In Search of Captain Zero

A Surfer's Road Trip Beyond the End of the Road
Narrated by: Joe Barrett
Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (221 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In 1996, Allan Weisbecker sold his home and his possessions, loaded his dog and surfboards into his truck, and set off in search of his longtime friend and surfing companion, Christopher, who had vanished into the depths of Central America.

In this rollicking memoir of his quest from Mexico to Costa Rica to unravel the circumstances of Christopher's disappearance, Weisbecker intimately describes the people he befriended, the bandits he evaded, and the waves he caught and lost en route to finding his friend. Along the way, he shares hilarious stories of his adventures with Christopher in their carefree youth as globetrotting, pot-dealing beach bums.

A tale of lost innocence and enduring friendship, In Search of Captain Zero is a trip unlike any other.

©2001 Allan C. Weisbecker (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"[E]nchanting....[Weisbecker's] adventures are as thrilling and as entertaining as any fictional road trip could ever hope to be....This memoir is, like any good autobiography, a journey to the place where memories live, an adventure of the mind." ( Booklist)
"[A] lovely personal reflection that mixes the right amount of dreamy meditation with page-turning allure....Weisbecker clearly delights in storytelling as much as he enjoys language itself." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Great Surf Adventure Story

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

The narrator does a wonderful job. If I didn't check I would be sure it was the actual author narrating. Pronounced all the slang and spanish well. Also sounds like a white guy in the 50 year old range.

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

The end of the search is emotional. Some surprises, and then some mid-life crisis/soul-searching stuff that you can either leave or take depending in your own feelings and views on life.

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Definitely recommended for anyone who likes surf, travel, or central america. I like all, so it was a great book. Especially for surfing, which is pretty limited on good books. In the world there are lots of magazine articles, movies and pictures on surfing. Even some good biographies, but not all that many great surf adventure tales in book form.

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Couldn't stop listening

Enjoyed this book a great deal. Great philosophical insight through the eyes of a surfer/writer in search of his long time friend as he traveled to south, deeper... Not a good read for the puritanical type as there are plenty of drug references and nefarious behavior in general so the less than open minded may be offended and miss the point.

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ex drug smuggler surf adventurer on 1 strange trip

its long interesting story, long island ny surfer goes in search of long lost friend in central america. listening to in 2019, interesting tales from back 60s-80s

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another poser

this blow-hard makes use of every cliche out there to get us to think he's some kind of Keroac of the sea. He's dull, a bully, an intensely unlikable character with little to say of any meaning. He has the wrong attitude, the wrong state of mind to be so arrogant. not a good read, or listen.

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The Surfing Part is Great - Rest not so good

Being a surfer, I can say the author nailed the surfing parts of the book. His descriptions of being in the line-up, catching a wave, riding in the sweet spot and wipe outs were right on. His descriptions of surfing in Mexico sound authentic particularly Baja - I have been along much of that coast.
The rest of the story is gritty and confusing. He is obsessed with finding his old friend Chris. Why, for crying out loud. And it was not clear whether he ever did. Maybe I slept thru that part. The narrator is good from an articulate voice stand point. But his voice is better suited reading a mafioso story. He sounds like a savvy street guy from Chicago, not an aging surfer. It was a very odd choice by the author or publisher or audible for all I know. It did not work in this book.

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Great listen.

If you like Barbarian Days, you’ll enjoy this. Love all the back stories and can relate to the adventures.

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I'm sad it's over

It's a great story even if you don't surf. I surf a bit and lived in Costa Rica for many years so I really connected with this book. The details are extremely accurate, right down to the description of the mud in Costa Rica and how your sandals get hopelessly stuck in it. The amazing way he described even the smallest details created a wonderful escape. It even brought back smells from Central America I had long forgotten about. Wonderful book.

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Such insight about the sea! And funny!

This book is many things, both a wild hilarious journey with a marijuana smoking gentleman surfer, and a verbose and articulate traveler's perceptive account of a giving and taking ocean.

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real good.

different. not the norm. a fun listen. I would recommend it to anyone who likes off beat adventure stories

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Living Adventure

Enjoyed so much about this story, and details of his life experiences! This story was on my waking mind, and in my dreams for the two weeks it took me to get to the end.