Godforsaken Sea

  • by Derek Lundy
  • Narrated by Michael Tezla
  • 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Vendée Globe, a grueling four-month sail around the world, traveling through the wild waters of the Southern Ocean, is the most demanding and dangerous sailing race on the planet. In November 1996, 14 men and 2 women competitors set out on this ultimate human endeavor. Godforsaken Sea chronicles their solitary battles to stay alive against 6-story waves, bone-chilling cold, ice-laden seas, and their own physical and mental limitations. Listen to electrifying accounts of human courage and endurance that will take you into the sailors' spirits.


What the Critics Say

"Incomparable...a profound and brilliantly executed book featuring the sea and human nature." (William F. Buckley, Jr.)


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Customer Reviews

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Race or survival

As a lifelong sailor, I thoroughly enjoyed this account of an incredible ocean race. I love the idea that it isn't man that conquers the sea but the sea that allows man passage through its domain.

While chronicling a real event, portions of this book read like a thriller. Additionally there are good insights into the perils faced through history by those men in ships going 'round the horn'.
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- R. Barton

Worth Reading

This book is unique in its style, like a mildly disturbing dream. The book starts and flows well; then, finishes on a mournful note. The narration is very good. The story is well told. The race upon which the book is based is well researched. Lots of French names. Lots of catastrophe and the human hardship that follows. The middle portion of the book is so descriptive of wind, rain, waves, sails, broken things, cracked things, beacons, highs, lows, bows, masts, halyards, etc., that it is hard to tell one chapter from the next. I think I accidently listened to chapters 10 & 12 several times, only realizing this well into each chapter. Don't be mistaken; this is not a bad thing. This book is not like others you've read where the author sends you on a sleigh ride connecting chapters like train cars. No. It's more like he put you in a Martini shaker and shook for 3 days. Every account of single handed passage making I've read has a certain "trial by fire" flavor about it. This book is no exception. If you are inclined to like such reading, this book will not disappoint.
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- David

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-28-2000
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books