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Sailing, Yachts and Yarns

Narrated by: Tom Cunliffe
Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
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Summary

Sailing, Yachts and Yarns is a selection of Tom Cunliffe’s funniest, wisest and most thought-provoking writing from the pages of Yachting Monthly. Tom’s love of language and sense of humour shine through as he recalls the wealth of sinners and saints he has met on docksides from Southampton to South America, Greenwich to Greenland and Newtown to New York. He has a gift for capturing the magic of sail and finding pearls of practical wisdom in the most unlikely nautical adventures. Sailing, Yachts and Yarns is a lively miscellany of a wit, wisdom and wonder.

It will make you laugh and make you think – and make you want to cast off to enjoy the delights of life afloat.

©2012 Tom Cunliffe (P)2012 Audible Ltd

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Informative and fun sea tales

A string of magazine articles published as a book but none the worse for this and makes for easy listening for the armchair sailor.

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This is a party political broadcast for UKIP...

.. Or is that the Brexit party. I suffered through the strange accusation that "Bureaucrats in Brussels" are somehow doing a bad thing in making sure you can't be ripped off with badly designed product, only to turn off as he immediately launched into a tirade against "Blame culture" and accuses British younger generations of suing everyone for everything. Obviously he can't back up these assertions, just drops them as "facts" and gets onto his next rant. It's a shame, because, he had a lot of charisma and if he could take off the rose tints for a few hours and just tell stories without telling his listener that everything was so much better in his day because (insert latest Daily Mail lie here), then this would be a fantastic book.

If you voted UKIP or Brexit and want a nice comfortable book telling you how you're great, you the salt of the earth who has never even seen an avocado are superior in every way (please, behold the master race) then you will love this. Even if you have no interest in sailing. If on the other hand, you know that the Sailing Frenchman singularly proves that life is just as good now, and sailors are just as skilled and adventurous as grandpa's generation, give this one a miss, it might make you vomit.

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brilliamt

exciting and v interesting. fast pace. educational. ell worth a listen for all yachts people and travellers

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Stories to while away the dark hours!

Some curmudgeon’s earlier review stated Mr Cunliffe is no narrator! I’m sorry but these yarns could not have been told by any other voice. Indeed he is better than many of the so called professional narrators that grace the audible line up. The stories themselves are full of good humour even when grumbling about the health and safety brigade. They range from blocked heads to the folly of relying too much on technology. A great listen for any sailor or landlubber.
If you find your self holed up in port with a hooligan blowing wild out side and your Tilly lamp is too dim to read by, do yourself a favour, pour yourself a gentleman’s measure sit back and listen to Tom. He’ll while away the hours until ‘Sailing By’ heralds the late shipping forecast and no doubt a better outlook for the morning.
Wonderful stuff!

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EXCELLENT

Excellent book made better by the fact he narrates his own work. A really nice chap I once had a conversation with at the Beaulieu Boat Jumble. I would reccomend this as a read to anyone.

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Brilliant

Absolutely enthralling. A real gem. Packed with the author's knowledge, character and sense of humour.

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Great yarns from this fantastic sailor and author

As a sailor myself this book is both fascinating, informative and educational. I will no doubt read it again and again

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Ahoy!

loved it, more than once. full of humour and wonderfully narrated. just the thing for long nights at anchor.

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laugh out loud observations

easy to listen to, witty, dry but usually on the mark commentary on a wide variety of topics. Good food for thought, honestly delivered.

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Perfect for a novice like me.

I could listen to this three times and learn more each time. Tom Cunliffe has a lovely down to earth voice, perfect intonation.

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  • Jimmy R. Stewart
  • 19-02-15

A jolly good collection!

Here here, God save the queen!
Highly recommended.
A grand collection of Tom's opinions, of which I agree on every one.

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  • Craig the Bokashi Maker
  • 23-07-20

Fun

Good listen for any sailor. Great humor and lists of useful info on the sidelines.

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  • DLBland
  • 25-01-20

Excellent!<br />

There may be no finer narrator than Tomy Cunliff certainly is maritime interests! This is the best you're going to enjoy of a lifetime of a real seaman !

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  • John F.
  • 29-12-19

Tom tells a great story, with some useful info.

I'm not a seaman or sailor, yet I'm drawn to this writer.
still land locked.

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  • SB28
  • 11-09-19

A joy to listen

How this hasn’t been marked five stars by anyone who listened to mate than 2 sentences, sailor or not is beyond me.

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  • escapewheel
  • 21-05-19

That was fun.

A nice entertaining diversion from bumper to bumper traffic.
I need a proper boat..

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  • Cef Cristi
  • 01-04-19

Really enjoyed this book

Tom has a way with words and I found his reading very entertaining. his stories were very enjoyable. Before I know it, the book was over all too soon!

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  • Joseph M. Lenyi
  • 08-10-18

Great Sailing Stories

A great book of sailing stories and yarns - An easy and informative listen to anyone infested in sailing

Joe - Lower Ship Harbour - Nova Scotia

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  • Tim Edwards
  • 06-11-17

great compilation narrated by the author himself.

loved it Tom did a wonderful job his accent is fabulous really added to the wonderful writing

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  • Carl Craighead
  • 08-08-17

Charming and Entertaining

Loved every story! Tom Cunliffe does a perfect job of narrating his own written word.