Finding North

  • by George Michelsen Foy
  • Narrated by Tom Zingarelli
  • 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1844, George Michelsen Foy's great-great grandfather, captain of a Norwegian cargo ship, perished at sea after getting lost in a snowstorm. Foy decides to unravel the mystery surrounding Halvor Michelsen's death - and the roots of his own obsession with navigation - by re-creating his ancestor's trip using only period instruments.
Beforehand, he meets a colorful cast of characters to learn whether men really have better directional skills than women; how cells, eels, and spaceships navigate; and how tragedy results from GPS glitches. He interviews a cabby who has memorized every street in London, sails on a Haitian cargo sloop, and visits the site of a secret navigational cult in Greece.
At the heart of Foy's story is this fact: Navigation and the brain's memory centers are inextricably linked. As Foy unravels the secret behind Halvor's death, he also discovers why forsaking our navigation skills in favor of GPS may lead not only to Alzheimer's and other diseases of memory but to losing a key part of what makes us human.


What the Critics Say

"Voyagers of all kinds will cherish this book." (Paul Raeburn, author of The Game Theorist's Guide to Parenting)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Don't waste your time or money

What I hoped would be a good sailing story was banal drivel

What I hoped would be a good maritime story was instead banal drivel

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- Thomas

Wise and moving

A wise and moving book. Lyrical , a voyage of insights that transported both to new frontiers and to self. I understood the ineluctable draw of loss and love.
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- Lynne Breslin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-10-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio