Sailing Alone Around the World

Version: Unabridged
Author: Joshua Slocum
Narrator: Alan Sklar
Genres: Sports & Recreation, Travel
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Published In: March 2009
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 8 hours
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Joshua Slocum is believed to be the first man to sail single-handedly around the world. After a distinguished nautical career, during which he worked his way up from cabin boy to captain, Slocum wrecked his ship off the coast of Brazil. Turning this catastrophe to his advantage, he built a sailing canoe from the wreckage and sailed back to New York. Moreover, he wrote Voyage of the Liberdade, a chronicle of his trip, and earned some literary success. This spurred him to attempt his perilous voyage.

Having lost his fortune in the shipwreck, Slocum began his voyage on a shoestring. He was given the Spray, a century-old oysterboat in need of repairs. Two years and $500 later, he had rebuilt the wreck into an oceangoing wonder.

On his 40,000-mile, three-year voyage, Slocum visited six of the seven continents, where he met cannibals, presidents, outlaws, and ambassadors. Amazingly, throughout his travels he lived off the land, fishing, trading, and giving lectures to keep his pantry full. He also met some remarkable people, including Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson and Paul Kruger, who, believing the world was flat, warned Slocum not to fall off! This adventure will captivate sailors and landlubbers alike.

Reviews (2)


Written by Hermien H. on November 13th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

One can truly live yourself into the story and even though I've never sailed it is very tempting. Just loved the humour and very educational. Would listen to this one again it was that good. Xxxxx

listener beware

Written by Anonymous from Edisto Island, SC on July 16th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I was unaware when I rented this title that it was published in the 1800s and the language is appropriate to that time. The reader's voice was monotone and put me to sleep so I have to confess that I didn't listen to the entire novel - in fact, I couldn't finish the first disc of which there were 8-10. If history and its characters are your thing, then listen away. I'm sure you will enjoy this selection.

Author Details

Author Details

Slocum, Joshua

Joshua Slocum was the first man to sail alone around the world. It was a feat that made him the "patron saint" of small boat sailors everywhere. His voyage, retold in Sailing Alone Around the World, took place from 1895 to 1898. It made Slocum and his little boat SPRAY forever famous.