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In this book the four Walker children move from the half-imaginary adventures they enjoyed in SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS and its sequals, to coping with a real, life-threatening emergency: they're alone in a small but sea-worthy craft on the open sea, at night in a high wind. To survive, they draw on all their experience and reading, and especially the boating and life skills they've learned from their adventurous Australian mother and their British naval officer father. They take responsibility, care about each other, and work together. An enjoyable, well-written, well-read book.
There is, however, a bit of a culture gap that may need explaining to children listening to the book, or they'll think the story is more far-fetched than it was in its own time. Today, five children would be considered a large family. When the book was written, five wasn't unusual. Children were also given more responsibility than today, and, correspondingly, more independence.
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Would you consider the audio edition of We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea to be better than the print version?
Unfortunately I couldn't get the print version unless by mail order. The audio version of all of the books in the series is awesome!
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Definitely! I generally listen to audio books on long drives but I had this on all the time.
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