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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (99 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Hays Narrator: Bruce Altman Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Thinking his wanderlust satisfied, Hays married and settled down, only to find himself restless for adventure once again. On Whale Island tells the story of how he packed up three boatloads of supplies, his wife, stepson, and two dogs and moved to a remote island off the coast of Nova Scotia, fulfilling a lifelong fantasy of escaping from the confines of civilization and living by his wits.

On Whale Island tells three stories. In the foreground, we see Daniel who, not unlike one of Peter Pan’s Lost Boys, joyfully lives this permanent boy’s life. He generates electricity from solar power, creates a toilet seat from whale vertebra, and greets every storm with enthusiasm. But while Daniel is building windmills and funneling rainwater for showers, his spirited son feels isolated and his wife longs for the life they left behind.

Funny, tender, and filled with the details of an unconventional life, this is the story of how the Hays family lived on Whale Island, and how, finally, they had to leave.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lisa | 9/19/2013

    " The author of this book is kind-of nuts. Well, he is nuts, but he is a great writer. It definitely made me think about whether or not I could live in those conditions (and stay married!) for a year. Quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ginny | 5/19/2013

    " Good book if you like the sea. A true story of how a man and his family survive for a year on an Island that he purchased. It is more like a diary than a story. But with some interesting facts. Again, some of the language is more earthy, but didn't keep me from enjoying the 'scenery'. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Andrew Betz | 5/2/2013

    " Interesting walk through a year spent on a remote island in Northeast Candada. Good mix of humor throughout. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Callie | 4/12/2013

    " a great first person account of a man and his family who move to an island for a year. that aren't exactly living off the land, but they're living simply and with his great sense of humor, his stories made me smile and laugh and cry. "

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