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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Bode Narrator: Dan Woren Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2013 ISBN: 9781619697065
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First You Have to Row a Little Boat first hit shelves in the mid 1990s and has been inspiring readers ever since. Written by a grown man looking back on his childhood, it reflects on what learning to sail taught him about life: making choices, adapting to change, and becoming his own person. Available for the first time as an audiobook, it is filled with the spiritual wisdom and thought-provoking discoveries that marked such books as Walden, The Prophet, and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. For nearly twenty years, First You Have to Row a Little Boat has enchanted and endeared sailors, non-sailors, and, foremost, anyone who seeks large truths in small things. This audio edition will find a place in the hearts of a whole new generation.

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  • Richard Bode's writing is effortlessly sublime, like ghosting along on a smooth sea on a sunny day towards a destination even more rewarding than one had imagined. First You Have to Row a Little Boat reveals the most powerful but rarely discussed lures of messing about in boats. In Bode's fine memoir, sailors and landlubbers alike discover how sailing can transcend sport to shape our lifestyles and philosophies, and how the exploratory machines people use to venture upon the sea are not just playthings but powerful tools with which we plumb the depths of ourselves. Steven Callahan, New York Times bestselling author of Adrift: 76 Days Lost at Sea
  • Richard Bode uses his lifetime knowledge of sailing to steer his personal ship to a new port through a stormy time of life. Literally a voyage of discovery, he takes his silent desperation to the sea for solace. A must read for men stalled in "irons" and for the women who love them. Joan Anderson, author of A Year by the Sea
  • A simple title leads to an inspirational story. All of us can live better lives thanks to Rick Bode's narrative. Gary Jobson, America's Cup winner and ESPN sailing commentator
  • Leaving you inspired to follow a path of which you decide to take in life. Rick Bode allows the reader to ponder with his view, 'So the only matter of consequence before me is what I will do with my allotted time.' The question for the reader then becomes do I stay onshore or embark on a journey into the unknown sea of life? Zach Railey, 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist in sailing
  • Bode uses his great love of sailing as a metaphor for the tides of life... Determinedly inspirational, this book will appeal to admirers of Robert Fulghum. Publisher's Weekly (starred review)
  • Bode is adept at pulling messages out of ordinary experiences. The images he creates are simple and clear, and so are the lessons he derives from them. Kirkus Reviews
  • If you feel lost on this great sea of life, this book is a compass. Its powerful words will carry you like a gentle breeze toward companionship, toward love, toward the deepest self you are called to be. It will ultimately lead you home. Regina Brett, author of God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life's Little Detours
  • This is a wonderful book, warm and thoughtful and beautifully written. It has a great deal of practical wisdom to offer us all in our complicated lives, but beyond that it is a work of sheer grace. No one who reads it will ever forget it. Reeve Lindbergh, author of Forward from Here
  • Even without knowing a lot about sailing, I was charming by its wisdom and passion. Harold S. Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People
  • Such an imaginative way to compare our sport of sailing to life. I really enjoyed how Richard shares his experience of sailing and how subconsciously it was preparing him for growth. Keeping life simple and appreciating the little things rather than getting caught up in the race or the idea of the adventure is an aspect of life that is easily forgotten these days. Anna Tunnicliffe, 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist in sailing
  • “I was charmed by its wisdom and passion.”

    Harold S. Kushner, New York Times bestselling author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People

  • What a wonderful book it is! Pure Joy. Walter Cronkite
  • “What a wonderful book it is! Pure joy.”

    Walter Cronkite

  • “Determinedly inspirational.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Bode is adept at pulling messages out of ordinary experiences. The images he creates are simple and clear, and so are the lessons he derives from them.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Richard Bode worked at McGraw Hill and was editorial director and chief speechwriter at Burston-Marsteller. As a freelance writer, he contributed to Reader’s DigestGood HousekeepingSail, and Sports Illustrated. He was also the author of Blue Sloop at Dawn and wrote the award-winning essay “To Climb the Wind.” He died in 2003 of liver cancer.

About the Narrator

Dan Woren is an American voice actor and Earphones Award–winning narrator. He has worked extensively in animation, video games, and feature films. He is best known for his many roles in anime productions such as Bleach and as the voice of Sub-Zero in the video game Mortal Kombat.