Philosophy of Sailing: Offshore in Search of the Universe

Narrated by: Christian Williams
Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (220 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A master storyteller. “Something is out there that doesn’t have a name,” writes veteran sailor and writer Christian Williams as he invites us along once again on a 5,000-mile voyage of discovery around the North Pacific. Equipped with a new boat, a well-stocked toolbox, and the entire history of philosophic thought, he takes us as crew through squalls and calms deep into a laboratory of the universe that exists only out of sight of land. 

Funny, erudite, and at times deeply personal, Philosophy of Sailing explores who we are and how encounters with the unknown can be a path to revelation and joy. With 20,000 miles at sea, Williams is also a master teacher of how to sail a boat across perilous oceans and the renovation of yacht and outlook required before departing on the voyage of a lifetime. 

With a preparation guide, toolbox of books, and glossary of nautical terms.

©2018 Christian Williams (P)2018 Christian Williams

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Great Escape

I loved this book! It gets you away from any troubles or worries you may have and allows you to just "simply relax" and forget your problems, if only for a little while. It's great!

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A heading is required... " A heading"

What can I say; I'd listen to him read a phone book. Thank you Mr. Williams for your books, your YouTube channel and the suggested readings which have enriched my life.

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Very educational and a fun journey.

I didn't expect this to be so educational. This book is an entertaining introduction to what a passage on a sailboat entails. And as the title implies, it is packed full of useful philosophy.

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...AKA, an exercise in patience

While I find....this “audiobook” to...be filled...with valuable information, it’s really....tough to get through it...easily. I am writing this....”review” in exactly the.....same way.......the author is performing.....”it.” The “content” is really quite informative...........and “good.” The “problem” lies.......in the fact that the.......”author” plods along in his.....”telling” of the..................story. I’ve had to.......speed “up”.....the play speed..... in order to shorten the “excessive”....................pauses. I can......only assume these are...............added for “dramatic...............effect.” My use of “air quotes” in this review...............is indicative of................the author’s.................penchant for speaking in........”air quotes.” I’m not.......sure if........it is part of the actual.........”printed.”...”work”......but it can be plainly.......”heard” in the narration........The book .........”itself”..... is really entertaining.....”and”.......fun. I would suggest.........a new......narrator....unless......you can stand.......”this.”......................

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  • 06-23-20

Philosophic simplicity

I enjoyed the book bc the author is narrating like we’re having a conversation on the boat over some rum cocktails. And he likes spam....

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Hear and Sea

If I were to invent an alter-ego CW would be the person I would sculpt. For an aged sailor who never had the chance, or when such a chance did present itself, was ignored, the CW 'should-have-been, could-have-been mirror' takes me to that place. Solo, but not alone for thoughtfulness is the greatest of travel companions, if I were on an ocean crossing, his book would not be a bible, nor an almanac, nor a compass but a Wilson with a voice albeit in words. From those pages a friend and comforter would reach to me and be a salve to a troubled mind when fear came a-knocking. If you are landlocked and know you will never dance to the music of the sea on the deck of a tupperware magic carpet, read this book and discover how important 'the journey' is and then feel free to talk with yourself about what 'meaning' means. In other words, enjoy this passport to self discovery.

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Fabulous

Everything about this book is marvelous. I am a keen sailor but anyone would gain from this book.
Highly recommended.

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Entertaining

The voice was hard to get used to - awkward pauses in the middle of sentences, etc. But he grew on you after a few hours.

If you’re a millennial, be prepared to be occasionally annoyed. There’s some blatant bashing and some intense but brief entitlement ranting. But he doesn’t come across as self-righteous or intensely arrogant, so it balanced out.

It’s definitely a conversation, not a deep, dry delve into various schools of philosophical thought. The action of the voyage and the conversation about philosophy was well-balanced.

Overall worth listening to over a week’s commute.

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Enjoyed it thoroughly

The authors narration really makes a difference. Like his sentiment and humor. highly recommend it...

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Great story of sailing and his mental thoughts.

Great to listen. his pace of storytelling is both fast and slow. makes for a great long drive.

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  • Philip McKee
  • 04-17-19

Loved this book of sailing musings

I can see myself returning to this again and again as a background to my sailing thoughts and dreams.
Thanks Christian

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  • Abe
  • 07-14-20

superb listen even if you aren't a sailor

relaxing, humorous, educating and insightful. wonderful narrating voice too. I watched Christians you tube videos of his voyages on the ocean and if you like those you will love the book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-12-20

Yes, No, Maybe? Yes?

Had bought the physical book, it was a hard read but wanted to finish as there's some good sailing tips and tricks; SO I used a credit to buy an audio version. So glad they have the speed up option because he talks SO SLOW and pauses so long so oftern I thought my phone had crashed! I suppose I like this book it just took a long time to get here. If you want to sail solo it's worth it for the tips, tricks and insights.

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  • J. Wexler
  • 05-06-20

A new record for a return

If you are seeking an interesting story about someone sailing, go elsewhere. This is about a man on a boat with 30 volumes of philosophy. "Now is now"....how profound. Lets wonder how we can be here now by looking at the lamp swinging on it's gimbles. I ate dinty moor beef stew. I felt like I was listening to paint dry. Returned after an hour of boredom

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  • A.Attard
  • 04-01-20

Wonderful inspiration for sailors.

Wonderful inspiration for all sailors and philosophers out there.Literate clever and charming. A real gem.

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  • 05-09-19

Unbearable

Tried upto 6 hours to listen but cannot take listening to this guy ramble on about “philosophy” and the colour of his cushions. Do not listen whilst driving!

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  • strimmer39
  • 03-26-19

Great book

Loved it, always a pleasure listening to the latest adventure of Christian and Theolonius II.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-31-20

A great book

A fabulous blend of sailing terminology, passage making and philosophy. I am interested in all three so really enjoyed this book and felt thoroughly engrossed by the images of sea, and spirit of adventure described via challenging circumstances and the pondering why am I here. Brave to sail alone and braver to read your own book describing your inner thought for all to see. It may not appeal to all but it did to me as a sailor and person who own diverges between dreamer and pragmatist.
5 stars all the way for me.