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Swell

A Sailing Surfer's Voyage of Awakening
By: Liz Clark
Narrated by: Liz Clark
Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Chasing a dream is never easy, but if you go far enough, it will set you free.

Captain Liz Clark spent her youth dreaming of traveling the world by sailboat and surfing remote waves. When she was 22, she met a mentor who helped turn her desire into reality. Embarking on an adventure that most only fantasize about, she set sail from Santa Barbara, California, as captain of her 40-foot sailboat, Swell, headed south in search of surf, self, and the wonder and learning that lies beyond the unbroken horizon.

In true stories overflowing with wild waves and constant challenges, at the whim of the weather, of relationships sweet and sour, of nature's marvels and colorful cultures, Liz captures her voyage in gripping detail in this memoir, sharing tales of sailing in high seas, of solitude and surprises, of finding connection to the earth and commitment to living in harmony with it. She witnesses how her dream leads her to understanding the unity of all things.

More than 10 years, 20,000 miles, countless adventures, and one cat later, she's still out there.

©2018 Patagonia Works (P)2019 Random House Audio

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I’m glad you’re here

Every now and then, the paths we take get blurry. Then at some point something comes along that helps guide you back toward it. Reading your book at a tricky time in my life has done just that. Captain Liz, I’m glad you’re here. Thank you :) Baz

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Go Girl

An inspiring can do and don’t give up, goods and bads adventure.
A must listen.

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Thank you so much !

Awesome book ! Thank you for sharing and being so open and honest , stay true to yourself and all of the best for your adventures ahead - I hope that we can one day meet and share waves together !!

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great story about adventure, love and the universe

The writer Liz totally gets why we go sailing. So much about being at one with and feeling the planet that surrounds and nurtures us through the best and the worst times of life. Wonderful adventure and story of seeing through the noise of life to the truly beautiful and important things life has to offer. Thankyou

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  • Russell Ost
  • 23-04-2019

Highly recommended!

This is more than a book about a voyage. It's a reflection of personal growth during several trips around the sun. After hearing Lizzy speak at the St Francis Yacht Club, I gave an autographed copy of Swell to my daughter as a college graduation gift.

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  • Sonicsense
  • 05-12-2019

A story of adventure among life’s swells

Wow! What and empowering story . I would recommend this book to anyone with a love of the ocean and taste for adventure. I hope Liz Clark decides to write another book about her new life adventures.

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  • Andreas
  • 02-12-2019

Journey to the Heart

The adventurous tale of a citizen of the universe whom from joyous moments, love, friendship, serendipity and adversity begin to open her mind to a truth which has always been there, the bright and warm light of her own inner star. Few are those who listen to it, fewer still are those who understand.

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  • Maria M.
  • 23-11-2019

Fantastic life changing book

This book gives the reader a chance to see what it is like to live freely on the open sea. It chronicles years of hard work and amazing adventures juxtaposed with the development of a full happy inspiring person.

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  • Jason
  • 08-11-2019

Great story of seizing your dream!!

Anyone who’s ever dreamt about doing something big, will enjoy this book!! To hear about how Liz tackled her obstacles, and found solutions, should inspire anyone to go after their passions!! This is definitely a multiple listen story, as you’ll find yourself riding the waves of life, right alongside the author!!

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  • Sherrel
  • 15-10-2019

Wonderful adventure

Sail away on an adventure with Captain Liz Clark and discover a journey of learning about love and humanity

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  • Marin L VanSchaik
  • 01-10-2019

Interesting enough

Good enough story, as a female sailor and waterbaby myself there's plenty of relatability, but I absolutely can not stand handle her narration. Not sure if it's her reading style or natural voice but it comes across painfully whiney. She also seems to stumble over the reading often which is distracting. Recommend getting the book instead and reading it yourself, I think I would have had a better experience with the story overall through my own internal voice.

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  • Bramberg
  • 19-08-2019

She's the real deal!

Narrated by the author herself. I first struggled a bit with her voice, but a few chapters in she gets better and the story does to. I feel that the surf part is what is selling this book, but it does not take up to much space of this true life seeking adventurers tales of surfing, sailing, love, despair, thrills and near death struggles.

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  • Jordan Orr
  • 17-08-2019

Fantastic!!!

An absolutely fun loving and inspiring adventure. Highest recommendation. Good job to you Liz, don’t give up the ship!

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  • Jimmy P
  • 29-07-2019

Love the story

Love the story but hate Liz’s narration. she sounds whining a throughout much of the book.
I’ve read the book— liked it better.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-09-2019

Amazing story

The tale of Liz Clark’s adventures are epic and an epic escape for the mind!
Inspiration to help get you out there and make things happen.

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  • Jase Moorcroft
  • 28-06-2019

Not Just For Sailors

When I acquired this book I was looking for stories about sailing, big waves etc. But it’s more than that. In fact it’s not really about that. It’s more about the freedom you get sailing and about the trials Lizzie has over come in her pursuit of adventure.

In some parts you ask why do that and others you want to get on a plane and save her. It’s surprisingly good and I really enjoyed it.

I’d recommend this book to anyone with either a passion for sailing or having a troubled life. Would buy again and listen again.