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Taking on the World Audiobook

Taking on the World

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Publisher's Summary

On February 11th, 2001, Ellen MacArthur sailed into port in France, completing the Vendee Globe, the world's toughest race. Alone and unsupported, she had spent more than three months at sea and had coped with storms, exhaustion, rigging failures, and a catastrophic collision with a submerged object. But Ellen never gave up and, at the age of 24, she became the first woman to circumnavigate the globe. This is Ellen's story, from her childhood in land locked Derbyshire, to that historic race.

©2002 Ellen MacArthur; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Alan Broadstone, Dorset, United Kingdom 07/11/2008
    Alan Broadstone, Dorset, United Kingdom 07/11/2008
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    "Stunning and inspirational"

    I am not normally one for biographies nor am I interested in sailing very much. With The Vendee Globe race about to start for 2008 I thought it would be interesting to hear about the race from one who has completed it. I am not sure what I was expecting, but this book gave me so much more. I was inspired by this young ladies tenacity, dedication and sheer determination. She is also clearly a talented writer. She moved me to tears on a number of occasions.
    this one really touched a cord with me. I hope you enjoy t too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James 02/11/2010
    James 02/11/2010
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    "Authentic"

    What an example. Exciting, candid and without guile. The reader sounds exactly like Dame Ellen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Keith leybourneUnited Kingdom 05/06/2008
    Keith leybourneUnited Kingdom 05/06/2008
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    "great book"

    Great book and very well read.
    Makes me want to get back into sailing now!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen 02/11/2016
    Stephen 02/11/2016 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic audiobook!"

    This was an honest and emotional book written by a very special lady. It was a gripping listen and an excellent choice of reader. I recommend this sailors and landlubbers alike and look forward to purchasing Ellen's next book.

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    John McCluskey 10/10/2016
    John McCluskey 10/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Epic Adventure"
    Where does Taking on the World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Better than average + would be a good guide.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The feeling of adventure and Ellen's tenacity.


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    mj 25/02/2015
    mj 25/02/2015
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    "Amazing lady!"
    Would you listen to Taking on the World again? Why?

    Yes - for inspiration


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ellen - she is so determined and honest


    Any additional comments?

    This book made me want to find my sea legs!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Fran sutton, United Kingdom 02/05/2012
    Fran sutton, United Kingdom 02/05/2012 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointed"

    I've had a soft spot for Ellen MacArthur for a while, I am similar age to her and was living in France when she completed the Vendee Globe 2001 - the French went crazy for her, it was exciting to see someone my age accomplish so much.
    And yet I found the audiobook very disappointing, it was a good description of events but I wanted more from it - the passion, the fear, the feelings that are stirred up when a peer is in danger... to me that was all missing. I didn't warm to the characters around her - perhaps the audiobook lost something by not having the photos a book would.
    What a shame.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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