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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents Sailing to the Edge of Time by John Kretschmer, read by Matthew Kevin Anderson. 

John Kretschmer is sailing’s practical philosopher - as much a doer as a thinker. And that is the overarching theme of this chronicle of a sailing life. Often amusing, sometimes poignant, occasionally terrifying but always inspiring, his deeply personal account is a welcome reminder of the good life waiting at sea. 

With hundreds of thousands of nautical miles under his keel, John’s adventures have taken him several times around the world, with challenging crossings of the Atlantic and the Pacific, a narrow escape from a coup in Yemen and an unlikely deliverance from a coral reef off Belize as well as more serene, introspective passages where trade winds are blowing and stories are flowing. His crew has included CEOs, actors, writers, teachers, kids - in essence, everyone. 

John’s narrative is interwoven with practical tips and advice in seamanship but also, and just as importantly, his hard-won insights about making the most of our lives. He truly believes we find out who we really are, and what we are capable of, far from the shackles of land, when we find a place where time changes shape - days may merge into one another, but minutes are memorable. 

To live adventurously is to live more fully, and that is the life John Kretschmer continues to live. In this book he shares his simple profundities that will inspire those who live to sail and those seeking something more rewarding from life. 

©2018 John Kretschmer (P)2020 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic Reviews

"A remarkable and very enjoyable cocktail of blue water, action and wisdom. Kretschmer is a fine writer and an inspiration." (Tristan Gooley)

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Brilliantly told stories with great advice

This is the second book of Johns that i have read and i have loved them both.

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Great Story Teller

John is as good a telling a story as he is a sailor. This was my first exposure to John Kretschmer as an author and I thoroughly enjoyed "Sailing to the Edge of Time" and have since bought two of his other books (Sailing a Serious Ocean & Flirting with Mermaids). For me, Matthew Anderson did an outstanding job with the narration and was easy to listen to. Was a great mix of story telling, Johns philosophy on a life at sea and practical tips for those drawn to the ocean in search of their own adventures.

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Thank YOU John and Audible

Great book. A fantastic way to learn things (as I did with flying) is to hear entertaining stories from a knowledgeable person. I really respect John’s view on things, and this goes a long way. Have a pen ready, as John (well, the narrator) will mention many good book titles along the way.

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  • Worldoceans
  • 07-03-2020

Disappointed

Having just finished Cape Horn to Starboard and Sailing a Dangerous Ocean Both of which I loved, I found this one repetitive (from previous books), overly dramatic, and the narrator was just too monotone and serious.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-03-2020

Great book in spite of the narration

Get this book… Anyone who has read John Kretschmer knows this man can spin a beautiful and vivid sea story. Sailing to the edge of time follows suit. The chapters are wonderfully threaded with Historical, philosophical and heartfelt recounting of his many times at sea, as well as technical information that sailors will relish. Mr Kretschmer brings to life his passengers, students, friends and family that accompany him on his long blue water passages. The narrator was less than colorful. His monotone, and at times dull voice took a while to get used to, but the book’s content won me over in spite of sub-par narration.

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  • Paul K. Hill
  • 22-10-2020

Good, but not my favorite Kretschmer book

Narrator is angry. John's other books are great. This one got into the fringes of politics just a little, enough that I want to say just stop. Don't ruin your books, keep that out. I don't know if it was the narration, but there was a lot in this book that came off as condescending. I love John's other books, they are great.

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  • Patrick
  • 18-10-2020

Amazing storytelling by the author

Great book. Terrible narrator almost ruined it with goofy pronunciations of common items, like he was trying to sound fancy. Should have had Nick O'kelly narrate it: he's an experienced sailor and great narrator.

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  • Bryce Milton
  • 30-11-2020

Kretschmer delivers again.

This collection of stories and anecdotes organized according to Kretschmer's whims was an valuable read

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  • Robert
  • 06-09-2020

Interesting and Educational

Really nice story with a tremendous amount of information for anyone thinking about sailing the oceans. it's highly recommended. The narration was a intolerable at first, but bumping up the playback to 1.6x really made it work for me.

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  • Eric Zander
  • 20-08-2020

Fantastic!

I loved every word. One day, I hope to be able to experience a similar adventure of my own. Just one of the many he describes.

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  • HonorxIntegrity
  • 16-06-2020

Reader sounds forced

I did enjoyed the book, but think the reader was unnatural and sounded forced.

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  • Charles
  • 05-06-2020

Perspective and wisdom

John again in a captivating way communicates the reasons we go to sea and what to do when we get away from those dock lines that hold us back all to often.

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  • Scott
  • 15-05-2020

Really, really enjoyed this book..!

The best thing about John Kreschmer's books are that you can listen to them over and over. Every time you listen you'll learn something new or pick up another detail you missed on the first pass. When the narrator says "Merry Land" instead of Maryland or "N O A A" instead of Noah, it really reminds me that he has probably not been on a boat or around sailors. This happens with various words in the book that are not pronounced like sailors pronounce them. You will not be disappointed with this book.

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  • Ziri
  • 07-07-2020

outstanding advice really deep details as usual -

John gas thus knd of gift of talking direct to your soul, he has the knack of encouraging and warning, boosting your confidence and caution you at the same time brilliant book highly recommended

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  • m.s.guy
  • 13-04-2020

lovely & informative book

loved this gentle listen and will return to listen to it again soon. Unexpected life philosophy mixed with inspiring sailing adventures & experiential advice.

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