Islands, Oceans, and Dreams is a true story of a man who, at the age of 33, began dreaming of voyaging with his wife to the South Pacific. He wasn't an adventurer or daring by nature, but he bought a boat and began learning the ways of the sea. Twenty years later, racked with the pain of divorce and still aching to live out his dream, he set off alone for Tahiti. After reaching French Polynesia, he continued cruising for seven years and wound up solo sailing around the world. Islands, Oceans, and Dreams takes the listener on that voyage.
From turquoise lagoons to pirates, with plenty of adventure in between, this is a must-read for any sailor or armchair traveler who loves stories of the sea.
Michael Salvaneschi has more than 30 years of experience sailing California's offshore Islands. His two voyages to Mexico, his two-year stint as a commercial swordfisherman and his seven-year solo voyage around the world have taught him much about seamanship. As a guest speaker at yacht clubs, sailing societies, and service groups, Michael tells his stories and shares his experiences as a solo sailor.
©2005 Michael Salvaneschi (P)2012 Michael Salvaneschi
I thoroughly enjoyed the account of the voyage. However, this audio version needs some editing. There were several times when the reader stumbled over a word, went back to the start of the sentence or paragraph and restarted, but this was left in. The narrator's performance itself was very good, it was the editing that let it down.
I dream of making the same journey around the world that Michael has made.
At times I swear I could see the same views as he was describing and felt the same emotions he was feeling which are the hallmarks of a great book.
It is a very well read audio book, very clear with very few mistakes and even though it is a long book I felt like I could restart It from the beginning straight after finishing it.
If like me you are a dreamer you'll enjoy it, if you are into sailing, ditto.
It's up there with the best sailing books.
This is an interesting read but there's too much technical information which if you don't actually sail doesn't mean a lot and detracts from the story.
I enjoyed the narrator tone of voice but it seemed to repeat in parts, not sure if it was a technical error or the narrator lost his place, reread and it wasn't caught on proofreading.
Overall a good story.
I really liked this journey around the world. The narrator was good to listen to and although it was a long book it kept my attention - especially the section whilst travelling through the Red Sea. Worth a listen.
"If you're into maritime adventure"
this is the book for YOU! I bought it as a general interest travel narrative, and it does work as that, although at some points better than others.
Part 1 struck me as the least "general interest" section, as the author spends much of that time alone on the high seas in the middle of nowhere, although there are (eventually) stops in the Marquesas, Samoa, Tahiti, Fiji, etc.
Part 2 is largely concerned with Australia, both sightseeing on land, and sailing its vast coast, finishing up with the trip to Arabia, with a lengthy stopover in Sri Lanka.
Part 3 covers the most in terms of miles - Arabia to California, via the Mediterranean, Atlantic, and Panama Canal. Starts out with adventures in avoiding pirates (he never really is threatened, though friends have a lot less luck) from Arabia to Israel, through the Suez Canal. Stops, including sightseeing trips, in Israel, Italy, Gibraltar, the Canary Islands, and Trinidad, until the not-so-simple Canal crossing, and home to San Diego.
Michael's a really nice fellow, without being particularly sappy about it, making lots of friends along the way; he uses the convention of referring to them by their boats' names ("Beatrice" etc.) and as he meets up with some after a long absence from the story, that did get a tad confusing at times. He's also quite a foodie, so it wasn't exactly hardtack and sardines for him; at one point he has so much surplus fish he makes a quantity of "fish jerky" out of it all! He did a terrific job in picking out the highlights of the trip, so things never really dragged for me, as I'd feared they might.
Parker's narration works quite well in terms of maintaining enthusiasm, although I wish he'd done (more) prep work in getting place names correct, as at times it was almost painful to hear him get some wrong.
Final verdict: definitely recommended!
"Great tale let down by production"
For anyone interested in ocean sailing this is a great tale, if not interested in sailing it will be very repetitive. But what is not acceptable is the production. There are more than 10 entries of duplicated reads where the wrong passages have not been edited out. This is just production laziness and should not be accepted by Audible! Then there in pronunciation of place names. This is not the reader's fault it is the responsibility of the director; before any book is read a little bit of research into how places are pronounced should be a undertaken but in this book I cringed at the Australian mispronunciation. I also hear it with American reads about places in England. Come on people, readers are 'actors' and Directors should know how a place is pronounced, it makes the reader look hick which is not fair. Matt Armstrong, the Director and Producer needs to go back to audio book production school!
"Great story telling, you get lost in the trips"
Great light autobiography of the author's adventures as a sole sailer around the world.
Michael - he is the main character.
The trip up the red sea - its tense and slightly humorous as Michael fights the wind and his own imagination of pirates.
somewhere in the middle when michael comes to terms with his solitude and appreciation for his life.
its a great story read by a great narrator.. its worth the credit to download and get lost at sea with him.
"Story is Great, But the Reading Was Flawed"
This is a great story and a great book. It was detailed enough that I was interested in sailing but not so detailed that I was bothered with things I didn't understand. It's a longer book but very much worth the read. I really enjoyed the storyline.
I loved his stories about people he met and fears he had but I didn't like how much time was spent on Australia and that almost none was spent on the transatlantic passage and Central America.
The book was clearly audiotaped poorly. There are repeats in multiple places when the reader obviously stopped for a day and started up the next and rereads at least one whole sentence. It is pretty annoying and takes away from the book. It seems a little amateurish that they couldn't edit that out. I think at one point the reader clears his throat or coughs too.
Around the World in a Decade
Get a better audio version, title, and cover and a ton of people would want to read this. It's actually an awesome read.
"A personal favorite"
The way his experiences were described. Felt like I was there. And, he's a San Diegan. Like I am.
Great story teller. Like it was his own experience.
Loved the book. I'll listen to it again.
Wish it was twice as long.
"Edit the Narration!"
The first 2 parts of the narration were not edited. The sounds of the narrators slapping his tongue, swallowing, sighing, re-reading sentences is ridiculous (and quite disgusting at times). The 3rd part had the problems edited out.
The information about the voyage
Interest, funny, sad at times.
"Modern day adventure"
The author seemed a bit depressed at first.Having been divorced,but he goes on a seven year adventure by himself,which was perhaps fool hardy.The recounting of navigating the Cape York peninsula and the whole coast of Australia was enthralling as he nearly runs his boat aground.The stories about Sri Lanka,the Maldives and navigating the Red Sea in gale force winds made me think he was courageous.When he glossed over Europe I could understand that this part of the world is overpriced.Going through the Panama Canal lochs was also cool.He picks up a couple of backpackers to help with the navigation.I was left feeling like the sea is perhaps the last place on earth a man can be alone with his thoughts and truly free.In the deep ocean there is less concern for hitting rocks and when provisioned right a blissful place that often ends in island hospitality.When he met the tug boat captain in Sri Lanka he began to understand that we have all the capacity for happiness within us.
I enjoyed it because it allowed me to escape from were I was (am) and let me dream about sailing to far away places. The only thing I would change is the narrators continued swallowing of his own saliva during about the first half of the book. After the first half he seemed to stop, for which I'm forever grateful.
"Excellent sailing read"
My husband and I listened to this while on a few long drives. This book held our attention and we hated shutting off the car each time. The story is filled with day to day information and experiences of a RTW cruiser as well as some exciting adventures. Salvaneschi is not afraid to share some of his more humbling moments, making him a trustworthy and respected storyteller in my opinion. It's long, but very well worth the read. I also plan to buy the book version and send one along to my fathers in law.
"Captivating and inspiring"
This is a wonderful account of an outstanding feat of endurance and skill. The author, Michael tells his own tale with great humility and warmth. Full of moments of frailty and pathos which serve as a foil to what is actually a story of great courage and strength, I was engrossed in the narrative from start to finish. Unlike the muscle bound heroes of Hollywood, true heroes are often unassuming middle aged men with a stick and a limp, who doggedly cling to a dream and navigate through life's ups and downs with quiet determination and good humour. I was left feeling that I would love to buy this warm and modest man a beer and sit on a bar stool next to him while listening to his tales.
The performance was excellent and the narrator was utterly believable as the voice of the author. The only reason I gave 4 and not 5 stars was because there were numerous editing errors where there were false starts and repeated lines. Not enough to spoil the story in any way, but enough to stay my hand from awarding a perfect score.
The story is compelling from start to finish, and will suit seasoned sailors, armchair adventurers and wistful dreamers alike. I personally yearn to learn how to sail and buy a yacht to go cruising in. This story has deepened my conviction towards doing so. I heartily recommend it as a great listen.
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