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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Allan C. Weisbecker Narrator: Joe Barrett Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781455193318
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In 1996, Allan Weisbecker sold his home and his possessions, loaded his dog and surfboards into his truck, and set off in search of his longtime friend and surfing companion, Christopher, who had vanished into the depths of Central America. In this rollicking memoir of his quest from Mexico to Costa Rica to unravel the circumstances of Christopher’s disappearance, Weisbecker intimately describes the people he befriended, the bandits he evaded, and the waves he caught and lost en route to finding his friend. Along the way, he shares hilarious stories of his adventures with Christopher in their carefree youth as globetrotting, pot-dealing beach bums. A tale of lost innocence and enduring friendship, In Search of Captain Zero is a trip unlike any other.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A subtly affecting tale of friendship and duty. [It] deserves a spot on the microbus dashboard as a hell of a cautionary tale about finding paradise and smoking it away.”

    Outside

  • “A memoir with the feel of a road novel…in which the truth—a chill of regret and loneliness—steals in like the first fall breeze after a summer that has, after all, ended.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “These gut-wrenching tales will make your heart race as if a coke-filled balloon popped in your belly.”

    Swell Magazine

  • Weisbecker’s crowning achievement is the ability to reflect some of surfing’s more subtle elements to the mainstream without alienating the core reader, making this one of the more accessible and enjoyable tales for both audiences.

    Surfline

  • “[A] lovely personal reflection that mixes the right amount of dreamy meditation with page-turning allure…Weisbecker clearly delights in storytelling as much as he enjoys language itself…[Rich] imagery with a balance of pathos and humor make Weisbecker’s account very worthwhile reading.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Enchanting…[Weisbecker’s] adventures are as thrilling and as entertaining as any fictional road trip could ever hope to be…This memoir is, like any good autobiography, a journey to the place where memories live, an adventure of the mind.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MUEL | 4/2/2011

    " a very laid-back read about a guy on a journey to find his homie and the people/places/experiences he meets/goes/has along the way.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ollieinrsa | 12/24/2010

    " You don't have to be a surfer to enjoy this incredible piece of travel writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Billy | 8/10/2010

    " Tremendous read. From Montauk to the southern tip of mainland Mexico, Weisbecker lives the escape every surfer wants to make but lacks the commitment to actually embark on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 7/10/2010

    " Enjoyable story but I'm not a big enough surf nut to appreciate the long surf descriptions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jesse | 6/4/2010

    " On the Road, Fear and Loathing..., and Heart of Darkness all wrapped up in a non-fiction surf memoir with a hint of The Endless Summer, and thankfully without copying any of those. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 6/3/2010

    " Good read, but man, I need to get away from these mid-life crisis, self-reflective books. I'm not liking what I'm seeing! Good read, slightly depressing denouement. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reid | 4/13/2010

    " The surfing adventure I long for! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 3/3/2010

    " Interesting at times, a good summer read for anyone interested in surfing, that's for sure. Pretty damn self-indulgent and egotistical though. Especially the very last few pages - I laughed in the author's cocky face. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mwalsh | 1/4/2010

    " Eh, it was okay. A little hyped up in the surf community ..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 10/31/2009

    " Yeah okay, surfing puts you in touch with the universal. I get it. Or maybe I don't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Boone | 8/28/2009

    " Page-turning surf-adventure tale that will wring your soul before you know what happened. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robin | 8/21/2009

    " It was ok with an unsatisfying ending. Probably of little interest to someone who doesn't surf...like me. "

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