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Afloat

A Memoir
Narrated by: Danie Couchman
Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
5 out of 5 stars (44 ratings)
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Summary

Danie Couchman grew up on the move, her family never staying still long enough for her to say where she's from. At 25, and living in her 17th home, she finds herself drowning in the rush of London life and makes an impulsive decision: to buy a narrowboat and make it her home.

Surrounded by an eclectic and itinerant community in the uncharted territory of the capital's urban wilderness, Danie becomes fully immersed in this hidden world. Each day on board her boat, Genesis, is an adventure full of disaster and magic. Over five years of living off-grid, nomadic Danie learns to survive the many highs and lows of boat life alone, keeping herself, and her steel home, afloat. 

A captivating debut, Afloat is the story of a young woman's desire to escape an ever more isolated city existence and reconnect with nature, discovering what is important in life.

©2018 Danie Couchman (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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Amazing real life adventure

This book is a fantastic insight into a life1 that many of us wish we could experience, throwing caution to the wind and pursuing adventure. Even if you have no interest in life on a canal boat, the sense of adventure throughout really touches a part of the soul that yearns for taking chances and seizing the day. Very, very well narrated too if you're going for the audio version. I'm not sure if there will be any other titles released by Danie Couchman but this is a beautifully written book that has had me locked in from start to finish.

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A wonderful little book

Struggled to turn it off. A wonderful little book which has left me yearning for a weekend on a boat

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Genuinely Beautiful

This book was recommended to me and I wasn't disappointed, well, not until it finished and I stopped being able to follow along with the adventures. This book genuinely is both beautifully written and read. A brutally honest account of finding yourself and realising a life most of us wouldn't dare to consider.

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LOVED DANI’S STORY

I just loved this audio book.
Really glad I purchased it. I don’t usually listen to this type of book.
A well told story.
I wished I’d be brave enough to do what Dani did!!!
Loved listening about life on the canals in and around London.
The small snippets of history were good.
Left me wishing I lived on the canal. A real escape from the mundane day to day living in this modern world of ours.
Oh for the simple things in life.
Thank you Dani Couchman. I really enjoyed your story and wish you well always.

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Made my commute a pleasure

Loved it. Highly recommended. Enjoyable easy listening, perfect for tedious journeys to and from work.

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Fantastic account of life on the river.

A well told, interesting and poignant story about one woman's life on the river in and around London, and how she came to be there.

Well told and we'll written.

Having recently finished Tracey thorne's: "another planet, a teenager in suburbia" I found it interesting how two women can have such contrasting views of the same city.

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Engaging, honest and open.

loved this book from the first page. Loved the honest journey onboard and in Danie's personal journey.

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A triumph

Yesterday I finished Afloat, and what a treat it was. A spellbinding account of boat life with beautiful and vivid descriptions of the wilderness, community and history which exists on and around the waterways. More than that though it is a heart-on-its-sleeve story of bravery, courage and self-healing which is raw, honest and inspiring. An important story which I am sure will inspire others to tell theirs. A triumph.

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best book I've listened to

I loved this book, it has allowed me to escape into a world I so desperately want to be a part of, it should have a part two or another book as I'm not completely booked on what happens with the floatilla. if you need more information on boat life or just want a lovely a story to listen to this book is perfect!

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I loved every single bit!!

A great and relatable story, read by a fantastic narrator. I would recommend it to anyone!

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