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66 Days Adrift Audiobook

66 Days Adrift: A True Story of Disaster and Survival on the Open Sea

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Publisher's Summary

The lure of paradise was unmistakable, and Bill Butler was on a quest to find it with his wife Simonne - riding the Pacific currents on their sloop Siboney, with a world of possibilities ahead. But,1200 miles from land, the alluring ocean showed its deadly side when, without warning, a pod of pilot whales attacked their sailboat, battering it until it sank beneath the waves.

The dazed couple was left drifting in midocean in a leaky six-foot raft meant for coastal waters, with only a few hastily grabbed provisions to sustain them. Simonne, who had never truly shared Bill's dream of circumnavigating the globe, blamed him bitterly for their desperate plight.

In this powerful account of their 66-day odyssey, Butler tells a gritty, harrowing tale of their battles against nature, despair, and their own demons. He reveals how he and Simonne found the strength to survive despite the ravages of hunger, storms, and sharks. Based on Butler's faithful log entries, 66 Days Adrift is both a chilling cautionary tale for sailors with big ideas and an inspiring story of love, faith, and survival against long odds.

©2005 William A. Butler (P)2013 New Street Communications, LLC

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    James UK 16/01/2015
    James UK 16/01/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Trouble and strife"

    This was an enjoyable story, very tense at times as you'd expect, but with a focus on marital and religious difficulties.

    Bill comes across as a slightly bungling character, not your typical survival hero like Shackleton or Callahan, and even believes he can communicate telepathically with his family. When not in the grip of a violent mood swing his wife Simone seems the most level-headed.

    Religious folk will probably enjoy the couple's "spiritual journey" in which God "tests their faith" and "delivers them to safety". Bill ruminates on the subject extensively, and in the process is unintentionally amusing. He gives thanks for natural changes in wind direction and proclaims it a miracle that none of the sharks which terrorise the raft by day and night have yet succeeded in eating them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Andre Santiago
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    10/11/16
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    "Excellent story and well narrated"

    This is an excellent and well narrated story and kept me very interested for the entire length of this audiobook. I just wish there was a movie about this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • las3tortugas
    6542 de bordeaux, montreal,qc,h2g2s1
    16/04/16
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    "Daily activities with a spouse in a restreint area for a long time."

    The angle used to describe such a dificult event makes it very captiviating


    I just loved it.

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  • Amazon Customer
    03/04/16
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    "Butler"

    Although Butler is a dumb ass, I feel sorry for him for being stuck on the raft with his crazy wife.

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  • Derek
    West Chicago, Il, United States
    15/01/16
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    "The performance nearly ruined it."

    Mr. Hahn was very distracting. So much so that i contemplated returning the book several times. Had to turn the speed up to 1.25x to get through it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • André M. Bonkowski
    Kolbotn, Norway
    15/07/15
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    "Mixed feelings"

    When I adjusted the narrative speed to 1.25x it was ok. The length of the book could have been cut down by 25%.

    Simone in the story was quite irritating and I would not be surprised if Bill had tossed her overboard.

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