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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (346 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Silverwood, Jean Silverwood Narrator: Carrington MacDuffie, Joe Barrett Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When John and Jean Silverwood, both experienced sailors, decided to give their four children a taste of life on the high seas, they hoped the trip would offer important learning experiences, not only about the natural world but about the beauty of human life stripped down to its essence, far from civilization. But the adventure that awaited them would surpass anything they could have imagined. Aboard their fifty-five-foot catamaran, the Silverwood family found its bonds tested as never before as they struggled with family and marriage dynamics in compressed quarters alongside the terrifying forces of nature. In the crucible of the sea, a stronger, tighter unit was forged. Then, just when it seemed that they had mastered every challenge, their world was shattered in a split second of sheer horror. Now the real test began, forcing them to fight for their very lives.

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  • “The jaw-dropping true tale of the Silverwood family and their awe-inspiring survival when faced with the most harrowing of events on the high seas is a truly remarkable account. Carrington Macduffie and Joe Barrett bring this story to life, capturing the tense journey down to the slightest detail in these realistic readings…both performances are earnest and raw, allowing the listeners to ebb and flow with the story as if they were tucked away on the Silverwood’s fifty-foot catamaran.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Carrington MacDuffie expresses Jean’s excitement at global scenic spots, her pride in son Ben’s growing maturity, and her disappointment at her husband’s slips from sobriety. Joe Barrett, as John, picks up the story with the aftermath of the crash…Both narrators deliver foreign accents well, and their dual reading makes this loosely organized adventure tale special.”


  • “MacDuffie narrates Jean’s story, the loving wife, frustrated spouse, kind and often bemused mother, and always a strong woman trying to protect and love her family even in the most desperate straits. Barrett’s gruff voice is perfect for the rugged, handsome John who can burst into pirate lingo at one moment and describe his near death experience and his acknowledgement of dependence on his family at another. Together their narration creates a story that everyone in the family can relate to.”


  • “Wisely, [the Silverwoods] focus not only on the natural wonders experienced on their marathon journey, but on the small everyday matters: meal preparations, the kids’ home schooling at sea, mechanical problems with the boat. These close-up, authentic details enrich a story that works on many levels—as intimate family portrait, colorful travelogue, and high-seas drama.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Vivy | 2/13/2014

    " A family of 6 is shipwrecked after traveling around the world for a couple of years. Told in flashbacks by both the wife and husband. Starts strong, right in the middle of the disaster, but interrupts the tension to explain what a happy dysfunctional family they were, which became frustrating after about the 4th flashback: get on with it already! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michelle | 2/8/2014

    " Enjoyed this book about a family's 2 year trip on their catamaran, sailing the Carribean and the South Pacific. Would have liked more discussion about the various islands they visited and the day in, day out aspect of being at sea for so long. Also the wife's section of writing sort of ended abruptly: "we were rescued, we returned to our life in CA, we're doing fine." I wanted to know more about the husband's surgeries and recovery. Not quite as interested in the husband's telling of a previous shipwreck on the same coral reef. But a very quick read, finished it in 3 days. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kathy | 2/5/2014

    " Not my kind of book. True story but I couldn't relate to the love for sailing, the family arguments (alcoholic dad), and why the book mattered. It was almost as if writing this book was helpful for the authors, but not for anyone else? oh, well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Vickie | 1/12/2014

    " wow this was some book - I liked the two person perspective - In an interesting way this was like glass castle - you feel sorry for those poor kids but you see the adults perspective and the whole sea adventure pulls you in. this would be a great discussion book. "

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