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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (225 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chris Stewart Narrator: Chris Stewart Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN:
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If you're wondering what Chris Stewart did before he and his girlfriend Ana moved to El Valero their Spanish farm here's one of the answers. He took to the sea, landing a job as skipper sailing a Cornish Crabber around the Greek islands. It was his dream job but there was just one tiny problem. He hadn't ever sailed before and didn't have a clue how to start.

In a series of madcap adventures we follow Chris from a shaky start in Chichester harbour to his epic Odyssey to Spetses (a bucket would have been handy), and on to the journey of a lifetime - battening down the hatches on a trip across the Atlantic.

It's a journey crackling with Chris's zest for life, irresistible humour, and unerring lack of foresight. Dry land never looked more welcoming.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cailean | 2/14/2014

    " A fun and quick read. Stewart agreed to learn how to sail to have a fun summer job and continued to love to sail regardless of the many misadventures he encounters. I was drawn in by the witty British humor at the start and found the author engaging and intelligent...but the humor dwindled midway. Still a fun book but I wish it stayed as funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 1/30/2014

    " It was a quick read that did have some swearing in it. I'm always a bit envious of people who have lived carefree adventuresome lives. Those who can trot off and work in Greece for a summer, or take 5 months to sail across the Atlantic. So I like reading of their adventures. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 1/21/2014

    " Supposed to be a funny book, but apart from the odd item didn't laugh that much. That said was written well as all the other Chris Stewart books are "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 1/20/2014

    " Sorta funny. A review on the cover says he's funnier than Bill Bryson. I think he's not funnier, but probably just a little better at screwing up in dramatic fashion. My cover was different: it featured a capsized boat, and the arm of a drowning man holding a sign with the title on it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 1/17/2014

    " Not as good to me as the Driving Over Lemons series, but then I know nothing about sailing. Still, it's still Chris Stewart with his wit and his descriptions, and I did still enjoy it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 1/16/2014

    " This was an ideal read-aloud for my dad and me. It was funny, light, and well-suited to our shared interest in (but lack of experience with) sailing. It wasn't without its flaws, though, and I'm not sure I'd have enjoyed it nearly as much had I read it on my own. "

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

    " a quick, fun, read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 1/7/2014

    " funny book about learning to sail "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 9/20/2013

    " Quick read about sailing adventures. Pretty interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ramarie | 6/25/2013

    " light read, fun travel memoir about the author learning to sail and then captain a boat on the Mediterranean, before undergoing a more challenging trip as he joins a crew bound for the North Atlantic, where they encounter cold, icy, wet and grueling sea conditions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darren Jessop | 4/9/2013

    " Every single book I've read what's come from the hand of Chris Stewart has been entertaining, but this is one of my favourites, I laughed out loud!! I can't fault it, superb! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda Marshall | 11/29/2012

    " Perfect summer read. His adventures in first time sailing were both interesting and hilarious. A light, fun book that'll fit perfectly in your beach bag. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra | 9/11/2012

    " An interesting light-hearted look at sailing. The guy is an idiot in the beginning,but he and the people he is responsible for survive. As he settles into sailing, he talks off for a trip across the North Sea to Newfoundland. Very good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberley | 6/21/2012

    " Moments of fun in the sea, Chris captured the essence of all things watery! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherie | 6/6/2012

    " I liked this because it was full of adventures! Some of them are ordinary adventures, but interesting. It amazes me how easily some people can jump out of their comfort zones so quickly and so completely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Williamson | 5/21/2012

    " A really enjoyable book, sailing around the Greek Islands and an epic journey sailing to Iceland... great adventure read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex Rogers | 2/22/2012

    " Lightweight good fun, with the author starring as a sympathetic character in his own global drama. Decent holiday reading "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steve | 8/3/2011

    " A lightweight really. Read because I liked his books about moving to Spain. Obviously didn't take me that long to read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jesus | 3/8/2011

    " Funny little book. Recommended to people who have discovered sailing late in their lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Skye | 2/25/2011

    " A really well written and funny tale of a young man's adventure being a sailor, initially without ever sailing before. Quick and witty, I found it hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 1/16/2011

    " This was an ideal read-aloud for my dad and me. It was funny, light, and well-suited to our shared interest in (but lack of experience with) sailing. It wasn't without its flaws, though, and I'm not sure I'd have enjoyed it nearly as much had I read it on my own. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 11/29/2010

    " It was a quick read that did have some swearing in it. I'm always a bit envious of people who have lived carefree adventuresome lives. Those who can trot off and work in Greece for a summer, or take 5 months to sail across the Atlantic. So I like reading of their adventures. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ramarie | 8/22/2010

    " light read, fun travel memoir about the author learning to sail and then captain a boat on the Mediterranean, before undergoing a more challenging trip as he joins a crew bound for the North Atlantic, where they encounter cold, icy, wet and grueling sea conditions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 7/25/2010

    " Not as good to me as the Driving Over Lemons series, but then I know nothing about sailing. Still, it's still Chris Stewart with his wit and his descriptions, and I did still enjoy it. "

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About the Author
Author Chris Stewart

Chris Stewart, after playing drums with a circus, spent time in Amsterdam, learned flamenco guitar in Seville, crewed a yacht across the North Atlantic, wrote for the Rough Guide series of travel books, and gained a pilot’s license. Chris continues to live and farm his Spanish mountain home and, as well as being fluent in Spanish, he can also speak Dutch, Mandarin Chinese, Swedish, and Italian.