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Swell

A Sailing Surfer's Voyage of Awakening
By: Liz Clark
Narrated by: Liz Clark
Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
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Summary

Chasing a dream is never easy, but if you go far enough, it will set you free.

Captain Liz Clark spent her youth dreaming of traveling the world by sailboat and surfing remote waves. When she was 22, she met a mentor who helped turn her desire into reality. Embarking on an adventure that most only fantasize about, she set sail from Santa Barbara, California, as captain of her 40-foot sailboat, Swell, headed south in search of surf, self, and the wonder and learning that lies beyond the unbroken horizon.

In true stories overflowing with wild waves and constant challenges, at the whim of the weather, of relationships sweet and sour, of nature's marvels and colorful cultures, Liz captures her voyage in gripping detail in this memoir, sharing tales of sailing in high seas, of solitude and surprises, of finding connection to the earth and commitment to living in harmony with it. She witnesses how her dream leads her to understanding the unity of all things.

More than 10 years, 20,000 miles, countless adventures, and one cat later, she's still out there.

©2018 Patagonia Works (P)2019 Random House Audio

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Not Just For Sailors

When I acquired this book I was looking for stories about sailing, big waves etc. But it’s more than that. In fact it’s not really about that. It’s more about the freedom you get sailing and about the trials Lizzie has over come in her pursuit of adventure. In some parts you ask why do that and others you want to get on a plane and save her. It’s surprisingly good and I really enjoyed it. I’d recommend this book to anyone with either a passion for sailing or having a troubled life. Would buy again and listen again.

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geate look at life

Must listen I wish I got this sooner! Thank you Liz for giving us a look into your radical life and making people like me dream big. From other things I have listened to simmer thigs people seem to focus on the rely good things about this life or just the rely bad and forget to tell you what the realty is your book getis the raw highs and lows down well. Your book has inspirers me to do more with my life and try look at myself. I’d recommend this to anyone it’s a great story but very much to females who may need some inspiration in there life’s. iv been hooked on this and have been drawn in every step of the way. And I think its always better when the writer also reads the book. I hope I can dream big and make unique, existing and challenging happen for my self as you have.

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Swell

Enjoyed this book really good story well told with brave honesty.Some of her views on the world i disagreed with but that's good too.

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Amazing story

The tale of Liz Clark’s adventures are epic and an epic escape for the mind! Inspiration to help get you out there and make things happen.

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  • Mikel marchant
  • 21-01-20

such a disapointment

rich spoiled brat. I had such high hopes for this story. she is what is the matter with this world. I do wish my life was as easy as hers. once again such a disapointment. can you say fraud

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-08-20

Lame

Imagine the story of a woman overcoming her shortcomings on a mushroom induced trip toward enlightenment. While screwing every local so they work on her boat. I’d imagine Barry was on that list as well. Breathing and hippie life cures her medical problems story over.

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  • Russell Ost
  • 23-04-19

Highly recommended!

This is more than a book about a voyage. It's a reflection of personal growth during several trips around the sun. After hearing Lizzy speak at the St Francis Yacht Club, I gave an autographed copy of Swell to my daughter as a college graduation gift.

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  • Kate
  • 13-04-19

Absolutely love this book - beautiful!

Highly recommend, stunningly written. I saved so many passages to revisit. Liz Clark has now joined my list of real sheros.

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  • C J
  • 04-10-20

Loved it Liz

My wife and I both loved every bit of it. Wonderfull adventure, wonderful story of self awareness and self improvement with a constant search for physical and spiritual enlightenment. Overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds at times and the never-ending search for inner and outer price. Wonderfull stories and discussions of the perils our planet and its people are up against ecologically. So good, the adventure and the messages. Thank you Liz

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  • Danger Dave
  • 01-10-20

Greenpeace politics

I wanted to hear about your trip but not your radical politics. You could have woven the politics with some subtlety and I would have finished the book.

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  • Graham Hutchinson
  • 27-09-20

A necessary read for young people

This was a wonderful read...listen and something that I think every young person should read before life’s obligations catch up. It’s inspirational, heartfelt, environmental, spiritual, philosophical, and an amazing adventure. I love the first person view of her experiences as she explores the world, her femininity which is interesting as a male reader, and contrasting ways of life across the world. A great read or listen! Thank you Liz!

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  • R.Ross
  • 24-08-20

all around insliring

Loved it. She inspires, she is smart, she uses her hard earned voice for good. She's transparent. She's relatable, and she is vulnerable. Her story will make you dream and do, and it'll make you look at yourself.

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  • Baja Arizona SUP
  • 22-08-20

Swell

There is nothing better than listening to a memoir, sailing adventure, essential skills manual, loves story, and personal journey by a person who you didn’t know but eventually cane to admire and really respect. Liz Clark went from So Cal surfer girl to living the sailor dream (even when the dream included storms, sea sickness, interminable boat repairs, and unrequited and even abusive relationships) because of her drive and, even when she didn’t know it, what other people saw in her. This is ultimately a journey of self discovery. We can learn from it. I hope Captain Clark writes a sequel.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-07-20

fantastic!

Fantastic account of what we all wish we could experience. Would read again! Cheers Lizzie!