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Publisher's Summary

At the age of 64, legendary athlete Diana Nyad inspired the world when she walked onto the shores of Key West after "crossing the Mt. Everest of the earth's oceans", becoming the first person in history to make the 111-mile swim from Cuba to Florida without the assistance of a shark cage. In her riveting new play The Swimmer, recorded live at the Minetta Lane Theatre, Nyad shares the heartbreaking setbacks, brushes with death, and the victories that kept her going, plunging the audience into the depths of her extraordinary journey. Written by Nyad, directed by Emmy Award winner Jane Anderson, and featuring her longtime friend and coach Bonnie Stoll, Nyad makes her New York stage debut in this powerful true story of passion and resilience. 

©2020 Diana Nyad (P)2020 AO Media LLC

Our favorite moments from The Swimmer

Diana and her coach and friend Bonnie describe her disciplined swims.
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Diana suffers agonizing, debilitating box jellyfish stings.
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  • The Swimmer
  • Diana and her coach and friend Bonnie describe her disciplined swims.
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  • Diana suffers agonizing, debilitating box jellyfish stings.
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  • Diana reminisces about her father describing her name and destiny.

About the Creator and Performer

25 million people worldwide rooted for Diana Nyad as she reached the Florida shore, at long last achieving her 35-year-old quest of becoming the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida. Speaking the words "Never Ever Give Up" to the wildly cheering crowd on a Key West beach on September 2, 2013, Diana demonstrated to the world the power of the human spirit. Diana’s amazing record: 110.86 miles in 52 hours, 54 minutes, 18 seconds. A prominent sports journalist, filing more than thirty years for National Public Radio, The New York Times, and others, Diana has earned her place as one of our compelling storytellers. Her memoir, Find a Way, has earned worldwide praise. Also a uniquely entertaining and inspiring public speaker, Diana now fulfills another lifelong dream, bringing her performance of her play The Swimmer to the storied off-Broadway Minetta Lane Theatre, the show produced and recorded by Audible. Nyad’s best friend and Cuba Swim Head Handler, Bonnie Stoll, also plays a key role onstage in The Swimmer. Nyad and Stoll further collaborate in their nationwide walking initiative, EverWalk.

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You'll Be Cheering

Diana Nyad's one-woman, actually two-women, play is thrilling, inspiring and heartfelt.

Most of us are at least slightly aware of Diana Nyad's 2013 long-distance swim from Cuba to Florida. She was sixty-four. She'd already failed another attempt. And no one else had ever completed this tempestuous, trouble-laden 111-mile slog from Havana to Key West without the aid of a shark cage. (An Australian, Susie Maroney, completed it with a shark cage in 1997 and she was 22.)

This is the story behind that record-making swim. A very personal story that digs back into her past but spends a lot of its time in the water with Diana as she deals with jellyfish, sharks and bodily fatigue and keeps time by playing Roy Orbison tunes in her head. All the while, her trainer Bonnie Stoll rides in a nearby boat, shouting encouragement and course corrections and interjecting a dose of humor.

There's a lot of humor in this story. Some tragic moments, But the overall tone is uplift. It's amazing what one person can accomplish when she decides the impossible is possible. And Diana was 64. Which makes this story even more mind-altering because it runs contrary to the notion that you have to accomplish the big dream of your life before forty or forget it.

As far as I know Diana Nyad and Bonnie Stoll have no acting experience. And, yeah, they're playing themselves on stage--but that's really hard to do without coming off wooden or overly dramatic. They hit all the right emotional keys with their performance so you can just jump in the water and swim along with the story.

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Better than watching Rocky!

If you want to be inspired to do more, to reach for your dreams and let nothing stop you, this is the book to listen to!!

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A fraud?

Diana might be a great storyteller, but her achievement is questionable at best. In fact, the open water swimming community do not regard her as an honest athlete. Here’s a site covering the holes in her story: https://nyadfactcheck.com

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Listened to TWICE.

I've been struggling with motivation lately through quarantine. The most basic things seem irrelevant...and I hate it.
So finally pulling this story out of my library and listening to it seemed like a good idea.
Her story, entertainingly and succinctly told was a joy.
As soon as I finished I had to listen to it again immediately.
I don't know how motivated I'll feel tomorrow, but if I have any trouble I think I know what to listen to.

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Wonderful, in every way!

Absolutely loved this book! Lately I can't even finish some of the audible originals, but this was a surprise exception. Intriguing, funny, suspenseful, educational, heartwarming, entertaining and motivational all describe this book.

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Amazing story

Story of Diane attempting to swim from Cuba to Florida and failing two times the coming back decades latter and getting it done. Something to be said for age and experience.
Wonderful telling by those involved.

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Amazing!

Being a (very mediocre) water polo and pool competitor converted into a medium distance open water swimmer I am amazed at Diana’s accomplishments (and those of her outstanding team). I didn’t think she could beat her “Find A Way” but this short audiobook was the best thing I’ve “read” in a very long time. And hilarious! You won’t want it to stop!

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A true inspiration

what a beautiful story of determination and friendship.
i enjoyed every minute of this great adventure.

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Thoroughly entertaining!

What an amazing story! Diana is a superb storyteller and an insuring human. I couldn’t stop listening!

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simply amazing

I loved it from beginning until end. I wish there was a video of it. Great writing and the narration was incomparable

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  • 06-20-22

Fantastic!

Entertaining and inspiring, the performance style of this was marvellous and had me gripped the whole way with laugh out loud moments and moments of consideration. A brilliant story fantasticly told.

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  • M. J. Byrne-obee
  • 04-13-22

wow

wonderfully fab listen, inspiring regardless of your own challenge. Still proud. thank you x

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  • gpfswimmer
  • 01-14-22

great effort Diana

inspirational. I wish I could see the visual performance . quick story and interesting sound effects.

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  • Kevin McAleer
  • 01-08-22

Amazing woman

interesting live format. Well told story of incredible resilience and the importance of team work on what is on the surface (no pun....) a gruelling solo mission.

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  • Jimmy
  • 11-29-21

Hard listen

Might be a good short story but unfortunately I couldn’t stand the narrator, very annoying and load voice , pity as thing there is a good story to be told in there

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  • Happy Annie
  • 11-13-21

Great quick listen!

Loved the way this was recorded! as a swimmer it's left me inspired! bravo! off sea swimming now!

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  • Victoria S.
  • 09-28-21

A really wonderful story

I have laughed and cried and been blown away by the unconquered spirit shown in this book. Really inspiring ☺️

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  • Karen Eastwood
  • 09-08-21

A top listen

An amazing story and very well told. You'll laugh, cry and be astounded. Very inspiring