Superstitions of the Sea

  • by James G. Clary
  • Narrated by John Rayment
  • 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Jim Clary presents a compelling and riveting digest of beliefs, customs, and mystery in Superstitions of the Sea. Clary focuses on the vast array of strange, mythical, and often comical beliefs of mariners from ancient times to the present. Collecting the various topics for years, Clary found that maritime superstition was weaved throughout every fabric of his study. The folklore was so interesting that it often lured him far away from his subject search and held him spellbound for hours at a time.
Clary offers a unique and encompassing classification of maritime superstitions, including anecdotes on: animals, burial, charms, demons, evil eyes, figureheads, ghost ships, hexes, icebergs, Jonahs, knots, launchings, myths, navigation, omens, people, romance, shipwrecks, triangles, the unexplained, Vikings, and weather phenomena. He combed through countless age-old volumes and interviewed today's sailors to bring to the listener incredible yarns and unbelievable recorded facts enshrouded in mystery.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Potentially interesting subject poorly presented

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Better narrative flow and more lively narration

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The book consists of brief notes about maritime traditions and folklore with no linking between them. Combined with the very monotonous narration this makes it rather like listening to someone reading out a phone directory.

How could the performance have been better?

Better narrative flow and more lively narration

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Well researched, plenty of content

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- John

An excellent download.

This is a very comfortable listen. None stop ghost stories and superstitions.
So many you will be dipping in and out forever.
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- SnapWriter

Book Details

  • Release Date: 27-08-2015
  • Publisher: The Marine Art of J. Clary