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Publisher's Summary

Sailing, Yachts and Yarns is a selection of Tom Cunliffe’s funniest, wisest and most thought-provoking writing from the pages of Yachting Monthly. Tom’s love of language and sense of humour shine through as he recalls the wealth of sinners and saints he has met on docksides from Southampton to South America, Greenwich to Greenland and Newtown to New York. He has a gift for capturing the magic of sail and finding pearls of practical wisdom in the most unlikely nautical adventures. Sailing, Yachts and Yarns is a lively miscellany of a wit, wisdom and wonder.

It will make you laugh and make you think – and make you want to cast off to enjoy the delights of life afloat.

©2012 Tom Cunliffe (P)2012 Audible Ltd

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A jolly good collection!

Here here, God save the queen!
Highly recommended.
A grand collection of Tom's opinions, of which I agree on every one.

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great compilation narrated by the author himself.

loved it Tom did a wonderful job his accent is fabulous really added to the wonderful writing

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Charming and Entertaining

Loved every story! Tom Cunliffe does a perfect job of narrating his own written word.

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He's a bit of a crumudgeon and it shows

While I love sailing and tales of the sea, the author's sour view and poor narration left me wanting to chuck this one into the sea. Not my favorite.

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A little irrelevant.

This is a story put on by a rather opinionated english reporter. Some of his information is good, but most of it was disappointing. Things like - you don't need a life-jacket while in the water, while talking about how much difficulty most skippers have coming back for a man-overboard.

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  • Roy
  • Mawson Lakes, South Australia
  • 06-15-16

Nice turn of phrase

Very interesting information delivered with typically dry English humour. Fires up the adventuring spirit. Sounds like his wife is quite the capable adventurer in her own right.

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very enjoyable will listen to again

very enjoyable and will listen to again and again as it has lots of entertaining tales. Tom is a very down to earth person and I now feel I know him personally.

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Great Stories

The stories were interesting and entertaining, but made even better by the author himself doing the narration. Well done Mr Cunliffe!

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  • R W.
  • 09-05-17

Entertaining, salty but a little "ranty"

An entertaining series of essays full of sensible advice and evocative memories of the sea but a little "ranty" about the malaise of health and safety

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  • L. A. P. Nevard
  • 02-28-17

Blooming Good Tales

Listening to this filled me with anticipation of the arrival of spring and the fact that come Easter me and my yacht will return to the sea.
In fact many of the tales talk about my own sailing back yard, but I cant claim to have ever meet the author in the Jolly Sailor but if I did I buy him a beer or two and say thanks for the audio book loved the anecdotes and I am sure we are kindred spirits because I agree with everything in this book. Cheers.

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  • Keith Mountifield
  • 07-07-14

Entertaining, light hearted and intersting

What made the experience of listening to Sailing, Yachts and Yarns the most enjoyable?

If you're a cruising sailor, you'll appreciate many of the situations that the author describes.

What does Tom Cunliffe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Being the author, Tom Cunliffe reads the stroies in the way that head wrote them for PBO and engages you in how he felt at the time

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

Although you don't need to , being an anthology of shorter stoies, it is well enough read and entertainingenough that you could easily listen to it in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

This is a book for people interwsted in sailing. You don't need to be an experienced sailor to 'get' the humour, however and it is well read. It takes a light-hearted look at some of the situations the author has found himself in over many years of sailing yachts all around the world, both porfessionally and for pleasure. he doesn't take himself too seriously and each story will have the you putting yourself on the boat with him.<br/><br/>A light easy going listen. Thoroughly recommended.

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  • Big Ayd
  • 04-13-13

Good time passer

One of those books that works great to have on in the background on a long journey. Personally I didn't find anything that wanted to make me listen as the only thing I did but it was a great companion in the car for a few days and I did learn quite a few things.

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  • Mark
  • 10-11-12

As expected

Expected a humorous well delivered series of yarns and that is exactly what I got well done Tom very easy listening. Now stop reading your own reviews and get on with some more audiobooks.

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  • Shane Geard
  • 11-24-17

Bliss

This book is a sailing gem. I couldn't stop listening, and I was swept from outright laughs to just letting the nautical language and wealth of anecdotes wash over me. Beautifully delivered by Tom Cunliffe, thank you.