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Publisher's Summary

Before The Perfect Storm, before In the Heart of the Sea, Steven Callahan's Adrift chronicled one of the most astounding voyages of the century and one of the great sea adventures of all time. In some ways the model for the new wave of adventure books, Adrift is now an undeniable seafaring classic, a riveting firsthand account by the only man known to have survived for more than a month alone at sea, fighting for his life in an inflatable raft after his small sloop capsized only six days from port.

Racked by hunger, buffeted by storms, scorched by the tropical sun, Callahan drifted for 1,800 miles, fighting off sharks with a makeshift spear and watching as nine ships passed him by. "A real human drama that delves deeply into man's survival instincts (Library Journal), Adrift is a story of anguish and horror, of undying heroism, hope, and survival, and a must-read for any adventure lover.

©2002 Steven Callahan; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"An utterly absorbing saga." (Newsweek)

"Fascinating...a clearly written ocean yarn in which the stakes are high and a brave man wins through." (Wall Street Journal)

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I listened all the way through

One of the rare audiobooks that I couldn't stop listening to. The details and story is what was missing from the other sailing books I've heard. The addition of the interview with the author was a great surprise.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic Story

If you could sum up Adrift in three words, what would they be?

Wow

What was one of the most memorable moments of Adrift?

The guys ability to keep living.

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

If I couldve.

Any additional comments?

Gods hand was on him all the way!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Excellent Book

The story keeps you listening from start to finish. I would recommend as an excellent book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Barb
  • Tewksbury, MA, USA
  • 04-29-10

Fantastic!

Gripping book. Amazing detailed and fascinating account of this guy's ordeal lost at sea. Highly recommended.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Spellbinding!

Where does Adrift rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 5%

What other book might you compare Adrift to and why?

The worst journey in the world

What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

Intense

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Survival despite unbelievable odds

Any additional comments?

A must for lovers of the outdoors!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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To test oneself...

...to the limit cannot really be done in a training scenario no matter how serious the situation. It is only when death threatens around every corner that human ingenuity and the will to survive can be truly revealed. Callahan depicts these qualities in graphic brilliance and forces the listener to experience at least a little of what he went through.

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  • Bobbie
  • Arvada, CO, United States
  • 12-13-11

Amazing True Story

Would you consider the audio edition of Adrift to be better than the print version?

I believe both versions would have been equally good but I enjoyed the Audio version

What other book might you compare Adrift to and why?

Life of Pi

Which scene was your favorite?

There were so many!!

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

Nope

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Interesting and enjoyable listen!

Interesting and enjoyable listen to a true story of preparation, determination and the battle to adapt, improvise and survive!

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Great story, not so much the narration

A true story about being lost at sea on a life raft for 76 days makes for compelling listening. Great respect for the author/narrator for his accomplishment and survival.

My only criticism would be the narration itself -- I appreciate the producers wanted a first person story to be read by the author, but I feel this audiobook would have been much better had a professional read the book. If you are used to listening to many of the books on Audible with incredibly talented narrators, be forewarned that the narration is amateurish (understandably) by comparison.

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Authentic 1st Person Account

There is really nothing like having the author tell their own story, their way. This seems to be especially so given this account Mr. Callahan's account of sailing solo, having his small ship sink, then surviving by his wits, equipment and his dogged determination for 76 days. I think about stories like this when I'm stuck in traffic or some meeting, and realize I could be in a life or death struggle with the elements and myself - how would I fare? Between constant repairs of his solar stills, repairs of his inflatable life raft, fishing with a butter knife and constant battle to get drinkable water, makes me wonder if I could last a week. I'm glad he survived to tell us the tale of his experiences.

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  • paula
  • 04-10-17

amazing story of human spirit

Great book told well. If you like adventure you will like his. emotional and captivating

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  • Celia
  • 06-26-13

Good Listen

What made the experience of listening to Adrift the most enjoyable?

The auther described his surroundings so well you had a mental picture of it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There was only one character which was the sailer.

What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

He read the book calmly but also expressed the excitement of catching a fish, or the overwhelming feeling of helplessness in the current surroundings.

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

No.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-19-17

An unbelievable story of survival and endurance

I feel privileged for having heard this remarkable story.
Stevens ability to adapt to his new environment and his relentless struggle to push on left me mesmerized and blessed for the simple things we take for granted. Thank you