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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (159 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tami Oldham Ashcraft Narrator: Tami Oldham Ashcraft Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A compelling, at times devastating, ultimately inspiring account of how much can go wrong on the ocean and how, miraculously, one person conquered her own fears.

Tami Oldham and her fiancé, Richard Sharp, set sail for Tahiti under brilliant blue skies, and their future together was just as bright. Young and in love, they were both expert sailors who had already seen much of the world and planned to see more.

Twenty days into their journey, Tami and Richard sailed directly into a monumental hurricane. With every ounce of their strength, they battled the elements. Richard tethered himself to the boat and sent Tami below. Seconds after leaving the deck, she heard Richard's terrified scream over the roar of the wind. And then all went black. Red Sky in Mourning is the story of tami Oldham Ashcraft's forty-one-day journey to safety, which she survived through fortitude and sheer stregth of character. The description of her awaking to the boat's capsize -- realizing that Richard had been blown overboard, her motor was shot, and her masts were gone -- is only one of many moments captured with wrenching realism in this dramatic, detailed account.

Even more remarkable, though, is how Tami overcame seemingly insurmountable tragedy, injury, and mechanical failure to navigate herself to safety. Interspersed with flashbacks to her romance with her doomed fiancé, this survival story offers an inspiring reminder that even in our darkest moments we are never truly alone. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Tami’s story will break your heart, then make it whole and fuller than ever…a dramatic story of single-handed survival.” 


  • “[Tami’s] remarkable story is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.” 

    Cruising World

  • “As she recounts her story, Ashcraft emerges as a fiercely independent, strong sailor…the story certainly has enough adrenaline-pumping action to satisfy nautical adventure junkies.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Ashcraft’s inner strength is revealed as she spellbindingly relives those 42 excruciating days navigating the sea-ravaged sailboat while desperately trying to maintain her sanity.” 


  • “A dramatic debut in which Oldham relates the incredible tale of her sailing into, and surviving, Hurricane Raymond in 1983…A sad story, movingly told.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Pam Fink | 2/18/2014

    " Good book. Had a hard time reading about the boat jargon and mariner details- but what a remarkable young lady. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Thad Gilliam | 2/15/2014

    " Incredible survival story. As an aspiring sailor, I have a new-found fear of mother nature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Colleen Pence | 1/14/2014

    " A quick and amazing read. Recommended by a friend, this true story is about a woman forced to survive at sea after her fiance is pitched overboard during a Hurricane. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Carey | 1/1/2014

    " This woman is truly amazing! "

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