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3.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 5 3.94 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joshua Slocum, Alan Sklar Narrator: Alan Sklar Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9781400179350
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Joshua Slocum’s epic solo voyage around the world in 1895 in the 37 foot sloop Spray stands as one of the greatest sea adventures of all time. It remains one of the major feats of singlehanded voyaging, and has since been the inspiration for the many who have gone to sea in small boats.

Starting from Boston in 1895, by the time he dropped anchor in Newport, Rhode Island over three years after his journey began, he had cruised some 46,000 miles entirely by sail and entirely alone.

Slocum’s account of his epic voyage is a classic of sailing literature, acclaimed as an unequalled masterpiece of vital yet disciplined prose. It will be welcomed by admirers of his legendary achievement.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike | 2/20/2014

    " The travel memoirs of Joshua Slocum, the first man to single-handedly sail around the world. The three years he took to travel 46,000 miles make for a suprisingly quick read. The book is all the more intriguing for what is not in it: 1) Slocum only received formal schooling through the third grade; and 2) On a subsequent voyage following the publication of this book Slocum was lost at sea. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peopleburger | 2/19/2014

    " Another Badass, and a helluva writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 2/14/2014

    " It compares to Francis Chichester's Book. I'll be dipping into more true adventures as a result of this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 2/13/2014

    " This is definitely one of my new favorites! Well written account by the first man to sail around the world in a sail boat he built himself. The story takes place in 1895 and spans almost 4 years...a really good read about a very interesting person! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trenton | 2/2/2014

    " The incredible story of the first man to sail around the world by himself. In an age well before GPS or even precise charts. Slocum made it tens of thousands of miles through seas of adversity, tribulation and occasional provenance in a boat that he built by hand himself. Truly, an inspiring story for anyone who has ever ventured to the sea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim George | 1/22/2014

    " One of the first sailing books that I ever read. I live on a sailboat now, so it planted some kind of seed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 1/19/2014

    " This book is AWESOME: In the late 1800s,a retired sea captain builds a wooden sail boat in his yard and then procedeeds to sail it alone around the world. Many adventures ensue. True story. Amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/18/2014

    " If you love to sail, you'll like this book. Keep in mind it was written in the 19th century. All considered it is a great memoir, especially if you'd like to have sailed around the world in the 19th century. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshua Harris | 1/18/2014

    " Sailing around the globe is a dream of mine. This trip has inspired countless other adventure seekers to attempt to circumnavigate the world. Some have been successful. Others have failed. Joshua S succeeded (and even built his boat from scratch and by hand) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 1/8/2014

    " I found this sea adventure in 1896-1898 profound and decidedly worth reading. Slocum's voyage in a 37 foot sloop he built himself, was the first solo trip around the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mjdrean | 12/23/2013

    " An absorbing and detailed story of the first person to have sailed around the world alone. The language has a definite "old fashioned" style which may bug some. I advise to continue, you'll more than likely get used to it. Joshua Slocum is a charming and fascinating gentleman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joel | 12/21/2013

    " I am a sucker for sailing adventures... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin | 12/19/2013

    " This is the true story of the first person to circumnavigate the globe in a sailing ship. An amazing feat, but I did not love his book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lake Lady | 11/28/2013

    " actually not quite finished but close enough to meet my goal. Quite enjoyable reading with a quirky sense of humor in unexpected places "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roger | 10/21/2013

    " Definitely not for everyone. Love it or hate it, it won't take you long to figure out. I found it charmingly unaffected with a generousnous of spirit. Not a cynical line in the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul David Callahan | 10/16/2013

    " Be careful when someone tells you that it is not possible to do something. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Howell | 7/21/2013

    " A must read for anyone cruising or contemplating it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nostromo | 7/11/2013

    " The best non-fiction adventure story I have ever read. Joshua can sail and write - its an amazing story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kat | 4/18/2013

    " Don't think I could ever sail alone around the world... very good read and amazing to think of his journey. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cottero | 3/4/2013

    " A great sailing odyssey! Capt Slocum has a wonderful disposition and does a terrific job of describing his adeventures in a form that brings out the wonderment of the world! You do not have to enjoy sailing to like this book, but it helps. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 12/7/2012

    " This book was exactly what I wanted it to be, and that is infrequently the case "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jms | 12/2/2012

    " Joshua Slocum salied alone around the world on a sloop named Spray... it took him three years (1895-1898) and an imponderable reserve of skill, determination, good fortune, and insanity. Fascinating glimpse at sailing, world culture in the late 19th century, and the art of travel writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aneel | 5/4/2012

    " A good travel account. Made me want to learn to sail. Slocum makes it sound like, apart from a few rough patches, the trip was actually pretty easy. I think that's generally true of most travel. People believe it's harder than it is because the rough patches make the good stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlie | 2/2/2012

    " The book by Slocum is as great as always, but I thought the annotations were weak. So much more could have been done with history, with contemporary sailing, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wayne | 8/1/2011

    " 1895, Joshua Slocum set out to be the first to sail solo around the world. It took me awhile to get into this book, lots of nautical terms. Then I discovered a glossary in the back. Big help. A very interesting person. I enjoyed his confidence and passion for the sea. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/4/2011

    " An ex-boyfriend gave me this book and invited me to sail around the world with him. I never finished the book or the relationship. The journey would have ended with us stranded on a desert island practicing cannibalism.
    Beware Internet dating..... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 4/10/2011

    " It's basically his log of the trip, but if you like books about sailing and the sea, it will keep you interested. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roybert | 4/7/2011

    " At least five books worth of story here. A wonderful read. "

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

    " It compares to Francis Chichester's Book. I'll be dipping into more true adventures as a result of this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raymond | 2/20/2011

    " It was an interesting read. I wished the author would have went into more detail describing the places he visited. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 1/23/2011

    " He makes me want to take up sailing. What an adventure he must have had! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lois Joy | 1/19/2011

    " A classic! A must for every sailor who ever went to sea... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jp | 1/15/2011

    " A story of amazing adventure after building the "Spray" virtually from ground up, and with his own hands! It has definitely inspired wanderlust in me...... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stuart | 1/2/2011

    " Every sailor or would be mariner should read this account of the first solo circumnavigation of the world. I read it partly on paper, partly on my iPhone (its available for free through the Free Books ap). "

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

    " While the story and its historical context are enough to make this book worth reading, it is Slocum's occasional thoughtful and poetic reflections on the sea and sailing that make it compelling. I just wish they weren't so few and far between. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mjdrean | 12/11/2010

    " An absorbing and detailed story of the first person to have sailed around the world alone. The language has a definite "old fashioned" style which may bug some. I advise to continue, you'll more than likely get used to it. Joshua Slocum is a charming and fascinating gentleman. "

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About the Author
Author Joshua Slocum

Captain Joshua Slocum (1844–1909) was the first person to circle the globe alone entirely by sea. This remarkable achievement made Slocum the most famous North American sailor of all time.

About the Narrator

Alan Sklar, a graduate of Dartmouth, has excelled in his career as a freelance voice actor. He began narrating audiobooks in 1996, winning seven AudioFile Earphones Awards and earning several “Best Voice” awards. He has also worked as a stage actor and as a promo announcer at WPIX-TV in New York City. His dream is to be an opera singer, a role for which he hones his bass-baritone operatic skills in the upstairs shower of his home.