skipper3362 ® 17-Mar-2019 20:54

Before the Wind : The Memoir of an American Sea Captain

Year: 2009
Author: Charles Tyng
Performer: Stefan Rudnicki
Publisher: Phoenix books
Type: audiobook
Audio codec: MP3
Audio bitrate: 44
Description: DOWN TO THE SEA AND AROUND THE WORLD In the current wave of seafaring literature, no fictional sailor’s story can match this true, real life adventure. With Charles Tyng’s Before the Wind we roam the world of the early nineteenth century: visit Lord Byron in Italy, King Tamehameha in Hawaii, and skirt Napoleon’s prison isle of St. Helena. We learn to siphon rum from the captain’s cask, relive the historic battle of The Bulwark and The Chesapeake, and witness an encounter with a mermaid. Armchair travelers will long to run away to se with Before the Wind. “There is something natural and immediate about Tyng’s writing. He seems like what he calls a good man. For anyone who had a childhood fantasy of shipping out for a distant voyage on a 19th-century commercial sailing vessel, this is your chance. “
Ahoy, ye landlubbers all! Prepare to embark upon the many adventures of one Captain Charles Tyng of Massachussetts, who lived and flourished in the early 1800’s. Moving from a Dickensian childhood to the unrelenting life of the merchant seaman, he, like the Ancient Mariner, holds the listener in thrall. His voice has been well chosen. Rudnicki has a salty sound, husky from commands given in a high wind but genteel, as befits his background. So attuned to his Captain is our reader that the rare moments of humor are a mere chuckle in an otherwise broad and steady New England accent. Here is authenticity at its best. S.B.S. (c) AudioFile,
From the information I can find, the memoir was not officially organized and publisher before 1999.
Rating: 4.9 / 5 (Votes: 7)

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