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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (131 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gary Paulsen Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN:
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Another such wave could easily be the end of us. I had to do something, fix something, save the boat, save myself.

But what?

Gary Paulsen takes listeners along on his maiden voyage, proving that ignorance can be bliss. Also really stupid and incredibly dangerous. He tells of boats that owned him, good, bad, and beloved, and how they got him through terrifying storms that he survived by sheer luck. His spare prose conjures up shark surprises and killer waves as well as moonlight on the sea, and makes listeners feel what it's like to sail under the stars or to lie at anchor in a tropical lagoon where dolphins leap, bathed in silver. Falling in love with the ocean set Gary Paulsen on a lifelong learning curve, and listeners will understand why his passion has lasted to this day.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eddie Halstad | 2/18/2014

    " This was a very good book with its ups an downs. One of the themes is Man vs. Wild. Through out the entire book he is on the sea battaling the forces of natur on his boat. A another good example is after he bot his first boat and got it out to sea and got caught in a storm. I believe that the auther is trying to say that if you keep trying you can survive the wild. Another theme is beuty of nature. A good example is when he first sees the sea when he is 7 and is stuned of its beuty. I think the author is trying to say that the sea is a beutyfull thing that should not be ignored. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becky | 2/12/2014

    " I know students love Gary Paulsen's books. They love the detail and sense of adventure. I, however, have never been able to get into his books. I picked up this one with trepidation. I felt that I had to read it since I had asked my students to read it. I forced myself to get through it. I enjoyed the adventure aspects and mistakes he made at sea, but the story itself was not interesting to me. I know how one of my students felt about it, but I'm curious if the rest felt the same. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maddie | 12/12/2013

    " i was and kinda still reading it for deslexia stuff "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Avis Black | 12/7/2013

    " This book is worth reading just for the part where Paulsen is trying to teach himself how to use sails on a lake only to make himself a menace to every other boater in sight. Paulsen can be hysterically funny when he's relating his mishaps. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Enoch Pichon | 11/20/2013

    " Caught by the sea was a good book. This book is a true story about a man who falls in love with the sea an decides to set sail but getting caught by a wave is making him fight for his live and get back to land. I. Think the main theme is to never give up. For example even though he was trapped on a boat in the middle of know where in the sea he still managed to get to land publishing this amazing story to the world. Antler example is when he waslow on food and water it still kept on fighting to get to land "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 11/15/2013

    " I really enjoyed hearing of Gary Paulsen's adventures at sea. I would like to hear more of his stories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carrie | 11/5/2013

    " Super fast read. I think the author could have done a better job with the story - it seemed to jump around a bit too much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 11/4/2013

    " Read "Voyage of the Frog" after you read this one; you will clearly see Paulsen using his own experience from "Caught by the Sea". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Roxann | 11/4/2013

    " I read this book to check it out for my students. It is a non-fiction book, but I don't think I have any students who would read it and enjoy. The author wrote some nice descriptive paragraphs about the sea. He had some exciting things to write about but they were very short--maybe a page or two. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwen Hardin | 10/31/2013

    " Gary is really a tough man. I learned a lot about sailing. Great adventure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gumof2 | 10/21/2013

    " Incredible amount of detail. Before I read this book I did not know anything about sailing. Remarkable to read and learn about how much is involved in the process. Also found it interesting that the writer seems to choose hobbies that allow much time for self-reflection. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 8/14/2013

    " Good read for anyone who wants to sail or voyage the ocean "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Leitzman | 5/14/2013

    " This was an okay chapter book. It wasnt close to being my favorite Gary Paulsen book though. This would be a good read for middle school/high school kids. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 4/5/2013

    " I enjoy Paulsen's books and this one did not disappoint. I think I would have enjoyed the book more if I had first-hand knowledge of sailing or boats. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 3/16/2013

    " a great introductry book from Gary Paulsen. He is clearly a great story teller and has written many books. The theme is generally around sailing, ocean, nautical, etc. I can't wait to get to some of his more complex stories. This was an autobiography about his first personal encounters with sailing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah | 1/31/2013

    " This book definately wasn't my favorite. It seemed like he was eager to get the book over with. His exciting moments only lasted several pages at the most. It really didn't capture my attention. Although, I have never personally sailed, so maybe that is my problem. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ♬Sami☮ | 1/2/2013

    " its aaabout his life on the sea "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Donna | 12/21/2012

    " Read to "check out" for my students. Not as promising as Paulsen's WOODSONG (this, from a "Mermaid"....). Will offer it, tho personally, I found it dry for a "sailing story." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caitlín (Ink Mage) | 12/18/2012

    " This was a really short, slightly odd book, but I still liked it. Mostly Gary Paulsen's descriptions about his love for the sea and how boats come alive. I wish the second-to-last chapter had actually been the last, though; it seemed a lot more of a fitting ending. "

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About the Author
Author Gary Paulsen

Gary Paulsen Gary Paulsen is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people, including three Newbery Honor Books: The Winter Room, Hatchet, and Dogsong. He won the Margaret A. Edwards Award given by the ALA for his lifetime achievement in young adult literature. He divides his time between his home in Alaska, his ranch in New Mexico, and his sailboat on the Pacific Ocean

About the Narrator

Patrick Lawlor, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner and Audie Award finalist, is also an accomplished stage actor, director, and combat choreographer. He has worked extensively off Broadway and has been an actor and stuntman in both film and television.