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On February 11th, 2001, Ellen MacArthur sailed into port in France, completing the Vendee Globe, the world's toughest race. Alone and unsupported, she had spent more than three months at sea and had coped with storms, exhaustion, rigging failures, and a catastrophic collision with a submerged object. But Ellen never gave up and, at the age of 24, she became the first woman to circumnavigate the globe. This is Ellen's story, from her childhood in land locked Derbyshire, to that historic race.
©2002 Ellen MacArthur; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Kiss kiss

E you inspire me to start sailing at the young age of 70. The adventure has begun. BEWARE THEE YOU HORN!...THANK YOU ELLEN

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  • Alan
  • 11-07-08

Stunning and inspirational

I am not normally one for biographies nor am I interested in sailing very much. With The Vendee Globe race about to start for 2008 I thought it would be interesting to hear about the race from one who has completed it. I am not sure what I was expecting, but this book gave me so much more. I was inspired by this young ladies tenacity, dedication and sheer determination. She is also clearly a talented writer. She moved me to tears on a number of occasions.
this one really touched a cord with me. I hope you enjoy t too.

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  • James
  • 11-02-10

Authentic

What an example. Exciting, candid and without guile. The reader sounds exactly like Dame Ellen.

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  • Keith
  • 06-05-08

great book

Great book and very well read.
Makes me want to get back into sailing now!

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  • Dr
  • 10-17-17

Brilliant

What inspirational woman. I don't know why it took me so long to listen to this but having done so I will listen again and again. The determination and focus that Ellen shows to achieve her life's ambitions is truly amazing.

Driven by her own determination and will from the age of 4 she single minded pursued her dream.

I'm a sailor so the technical details added hugely to the story for me.

Thank you Ellen for your story.

And thank you for brilliant narration too in this production.

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  • Stephen
  • 11-02-16

Fantastic audiobook!

This was an honest and emotional book written by a very special lady. It was a gripping listen and an excellent choice of reader. I recommend this sailors and landlubbers alike and look forward to purchasing Ellen's next book.

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  • John McCluskey
  • 10-10-16

Epic Adventure

Where does Taking on the World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Better than average + would be a good guide.

What did you like best about this story?

The feeling of adventure and Ellen's tenacity.

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  • mj
  • 02-25-15

Amazing lady!

Would you listen to Taking on the World again? Why?

Yes - for inspiration

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ellen - she is so determined and honest

Any additional comments?

This book made me want to find my sea legs!

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  • Fran
  • 05-02-12

Disappointed

I've had a soft spot for Ellen MacArthur for a while, I am similar age to her and was living in France when she completed the Vendee Globe 2001 - the French went crazy for her, it was exciting to see someone my age accomplish so much.
And yet I found the audiobook very disappointing, it was a good description of events but I wanted more from it - the passion, the fear, the feelings that are stirred up when a peer is in danger... to me that was all missing. I didn't warm to the characters around her - perhaps the audiobook lost something by not having the photos a book would.
What a shame.