Tami Oldham and her fiancee, Richard Sharp, set sail for Tahiti under brilliant blue skies, and their future together was just as bright. Young and in love, they were both expert sailors who had already seen much of the world and planned to see more.
Twenty days into their journey, Tami and Richard sailed directly into a monumental hurricane. With every ounce of their strength, they battled the elements. Richard tethered himself to the boat and sent Tami below. Seconds after leaving the deck, she heard Richard's terrified scream over the roar of the wind. And then all went black. Red Sky in Mourning is the story of tami Oldham Ashcraft's 41-day journey to safety, which she survived through fortitude and sheer stregth of character.
The description of her awaking to the boat's capsize - realizing that Richard had been blown overboard, her motor was shot, and her masts were gone - is only one of many moments captured with wrenching realism in this dramatic, detailed account.
Even more remarkable, though, is how Tami overcame seemingly insurmountable tragedy, injury, and mechanical failure to navigate herself to safety. Interspersed with flashbacks to her romance with her doomed fiancé, this survival story offers an inspiring reminder that even in our darkest moments, we are never truly alone.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would recommend this read to a friend. I would especially recommend it to a fellow sailing friend although I feel you do not need to be a sailor to get the message of strength and feel the emotional roller-coaster that the author experienced.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I chose this book because we are at our vacation home in Fiji and there is a film crew here filming the movie version of the book. I wanted to know the full story and this book offers that with touching, scary and detailed clarity. While the reading is really not good, the story kept me captivated and wanting to hear more. I even cried at the end with the telling of her "rescue". It is well worth a listen.
What disappointed you about Red Sky in Mourning?
I submitted a review of this Audible book over a week ago and have yet to see it posted. That alone is disappointing! I apparently wasted my time. Hopefully this review will appear. Anyway, while I am sorry that the author lost her fiancé to the hurricane, and I admire her tenacity and her successful survival attempt, I did not enjoy this audio book. It was not well written. There were too many distracting flashbacks to the author's relationship with her fiancé. I would have preferred it if the author had told her tale via a linear timeline, and had weeded out at least half her references to intimate moments. Yes, we get it. The author loved her fiancé. He loved her. They often engaged in sexual activity. Let's just get on with the story we bought the book to hear, the tale of how the author survived alone at sea in a broken boat.
Would you ever listen to anything by Tami Oldham Ashcraft again?
No. Her voice was generally monotonous and occasionally whiny. A trained narrator might have made a big difference in my reaction to this book.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
See the above comment.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Red Sky in Mourning?
See the first set of comments.
Any additional comments?
I'm glad that the author survived. I wish she had received adequate guidance in how to write this memoire of her tragic experience, one that would have flowed naturally to capture and sustain a reader's attention. I wish the author had utilized an experienced and gifted narrator in the Audible version. Most of all, I wish the author and her fiancé had not attempted their voyage during hurricane season. The result of that lapse in judgement was indeed tragic.