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3.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 5 3.33 (15 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jack London Narrator: Andre Stojka Publisher: Listen 2 Read Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2012 ISBN:
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In 1906, without studying navigation, Jack London, his wife Charmian, and a small crew sail to the South Pacific, hoping not to get lost. His adventures and misadventures at sea led him through native uprisings, The Doldrums, and the then unknown sport of surfing.

London, one of the most popular American writers of his time, describes the construction and outfitting of his boat in San Francisco, including frustrations with vendors, with which every boat owner will sympathize. London narrates his adventures in Hawaii, his perilous navigation across the Pacific sailing through the windless doldrums to the Marquesas Islands, Typee, Papeete, Raiatea, Bora Bora, Fiji, Samoa and The Solomon Islands, before being overcome by tropical diseases and fever.

This first person narrative, in its first recording as an audiobook, combines London's spirit of adventure with his wonderful sense of humor.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bob Snook | 1/14/2014

    " I really like other jack London books BUT this one was not good. Would not recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Topherjaynes | 1/13/2014

    " Blown away by the sarcasm in this book. Amazing. "

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

    " I really enjoyed this book and now want to sample other Jack London nonfiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 D | 12/18/2013

    " This is available free from Google Books! What a delightful find! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Douglas Ivan Brown | 12/7/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. This book delivers sailing adventures, tropical islands and diseases, a glimpse back in history, and insight into a great author's motivations. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 R. | 10/19/2013

    " Great chapter on ol Jack learning how to surf off the coast of Maui - in 1906! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elissa | 8/5/2013

    " Another good adventure, with good polynesian cultural notes. I would have loved to see Hawaii 100 years ago! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nik | 8/4/2013

    " London's use of language is really beautiful. I didn't expect that so much. The book was so contemporary sounding, it really stands up to the test of time. There was humor and adventure. As far as sailing and travl books go this was an excellent read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stuart | 7/9/2013

    " A good ripping true-life yarn, and a great companion piece to the fictional (and highly awesome) South Sea Tales. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Gagin | 6/24/2013

    " This book is a testament to Jack London's marriage. They hired a company to build their boat so they can sail around the world. Just about everything broke on their Pacific crossing and how they coped with it. It's a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Syl Thornton | 1/18/2013

    " so far great "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Wilson | 12/29/2012

    " what an adventure story (true-life) in his style. London makes out it was a fun 2-year trip but it sounded pretty miserable and dangerous to me. so I guess it was fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wallyeast | 12/16/2012

    " I mostly enjoyed this true tale of Jack London building a sail boat and then taking it across the Pacific. London writes with wit and joy about the trip. It did bog down a couple times, most notably when discussing cannibals. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pablo Paz | 7/4/2012

    " muy buena la parte donde London habla del surf en 1907 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amandine | 2/23/2012

    " 3.5 stars. Jack London tells us his boat's trip. Very funny sometimes, less others. This story changes of his novels but I recognize his style. "

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About the Author
Author Jack London

Jack London (1876–1916) was an American author, journalist, and social activist. Before making a living at his writing, he spent time as an oyster pirate, a sailor, a cannery worker, a gold miner, and a journalist. He was a pioneer in the then-burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction and was one of the first fiction writers to obtain worldwide celebrity and a large fortune from his fiction writing. He is best known for his novels The Call of the Wild and White Fang, both set during the Klondike gold rush, as well as the short stories “To Build a Fire,” “An Odyssey of the North,” and “Love of Life.”  He also wrote of the South Pacific in such stories as “The Pearls of Parlay” and “The Heathen.” He was a passionate advocate of unionization, socialism, and the rights of workers and wrote several powerful works dealing with these topics, including The Iron Heel, The People of the Abyss, and The War of the Classes.