Boating: A Life's Journey

  • by Terry Kimmel
  • Narrated by Joshua Bennington
  • 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This audiobook is a delightful light-hearted tale about boating. It is the memoir of a lifelong boater, written from the perspective of a person who has not made a living at sea but is just there because he enjoys being on the water. The audiobook has stories about his pets on board and about the people he meets traveling the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterways (GIWW). He traveled extensively for 10 years in a Grand Banks trawler. This journey has been just part of his lifelong boating adventures seeking that elusive boating paradise.

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This book is a keeper

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dr. Kimmel's writing makes you feel like you are along with him as he explores the Southern US and the Caribbean while boating. You get to be with him to enjoy success and you feel for him as the mechanical failures keep happening.He describes the costs associated with boating which sound unpredictable. Boats cost too much, require a lot of repair, can strand you almost anywhere and bring a tear to your eye when they sink.

He writes that the happiest day for a boater is when you buy a new boat and the second happiest day is when you sell it. After listening to the book, I believe the author would do it all over in a heartbeat. The boat repair business sounds like a industry designed to allow the repairer to profit at a boat owners great expense. The repairers seem to promise prompt service and then do not deliver it. At one point the author measures the speed of a repair based on how many times the repairers eyes blink.If you like boating then you expect the pitfalls.

Dr. Kimmel describes each stop on his journey. A true boater sticks with his plan and the author does that and enjoys the fruits of his efforts. I feel like I am richer for what I now know about places I will never likely see. I never expected that I would listen to a book like this one but I began it because of the Narrator, Joshua Bennington. I have listened to his work on the book Adjuster Stories and he has the perfect voice to keep your interest. He did not disappoint me and I look forward to listening to him again.


What about Joshua Bennington’s performance did you like?

In a word---" Everything"


Any additional comments?

Take a chance like I did and you will enjoy the journey.

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- Harry Boyle

Not Just Another Boating Book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have already told some of my boating friends about the book. The stories are too real and bring back memories of our time on the water.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Boating: A Life's Journey?

It had a sad ending when the author had to sell his love. And not just to buy another one but to get out of boating.


What about Joshua Bennington’s performance did you like?

Joshua Bennington must be a boater because he talks a lot like the people I meet down at my boat. I don't know if the author asked him to read that way but he sounds different in some of the other books I have heard done by him.


Any additional comments?

This book is a definite must for any one who loves water sports.

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- Dorthy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-19-2013
  • Publisher: Dragonfly Publishing Company