAVE LISTENED TO. IT WAS DONE IN A DIFFERENT STYLE. A MORE CONVERSATIONAL MANNER, BUT I LIKED IT

Who was your favorite character and why?

TERRY KIMMEL WAS MY FAVORITE CHARACTER SINCE THE THE BOOK CIRCLED AROUND HIM

What does Joshua Bennington bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I DON'T KNOW WHO'S IDEA IT WAS TO READ THE BOOK IN A CASUAL MANNER BUT IT WAS A NICE CHANGE FROM THE STIFF FORMAL MANNER SOME OF THE AUDIO BOOKS HAVE

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

IT WAS A BOOK WE LISTEN TO NON-STOP WHILE ON A TRIP WITH OUR BOAT

Any additional comments?

NICE STORY, LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT OTHER BOATING ADVENTURES

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyable boating stories

Would you consider the audio edition of Boating: A Life's Journey to be better than the print version?

the audio version was good and i liked that i could hear it while i was driving but the printed book was just as good

Who was your favorite character and why?

the narrator

Which scene was your favorite?

the story about his first boat and his adventures in that boat. all beginning boaters make mistakes, this author just admitted to his

Any additional comments?

entertaining book, read by a down home narrator gave the book more of a conversational feel

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Traveling the ICW over the years

Where does Boating: A Life's Journey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is a good audio book but certainly not the best I have ever heard. What I liked about the narration was that it did not sound like a professional announcer but a real person.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Boating: A Life's Journey?

I liked when the author leaves the ICW and takes us for a ride to some of the out of the way places he has visited.

What does Joshua Bennington bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Joshua Bennington tells the story like I believe the author would be telling the story down at the dock to one of his friends.

Any additional comments?

A boaters book! Believable boating book.

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CRUISING THE ICW

What made the experience of listening to Boating: A Life's Journey the most enjoyable?

My wife and I listened to the book together. That was something we had never done before. We had always read a book and then talked about what we had read. Doing the book together was a lot of fun. The narrator was clear and the story was easy to follow.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Boating: A Life's Journey?

I liked when the author told about the rules of the road when in the ICW. Very true and very funny.

Which character – as performed by Joshua Bennington – was your favorite?

There were no characters but the author. It was a memoirs book told in the first person.

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

I like the story of the authors first boat and how it was towed into a Coast Guard Station and then his father told him, he could always get another one!

Any additional comments?

Another ICW book with a little different slant about his voyages in and out of the ICW. A different perspective of cruising with a lot of reminiscing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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LIFE DOWN ON THE WATER

Would you consider the audio edition of Boating: A Life's Journey to be better than the print version?

Both versions are good but I like audio books better because I can play when I am traveling.

What other book might you compare Boating: A Life's Journey to and why?

There was a book written around 1915 called "The Boy, Me and the Cat" by Henry Plummer that has stories about travels in the canals of the East Coast.

Which scene was your favorite?

Picking order in the canal system

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

LIFE AFLOAT

Any additional comments?

Liked the audio book and highly recommend it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful