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A Woman, Some Waves and the Will to Swim
Narrated by: Alexandra Heminsley
Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
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It may have been because she could run. It may have been because she wanted to swim, or perhaps because she only ever did 10 minutes of breaststroke at a time. But, as she learned one day while flailing around in the sea, she really couldn't.

Believing that a life lived fully isn't one with the most money earned, the most stuff bought or the most races won but one with the most experiences experienced the most fully, she decided to conquer her fear of the water.

From the ignominy of getting into a wetsuit to the triumph of swimming from Kefalonia to Ithaca, in becoming a swimmer Alexandra learns to appreciate her body and still her mind. As it turns out, the water is never as frightening once you're in, and really, everything is better when you remember to exhale.

©2017 Alexandra Heminsley (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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  • Collyermum
  • 08-01-17

Very entertaining

This is read by the author, who reads it entertainingly and well, I can't imagine it would be half as good read by another narrator.

The story of her adventures into outdoor swimming is as humourously and well told as her book on running, with little forays into her personal life for added interest.

I can wholeheartedly recommend both Alexandra Heminsley's audiobooks. They have also encouraged me to give running and swimming a good try! Alexandra makes them hard to resist.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-26-17

loved it

A very inspiring heart warming and wrenching book.

Alexandra writes in such a way that make swimming feel so much more accessible and less scary even to a reluctant swimmer like myself.

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  • Ruby Begonia
  • 10-09-18

Well written, inspiring and brave

An interesting read about both open swimming, with practical advice (the second section of the book) and the story of Alex’s conversion to swimming. Alex is brave in also tackling the very emotional subject of IVF and, although not what I was expecting, I admire her brutal honesty and admire her wise and courageous reflections.

So many similarly themed books - charting the highs and lows from starting training to success of some sort - are inspiring but in need of a good edit; this one however is brilliantly written.

An interesting and inspiring read from a talented writer.

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  • m a burleigh
  • 08-14-19

amazing

soo loved this book . I signed up for the Blenheim team tri in June to get myself over my fear of open water and swimming.
Wow what I journey that was !, reading your book has given me the confidence to know that I get to love my open water swimming rather than surviving it !! thank you so much . it was as if you were reading my mind on that huge journey , that terrified me , but also saved me ❤🏊‍♀️❤

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  • Mhairi McLellan
  • 05-07-19

another brilliant book!

I absolutely loved this book, almost as much as her book about running! Highly recommend it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-01-18

I'm Leaping in!

Feeling totaly inspired & will be back in the pool tomorrow to finish what i had started a few months ago.
I can connect 100% with what Alexandra has written about & will continue with this positivity to break through my comfort zone.
Really enjoyed this book.
Thanks so much Alexandra.
Kris.

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  • M H Sheldon
  • 08-21-18

Great read

Very Well written and narrated. An entertaining and warm ode to swimming even of interest to land-lovers, the narrative is relayed with humility and and charm. The end of the book also has some good tips, though there is some inverted snobbery about people who like to buy the full kit and be competitive so weekend warriors trying to improve won’t get much from this, its more for leisure swimmers.

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  • David
  • 05-29-18

Inspirational thank you.

Glad it is not just me that feels this inadequate about learning to open water swim.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-12-18

Fabulous

As a very keen swimmer, this is a fantastic book, can totally resonate. Love all the advice. Thank-You

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-04-18

inspirational

loved every minute of this book. What more can I say! do listen you'll agree