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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: April 2007 ISBN: 9781598874419
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The author of My Old Man and the Sea tells of how he packed up his family and moved to an island off Nova Scotia. He loves it, but his spirited son feels isolated and his wife longs for the life they left behind. Funny, tender, and filled with the d Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 4/19/2012

    " This book is hilarious. It's full of adventure and stories about a family surviving in the wilderness. A must read for any adventure lover. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicky | 1/5/2012

    " Loved this book. It transported me to a place I wanted more of. The author is so candid with his emotions that one can feel a kinship with him. The humor is very open and belies a vulnerability many men would not share so openly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 11/3/2011

    " Really nice story about family- and strong comment on our wierd consumer culture. Good book for boat people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 5/26/2011

    " What happens to all those ADHD kids in school? They marry incredibly understanding women and buy their own island. They spend a year on an island with no running water, electricity, or anything that they don't manufacture themselves. I couldn't, wouldn't, or enable this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meredith | 4/27/2011

    " So far.. reminds me of Anne Lamotte.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacie Pulford | 3/8/2011

    " A wonderful, fun read! Makes me want to move to an uninhabited island with my family and a pile of books! :D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 12/26/2010

    " An unusual diary-like chronicle of his family's year on an isolated Nova Scotia island. Yielded some interesting quotes such as: "TV is a clump of perverted perceptions, and most of us arrange our living rooms around it, and worship it." -page 34. Authentic, sometimes weird, but it held my interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jon | 10/6/2010

    " I liked the book. I think I most admire the author for doing something daring, but more for the fact that he is completely honest about who he is, faults and all.

    It's an easy read and at times he can be downright hilarious in his comments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 9/27/2010

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 8/21/2010

    " This book is hilarious. It's full of adventure and stories about a family surviving in the wilderness. A must read for any adventure lover. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 8/4/2010

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sheila | 11/6/2009

    " Couldn't like Daniel Hays. He didn't really live there for a year. Went into town often, it seems. He was a little self-centered, unable to be an adult, etc. to me. The idea was intriguing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 6/4/2009

    " What happens to all those ADHD kids in school? They marry incredibly understanding women and buy their own island. They spend a year on an island with no running water, electricity, or anything that they don't manufacture themselves. I couldn't, wouldn't, or enable this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Callie | 3/30/2009

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginny | 3/17/2009

    " 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 Holly | 11/10/2008

    " Really nice story about family- and strong comment on our wierd consumer culture. Good book for boat people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicky | 10/21/2008

    " Loved this book. It transported me to a place I wanted more of. The author is so candid with his emotions that one can feel a kinship with him. The humor is very open and belies a vulnerability many men would not share so openly. "

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About the Author

Daniel Hays is coauthor of My Old Man and the Sea, a bestselling memoir that chronicles his trip around Cape Horn with his father. Hays has a Master’s in environmental science, holds a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and has a captain’s license for piloting boats up to twenty-five tons.