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  1. 0.6 hrs • 12/19/2013 • Unabridged

    This piece, which appeared in Outside magazine in 1995 and was originally recorded for Rough Water: Stories of Survival from the Sea, is about an old man, a Bequian harpooner, who uses a wooden sailboat to hunt humpback whales. The piece is an elegy of sorts—an unsentimental lament for something lost.

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    The Whale Hunters

    0.6 hrs • 12/19/13 • Unabridged
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  2. 4.8 hrs • 5/21/2013 • Unabridged

    First You Have to Row a Little Boat first hit shelves in the mid 1990s and has been inspiring readers ever since. Written by a grown man looking back on his childhood, it reflects on what learning to sail taught him about life: making choices, adapting to change, and becoming his own person. Available for the first time as an audiobook, it is filled with the spiritual wisdom and thought-provoking discoveries that marked such books as Walden, The Prophet, and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. For nearly twenty years, First You Have to Row a Little Boat has enchanted and endeared sailors, non-sailors, and, foremost, anyone who seeks large truths in small things. This audio edition will find a place in the hearts of a whole new generation.

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    First You Have to Row a Little Boat

    Foreword by Jeffrey Zaslow
    Read by Dan Woren
    4.8 hrs • 5/21/13 • Unabridged
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  3. 7.4 hrs • 8/1/2012 • Unabridged

    Challenged by an expert who said it couldn’t be done, Joshua Slocum, a fearless New England sea captain, set out in April 1895 to prove that a man could sail alone around the world. A little over three years and forty-six thousand miles later, the proof was complete. This is Slocum’s own account of his remarkable adventures during the historic voyage of the Spray. Whether Slocum was more accomplished as a writer or sailor is hard to say. His writing style is fast paced, witty, and exhilarating, an absorbing match to his harrowing adventures—adventures that included being chased by Moorish pirates off Gibraltar; escaping a fleet of hostile canoes; being submerged by a great wave off the Patagonian coast; an encounter with Black Pedro, “the worst murderer in Tierra del Fuego”; and foiling a nocturnal attack by savages by strewing carpet tacks on the Spray’s deck.

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    Sailing Alone around the World by Joshua Slocum

    Sailing Alone around the World

    7.4 hrs • 8/1/12 • Unabridged
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  4. 16.5 hrs • 11/20/2010 • Unabridged

    Richard Henry Dana referred to this book as “a voice from the sea.” Influencing such authors as Conrad and Melville, it has become a maritime classic that has inflicted legions of men with a passion for the sea. Dana, a law student turned sailor for health reasons, sailed in 1834 on the brig Pilgrim for a voyage from Boston around Cape Horn to California. Dana Point was named as a result of this journey. Drawing from his journals, Two Years before the Mast gives a vivid and detailed account, shrewdly observed and beautifully described, of a common sailor’s wretched treatment at sea, and of a way of life virtually unknown at that time. This is a breathtaking true story of adventure on the high seas.

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    Two Years before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana Jr.

    Two Years before the Mast

    16.5 hrs • 11/20/10 • Unabridged
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  5. 21.4 hrs • 9/1/2007 • Unabridged

    From Robinson Crusoe and The Swiss Family Robinson to Alive! and Adrift, tales of survival have always captivated readers. This powerful collection chronicles the remarkable true stories of real-life maroons, castaways, and other survivors as they struggle to endure against insurmountable odds. From the 1500s to the present, in the most isolated and unforgiving terrains imaginable, they faced shipwrecks and plane crashes, crossed vast deserts and icy poles, and struggled against avalanches, tornadoes, and earthquakes. Here are their moral dilemmas, their personalities, and their influence on society, literature, and art. Desperate Journeys, Abandoned Souls is an unforgettable exploration of a subject of perennial fascination.

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    Desperate Journeys, Abandoned Souls by Edward E. Leslie

    Desperate Journeys, Abandoned Souls

    21.4 hrs • 9/1/07 • Unabridged
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  6. 3.1 hrs • 7/11/2006 • Abridged

    Jonathan Raban is about to sail alone from Seattle to the Alaskan Panhandle, following an ancient sea route rich in history, riddles, and whirlpools. It’s the perfect setting for Raban’s prodigious intellect, eloquence, and eye for detail. Passage to Juneau is not a travel thriller; the trip is hazardous, but that’s not the point. Instead, Raban takes us on a journey of contemplation, literature, lore, mythology, and science. We learn about the canoe culture of the Northwest Indians; the British ship Discovery, which traveled the same route in 1792; and the physics of waves and turbulence, to name just a few of his far-ranging topics. And, as Raban finds himself in ominously personal waters (his father’s illness, his own marriage, the daughter he left behind), it’s also a journey of the heart.

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    Passage to Juneau

    3.1 hrs • 7/11/06 • Abridged
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  7. 6.0 hrs • 10/22/2002 • Abridged

    In November 1996, sixteen boats left France to circumnavigate the globe alone—without stopping and without assistance—through the world's most savage waters, the Southern Ocean. Over the next six months, each waged a solitary battle to stay alive against six-story waves, bone-chilling cold, ice-laden seas and their own physical and mental limitations.Derek Lundy's brilliant storytelling takes us not only into the maritime action, but also the sailors' spirits. Our hearts race with one competitor as she struggles with raging seas searching for a missing rival, and we mourn with another as his forlorn, crippled ship fades from sight. Told with the mastery of Conrad and the intensity of minute-to-minute survival, this gripping tale is sure to appeal to blue-water and armchair adventurers alike.

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    Godforsaken Sea

    6.0 hrs • 10/22/02 • Abridged
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  8. 5.2 hrs • 12/27/1998 • Unabridged

    Hear the stories of men and women battling the elements, and sometimes each other, to stay alive, confronting savage storms, rogue waves, icebergs, sharks, starvation and their own fear and suffering. From Sebastian Junger’s “The Whale Hunters” to Herman Wouk’s The Caine Mutiny to Lawrence Beesley’s The Loss of the S. S. Titanic, Rough Water is a unique collection of the finest writing on why men and women go to sea, and what they find there. Rough Water is an adventure audiobook at its most compelling!

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    Rough Water

    Compiled and edited by Clint Willis
    5.2 hrs • 12/27/98 • Unabridged
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  9. 6.5 hrs • 1/1/1976 • Unabridged

    Stuart Woods had never owned more than a dinghy before setting out on one of the world’s most demanding sea voyages, navigating across the Atlantic single-handedly. How, at the age of thirty-seven, did this self-proclaimed novice go from small ponds to the big sea? With a new afterword that looks back at how one transatlantic race changed his life, Woods takes readers on a spectacular journey—not just of traveling across the world but of being tried in fire, learning by accepting challenges, appreciating the beauty of the open water, and living to tell about it.

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    Blue Water, Green Skipper

    6.5 hrs • 1/1/77 • Unabridged
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