Sailing Alone Around the World

  • by Captain Joshua Slocum
  • Narrated by Nelson Runger
  • 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1895, when Captain Joshua Slocum completed the first solo circumnavigation on his 37-foot sloop, the Spray, no one believed it could be done. This firsthand account of Captain Slocum's remarkable voyage - 3 years and 46,000 miles - is full of adventures, dangers, and triumphs. Stormy seas, hostile natives, Moorish pirates, and even a bizarre meeting with President Paul Kruger of the Transvaal, who insisted that Slocum could never have sailed "around the world," since everyone with the meanest intelligence knew the world was flat, make up the fabric of the most wonderful travelogue of all.


Audible Editor Reviews

Joshua Slocum spent just enough time on dry land to find a wife. Together, they had seven children, all of them born either at sea or in a foreign port. Captain Slocum may have been the most committed sailor since Odysseus, and Sailing Alone Around the World is his finest testament.
In 1895, Slocum boarded his 36-foot vessel named The Spray and set out on a course that would last three years and cover over 46,000 miles. He relates his experiences of Indian attacks, pirate attacks, loneliness, and Transvaal President Paul Kruger, who still believed the world was flat. Performed by the friendly-voiced Nelson Runger, some consider Sailing Alone Around the World to be the best travelogue of all time.


What the Critics Say

"The classic of its kind." (Travel World)


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Customer Reviews

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Around the World

This book is an adventure into the mind of a man, more than the world. While many aspects recount the tales from his adventures, most tell of feelings, thoughts, and fears.
At times, the book itself is hard to follow, but in the end, most is understood. Be sure to have a general knowlage of sailing and geography before taking this book out to sea.
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- Sean

Interesting read but poorly recorded

There were two versions of this recording on Audible. I thought this narrator had more of the vocal character of an old sea dog, so I paid more for this particular version.

It was well read, but the audio quality leaves something to be desired. The dynamics are off, and it sounds like audio tape.

The story itself is interesting and well worth the time.
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- memobug

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Recorded Books