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Across Islands and Oceans

A Journey Alone Around the World By Sail and By Foot
Written by: James Baldwin
Narrated by: Spencer King
Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
Categories: Travel
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Across Islands and Oceans is the memoir of 25 year-old James Baldwin and his epic two-year, solo circumnavigation in Atom, his trusty but aging 28-foot sailboat.

Early on and "as broke as [he] dared to be", James determined not only to sail around the world, but also to hike across every island that he visits. His inland forays are unique in the literature of circumnavigators as he finds danger, humor, friendship, and romance in places most sailors will never visit. James' story unfolds in his earnest exploration of distant lands and seas, his meditations on the people whose lives he touched, and his greater voyage to explore his own private ocean of solitude.

His adventure is not merely an attempt to seek thrills, nor even to tempt death, but rather a voyage of discovery as he set out in the direction of his youthful dreams to meet the life he imagined.

"Go seek what you will, where you will, but be a seeker all of your life." (James Baldwin)

©2012 James Baldwin (P)2017 James Baldwin

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loved it. great book

this is the first book. doesn't really matter though. great book lots of inspiration . loved it

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Great book

A more lively narrator would make it easier to follow, but the overall story was excellent. Been waiting for this book to become available ever since I purchased his other book here.

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  • ThunderInTheSun
  • 2018-10-08

A true sailor' s quest

As a young man, this is something I always dreamed of doing. Now, I have sailed vicariously freely around the world. Thank you James Baldwin for this wonderful adventure as your first officer!!

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  • Jon
  • 2019-05-03

Amazing Adventures

First, I must say that one of the reviewers had given a misleading review - he claimed that James Baldwin was a black man and complained that the narrator was a white man. This is not true - I think the reviewer had mixed up the author with another James Baldwin who was also a writer, playwright and activist. This caused a little confusion to me as I listened to the story picturing young James as a black person exploring various islands inhabited by colored people. I did not realize until half way through the story that James is white! This is actually important as I had to reimagine what it would be like for a white person to befriend the locals on his many exciting and challenging adventures.

Second, I am awestruck at this story and the courage and bravery of a 25 year old to go on this journey of spirit and discovery of nature and humanity. I didn't want the journey to end and now I am looking forward to listening to Jame's other books. The writing is a great mix of humor, education, and poetry. It is also an excellent resource for anyone contemplating long passages at sea.

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  • M. Bishop
  • 2019-03-10

A good read for young people

I think young people who would like to escape the virtual morass of the internet should read this book and think about escaping and living a more authentic life. James did it on a shoe string and balls.
The story is well told and James seems to be a genuenly decent person.

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  • T. Shirley
  • 2018-12-28

fantastic!!

I loved every single minute of this audio book!! extremely interesting and well written! thx!

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  • ben
  • 2019-10-03

drudgery

an exercise in patience. no pay off. it's not sailing or mountaineering. cuck across continents

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-08-06

James Baldwin

I think it’s pretty ironic and very telling of the understandings of James Baldwin when you don’t even take the time to find a Black Man to read the words of the Black Man. The words coming from the voice of a non black man who does not and has not understand or been victim to the struggles he is writing about. While trying to do a service you do more of a dis service. It’s really a Slap in the face to the man. This is a voice of a white man, trying to tell a black mans story. Talk about race appropriation. Ridiculous, that it’s not even realized.

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