In a superb narrative, NY Times best-selling author Callahan chronicles the four-month (April - August 1989) struggle of Jim Nalepka and three other crew (Phil Hofman, John Glennie and Rick Hellriegel) to survive on their capsized trimaran adrift in the the stormy seas of the wintry South Pacific.
For shelter, the four huddled together in a dank hull compartment 20 inches high and only as wide as a double-bed. Most of their gear was lost in the same gale that caused them to capsize. They were drenched nearly constantly with frigid seawater, and caught fish and collected rain for sustenance before the wind and current finally carried them to New Zealand's Great Barrier Island.
©2013 Steven Callahan & James Nalepka (P)2014 New Street Communications, LLC
Cutting the 30 min authors preface would be a good start - tedious in the extreme! The actual story it's self is interesting but it's delivered in such a self-satisfied and patronising way it's really hard to listen to.
He has a slightly annoying, nasal voice and mispronounces numerous words.
I would cut the whole preface and get a different author to tell the story..
Is it really a true story? Was the whole thing make up / a hoax? There are a lot of very convenient chance happenings and unlikely moments..
initially it was a slow start, but stay with it, it becomes irresistible and one of the most compelling reads from a humanistic viewpoint. A very honest take on men trapped at sea on an overturned trimaran. Also provides another viewpoint on the merits of the multihulls over monohulls that clearly demonstrates it's real potential as a safe cruising boat choice.
"Great story, wonderful narration"
An amazing, true story of survival told eloquently by New York Times bestselling author Callahan, and read beautifully by Robert Brown. Love it.
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