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The Swimmer

The Diana Nyad Story
Narrated by: Diana Nyad, Bonnie Stoll
Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
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At the age of 64, legendary athlete Diana Nyad inspired the world when she walked onto the shores of Key West after "crossing the Mt. Everest of the earth's oceans", becoming the first person in history to make the 111-mile swim from Cuba to Florida without the assistance of a shark cage. In her riveting new play The Swimmer, recorded live at the Minetta Lane Theatre, Nyad shares the heartbreaking setbacks, brushes with death, and the victories that kept her going, plunging the audience into the depths of her extraordinary journey. Written by Nyad, directed by Emmy Award winner Jane Anderson, and featuring her longtime friend and coach Bonnie Stoll, Nyad makes her New York stage debut in this powerful true story of passion and resilience. 

©2020 Diana Nyad (P)2020 AO Media LLC

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  • tru britty
  • 21-03-20

You'll Be Cheering

Diana Nyad's one-woman, actually two-women, play is thrilling, inspiring and heartfelt.

Most of us are at least slightly aware of Diana Nyad's 2013 long-distance swim from Cuba to Florida. She was sixty-four. She'd already failed another attempt. And no one else had ever completed this tempestuous, trouble-laden 111-mile slog from Havana to Key West without the aid of a shark cage. (An Australian, Susie Maroney, completed it with a shark cage in 1997 and she was 22.)

This is the story behind that record-making swim. A very personal story that digs back into her past but spends a lot of its time in the water with Diana as she deals with jellyfish, sharks and bodily fatigue and keeps time by playing Roy Orbison tunes in her head. All the while, her trainer Bonnie Stoll rides in a nearby boat, shouting encouragement and course corrections and interjecting a dose of humor.

There's a lot of humor in this story. Some tragic moments, But the overall tone is uplift. It's amazing what one person can accomplish when she decides the impossible is possible. And Diana was 64. Which makes this story even more mind-altering because it runs contrary to the notion that you have to accomplish the big dream of your life before forty or forget it.

As far as I know Diana Nyad and Bonnie Stoll have no acting experience. And, yeah, they're playing themselves on stage--but that's really hard to do without coming off wooden or overly dramatic. They hit all the right emotional keys with their performance so you can just jump in the water and swim along with the story.

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  • Doc
  • 30-04-20

Better than watching Rocky!

If you want to be inspired to do more, to reach for your dreams and let nothing stop you, this is the book to listen to!!

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  • amy b davis
  • 10-09-20

Listened to TWICE.

I've been struggling with motivation lately through quarantine. The most basic things seem irrelevant...and I hate it.
So finally pulling this story out of my library and listening to it seemed like a good idea.
Her story, entertainingly and succinctly told was a joy.
As soon as I finished I had to listen to it again immediately.
I don't know how motivated I'll feel tomorrow, but if I have any trouble I think I know what to listen to.

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  • Stewart J.
  • 18-08-20

Inspiring distance swimmer story

Loved it and laughed a lot at the funny parts. Diana and Bonnie did a great job of narrating.

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  • Manuela Giraldo
  • 08-08-20

Me encantó

En este libro se siente la fuerza la de nyad, su espíritu inquebrantable para lograr lo que siempre soñó.

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  • Roger
  • 19-07-20

Powerful and Inspiring

This is a recording of the story being told on stage by the two main characters. It is original and very honest. Diane did a great job of putting her heart into this. And I appreciate what Audible is trying to do with these kinds of stories.

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  • K-WAL
  • 16-07-20

Just a Ted Talk

This is just a ted talk. This story deserved a much better adaptation. Very inspiring but the format was so distracting.

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  • Tacb100
  • 11-07-20

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Terrible don’t ever download this book it’s a scam and a waste of time o

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  • Sandra
  • 30-06-20

Amazing!

I can’t say enough about this book! Laugh, cry and cheer is what you will do when you listen, but the big take away is inspiration to the max! Love, love, love this book and adore Ms. Nyad for sharing her story! Don’t miss this one!

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  • Perri Eckel
  • 26-06-20

Beautiful, uplifting, heartwarming

This book was just beautiful! It made me laugh, warmed my heart, inspired me and had me sobbing. Love ❤️