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Publisher's Summary

Chasing a dream is never easy, but if you go far enough, it will set you free.

Captain Liz Clark spent her youth dreaming of traveling the world by sailboat and surfing remote waves. When she was 22, she met a mentor who helped turn her desire into reality. Embarking on an adventure that most only fantasize about, she set sail from Santa Barbara, California, as captain of her 40-foot sailboat, Swell, headed south in search of surf, self, and the wonder and learning that lies beyond the unbroken horizon.

In true stories overflowing with wild waves and constant challenges, at the whim of the weather, of relationships sweet and sour, of nature's marvels and colorful cultures, Liz captures her voyage in gripping detail in this memoir, sharing tales of sailing in high seas, of solitude and surprises, of finding connection to the earth and commitment to living in harmony with it. She witnesses how her dream leads her to understanding the unity of all things.

More than 10 years, 20,000 miles, countless adventures, and one cat later, she's still out there.

©2018 Patagonia Works (P)2019 Random House Audio

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  • Mikel marchant
  • 21-01-20

such a disapointment

rich spoiled brat. I had such high hopes for this story. she is what is the matter with this world. I do wish my life was as easy as hers. once again such a disapointment. can you say fraud

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  • Danger Dave
  • 01-10-20

Greenpeace politics

I wanted to hear about your trip but not your radical politics. You could have woven the politics with some subtlety and I would have finished the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-08-20

Lame

Imagine the story of a woman overcoming her shortcomings on a mushroom induced trip toward enlightenment. While screwing every local so they work on her boat. I’d imagine Barry was on that list as well.

Breathing and hippie life cures her medical problems story over.

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  • Linda K
  • 14-02-21

I could only get through about 1 hour

I usually don't write reviews, but I had to on this one. While I do appreciate the young desire to seek the open seas, the whining accompanied with this story could not keep me engaged. Nor could the supreme entitlement that isn't even acknowledged: a boat gifted, a degree paid by daddy, and the ability to loll in misery on a couch, nurturing sensibilities. Who does this? Not to mention the constant political ramblings of one who is well-embedded in activist positions but is barely old enough to vote. My dollars went to her earnings. Let's talk about those African slave kids mining the cobalt for all of your geo-friendly solar.

I just can't encapsulate the frustration of trying to listen to this crap. Rewrite kid, as an adult.

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  • Russell Ost
  • 23-04-19

Highly recommended!

This is more than a book about a voyage. It's a reflection of personal growth during several trips around the sun. After hearing Lizzy speak at the St Francis Yacht Club, I gave an autographed copy of Swell to my daughter as a college graduation gift.

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  • R. Wendeborn
  • 19-08-19

Not good

I downloaded this book because it was the only book about surfing by a woman but it's not a real uplifting story. Sure, it's loaded with spiritual platitudes and the writer is a talented sailor, surfer, and photographer but she's also deeply flawed. The romanticized ideals she carries for indigenous people (this is evident from the moment she's out of US waters), the woo woo mumbo jumbo spirituality (at its peak, she contacts a pet psychic), and lack of taking responsibility for her own bad decisions (from repairs on her boat to staying in bad relationships, she does it all) are chief among her many flaws. The book is basically a one person Fyre Festival: a social media influencer completely unaware of their own privilege blames the world for her own botched party.

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  • Kate
  • 13-04-19

Absolutely love this book - beautiful!

Highly recommend, stunningly written. I saved so many passages to revisit. Liz Clark has now joined my list of real sheros.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-04-21

From the heart!

This book came across as recommended to me and I was drawn in by the cover art being a man of water myself. Captain Liz's story and trials are so similar to some of my own that I couldn't stop listening! To hear it in her own words and voice was perfect. Safe travels Captain, and keep exploring!

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  • pepita
  • 11-03-21

Vivid Experience

I enjoy this book a lot, especially knowing that this is based on a true story and I love surfing.
This is a story about a young female surfer, sought out challenges and fulfilled her sailing dream. Through the voyage, she grew as a person and strengthened her perspective of loving the ocean and the environment.

I especially love the surfing part, where she vividly describe the waves, I love the ocean myself , so I understand and admire her bravery.
Liz's writing style brings me right to the moment of her story, I felt like I was right there.

I'd recommend it if you love surfing or have a little bit of free spirit in you.

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  • Chuck Mangione
  • 02-02-21

Thanks Liz!

Overall a great book. She kept my attention and wanting more. Great read/listen. Thanks Liz, and happy sailing. I hope to run into you someday and surf together!

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  • Jase Moorcroft
  • 28-06-19

Not Just For Sailors

When I acquired this book I was looking for stories about sailing, big waves etc. But it’s more than that. In fact it’s not really about that. It’s more about the freedom you get sailing and about the trials Lizzie has over come in her pursuit of adventure.

In some parts you ask why do that and others you want to get on a plane and save her. It’s surprisingly good and I really enjoyed it.

I’d recommend this book to anyone with either a passion for sailing or having a troubled life. Would buy again and listen again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-03-21

Brilliant Liz

Fantastic account of how a person grows while following their dream, and it includes sailing, does it get any better. You are one brave lady, who has connected with her soul through some real tough times and continues to grow. Thanks for sharing

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-02-21

Great listen with a loveable tone of voice

Great listen, with a great story.
Bit romantic at times but loved her overall story which has a great recall of events.
Her voice is soothing and full of character, makes it a very, very easy listen!!

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  • M Davis
  • 26-09-20

geate look at life

Must listen I wish I got this sooner! Thank you Liz for giving us a look into your radical life and making people like me dream big. From other things I have listened to simmer thigs people seem to focus on the rely good things about this life or just the rely bad and forget to tell you what the realty is your book getis the raw highs and lows down well. Your book has inspirers me to do more with my life and try look at myself. I’d recommend this to anyone it’s a great story but very much to females who may need some inspiration in there life’s. iv been hooked on this and have been drawn in every step of the way. And I think its always better when the writer also reads the book. I hope I can dream big and make unique, existing and challenging happen for my self as you have.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-01-20

Swell

Enjoyed this book really good story well told with brave honesty.Some of her views on the world i disagreed with but that's good too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-09-19

Amazing story

The tale of Liz Clark’s adventures are epic and an epic escape for the mind!
Inspiration to help get you out there and make things happen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-09-20

keep going and don't look back.

very interesting, thanks for sharing your experience with us landlubbers. I would like to do what you are doing but we only work to live nothing left at the end of the week for our dreams. keep going and don't look back.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-09-20

Thankyou Liz for your inspirational story!

I was really touched reading Swell in so many ways and i feel it has given me a view into my own life and the potential to be better and listen to my body and intuition more. I felt i could relate to Liz on more then one occasion and mixed with my passion for adventure and travel Liz has inspired me to push through whatever boundaries or hardships may arise and see the lesson in them! So grateful to of found this book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-05-20

Incredible!! Inspirational!

Loved every minute of it! A beautiful and honest telling of and incredible journey of self development and ocean adventures! A beautiful perspective with many lessons to be taken away. Thank you Captain Liz Clark! Thank you for your honesty and wisdom!!

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  • Barry
  • 16-11-19

I’m glad you’re here

Every now and then, the paths we take get blurry. Then at some point something comes along that helps guide you back toward it. Reading your book at a tricky time in my life has done just that. Captain Liz, I’m glad you’re here. Thank you :) Baz

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  • Mark Nicholson
  • 05-11-19

Go Girl

An inspiring can do and don’t give up, goods and bads adventure.
A must listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-06-19

Thank you so much !

Awesome book ! Thank you for sharing and being so open and honest , stay true to yourself and all of the best for your adventures ahead - I hope that we can one day meet and share waves together !!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-05-19

great story about adventure, love and the universe

The writer Liz totally gets why we go sailing. So much about being at one with and feeling the planet that surrounds and nurtures us through the best and the worst times of life. Wonderful adventure and story of seeing through the noise of life to the truly beautiful and important things life has to offer. Thankyou