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Swell

A Sailing Surfer's Voyage of Awakening
Written by: Liz Clark
Narrated by: Liz Clark
Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Chasing a dream is never easy, but if you go far enough, it will set you free.

Captain Liz Clark spent her youth dreaming of traveling the world by sailboat and surfing remote waves. When she was 22, she met a mentor who helped turn her desire into reality. Embarking on an adventure that most only fantasize about, she set sail from Santa Barbara, California, as captain of her 40-foot sailboat, Swell, headed south in search of surf, self, and the wonder and learning that lies beyond the unbroken horizon.

In true stories overflowing with wild waves and constant challenges, at the whim of the weather, of relationships sweet and sour, of nature's marvels and colorful cultures, Liz captures her voyage in gripping detail in this memoir, sharing tales of sailing in high seas, of solitude and surprises, of finding connection to the earth and commitment to living in harmony with it. She witnesses how her dream leads her to understanding the unity of all things.

More than 10 years, 20,000 miles, countless adventures, and one cat later, she's still out there.

©2018 Patagonia Works (P)2019 Random House Audio

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I couldn't listen more than a couple hours.

I have had enough after a couple hours of listening. I am sure she is a great human being but I just can't be inspired by someone that seems to attract all the support in the world and yet sound so whinny.
I can't identify with her.

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  • Russell Ost
  • 2019-04-23

Highly recommended!

This is more than a book about a voyage. It's a reflection of personal growth during several trips around the sun. After hearing Lizzy speak at the St Francis Yacht Club, I gave an autographed copy of Swell to my daughter as a college graduation gift.

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  • Kate
  • 2019-04-13

Absolutely love this book - beautiful!

Highly recommend, stunningly written. I saved so many passages to revisit. Liz Clark has now joined my list of real sheros.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-02-15

Great Storytelling with Real Soul

Liz Clark is able to weave the story of her life in such a way that we all can relate too. We the readers toil away in the workaday world while Lizzy lives the life we all long for. Lizzy quickly becomes our hero as we realize that life’s trials are similar for Lizzy and the rest of us. A great book and wonderfully delivered in her own voice and feeling. A pearl from the blue water oceans to the lagoons.

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  • Mikel marchant
  • 2020-01-21

such a disapointment

rich spoiled brat. I had such high hopes for this story. she is what is the matter with this world. I do wish my life was as easy as hers. once again such a disapointment. can you say fraud

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  • Sonicsense
  • 2019-12-05

A story of adventure among life’s swells

Wow! What and empowering story . I would recommend this book to anyone with a love of the ocean and taste for adventure. I hope Liz Clark decides to write another book about her new life adventures.

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  • Andreas
  • 2019-12-02

Journey to the Heart

The adventurous tale of a citizen of the universe whom from joyous moments, love, friendship, serendipity and adversity begin to open her mind to a truth which has always been there, the bright and warm light of her own inner star. Few are those who listen to it, fewer still are those who understand.

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  • Maria M.
  • 2019-11-23

Fantastic life changing book

This book gives the reader a chance to see what it is like to live freely on the open sea. It chronicles years of hard work and amazing adventures juxtaposed with the development of a full happy inspiring person.

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  • Jason
  • 2019-11-08

Great story of seizing your dream!!

Anyone who’s ever dreamt about doing something big, will enjoy this book!! To hear about how Liz tackled her obstacles, and found solutions, should inspire anyone to go after their passions!! This is definitely a multiple listen story, as you’ll find yourself riding the waves of life, right alongside the author!!

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  • Sherrel
  • 2019-10-15

Wonderful adventure

Sail away on an adventure with Captain Liz Clark and discover a journey of learning about love and humanity

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  • Bramberg
  • 2019-08-19

She's the real deal!

Narrated by the author herself. I first struggled a bit with her voice, but a few chapters in she gets better and the story does to. I feel that the surf part is what is selling this book, but it does not take up to much space of this true life seeking adventurers tales of surfing, sailing, love, despair, thrills and near death struggles.