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Publisher's Summary

"We are from Australia, we have cash, and we have jet-lag and a desperate stare in our eye. In short, we are mugs ready to be led down the path of nautical slavery. If you can't sell us a boat, there is something very wrong."

The pull of the ocean was too strong to ignore any longer. Four years prior, they'd circumnavigated the globe on their 33-foot boat, Mariah. Now they wanted a new challenge.

So they sold all their belongings and flew to America from New South Wales in search of a boat.

Then Jackie and Noel set sail south, meeting descendants of the Bounty mutineers on Pitcairn, taking in the grand statues of Easter Island, and finally visiting the remotest inhabited island in the world.

Along the way, they lost a friend and came nail-bitingly close to losing their new boat. But they gained so much more.

This is a story of storms of emotions and oceans, travel, love, and relationships, and two people figuring out life and fulfilling their need to move and be challenged.

©2015 Jackie and Noel Parry (P)2016 New Street Communications, LLC

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This is it, indeed!

Would you consider the audio edition of This Is It to be better than the print version?

Definitely....There are so many anecdotes and distressing experiences interlaced throughout the tale, the print version may have gotten tedious.

What was one of the most memorable moments of This Is It?

The shark and night time storm adventures stand out as most memorable.

What does Caroline Doughty bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Caroline Doughty does a superb job of bringing the story to life through clear and melodic narration. Her reading of "This is it..." instills the right amount of personality into the author’s "1st person” telling of life at sea (which varied dramatically between harrowing and mundane experiences). Would welcome listening to additional books narrated by Ms. Doughty.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not necessarily. It was an impressive journey, however, and I have renewed respect for those who live on a sailboat and travel across the ocean for prolonged periods of time.

Any additional comments?

This was my first audio book, since attempting to listen to Harry Potter in the car on college tours w/my now-26 year old daughter. Listening to this from start to finish inspired me to be more open to audio in the future.

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The Debut of a Natural: Narrator Caroline Doughty

Would you consider the audio edition of This Is It to be better than the print version?

Yes

What was one of the most memorable moments of This Is It?

I'm a boater myself, by mostly a wanna be cruiser. This is great armchair listening...

What about Caroline Doughty’s performance did you like?

Can't believe how good Caroline Doughty is! The debut of a natural.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

thrilled by the story.

Any additional comments?

I'll be looking for any book Caroline Doughty narrates.

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Fantastic... Couldn't put this down!

Where does This Is It rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A fantastic book

What did you like best about this story?

Provides a truely realistic portrayal of life cruising. Insightful and inspirational. Thank you!

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

Found it hard to put this down

Any additional comments?

Fantastic, well written and narrated - thank you!

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The audible version is a lovely adventure

I'm a sucker for sailing adventure stories. Have been since I was 12 and read Robin Lee Graham's circumnavigation memoir.

This story of courage, determination, grit and love, as told by a woman who is beginning to wonder how many voyages she and her husband have left in their lives, is compelling and modern.

Caroline Doughty is the perfect pick to narrate Parry's story. The deep resonance of her voice matches the grounded wisdom of a woman in her 40s, while there's also a melodic lilt that reflects an enduring passion for the world and the delightful people we all get to meet if we would just sail our own little boats out of safe harbor.