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Across Islands and Oceans

Release Date: April 15, 2013

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Our newest audiobook has been posted on our downloads site,

Join Good Old Boat author James Baldwin as he circumnavigates the globe on his 28-foot Pearson Triton coupled with a most unusual passion: climbing every mountain and crossing every island on foot.

Across Islands and Oceans

James circumnavigated twice in his Triton named Atom, starting in 1984 as a young man in his mid-twenties. He recently published a book about the first of these voyages. Across Islands and Oceans tells of a young man who set out with $500 in his pocket and a boatload of enthusiasm. During a two-year voyage he went south from Florida to the Panama Canal, across the Pacific Ocean with stops at Pacific Islands along the way, north of Australia to New Guinea and the Cocos Islands, south around the tip of Africa via Mauritius and Reunion islands, north and west to St. Helena and Martinique, and home once more to Florida.

Upon arrival at an island destination, James became an adventurer of a different sort. He made it a goal to walk across each island and to climb each area's highest peak. Sometimes he joined Australian or South African climbers' clubs for outings. But usually he set off alone or with a local guide. As a result of being alone and far away from where sailors or tourists are expected, James experienced incredible and unique opportunities to learn about the lives of island natives, including some whose isolation had enabled them to remain essentially in a stone-age culture where time stood still.

This Good Old Boat production of James' book is unabridged. It offers approximately 13 hours of listening time. It is narrated by Spencer King. The audiobook, in MP3 format, sells for $25.

If you'd like to hear a bit, two free excerpts are posted on the site. The first (5 minutes 20 seconds) describes the wild conditions James and Atom encountered as they rounded South Africa's Cape of Good Hope toward Cape Town. The second (4 minutes 17 seconds) describes his crossing from Cape Town to St. Helena with the friendly accompaniment of Halley's Comet in 1986 as his circumnavigation was coming to an end.

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