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The Crossing

Conquering the Atlantic in the World's Toughest Rowing Race
Narrated by: James Cracknell, Ben Fogle
Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (55 ratings)

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Summary

When James Cracknell and Ben Fogle decided to compete in the Atlantic Rowing Race, they thought they knew what awaited them: nearly 3,000 miles of empty ocean, stormy weather, and colossal physical stress. But their epic journey would become, at times, even more challenging, a living hell that tested every fibre of their being. Forty-seven days later, however, James and Ben were the first to cross the finishing line, overtaking one of the four-man teams in the process and becoming the first British pair ever to win the race.

They had pushed themselves physically, psychologically, and emotionally to the limit, surviving without water rations for two days and even losing the few clothes they had in a freak wave. They also capsized, hallucinated, wept, fought, played games, grew beards, nursed blisters, and rowed 2,930 miles. They will never be the same.

©2006 James Cracknell and Ben Fogle (P)2007 Hachette Audio

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Fascinating

How on earth this crossing ever came to happen is beyond me. It shouldn't have worked and yet together they pulled it off. Ben is a natural story teller, James less so, but they both speak honestly, openly and from the heart. I very much enjoyed listening to their individual yet joint account of an incredibly challenging event. I am very impressed with them both.

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great book.

absolutely awesome book, not quite as good as Ben's other books however and a little short but definitely read.

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A great adventure!

Enjoyed the story and interplay between both narrator's. Thought the account could have been longer though.

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Unbelievable story

listening to the guys telling the story its brilliant worth a listen well done

#cantwaittodothisrace

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Fantastic true story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Couldn't stop listening to this well told story,. What a great adventure told as it was missing nothing out

Who was your favorite character and why?

Both Ben and James as they both told an unabridged story as it was

Which scene did you most enjoy?

All of it

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

As both men were very honest about their emotions I laughed when they laughed and cried when they cried