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Taking on the World

Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
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Summary

On February 11th, 2001, Ellen MacArthur sailed into port in France, completing the Vendee Globe, the world's toughest race. Alone and unsupported, she had spent more than three months at sea and had coped with storms, exhaustion, rigging failures, and a catastrophic collision with a submerged object. But Ellen never gave up and, at the age of 24, she became the first woman to circumnavigate the globe. This is Ellen's story, from her childhood in land locked Derbyshire, to that historic race.
©2002 Ellen MacArthur (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Alan
  • Broadstone, Dorset, United Kingdom
  • 07-11-08

Stunning and inspirational

I am not normally one for biographies nor am I interested in sailing very much. With The Vendee Globe race about to start for 2008 I thought it would be interesting to hear about the race from one who has completed it. I am not sure what I was expecting, but this book gave me so much more. I was inspired by this young ladies tenacity, dedication and sheer determination. She is also clearly a talented writer. She moved me to tears on a number of occasions.
this one really touched a cord with me. I hope you enjoy t too.

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Authentic

What an example. Exciting, candid and without guile. The reader sounds exactly like Dame Ellen.

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  • Keith
  • leybourneUnited Kingdom
  • 05-06-08

great book

Great book and very well read.
Makes me want to get back into sailing now!

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  • NW
  • London, UK
  • 24-04-19

Brilliant brilliant book!

I know nothing about sailing - and have never been sailing but, after hearing this book recommended on R4 I purchased it. It’s very inspirational and moving. The writing is incredibly down to earth and documents Ellen MacArthur’s early life and path towards her career. Lots of gripping detail about racing at sea and the highs/lows that occur. If you’re trying to decide between this book and Ellen MacArthur’s other book ‘Full Circle’, then this is definitely the one to choose!

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very impressive

Thought this was going to be hard going but I must admit I thoroughly enjoyed it and the narrator did a really good job.

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Wonderful, inspiring book from a tenacious lady

Ellen has clearly achieved greatness but this book shows that she was born to do it, she HAD to do it. A fantastic story detailing the hardships of singlehanded sailing and the strength of personality needed to succeed in a brutal sport where mistakes lead to disaster or cost lives. Not an out-and-out sailing biography, there's plenty here for anyone looking for inspiration or just a cracking adventure.

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  • Dr
  • 17-10-17

Brilliant

What inspirational woman. I don't know why it took me so long to listen to this but having done so I will listen again and again. The determination and focus that Ellen shows to achieve her life's ambitions is truly amazing.

Driven by her own determination and will from the age of 4 she single minded pursued her dream.

I'm a sailor so the technical details added hugely to the story for me.

Thank you Ellen for your story.

And thank you for brilliant narration too in this production.

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Fantastic audiobook!

This was an honest and emotional book written by a very special lady. It was a gripping listen and an excellent choice of reader. I recommend this sailors and landlubbers alike and look forward to purchasing Ellen's next book.

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Where does Taking on the World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Better than average + would be a good guide.

What did you like best about this story?

The feeling of adventure and Ellen's tenacity.

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  • mj
  • 25-02-15

Amazing lady!

Would you listen to Taking on the World again? Why?

Yes - for inspiration

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ellen - she is so determined and honest

Any additional comments?

This book made me want to find my sea legs!

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  • robert sutherland
  • 20-09-17

Kiss kiss

E you inspire me to start sailing at the young age of 70. The adventure has begun. BEWARE THEE YOU HORN!...THANK YOU ELLEN