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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: July 2006 ISBN: 9781598873788
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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 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 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 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 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 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jolie | 12/15/2013

    " If you are passionate about the turbulent Pacific waters and all things nautical then this is a lovely book. The writing seemed to me as lovely and chaotic as - well - the Pacific. I did not have the patience for this book, but I'm sure many will find it fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 12/14/2013

    " I really enjoyed the two levels of this book, Vancouver's explorations and Raban's journey. It was especially fun since I was reading it aboard our boat in Puget Sound and the Canadian Gulf Islands. Cool! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kellie | 11/5/2013

    " I wanted to like this book, but I put it down 3 times for months at a time. Eventually I gave up. I didn't even make the halfway point. There just wasn't enough of a plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 8/24/2013

    " The story of two voyages-- the author's and that of Captain Vancouver. Deeply felt and slow to develop, but ultimately fascinating for anyone who is fascinated by the Inside Passage or the sea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 12/25/2012

    " Travel writing of the highest order - perceptive, wry, funny, and full of paragraphs you will want to read aloud to anyone who will listen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 8/16/2012

    " A voyage of discovery worth the read. What the author discovered was meaningful to me, though I do not plan to sail anytime soon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 3/6/2012

    " Read in March 2002, this long voyage up a rainy Pacific Northwest coast, felt as long and misty as the author said it was. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorothy | 1/29/2012

    " Wonderful diary of a sailor! From Seattle to Southeast Alaska. Describes in detail every bit of shoreline I know and want to return to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tegan | 5/16/2011

    " I read this book on the Alaska Marine Ferry to Juneau. Amazing setting to read it. Sometimes slow and dry, but Raban uses a lot of primary sources to put together an amazing story of the Inside Passage. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elisa | 1/18/2011

    " I couldn't finish this book. His writing is all over the place. The rare moments of humor and/or heart were too infrequent to carry me through. I was also overwhelmed by the nautical minutia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brigette | 1/17/2011

    " A well written memoir/travelogue/history. I learned some fascinating things about the Inside Passage, and I enjoyed tagging along on his solo sailing trip from Seattle to Alaska. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 9/19/2010

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 9/10/2010

    " A voyage of discovery worth the read. What the author discovered was meaningful to me, though I do not plan to sail anytime soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wanda | 6/16/2010

    " My first book by Raban and I really enjoyed his mix of history along his sailing route and the memoir of a period of his life. Enlightening, entertaining and enjoyable! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 7/7/2009

    " I read an abridged edition, a shortie that has some interesting information on Capt. Vancouver’s voyaging around the inland passage, interspersed with some of the drivel of the author’s personal life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 5/10/2009

    " The story of two voyages-- the author's and that of Captain Vancouver. Deeply felt and slow to develop, but ultimately fascinating for anyone who is fascinated by the Inside Passage or the sea. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 3/8/2009

    " A complex and well written book by a local Author - It has a bit of sailing a bit of travel some personal growth plus history all wrapped up in one book. Highly recommend it! "

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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.