Just Sea and Sky

  • by Ben Pester, Dick Durham (introduction)
  • Narrated by Matthew Waterson
  • 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This charming account of the voyage of two men in a small boat half way round the world from Plymouth to New Zealand in 1953 is a rare insight into a time, not long ago, when sailors had no GPS, electronics, radio or any of the mod cons that we take for granted today. Without lifejacket or a life raft, they 'just took what came along', hand steering all the way, navigating by sextant, hand-cranking their engine and using oil lamps for light at night and for navigation. Sailors will be staggered how primitive conditions were only a few decades ago, even though it was the norm at the time. Part travelogue and part adventure story, the two friends encountered drunken harbor masters, the mafia, the legacy of slavery and lost civilizations in the Pacific. Beautifully written, vivid in its descriptions of the two men's exploits ashore and on board, this quirky and entertaining audiobook will be a fascinating listen for sailors and non-sailors alike.
"A compelling story - I feel like I have sailed with them." (Yachting Monthly)

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How to ruin a good story, unlistenable

Would you try another book written by Ben Pester and Dick Durham (introduction) or narrated by Matthew Waterson?

I never want to hear Watersons voice again


Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Matthew Waterson?

an answering machine would be better


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

yes, the underlying story is quite good, just the narrator is tedious.


Any additional comments?

THE worst audible book in my life. And I am quite cross, as I can hear there is a good story trying to get out by the author. Imagine a story narrated by a plummy voiced bore, who can only speak in cadences like tony blair soundbites, and has no understanding of puntuation as he reads something' and it's at least twice as bad as that again. Interminable, tedious droning rubbish. Whoever chose this guy to narrate should be shot.

I managed halfway by gritting my teeth and screaming occasionally, it was a very long car drive, before I gave up and sang to myself for the next 3 hours. And my singing is worse than his narration.

I am off to buy the physical book.

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- stephen

rather dull

not a very inspiring read, marred even further by odd pronunciation of proper names. dull
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- Keith Fossey

Book Details

  • Release Date: 17-01-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury