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This book is a fascinating recount of an enviable voyage through the gulf of California, but it loaded too heavily with detailed accounts of aquatic life and sailing equipment for anyone but an avid Steinbeck readers to really enjoy. Having said that, the beautiful account of the Californian and Mexican coast is truly captivating, and the trademark Steinbeck tangents into observations about life and humanity are worth the effort. Unfortunately, it never quite reaches the level of Travels with Charlie, a book to which I would direct those listeners who want to be whisked away on a journey, but who haven't the patience for several hours of talk about isopods.
Joe Barrett needs no praise from me as he is one of the most prolific audiobook artists around, and his performance here is second to none.
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This book should be treasured as much for it's fascinating glimpse into pre War Mexico along the sea, but also for Steinbeck's musings on the human condition. Just when you think the book will be bogged down with tedious scientific discovery, Steinbeck makes bursts forth with some keen observation or comparison on human nature. Having spent an abundance of time along the shore of the Sea of Cortez, I knew I would enjoy this book. However, I had no idea going into this that it would prove to be one of my favorite books of all time.
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