In this anthology, editor Clint Willis gives readers some of the best sea stories of all time. Included are excerpts from R. H. Dana's classic Two Years Before the Mast, a shipwreck survivor's 74-day ordeal aboard an inflatable life raft, an eyewitness account of the Titanic disaster, a dramatic rescue at sea in a Force-12 storm, a solo circumnavigation of Antarctica, and a one-man cruise through the Roaring Forties. Rough Water delivers page after page of high adventure amid gales, swells, surges, shoals, icebergs, fog banks, sharks, and mutineers.
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Clint Willis, the anthologist de l'extrème who brought us High, takes to the brine for a wide-lens collection of tales from the high seas in Rough Water. Much of it aims for the outer reach as portrayed in Sebastian Junger's Perfect Storm. Armchair navigators will thrill to the dangers and codes of honor that intermingle in the surf, as in Robin Knox-Johnston's stiff-upper-lip telling of his solo circumglobal sail: "I was in the lead and stood a slight chance of winning, and I felt that this would be worth giving an eye for, so I carried on." And like many anthologies, this one may draw readers to the full-length versions. Tony Farrington's harrowing account of a rescue in the South Pacific stands on its own, but others, like Steven Callahan's "Adrift: Seventy-six Days Lost at Sea," beg for a full telling. Not recommended for a pleasure cruise. --Tipton BlishAbout the Author:
Narrators Bios: George Guidall is one of the foremost narrators in the audiobook industry, recording over 500 unabridged books and garnering the 1999 Audie Award for Best Narration of Unabridged Fiction. His forty-year career includes appearances on Broadway, off-Broadway winning an OBIE Award films and television. Graeme Malcolm, with over 150 audiobooks to his credit, is an accomplished television, film and stage actor. He has been honored with an Audie Award for his narrative skills and was the 1998 recipient of the Narrator of the Year Award from the American Foundation For The Blind. Simon Prebble, a veteran of soap operas, As The World Turns and Loving, has narrated nearly 150 audiobooks. The UK native has extensive voice-over experience in industrial, public service, radio and television advertising campaigns, and has been an on-camera spokesman for corporate presentations. Rick Adamson is a Grammy nominee and an American Library Association award-winning narrator of audiobooks for all ages. He has appeared on television and videos, as well as dozens of audiobook productions. Rick lives in New Jersey with his wife and two sons.
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