Fourteen

A Daughter's Memoir of Adventure, Sailing, and Survival
Narrated by: Leslie Johansen Nack
Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: Biographies & Memoirs
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Winner of five independent book awards: NIEA, Readers' Favorites, Next Generation Indie, Independent Press Award and Beverly Hills Book Awards.

Obsessed with sailing, Leslie Nack's larger-than-life Norwegian father has a dream to live on a sailboat and show his three daughters the world. And although it takes years, in 1975 he finally completes his preparation and sets his sights on French Polynesia. But when they begin their journey, Leslie, who has just turned 14, faces a disturbing reality: her father, who's crossed boundaries in the past, is not to be trusted...and she's trapped with him on a 45-foot sailboat.

Intense and inspiring, Fourteen is a coming-of-age adventure story about a girl who – with the help of the ocean, which alternately serves as her solace and her savior - comes into her own power and finds the strength to fight back against abuse.

©2015 Leslie Johansen Nack (P)2016 Leslie Johansen Nack

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Great Narrative!

I loved listening to Leslie's story driving from and back to work. Her life story is intriguing and I can't wait to listen to the continuation.

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Adventure and Heartache on the High Seas

If you could sum up Fourteen in three words, what would they be?

A sailing adventure about a young girl's struggles with her father...and the sea.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Fourteen?

Leslie is an excellent writer and many of her passages pulled me into the story. Here is one that really stood out for me: “The hatch closed, leaving me alone (at the helm) again. The world of stars and ocean took over my heart and soul. The comforting sound of the ocean sloshing against the hull filled my ears as the boat pushed forward.

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

Yes, although I rarely have that luxury.

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Moving story, sometimes happy and sometimes sad

I enjoyed this book a bit more than I thought I would. It was deeper and not quite what i expected but I enjoyed it just the same. It made me angry hearing about the abuse and the authoritarian way her father treated them. That made me think about how I behave with my own children. I enjoyed the sailing bits and would recommend the book overall.

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An amazing memoir

This beautifully written memoir of a young girl’s life changing adventure was so well read by the author. I felt as if I was with her and was often moved by the words she used to describe what she experienced and felt. I’m not a sailor but any sailor would probably love listening to this incredible story. I’m happy that the author is a new friend of mine.
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Great read!

This book was very interesting. I learned a lot about sailing and the islands in the South Pacific.

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One of the Best sea stories out there.

There are a number of top audios that I have in my library,
however, this one ranks among those listed at the top.
The story was well presented, and never a dull moment.
I would say that Leslie is one of the most interesting authors out there,
and this book will continue to be one of the best in my library.


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A good read about an awful topic.

I read this straight through in a couple of days. It's an engrossing Tale from the perspective of a young girl dealing with enormous emotional and physical assault. While not the adventure story I was expecting I could not put this book down.

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A wonderful story

I had my doubts about this book but turned out to be a great story.

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Wonderful story!

Well told story about life on the seas. Explores the strange dynamics of family, and the confusing contradictions that straddle love and hate. Not at all what I expected. One of my favorite sailing books so far. Thank you for sharing, Leslie. I'll be thinking about you and your family for days.

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An Adventure<br />

A modern adventure very few will ever have. I couldn't stop listening. Many stories happening simultaneously. I hope there is another book soon. I will be first in line.

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  • TrishieB
  • 03-15-17

Brilliantly narrated by the author

Where does Fourteen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I read the kindle version of this Memoir back in July 2016 and loved it. I was lucky enough to be given the audio book as a gift. My initial 5* review of the kindle version stands for this audiobook. Although I should like to add that the narration by the author is brilliant. "This is a great 'coming of age', adventure and survival memoir and so well written. The author had me turning the pages even though I didn't want the book to finish. The 'sailing' alone would have had me captivated..... Leslie's father takes his 3 daughters on a 45' boat journey across the ocean to Tahiti - can you even imagine that!! - The descriptions of this voyage are brilliant. There's an undercurrent though of the non-water type which Leslie is frightened of and eventually tries to stand-up-to... Mrs Johansen - Leslie's mother isn't great at sea and so her daughters are to set-sail with their father alone. I am happy to recommend this memoir. Please don't feel you need to be interested in boats/sailing/the ocean to enjoy this book - there's more to this memoir than first meets the eye."

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  • Starskey
  • 02-26-18

Compelling & worrying

Interesting if harrowing story of a fourteen year old girl taken to sea by her abusive but competent father and of her alcoholic drug addicted mother - a dysfunctional family of three scared and bullied daughters. First quarter of book is harrowing detailing physical & sexual abuse of a young girl by her father. You spend most of the rest of the book waiting, as she plans you to, for it to be repeated but come out at the end admiring them both for their tenacity and courage. She is not a great narrator - somewhat monotonous, which is a real shame.

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  • Graham Higson
  • 04-26-17

Ticks many boxes

What did you like most about Fourteen?

What I liked most about Leslie Johansen Nack's story was the atmosphere, expertly recreated from her past, as she and her sisters lived an unusual lifestyle from most other girls in their early teens, with an adventure on the horizon (no pun intended).

What did you like best about this story?

The best part, for me, was the exhilarating adventure, the sense of danger, and all the time an underlying awareness of her father's proximity.

Which character – as performed by Leslie Johansen Nack – was your favourite?

This is a difficult one to answer because Ms Nack tends not to over-dramatize her performance, so I'm tempted to say that her portrayal of her own character was my favourite.

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

It would be accurate to say that I was caught up with the expected adventure, tempered by this girl's coming-of-age story, and followed with the beautifully-described islands of the South Pacific and, finally, the story's climax.

Any additional comments?

Needless to say, I rather enjoyed this audio book.

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  • Jackie
  • 12-14-16

A lesson in the courage children teach us all

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Living life with parents who are unable to nourish and love in the way parents should often defeats the soft souls of children...but in this touching and often painful story, again i am humbled to have been able to understand what so many untold stories happen every day. Inspiring and a lesson in just how wise young children can be....and how deeply they will fight to survive hellish experiences in tact, with grace and with hope.