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memoir, biography, travelog, adventure, nonfiction
Highly detailed tribute by daughter to her father who beat nearly insurmountable odds to realize his dream. Manually skilled and highly creative, he made a steel boat from scratch and determined to sail it from Arkansas to Alaska. With no Spanish and a meager understanding of captaining a boat in unfamiliar waters, he encountered crooks and unfamiliar business practices as well as unseen water hazards. Costs accumulated beyond expectations, and the separation and dwindling finances made for friction between husband and wife which were resolved when he achieved his goal. He started work in Ketchikan and did well. After retiring, he built a house on a nearby island. There they lived well and with new interests for another sixteen years until the book ends with more vivid word pictures. The ebook and audio both have pdf with photos, maps, and more.
I have the audio, and I always feel that the author makes the best narrator. This is certainly true for this book.
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What did you like best about this story?
I liked the lifelong commitment to a dream and the work ethic and ingenuity that made it come true.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
A boy's dream, a man's amazing journey!
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Fascinating account! So glad Nancy Ownes Barnes recorded this amazing tale about her Father's voyage before it was lost. I was inspired by her father's unyielding comittment to his childhood dream of living in Alaska I was impressed by her father's abilities and work ethic - who builds an 18 ton boat in their backyard? I was touched s by her parent's devotion to each other and their dreams, the sweet way her father referred to her mother as "pretty lady," and the family bonds that were as strong as the steel that the Red Bird was made of. I cried when they were cheated, cheered when they crossed back into American waters and jumped up and down when they finally reached Alaska. If you would like to believe that dreams can really be reached and that hard work still wins, listen to this one!