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Would you try another book from Beth Leonard and/or Joanna Withey?
Yes. The book was interesting and I would try another book by Beth Leonard. However I was disappointed by a couple of things. First the book skipped large portions of the journey, and left me wondering what happened in the interim. More disturbing was errors in fact. Many will rely on this good as information before cruising (or in lieu of cruising for arm chair voyagers). As a factual book, presumably relied upon by cruisers, this is particularly disturbing. One small example is Leonard's definition of Pisco as 'fermented white wine'. This is not only incorrect, but makes no sense (Pisco is the distillate from wine, which Chile produces in abundance). There are a number of other errors that indicate a lack of 'fact checking' on the part of the author.
What didn’t you like about Joanna Withey’s performance?
Joanna Witney gave an enthusiastic (if sometime breathless) performance. However, the mispronunciation of common English words, French terms, and Spanish was very annoying and distracting. I would have expect the reader to research the pronunciation of common (and for the story very important) words such as 'archipelago'. Many people will use the book as a reference, before cruising (or as an armchair substitute for causing) so accuracy is important. The book is over acted, which is a it off putting.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
Any additional comments?
It is very important in a book such as this that both the facts and the pronunciation are correct. Unfortunately, the author and the performer (respectively) fell down in these areas.
Makes me want to get out there and do it myself!
The narrator wasn't the greatest.She doesn't put enough panache into it, and she mispronounces quite a few words, but overall well worth a listen. In fact I've read the old fashioned physical book once and now have listened to the audio version twice.