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Sailing to the Edge of Time

The Promise, the Challenges, and the Freedom of Ocean Voyaging
Written by: John Kretschmer
Narrated by: Matthew Kevin Anderson
Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents Sailing to the Edge of Time by John Kretschmer, read by Matthew Kevin Anderson. 

John Kretschmer is sailing’s practical philosopher - as much a doer as a thinker. And that is the overarching theme of this chronicle of a sailing life. Often amusing, sometimes poignant, occasionally terrifying but always inspiring, his deeply personal account is a welcome reminder of the good life waiting at sea. 

With hundreds of thousands of nautical miles under his keel, John’s adventures have taken him several times around the world, with challenging crossings of the Atlantic and the Pacific, a narrow escape from a coup in Yemen and an unlikely deliverance from a coral reef off Belize as well as more serene, introspective passages where trade winds are blowing and stories are flowing. His crew has included CEOs, actors, writers, teachers, kids - in essence, everyone. 

John’s narrative is interwoven with practical tips and advice in seamanship but also, and just as importantly, his hard-won insights about making the most of our lives. He truly believes we find out who we really are, and what we are capable of, far from the shackles of land, when we find a place where time changes shape - days may merge into one another, but minutes are memorable. 

To live adventurously is to live more fully, and that is the life John Kretschmer continues to live. In this book he shares his simple profundities that will inspire those who live to sail and those seeking something more rewarding from life. 

©2018 John Kretschmer (P)2020 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic Reviews

"A remarkable and very enjoyable cocktail of blue water, action and wisdom. Kretschmer is a fine writer and an inspiration." (Tristan Gooley)

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  • Worldoceans
  • 07-03-20

Disappointed

Having just finished Cape Horn to Starboard and Sailing a Dangerous Ocean Both of which I loved, I found this one repetitive (from previous books), overly dramatic, and the narrator was just too monotone and serious.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-03-20

Great book in spite of the narration

Get this book… Anyone who has read John Kretschmer knows this man can spin a beautiful and vivid sea story. Sailing to the edge of time follows suit. The chapters are wonderfully threaded with Historical, philosophical and heartfelt recounting of his many times at sea, as well as technical information that sailors will relish.

Mr Kretschmer brings to life his passengers, students, friends and family that accompany him on his long blue water passages.

The narrator was less than colorful. His monotone, and at times dull voice took a while to get used to, but the book’s content won me over in spite of sub-par narration.

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  • Charles
  • 05-06-20

Perspective and wisdom

John again in a captivating way communicates the reasons we go to sea and what to do when we get away from those dock lines that hold us back all to often.

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  • Scott
  • 15-05-20

Really, really enjoyed this book..!

The best thing about John Kreschmer's books are that you can listen to them over and over. Every time you listen you'll learn something new or pick up another detail you missed on the first pass. My only request is that Sean Runnette read it next time. (sorry John, I'm sure Matt is a great guy but Sean Runnette's voice and calm demeanor are a better match to you)

When Matt says "Merry Land" instead of Maryland or "N O A A" instead of Noah, it really reminds me that he has probably not been on a boat or around sailors. This happens with various words in the book that are not pronounced like sailors pronounce them. That being said, he still reads 1000x better than me.

You will not be disappointed with this book.

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  • Dennis J McCarthy
  • 08-05-20

Good book with bad narration

Another solid book from John Kretschmer. Although the book was informative and interesting, the narrator clearly has no sailing experience. He manage to mutilate the pronunciation of many basic sailing terms and geographic locations.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-05-20

Amazing.

Excellent book in every way. Perfect for serious sailors. Great writing, and the narration is very good as well. Highly recommended.

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  • m.s.guy
  • 13-04-20

lovely & informative book

loved this gentle listen and will return to listen to it again soon. Unexpected life philosophy mixed with inspiring sailing adventures & experiential advice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-05-20

Thank YOU John and Audible

Great book. A fantastic way to learn things (as I did with flying) is to hear entertaining stories from a knowledgeable person.
I really respect John’s view on things, and this goes a long way. Have a pen ready, as John (well, the narrator) will mention many good book titles along the way.