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FOLLOW THE GLOBAL SAILING ADVENTURES OF JULIA AND HER CREW AS THEY DISCOVER THE WORLD AND THEMSELVES

With his first mate and crew, amateur sailor Larry Jacobson embarked on a lifelong goal to circumnavigate the globe. The namesake boy behind the gate is a passionate romantic who, since childhood, yearned to discover what's out there ....

How do some people overcome fears and insecurities to manifest their dreams? What are the characteristics that allow them to completely transform their lives from one of stability to one of uncertainty and adventure? Don't we all entertain ideas of reinventing ourselves, of having a chance to do it differently and by our own rules?

Willing to risk all, Jacobson spent six years sailing into the unknown where the unrelenting oceans served as a teacher of seamanship, personal strength, and perseverance.

In The Boy Behind the Gate, the author reveals those crucial steps that will motivate you to make your dreams come true. We are each given one great opportunity at life. What are you going to do with yours?

©2011 Larry Jacobson (P)2012 Larry Jacobson

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  • D
  • Washington DC
  • 01-15-16

AWESOME! It really takes you to the cruising life

If you could sum up The Boy Behind the Gate: How His Dream of Sailing Around the World Became a Six-Year Odyssey of Adventure, Fear, Discovery and Love in three words, what would they be?

Great story and incredible accomplishment. I found the book to be extremely entertaining, and it really gets you to feel like you are really there, on the highs and lows, and there are plenty of both on this story!

What did you like best about this story?

I think the book does show you how the cruising lifestyle is, things break, things fail but you are doing what you love and at the end of the day that is what this book is about. Pursue your dream, do what you love, more of what makes you happy, there is time for everything.

What about Larry Jacobson’s performance did you like?

The Author is the narrator. Great performance, great narration.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were many parts that moved me, a kid got hurt and how his dad was there with him, how the author sometimes felt lonely, the overall living on a monohull for 6 years etc... too many to tell

Any additional comments?

The book applies quite a bit to me as my wife and I will be embarking on a similar journey. Thanks Larry, I will carry extra parts that is for sure!

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Well done, Larry...hip-hip-Hurrray

Thanks for taking me along with you around the world! I just sat down and listened to your whole tale. Additionally you did a first rate narration.
I'm from San Francisco and loved sailing from Sausalito, around Angel Island...all over but I never went under the Golden Gate. You took me there.
In the'60's I shipped out as a a deck hand on a Norwegian freighter :Tahiti, Pango, Fifji, Raubaul, Numia etc, but I was a deckhand: you were a Skipper!
I doff my cap to you. Your story was fantastic what an adventure. What was your next fulfillment? You are a gifted writer and narrater. Looking for your next book. Congratulations!

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  • Dolores
  • LUTZ, FL, United States
  • 02-11-15

Loved This Book!

A great tale of one man's journey. Gave a much more personal touch in that the author was also the reader. Very enjoyable from cover to cover!

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Not much on Sailing

What disappointed you about The Boy Behind the Gate: How His Dream of Sailing Around the World Became a Six-Year Odyssey of Adventure, Fear, Discovery and Love?

I am a 50 something and was not prepared for the story as written
I guess I was not ready for hot steamy man love in the tropics, the book is more of a gay manifesto than sailing novel expected from the synopsis

Would you ever listen to anything by Larry Jacobson again?

It didn't

What about Larry Jacobson’s performance did you like?

He has a good voice and knows the material,as the writer who better to read the book aloud

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High on sexual melodrama - short on sailing

What disappointed you about The Boy Behind the Gate: How His Dream of Sailing Around the World Became a Six-Year Odyssey of Adventure, Fear, Discovery and Love?

I can respect people's individuality, but I've listened to almost two hours of this book and reached my limit of the author justifying and embellishing his sexual preference rather than describing his sailing experience. In the dust cover write up, the author also alludes to the fact that, at the risk of great personal detriment, he dropped everything in his life to follow his dream to sail around the world. However, as far as I was able to make it into this book, the author builds himself up to be an over-privileged snob who has both the financial and familial support to do whatever he pleases. Product not as advertised....

Would you ever listen to anything by Larry Jacobson again?

No.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Larry Jacobson?

Tim Gunn

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Sorry, I couldn't make it past the second hour and can't identify any redeeming qualities to this point.

Any additional comments?

Can I please have my credit back?

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Just couldn't take it anymore

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

How about emphasize the sailing experience.

What do you think your next listen will be?

James Baldwin's Across Islands and Oceans from Good Old Boat magazine

What about Larry Jacobson’s performance did you like?

Good voice, carries well in vehicle travel. I really like that the author read his own book.

What character would you cut from The Boy Behind the Gate: How His Dream of Sailing Around the World Became a Six-Year Odyssey of Adventure, Fear, Discovery and Love?

Reduce the incessant emotional departures,the unending hugs, the tears. I kept pushing on hoping to get to some serious sailing but by chapter six, my wife just couldn't stand it anymore and suggested we cut our loses and switch to James Baldwin's book.

Any additional comments?

Maybe it moves more into the sailing experience after chapter six, but the repetitive emotions, tears, hugs, etc. just got boring. We may skip ahead a few chapters and see if the emotional baggage is left behind or at least delivered in a way that the listener can empathize with the feelings expressed.

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  • Mike
  • Potts Point, Australia
  • 07-18-13

Amazingly honest account of circumnavigation.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this honest account of Larry & Ken's circumnavigation. I loved not only the magical moments sailing dreams are made of but also the detailed accounts of foul weather and a barrage of maintenance issues.

That Larry and Ken are gay lovers lends a very unique perspective to the story. Larry narrates to us with humour and a very genuine sense of openness.

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For people who love true Adventure and Travel

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

I listened and bought the hard bound book. Took the trip with Larry and his friends in my armchair by following their adventure around the world with google earth on my ipad or laptop. It was and education and adventure for me discovering ports and lands I would never have the opportunity to visit. I now feel like I'd been there.

What other book might you compare The Boy Behind the Gate: How His Dream of Sailing Around the World Became a Six-Year Odyssey of Adventure, Fear, Discovery and Love to and why?

If you like Bill Bryson's books. In particular "In a Sunburned Country" and "Walk In the Woods" you will like "The Boy Behind the Gate."

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

The emotion and reality in his voice. It is beneficial when writers can successfully narrate their own books.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I'm a sailor. Not a big sailer like Larry. I live on the East coast. I have a small boat but I can empathize with the author.

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  • steve
  • GRAND LEDGE, MI, United States
  • 11-28-12

Great lison

What made the experience of listening to The Boy Behind the Gate: How His Dream of Sailing Around the World Became a Six-Year Odyssey of Adventure, Fear, Discovery and Love the most enjoyable?

Larrys take on life is one to be admired. His courage to follow his dreams and not let the fear of the unknown horizon hold him back.

What did you like best about this story?

When I bought this I thought I was just getting an adventure novel. It is way more. It's a story of perseverance, goal setting and people being very much the same from all cultures of the world

Which character – as performed by Larry Jacobson – was your favorite?

Larry himself. I am a great lakes sailor with a dream of sailing the Erie canal to the Hudson river, down the east coast and ultimately attend carnival. My goals seem wimpy compared to sailing the globe. Larry's tenacity and resilience kept him on point.

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

When he arrived back in San Fransisco and was wondering how he would adapt back into the corporate world after six years on the ocean. When he arrived home, was it really home. For Larry home was his fifty foot boat and home was wherever he was at any moment.
Larry was also in Tialand and homesick around Christmas time and decided to fly back to the states for a family holiday visit. He put his boat on dry dock for some maintanace while he was gone. The day after he arrived home was when the devastating sunami hit the region. If he had stayed at anchore in that harbor only a couple more days he would sure have perished.

Any additional comments?

Having lost a brother this past year that was a gay man that was self distructive and very much wasted his life. We feel he really had a hard time being who he was. Larry is a gay Jewish man very comfortable with who he is. His take on prejudism alone makes this a great lison wether you are a sailor or not. We as people have allot to learn from Larry.

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  • Chad
  • West Chester, PA, United States
  • 01-07-13

False Advertising

What would have made The Boy Behind the Gate: How His Dream of Sailing Around the World Became a Six-Year Odyssey of Adventure, Fear, Discovery and Love better?

Less of a focus on the author's sexuality.

What was most disappointing about Larry Jacobson’s story?

To much of a focus on the author's sexuality. Neither the title, nor the description of the book, suggest that this is a central theme of the book. It is deceptive to draw the reader/listener in with the promise of a book that is primarily about a sailing adventure, and instead feed them the ramblings of a middle-aged gay man so focused on himself and his relationships.

How could the performance have been better?

The author could have focused more on the background of his business story, and what prepared him for this journey. It is fine for him to share his biographical background, but unfortunately that became the central theme of the book and detracted from the sailing aspects of the book. Had the author focused more on the technical and descriptive aspects of the journey, the book might have been better.

What character would you cut from The Boy Behind the Gate: How His Dream of Sailing Around the World Became a Six-Year Odyssey of Adventure, Fear, Discovery and Love?

If I could choose only one, Larry.

Any additional comments?

I was looking for a book primarily about a sailing adventure. Instead, I listened to a middle aged man drone on about his various relationships and his penchant for being naked. It would be easy to dismiss my review as one who is simply "homophobic" (which I am sure the author would do) but that is not the case. My problem is that the fact that the author made his sexuality such a central theme of the book but failed to be up front about that in the title, subtitle or description of the book, which I read before I selected it. I have two credits per month to select books to listen to while I am driving, walking, etc., and I wasted one of them on this book. It was a real disappointment.

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