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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (556 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Raban Narrator: Jonathan Raban Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Jonathan Raban is about to sail alone from Seattle to the Alaskan Panhandle, following an ancient sea route rich in history, riddles, and whirlpools. It’s the perfect setting for Raban’s prodigious intellect, eloquence, and eye for detail.

Passage to Juneau is not a travel thriller; the trip is hazardous, but that’s not the point. Instead, Raban takes us on a journey of contemplation, literature, lore, mythology, and science. We learn about the canoe culture of the Northwest Indians; the British ship Discovery, which traveled the same route in 1792; and the physics of waves and turbulence, to name just a few of his far-ranging topics. And, as Raban finds himself in ominously personal waters (his father’s illness, his own marriage, the daughter he left behind), it’s also a journey of the heart.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cathy Scholtens | 2/12/2014

    " Introspecttive. Beautifully written. Raw in it's emotional wounds. I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jenny | 1/8/2014

    " I learned that I am never going to be as tenacious a researcher as Jonathan Raban. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Claire | 12/16/2013

    " sheeeesh! This writer sure cuts a strip off Captain Vancouver. Life's hard enough!...since the guy's dead, maybe just let him R.I.P. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Peter | 12/16/2013

    " as much a personal account as a description of the passage-he does capture a bit of the external journey and it is interesting "

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About the Author
Author Jonathan Raban

Jonathan Raban is a British travel writer and novelist. He is the author of several works and has received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Heinemann Award for Literature, the Thomas Cook Award, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, the Governor’s Award of the State of Washington, and the PEN West Creative Nonfiction Award, among others. Raban lives in Seattle with his daughter.