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Where does Celestial Navigation for the Complete Idiot rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
In the upper middle. Since this is not a novel, it is hard to compare a guidebook to other audiobooks
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
In addition to the theory of navigation, One thing that was unexpected and good was the author's personal story of learning navigation,
Have you listened to any of Gene Grossman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
What insight do you think you’ll apply from Celestial Navigation for the Complete Idiot?
Well, the simple answer is how to use a sextant!
Any additional comments?
Learning celestial navigation is a two-step process: first you have to
learn what a sextant measures, what to measure, why you measure it, what to
do with the measurement, and what the answer tells you – and this audiobook
does a really good job of explaining all of the theory involved in a simple
and easy-to-understand way. Second is the easy part: how to use the sextant
- but it’s also almost impossible to do in an audiobook, because without
being able to look through one, adjust the mirrors, and make some minor
adjustments to the instrument itself, it’s a lot like flying a plane… to
really get to know it you have to physically do it because it’s tough to
describe in a book. This author does a great job with the theory of what it
does and how it works, He also touches upon some things you should know
about using a sextant, so that when you finish this book all you have to do
is find an inexpensive plastic beginner’s sextant and practice, practice,
What did you love best about Celestial Navigation for the Complete Idiot?
I've read the readers' comments below, but some of them are about years-old print and eBook versions. I've just listened to this newly-released audio version and it appears to have been updated, so that the previously complex theory of the subject is made extremely understandable - and just the chapter on avoiding seasickness was worth the price of the book.
Any additional comments?
Concerning the author's mention of the mysteries he's also written, he described just a few of them at the end, but there's probably a reason for that: most boaters interested in Celestial Navigation are cruising sailors with plenty of time to listen to books, and mysteries are a popular favorite.
And as for another comment suggesting Bowditch as a good source, yes... he was the accepted expert on the subject, but he wasn't expecting his works to fall into the hands of idiots like me... and even if he did, none of his books are available in an audio format, making this the only one on the subject you can listen to, and I recommend it as a starter if you're interested in the subject.