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What happens when a man of today's overconnected world sets off alone across the Pacific at the age of 71? Christian Williams, a veteran sailor and writer, planned a 6,000-mile voyage as a test of his own seamanship and endurance, and to fulfill a lifelong goal. But he found his focus quickly turning from the surrounding sea to all of us. Is anyone the same person when no one else is there? Do we dare to find out? In a new world of soaring seabirds, violent storms, and majestic emptiness, Williams discovered answers to questions he had never asked about who we are, why we sail, and the universal fear of being alone.
Alone Together is a complete technical course in offshore sailing technique and yacht preparation, and a philosophical inquiry into what it takes to be truly alive in the 21st century.
©2016 Christian Williams (P)2016 Christian Williams
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By Mark on 09-07-16

Best for the arm chair adventurer, or a sailor or philosopher

This is a great book, especially this audio version. I had tried to read the paper back version and had a hard time following the author. Unlike any book I have ever read or listen to before the author navigates his story, his stories through confusing seas. The book is really three stories in one. One part, a story of being seduced by the sails, boats, wind and like minded sailors. Another part about what it takes to sail across a ocean. The daily chores, navigation, sail changes and mid ocean repairs. And the third part of searching the soul for answers to questions that only come to people who spend weeks....truly alone.

What I found hard to read was memorizing to listen to. I want to follow is wake, I want to sail to distance shores myself. I crave the challenge that started in me as a boy from the national geographic story following the DOVE around the world. I too want to let time alone tease out questions for deep inside me.

Listening to the author read his own book was delightful, insightful and made smile at the world. The book was so memorizing that I pulled over in a highway road side to listen to the last half hour.

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By Dave on 12-25-16

Excellent expansion of the YouTube video.

Ever watch a movie and think, "I want more!", then track down the book and find it full of rich details that bring additional depth and texture to the story?

Well, that is exactly what happens in "Alone Together". I watched Christian Williams' video twice, I loved it so. I may just listen to the book again as well. Wonder what type of auto-helm equipment he used? He not only tells you, he tells the surprising story of the actual purchase. The book is full of wonderful stories and the details never become tedious.

I did rate the performance down a bit. But only because I have heard the author narrate his videos so masterfully. For whatever reason, I found his narration a bit slow and stilted at times. As much as I enjoy the tones of Mr. Williams' voice, as happy as I was to find he narrated his own book, I was slightly disappointed by those two small deficiencies. Perhaps I'm over-sensitive, having suffered through too many Scott Brick narrations to tolerate a performance even slightly resembling the almost unlistenable experience I endured with the "Coyote" sci-fi series.

If you enjoy sailing, have ever considered cruising or single-handing or solo sailing to Hawaii, this book is for you. Mr Williams is a great story teller!

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By rhys walters on 03-01-17

Thank you Christian

Thanks for sharing your story Christian. i love you youtube videos. keep them coming.

the book itself is a nice listen. i really enjoyed it

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By AJK on 11-17-17

must read for solo sailing and great laughs!

Is it the story itself? The narrator (who is also the author)? the hilarius retelling of many moments on board?

I would say all of them... They all contribute for this to be ine of the best listens on audible about sailing, life and of course: spaghetti!

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By Shane Geard on 12-15-16

A gem of a tale and well told!

I found that I couldn't stop listening to this book... I loved the thoughts, wisdom and honesty that only a fine man of deep experience could tell. Absolutely lapped up the technical explanations too, and the processes that were clearly laid out with uncompromising self critique and humour.

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