In 2007, Roz Savage set out to row 8,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean-alone. Despite having successfully rowed across the Atlantic the previous year, the Pacific presented the former office worker with unprecedented challenges and overpowering currents-both in the water and within herself.
Crossing Earth's largest ocean alone might seem a long way removed from everyday life, yet the lessons Roz learned about the inner journey, the ocean, and the world are relevant to all of us. She shares tales of the ups and downs of her voyage across the waves, while offering insights on how to find happiness through a meaningful and rewarding life.
©2013 Roz Savage (P)2013 Audible Inc.
"[Savage's] British accent adds a personal touch to her account of the joys and challenges of undertaking such a big trip. This first-person account displays her intimate maritime knowledge, as conveyed in the technical details of her trip." (AudioFile)
I wanted to like this a lot. I didn’t.
I could not identify with Roz from the outset, I could not empathise with her need to declutter, and in particular I could not appreciate her first act; that of getting rid of her husband. Now it may be that she wished to retain a certain degree of privacy and she chose not to present the full story, but she stands judged on what she has written, not upon speculation.
This is a shame, a real shame because in between all of the padding, all of the pithy philosophy, she does have a message that is worth listening too. She just takes too long to say it, and the delivery is less than perfect.
The producers should have re-record the sections where the stress, intonation and pauses of this self-narrated audiobook interfered with relaxed listening.
A very well narrated reading of Roz's incredible tale. Her very honest and humble recounting of the journey almost makes rowing solo across the Pacific sound easy! A highly recommended listen for anyone interested in Adventure / Environmentalism.
"I only listened to 1/3, so maybe it gets better?"
Narration is OK. I've heard some god awful narration so i couldn't put it in the 1 or 2 stars with that category of "unlistenable". Still, the narration was just ok.
Story really belongs in a much shorter book. I'm sure the story is actually very very good - but she draws it out with detailed accounts of things that we just don't care about hearing. There's a constant refrain about how she likes to eat clean & is forced to eat things she doesn't want to eat. It's exhausting to listen to mundane comments about how you don't like a certain type of food. I feel like I'm at my friend's house & her 5 year old is protesting that night's dinner.
Seriously, I have to believe this story gets better - but I can't make it through a minute longer.
After being widowed I have been working hard to reinvent myself. Even as a very positive person, sometimes I've felt that I just can't do this on my own. Roz's Book has given me renewed strength and optimism that I can indeed build a wonderful life and achieve anything I want. Her story of overcoming obstacles will stay with me for a very long time. It has also renewed my determination to do everything I can to help the environment.
"Sooo Enjoyable and informative!"
It was narrated by the author - you just experience it on a deeper level if its read by the person who experiences it first hand!
Too many!! - Two guys on plastic raft- The helicopter rescue- Over all sense and experience being in the middle of nowhere - loved it.
The general&over all amount of help / money and love produced by strangers to help Roz achieve her goals. It just shows you that if you put yourself out there, in a sincere and honest way, you will never find yourself to be alone.
I love that the author read the book, and through her expression I was able to almost feel as if I were sitting next to her. Great voice and inflection for narration.
This was an excellent story of not only adventure but also one of how resilient people are. Roz experienced extreme situations and she describes how they made her feel but also why she did what she did and how it made her stronger. The book was well written and well narrated. I was just enthralled. I thank Roz for making my drive to and from work something to look forward to! I highly recommend this book.
"Inspirational, insightul and just fabulous!"
On my all time favorites list. This is a remarkable story told wonderfully. Beautifully written and read. Enjoyed every line. A truly inspirational womans story.
The purpose of her challenge never left the story.
Never felt like she was reading. Rather storytelling. Superb.
There is a line in the book ...something like. ...average woman does extraordinary thing...
"Can not believe it! Roz is my new hero!!"
I am a listener not a reader.
Loved her voice-how she worded all her thoughts in the book and what a journey both physically and mentally.
"Positively Courageous Inspiration "
Unfulfilled in a materialistic lifestyle and an unsatisfying marriage, Roz shook up her life.
She extracted herself from both and went in search of her purpose. Selling all her belongings, she went on a mental sabbatical, studying mystical, philosophical and metaphysical traditions. She read about the Hopi Tribe "Prophecies and their belief that these are now coming true in The Hopi Survival Kit. The Predictions consist Of a Sequence of signs that the end of civilization is approaching, and a new era is coming. The first sign is "gourd of ashes" falling from the sky. The Hopi interpreted this occurring when the Bomb fell on Hiroshima. Since then, they have regularly sent a delegation to the United Nations to issue a call to action . According to their philosophy, we have to look after the earth if we want it to look after us. If we lose touch with our spirituality and forget that we are dependent for our survival, things are not going to go well. The people who know where to find their own food and water" will survive best. (introduction "Dream big change your life")
Realizing a fundamental truth in her being, She decided to row the oceans solitary to bring awareness to the earth and the damage we are doing to the environment .
She learned much more about herself and life. Roz tried to figure out lessons being taught by the ocean obstacle. She realized the ocean is just what it is not a sentient being. Learning about adversity overcoming obstacles by how you respond to adversity are positives in the hardship that makes it meaningful With opportunity for growth and learning . Pg 69
One obstacle involved broken water makers. Roz had a computer on board which she connected to satellite to post a blog. One post concerned the Junk ship launched from CA with destination Hawaii, it's mission to study trash from land and it's cumulative effect stalling out in the Great Pacific Garbage patch. Roz managed an ocean meet-up with guys sailing he ship made from plastic bottles and other trash, celebrated with them with a fish fry and was awarded a share in their water to get her the rest of the way in their common destination. Serendipity on the high seas seems to be a major theme in the narrative. She had many of these types of encounters and other events for better or worse.
I chose the book, because I was intrigued with the idea of one woman and one boat crossing the great expanses of water between continents. There is much controversy in academia about how the first people's migrated to the Americas. The prevalent theory is the Beringia Land Bridge access. Other researchers have a preponderance of evidence for also a water landing perhaps as early as 40000 years ago . If one woman rowing a boat albeit one loaded with modern technology such as GPS, weather monitoring by satellite phone, surely skilled Ancient mariners could have . No Problem!
I learned much more though and left the book with great admiration and understanding for Roz Savage for her dream of purpose and a kindred spirit regarding Native American Wisdom and a purposeful life!
I will check out her book about crossing the Atlantic.
"What a Life"
Having the writer tell her own story gave an amazing reality as she recounts her laudable experiences
"Inaudible, not de-breathed"
Poor quality recording: heavy breathing. Extremely annoying. Could not finish it.
Story itself contains large sections of useless information, plot seems missing and overall incoherent.
"What effort and dedication!"
Roz's personal account aids in the story and REAL FACTS regarding climate change. Not quite sea sick from realistic storytelling - amazing person!
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