In Search of Captain Zero

  • by Allan C. Weisbecker
  • Narrated by Joe Barrett
  • 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1996, Allan Weisbecker sold his home and his possessions, loaded his dog and surfboards into his truck, and set off in search of his longtime friend and surfing companion, Christopher, who had vanished into the depths of Central America.In this rollicking memoir of his quest from Mexico to Costa Rica to unravel the circumstances of Christopher's disappearance, Weisbecker intimately describes the people he befriended, the bandits he evaded, and the waves he caught and lost en route to finding his friend. Along the way, he shares hilarious stories of his adventures with Christopher in their carefree youth as globetrotting, pot-dealing beach bums.A tale of lost innocence and enduring friendship, In Search of Captain Zero is a trip unlike any other.


What the Critics Say

"[E]nchanting....[Weisbecker's] adventures are as thrilling and as entertaining as any fictional road trip could ever hope to be....This memoir is, like any good autobiography, a journey to the place where memories live, an adventure of the mind." (Booklist)
"[A] lovely personal reflection that mixes the right amount of dreamy meditation with page-turning allure....Weisbecker clearly delights in storytelling as much as he enjoys language itself." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great Surf Adventure Story

What does Joe Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator does a wonderful job. If I didn't check I would be sure it was the actual author narrating. Pronounced all the slang and spanish well. Also sounds like a white guy in the 50 year old range.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The end of the search is emotional. Some surprises, and then some mid-life crisis/soul-searching stuff that you can either leave or take depending in your own feelings and views on life.

Any additional comments?

Definitely recommended for anyone who likes surf, travel, or central america. I like all, so it was a great book. Especially for surfing, which is pretty limited on good books. In the world there are lots of magazine articles, movies and pictures on surfing. Even some good biographies, but not all that many great surf adventure tales in book form.

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- charlie

Couldn't stop listening

Enjoyed this book a great deal. Great philosophical insight through the eyes of a surfer/writer in search of his long time friend as he traveled to south, deeper... Not a good read for the puritanical type as there are plenty of drug references and nefarious behavior in general so the less than open minded may be offended and miss the point.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-24-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.