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In early May of 2005, Captain Tom Tighe and first mate, Loch Reidy, of the sailboat Almeisan welcomed three new crew members, two men and a woman, for a five-day voyage from Connecticut to Bermuda. While Tighe and Reidy had made the journey countless times, the rest of the crew were paying passengers learning about offshore sailing—and looking for adventure. Four days into their voyage, they got adventure but nothing that they had expected or had any training to handle.

A massive storm struck, sweeping Tighe and Reidy from the boat. The remaining crew members somehow managed to stay aboard the vessel as it was torn apart by wind and water. Overboard! follows the simultaneous desperate struggles of boat passengers and the captain and first mate fighting for their lives in the sea.

©2010 Michael J. Tougias (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“I was frightened or astonished by every page of this beautifully told story of raging elements and human survival. And then the tale is ultimately and heartrendingly inspirational. You will not be able to put this book down.” (Dodge Moran, first American to sail solo, nonstop, around the globe)

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Nothing like this has ever happened to me...

THANK GOD! Remember the anticipation, the dread of "Jaws"? Well, to me, this was even more intense, AND non-stop!

I found myself pacing when I was in my office, and when I tried listening in bed, I couldn't relax enough to sleep (don't try it).

Suspenseful? Oh...I'd say so. It felt like a 6-hour roller coaster ride!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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This novel has set a new standard by which I can judge "Uplifting"

Succinctly stated "This novel had it all." Character development, pacing, amount of detail needed to visualize what was going on, the storyline. From beginning, middle, to an ending that brought tears to my eyes and was the epitome of uplifting, I thoroughly enjoyed this masterful work of nonfiction.

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  • Cheryl
  • Douglasville, GA, United States
  • 08-06-13

What a harrowing experience at sea!

Wow, “Overboard!” written by Michael J. Tougias, was quite a miraculous true life survival story.

I really enjoyed all of the descriptions of what happened at sea and the suspense about who would survive the sailing trip. I was also impressed by the Coast Guard rescue teams.

The narrator, Malcolm Hillgartner, did a great job.

The story is quite an adventure. You will not be sorry you listened to it.

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Delivers.

The author taught me about sailing and drew me into the action. The narration was good, too. I never got bored, and I never regretted the purchase. That's good enough for me. Worth the time & money.

Sidenote: as others have said, you should also check out The Perfect Storm. It's got more information about storms, and boats, and the lives of sailors, as well as the personal connection to the characters. (TPS is a better book, without question.)

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  • Thomas
  • Baden, PA, United States
  • 11-19-12

Interesting survival story

Would you consider the audio edition of Overboard! to be better than the print version?

I wouldn't know whether or not the audiobook is better than the print version since I didn't read the print version.

What did you like best about this story?

The story was well told, the writer kept it interesting throughout the telling and didn't over-dramatize the events covered.

Which character – as performed by Malcolm Hillgartner – was your favorite?

The captain and the first mate were the most interesting because their experiences were so much more extreme than the experience of the other people involved.

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

The time before the first mate was rescued was pretty amazing.

Any additional comments?

This was good story of adventure and survival, if you're in to this genre, you should enjoy it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Gripping

I have over 1000 audible books in my library and this has to be in the top 10!! It is a gripping tale that is well-told. The narration is excellent too. I didn’t hit pause or stop once I started this book because I had to find out what happened next.

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no matter how prepared things can still go wrong

in a matter of hours a boat is trusted into an angry storm and the passengers are in a struggle for their life. one never knows how one will react....their mettle was tested. anyone planning a trip to Sea for a short or long period should listen to this story.

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Outstanding!!!! Felt like I was there!

Great story,Felt like I was in the middle of the action.malcolm is an outstanding narrator.Fast pace, no slow moments in this book.

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The will to live

This is a powerful and amazing story of the will to live in the most frightening element, the powerful Ocean. I've been there a little . I don't know where these people found the guts , the loyalty , and courage to get through. A great read