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Picture yourself in a tropical climate, sailing out to sea with your fiance. Life is perfect; you're young and in love. Then picture everything going horribly wrong. You inadvertently sail into a hurricane, you're injured, and you wake up to find that your loved one is gone. Your boat's motor is shot and your masts have disappeared. Utterly alone, you're weeks from dry lan Picture yourself in a tropical climate, sailing out to sea with your fiance. Life is perfect; you're young and in love. Then picture everything going horribly wrong. You inadvertently sail into a hurricane, you're injured, and you wake up to find that your loved one is gone. Your boat's motor is shot and your masts have disappeared. Utterly alone, you're weeks from dry land. Red Sky in Mourning is the story of Tami Oldham Ashcraft's 41-day journey to safety, which she survived through fortitude and sheer strength of character. Interspersed with flashbacks to her romance with her doomed fiance Richard, this survival story offers an inspiring reminder that even in our darkest moments we are never truly alone.


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Picture yourself in a tropical climate, sailing out to sea with your fiance. Life is perfect; you're young and in love. Then picture everything going horribly wrong. You inadvertently sail into a hurricane, you're injured, and you wake up to find that your loved one is gone. Your boat's motor is shot and your masts have disappeared. Utterly alone, you're weeks from dry lan Picture yourself in a tropical climate, sailing out to sea with your fiance. Life is perfect; you're young and in love. Then picture everything going horribly wrong. You inadvertently sail into a hurricane, you're injured, and you wake up to find that your loved one is gone. Your boat's motor is shot and your masts have disappeared. Utterly alone, you're weeks from dry land. Red Sky in Mourning is the story of Tami Oldham Ashcraft's 41-day journey to safety, which she survived through fortitude and sheer strength of character. Interspersed with flashbacks to her romance with her doomed fiance Richard, this survival story offers an inspiring reminder that even in our darkest moments we are never truly alone.

30 review for Red Sky in Mourning: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Survival at Sea

  1. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    This book is about my husband's family's boat. Before they owned Hazana it belonged to an English couple. The couple hired two young sailors in Tahiti to sail Hazana to California for them. During the trip the young couple got caught in Hurricane Raymond. This book follows their story. It is an amazing story of love and survival. I am glad to have an inside look at the history of Hazana. This book is about my husband's family's boat. Before they owned Hazana it belonged to an English couple. The couple hired two young sailors in Tahiti to sail Hazana to California for them. During the trip the young couple got caught in Hurricane Raymond. This book follows their story. It is an amazing story of love and survival. I am glad to have an inside look at the history of Hazana.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ken

    It wasn't until the 2018 movie that I first heard about Tami Oldham's miraculous survival tale, the film inspired me to get the original memoir. This short read details every aspect of her 41 day journey as she battles testing conditions to reach safety, the fact that her fiance Richard was lost after the yacht hit a hurricane showed Tami's task even more difficult as she tussles with her emotions. A simple gripping survival tale that delves more into the technical aspect of survival. I wouldn't mi It wasn't until the 2018 movie that I first heard about Tami Oldham's miraculous survival tale, the film inspired me to get the original memoir. This short read details every aspect of her 41 day journey as she battles testing conditions to reach safety, the fact that her fiance Richard was lost after the yacht hit a hurricane showed Tami's task even more difficult as she tussles with her emotions. A simple gripping survival tale that delves more into the technical aspect of survival. I wouldn't mind rewatching the film again to see how close they stuck to the facts!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    3.5 rounded to 4 This was a really sad read for me. This is a true survivor story of Tami Oldham who survived 41 days alone at sea after her boat was caught up in hurricane Raymond, which not only damaged the boat, but also killed her fiance Richard Sharp. This book deals with her coping up with the shock of Richard's death and being alone in the middle of the endless blue ocean. I think she was really brave considering her age and the emotional situation she was in. This story is heartbreaking. I 3.5 rounded to 4 This was a really sad read for me. This is a true survivor story of Tami Oldham who survived 41 days alone at sea after her boat was caught up in hurricane Raymond, which not only damaged the boat, but also killed her fiance Richard Sharp. This book deals with her coping up with the shock of Richard's death and being alone in the middle of the endless blue ocean. I think she was really brave considering her age and the emotional situation she was in. This story is heartbreaking. I wish she wrote a bit more about their relationship. From this short book, Richard's character is not portrayed in depth. This is the only book through which people can know and remember about that person. I wish this book had more depth.

  4. 5 out of 5

    ♥ Marlene♥

    Well this was a very quick read. Finished it in a day or 2. This book was on my wish list for quite a long time and finally bought it. I like to read survival stories and there are very good ones out there like Adrift by Steve Callahan and Jungle by Joshi Ginsberg (I hope I wrote the correct names) They are excellent. First of all this is about survival on the sea but it is indeed more an emotional story cause this lady had enough supplies to last her for a long time. I am not going to say what hap Well this was a very quick read. Finished it in a day or 2. This book was on my wish list for quite a long time and finally bought it. I like to read survival stories and there are very good ones out there like Adrift by Steve Callahan and Jungle by Joshi Ginsberg (I hope I wrote the correct names) They are excellent. First of all this is about survival on the sea but it is indeed more an emotional story cause this lady had enough supplies to last her for a long time. I am not going to say what happened but I will say what I liked. I liked that this is not another book where the person in need finds God and the whole book is about that. What I also liked that she was not shy to tell us how stupid she acted and how she swore. it did feel honest to me. What I did not like was that it was so short, that she jumped from what was happening on the boat to how she met her boyfriend and such but that is still not a problem. What I really disliked is the way she spoke about Richards family especially his parents. In the beginning of the book she says something mean about his parents, and I immediately thought, hey why did you have to do that? It felt mean and unnecessary. My feelings were right cause in the end she wrote about his parents who are English....That they were cold because they did not show their emotions in front of her"That pissed me of to no end. American people are known for letting their emotions out and say quite quickly and easily to others that they love them which is fine. A lot of British meanwhile were brought up with the stiff upper lip. You do not show your emotions in public. Apparently she expected to be hugged plus that there would be lots of tears and she was also saying that it was weird that his parents did not cry. (This was quite a while after the accident by the way) and to me she suggested that his parents were very cold which I am sure they were not. I can't stand people that judge so quickly. If you loved him so much you could have shown a bit more respect to his parents Tami!!! Later she wrote how pissed she was that Richard's brother in law did not want to sell his boat or the price she wanted so apparently there is some bad blood there. Now what to give this book. How many stars. This story would be interesting no matter who wrote it and it could have been much better. Plus adding the false attacks I am not giving it 3 but 2 stars. it is just okay. Nothing much,

  5. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    What a life! Tami Oldham and fiancé Richard Sharp lived their dream....both free spirits....both young and adventurous....doing what they loved best....spending time together and sailing the pacific....until disaster hits with a vengeance. Two weeks into their last voyage together....Tahiti to San Diego, they met up with catastrophic hurricane Raymond, and ADRIFT is Tami's emotional story of loss and survival.41 days at sea alone in a nearly demolished boat with little hope for rescue, a shocked What a life! Tami Oldham and fiancé Richard Sharp lived their dream....both free spirits....both young and adventurous....doing what they loved best....spending time together and sailing the pacific....until disaster hits with a vengeance. Two weeks into their last voyage together....Tahiti to San Diego, they met up with catastrophic hurricane Raymond, and ADRIFT is Tami's emotional story of loss and survival.41 days at sea alone in a nearly demolished boat with little hope for rescue, a shocked and distraught Tami uses her experience and navigation skills to find her way while recounting her life and love for Richard. Short read, but disjointed in the narration and a bit techie at times. Still plan to see what they do with the movie and whatever it turns out to be, we have here a brave young woman.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Juliana

    Closer to 2.5 stars. I saw the movie and wanted to read the book to see what was left out. Honestly, I feel like the movie is better than the book. At least, it adapted the material in a good way. While I liked the book, I think it suffered from editing and a lack of intensity. Tami kept hearing a voice that kept her alive but I don't think she necessarily translated that onto the pages well. She talked to herself throughout the book and italicized the voice. It didn't seem as smooth as I would h Closer to 2.5 stars. I saw the movie and wanted to read the book to see what was left out. Honestly, I feel like the movie is better than the book. At least, it adapted the material in a good way. While I liked the book, I think it suffered from editing and a lack of intensity. Tami kept hearing a voice that kept her alive but I don't think she necessarily translated that onto the pages well. She talked to herself throughout the book and italicized the voice. It didn't seem as smooth as I would have expected. I've read other memoirs and accounts of survival and they felt more professional than this one. It was like she was writing down whatever came to mind at that moment and A LOT of her thoughts were in all caps. It got a bit old. It was also a bit schmaltzy at times but I understood that because she couldn't properly mourn for the loss of Richard since she was trying to keep herself alive. The last days, her being rescued, and the aftermath are probably what I found the most interesting because it was better written. Having to read about her talking to each person and breaking the news of Richard's death as well as how she survived was good. How she adapted back into the real world was interesting too. She spent two days at a hair salon getting her hair detangled. Yikes! I always wonder about the little things like that and it's so rarely written in books. I would probably recommend the movie over the book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Drumm

    What a heart breaking story but inspirational to read. Can't wait to see the movie What a heart breaking story but inspirational to read. Can't wait to see the movie

  8. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    Red Sky in Mourning is often cited in the survival literature. Tami Oldham Ashcraft tells her own story of sailing from Tahiti to San Diego and capsizing in a hurricane. Her boyfriend is lost at sea and she awakes alone after being unconscious for 27 hours. She has the sailboat, a good amount of fresh water, canned food and other provisions, so more than many survivors. Her story is much more the story of the emotional survival for 44 days as she pilots her mastless, broken craft to Hawaii. She Red Sky in Mourning is often cited in the survival literature. Tami Oldham Ashcraft tells her own story of sailing from Tahiti to San Diego and capsizing in a hurricane. Her boyfriend is lost at sea and she awakes alone after being unconscious for 27 hours. She has the sailboat, a good amount of fresh water, canned food and other provisions, so more than many survivors. Her story is much more the story of the emotional survival for 44 days as she pilots her mastless, broken craft to Hawaii. She does an excellent job of detailing the emotional roller coaster of survival which rings very true to me. She was/is an excellent and experienced sailor and a strong person but still undergoes terrible doubts and fears.

  9. 4 out of 5

    P.C. Parn

    I found this book in a used book store and picked it up on a whim. It only took me an afternoon to read, and I greatly enjoyed it. Red Sky in Mourning is nineteen-year-old Tami Oldham's nonfiction account of her life as she sets off from home and begins to sail the Pacific Ocean, or at least part of it does. Red Sky in Mourning can be divided into two tales. There is that of before the hurricane, and that of the aftermath of the hurricane. Oldham and her fiance were sailing a yacht across the Pa I found this book in a used book store and picked it up on a whim. It only took me an afternoon to read, and I greatly enjoyed it. Red Sky in Mourning is nineteen-year-old Tami Oldham's nonfiction account of her life as she sets off from home and begins to sail the Pacific Ocean, or at least part of it does. Red Sky in Mourning can be divided into two tales. There is that of before the hurricane, and that of the aftermath of the hurricane. Oldham and her fiance were sailing a yacht across the Pacific Ocean when they were struck by a hurricane. In that storm her fiance was thrown from the boat, never to be seen again. Oldham was forced to navigate by sextant to Hawaii, quite a feat for anyone, especially an injured nineteen-year-old girl alone on a limping yacht. Oldham, with the help of her co-author, Susea McGearhart, weave Oldham's and her fiance's, Richard, past into the current narrative of Oldham's struggle to survive and make it to Hawaii. Having read other survival stories, Oldham certainly ranks up there as not only a surviver, but one who took command of her situation relatively quickly, set a goal, and worked to executing it in an efficient and impressive manner . We can all learn something from Oldham's mental and physical fortitude. I recommend this read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    A beautifully tragic tale of two free spirited young people who dreamt of sailing the world together. The story is told by Tami, who survived a devastating hurricane that claimed the life of her fiancé and left her alone at sea for more than forty days. It’s a testament to her will to survive and her decision to learn to navigate that makes this story so amazing. Tami tells of her time travelling alone, and later with Richard, in wonderfully exotic places before they were commissioned to deliver A beautifully tragic tale of two free spirited young people who dreamt of sailing the world together. The story is told by Tami, who survived a devastating hurricane that claimed the life of her fiancé and left her alone at sea for more than forty days. It’s a testament to her will to survive and her decision to learn to navigate that makes this story so amazing. Tami tells of her time travelling alone, and later with Richard, in wonderfully exotic places before they were commissioned to deliver a boat called Hazana to San Diego, a trip which they anticipated to take a month. After Richard is tragically swept overboard, Tami awakens to find herself alone and with limited food and water. How she navigated the ocean alone from then on is incredible. Few people in her situation would have survived. I read this after catching the film adaption “Adrift” on Netflix, which I also recommend.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This is an inspiring true story. I picked up the book after enjoying the movie. The perspective of the movie was different, but the story was told equally well in both.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Pocket Full of Pages

    Such an inspirational story about endless love and measures beyond extreme. This beautiful story left us in tears. Review to come very shortly <3

  13. 5 out of 5

    John Branney

    This lady went through a tragic ordeal that most of us will never experience. However, I believe the author 'missed the boat' when she wrote this, figuratively speaking of course. The author struggled to adequately describe the unbelievable trauma and psychological drama she experienced during those thirty some days she spent bobbing like a cork, hoping to be rescued. Although she wrote about almost committing suicide, I did not feel that before her suicide contemplation, she adequately describe This lady went through a tragic ordeal that most of us will never experience. However, I believe the author 'missed the boat' when she wrote this, figuratively speaking of course. The author struggled to adequately describe the unbelievable trauma and psychological drama she experienced during those thirty some days she spent bobbing like a cork, hoping to be rescued. Although she wrote about almost committing suicide, I did not feel that before her suicide contemplation, she adequately described her loneliness, despair, and desperation. I thought the author's approach of describing the traumatic event and then flashing back to a previous event with her boy friend was confusing. I found myself skimming over the sections about her boyfriend and her, just to find out what was happening on the boat. I would have liked the book better if the author would have described her ordeal more thoroughly, not just about keeping the boat afloat, but how she dealt with the ordeal, both psychologically and emotionally. The book is very short and can be read in less than a day, which is also unfortunate. Not many people have experienced what the author went through and I believe her ordeal deserved a more detailed description. Perhaps a ghost writer could have helped this author dig deeper into her mind and soul to better describe the loneliness and desparation of the untenable situation. Is this woman, brave? Absolutely! Most of us would have fallen apart under similar situations. Would I read this book again, knowing what I know now? No, I would not. I believe the author emotionally cheated herself and the readers by not writing a deeper story that better described the horrific and traumatic ordeal she ultimately survived.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Patty Lauren

    We saw the movie, “Adrift”, and I wanted to read the book after finding out it was based on a true story. Her bravery and perseverance despite what happened and how long she was at sea was inspiring to read!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mareth Collins-wooley

    unbelievably boring for a survival story, and reads like it was written by a high school student from an underperforming school. Unreadable.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    At first, I had some trouble getting into this book. But after a certain point, I didn't want to put it down. At first, I had some trouble getting into this book. But after a certain point, I didn't want to put it down.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie A.

    Not unlike Jungle, the movie was phenomenal, so I was excited to find out it was based on a memoir. Also like Jungle, the movie sticks pretty close to the text (despite the major change of including Richard after the storm (view spoiler)[ -- because they didn't, really! I'm glad that was a fake-out, since I did not question his reality for one second and it was such a good sucker punch when he faded out and it highlighted that she really had done this all alone (hide spoiler)] ), so I definitely Not unlike Jungle, the movie was phenomenal, so I was excited to find out it was based on a memoir. Also like Jungle, the movie sticks pretty close to the text (despite the major change of including Richard after the storm (view spoiler)[ -- because they didn't, really! I'm glad that was a fake-out, since I did not question his reality for one second and it was such a good sucker punch when he faded out and it highlighted that she really had done this all alone (hide spoiler)] ), so I definitely recommend going book first. Even with a glossary and some terms explained along the way, most of the technical details went over my head since I've never been on a sailboat, but this young woman's accomplishments in keeping herself alive for 41 (!!) days on a wrecked-out yacht in the Pacific are nothing short of astounding. From rigging a replacement mast and sail when the main ones are snapped off, to navigating by sextant because nothing else was operable after the storm damage, I was amazed by how much she knew or figured out how to do to get herself safely to shore. With a head injury, no less! One thing the movie doesn't convey is the way Tami described The Voice that kept her going, alternately giving her practical advice, comfort and reassurance, or "slapping her with logic" at every opportunity when she wanted to give up or seek immediate gratification at the possible expense of long-term survival. It gives the story more spiritual depth, though other than saying it sounded like different people at different times but "mostly sounded like me," and asking it once if it's God or a guardian angel ("something like that"), she never pins down a concrete belief for where it's from. The writing itself is earnest and heartfelt, and pays loving tribute to her passionate if tragically shortened relationship. To quote Shailene Woodley, it's "as much a love story as it is a survival story," and that definitely comes through in the flashbacks set against lush tropical settings. The book also answers plenty of questions about what happened in the immediate aftermath and the next 15 years of her life, so a very satisfactory read all around.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nanette

    Fast moving story about a young couple enjoying their sea adventures across the South Pacific making money along the way, that is, until the sea churns up its ugly head. It is stories like these that convince me sailing on a yacht across the vast oceans is not my cup of tea. Weather on land can be scary enough, experiencing it over the ocean makes it even scarier, especially knowing what type of animals live in the water, YIKES! The emotions Tami lived through this ordeal are incredible. I am no Fast moving story about a young couple enjoying their sea adventures across the South Pacific making money along the way, that is, until the sea churns up its ugly head. It is stories like these that convince me sailing on a yacht across the vast oceans is not my cup of tea. Weather on land can be scary enough, experiencing it over the ocean makes it even scarier, especially knowing what type of animals live in the water, YIKES! The emotions Tami lived through this ordeal are incredible. I am not sure how many others could live through 41 days out on the open ocean in a boat that has been extensively damaged, with very little food and drinkable water on board. I cannot even imagine what that must have been like, let alone having read about it. I have tremendous respect and admiration for Tami. What she had to survive through in a boat that she was not even very familiar with, having both she and her fiancé deciding to transport the yacht, Hazana, from Tahiti to San Diego for a couple needing sailors to do it for them. I can already see there are differences between the movie and the book. I think this is one story worth the read. 4.5*

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jesse

    What an unbelievable ordeal! As the days turned to weeks, early optimism turned to desperation and survival, but finally, I have finished this book. Coincidentally, the author had quite an ordeal too. If you are a fan of rolling your eyes at the over-dramatization of youthful romance and post-facto self pity, this book is for you. To be fair, Tami is a survivor. No doubt about it. She endured 41 days by herself in the Pacific Ocean on an almost useless hull of a boat. Her days were filled only w What an unbelievable ordeal! As the days turned to weeks, early optimism turned to desperation and survival, but finally, I have finished this book. Coincidentally, the author had quite an ordeal too. If you are a fan of rolling your eyes at the over-dramatization of youthful romance and post-facto self pity, this book is for you. To be fair, Tami is a survivor. No doubt about it. She endured 41 days by herself in the Pacific Ocean on an almost useless hull of a boat. Her days were filled only with pain, hunger, and loneliness. The latter admittedly necessitates a certain amount of self-involvement, but this book spent far more time on immortalizing a budding young romance and dialoguing the weaker part of the author’s mental state in the process. Kudos for the transparency I suppose, but honestly I would’ve loved to have heard about the strength and fortitude of an amazing woman who defied the odds through love and determination. Instead, it came across as a whiny young woman’s plea for attention, whether accurate or not. I listened to the audiobook version, which in this case was read by the author, who’s voice is clear and attractive, not unlike Jenna Fischer’s. Sometimes an author’s reading works fantastically, but not so in this case. While I imagine hearing her tell the story at a cocktail party would be infinitely better, the audiobook version conveys almost no emotion. When you couple this with the the book’s emotionally-laden woe-ism, it makes for a proverbial sail through the doldrums. Actually, now that I think about it, if the author intended to put you into her state of mind as she endlessly slogged on in that boat, this may be the most brilliant writing I’ve ever experienced.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Caroline (readtotheend on IG)

    Somewhere between 2 and 3 stars. Yes, I agree with other reviewers that it becomes a little dicey when you're "rating" someone's true life experience. Survivor stories are always inspiring and I feel motivated by reading about their grit and will to survive. That being said, not all survivors are writers and so the writing can be a bit choppy and disjointed when told in book form. I think as a motivational speaker, this would be an amazing story of courage and resilience but I didn't love readin Somewhere between 2 and 3 stars. Yes, I agree with other reviewers that it becomes a little dicey when you're "rating" someone's true life experience. Survivor stories are always inspiring and I feel motivated by reading about their grit and will to survive. That being said, not all survivors are writers and so the writing can be a bit choppy and disjointed when told in book form. I think as a motivational speaker, this would be an amazing story of courage and resilience but I didn't love reading the book. This rating is based on the book, NOT the experiences of these 2 young lovers. Still looking forward to watching the movie and being on the big, blue ocean with them :)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    What a beautiful, tragic, and powerful memoir. I absolutely adored this book. I’ll admit, I only picked the book up as “Adrift,” after seeing the trailer for the film. After devouring this book in about 24 hours, I’m not sure I can see the film, because this was just too good. To me, it was a beautiful love letter to Richard. Sailing knowledge or not, I was honored to go on Tami’s journey. I sailed with her across the magnificent mystery of the sea, weeped with her at her most vulnerable, and wa What a beautiful, tragic, and powerful memoir. I absolutely adored this book. I’ll admit, I only picked the book up as “Adrift,” after seeing the trailer for the film. After devouring this book in about 24 hours, I’m not sure I can see the film, because this was just too good. To me, it was a beautiful love letter to Richard. Sailing knowledge or not, I was honored to go on Tami’s journey. I sailed with her across the magnificent mystery of the sea, weeped with her at her most vulnerable, and was overjoyed at the culmination of her journey. This memoir is an honest and powerful account of survival.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Jo Weir

    Be still my heart, be still. Warning: Serious book hangover here. I don’t even know what words to use. I feel overwhelmed. The writing was not the greatest and it was lacking in many areas yet the overall effect was intense. I FEEL so much right now. I didn’t like some of the changes they made to the movie adaptation yet I loved the movie still. In fact, I think I may have like the movie more than the book, only because I already knew the outcome and was able to really feel the whole ordeal with Be still my heart, be still. Warning: Serious book hangover here. I don’t even know what words to use. I feel overwhelmed. The writing was not the greatest and it was lacking in many areas yet the overall effect was intense. I FEEL so much right now. I didn’t like some of the changes they made to the movie adaptation yet I loved the movie still. In fact, I think I may have like the movie more than the book, only because I already knew the outcome and was able to really feel the whole ordeal with her. Great tragic story.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Phenomenal story! Terrifying, captivating, beautiful. I would highly recommend. It's a short, quick read but it has so much to give. The boat talk is technical but in an interesting way, not over the top. Tami is an amazing woman, I have so much respect for her adventurous spirit. Tempted to jump on the next ferry to Friday Harbor just to seek her out and shake her hand. Phenomenal story! Terrifying, captivating, beautiful. I would highly recommend. It's a short, quick read but it has so much to give. The boat talk is technical but in an interesting way, not over the top. Tami is an amazing woman, I have so much respect for her adventurous spirit. Tempted to jump on the next ferry to Friday Harbor just to seek her out and shake her hand.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sian Ackerley

    An incredibly sad book, but an incredibly inspiring one. How Tami pulled through the way she did through emotional turmoil and a messed up boat is inspirational. A very worth while read as it jumps between the present and the past Tami brings it to life.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alana

    Really enjoyed this book, an interesting quick read that takes you on an emotional journey.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Leftbanker

    I’ll start off with praise for the book. The story is simply amazing and the woman will go down in history as one of the most tenacious survivors at sea. Just her navigational skill is something to be admired by 21st century sailors who rely on the whims of the electronic world. She was a little slow to get moving in the metaphorically correct direction, i.e. getting her act together and getting the boat in order. I can’t believe that she would have had a water shortage in such a luxury yacht li I’ll start off with praise for the book. The story is simply amazing and the woman will go down in history as one of the most tenacious survivors at sea. Just her navigational skill is something to be admired by 21st century sailors who rely on the whims of the electronic world. She was a little slow to get moving in the metaphorically correct direction, i.e. getting her act together and getting the boat in order. I can’t believe that she would have had a water shortage in such a luxury yacht like the Hazana (by the way, it’s hazaña, not hazana – Spanish for fate, deed, or exploit). The same would go for food. If she ran low on food that was from poor planning before setting out on a trans-Pacific voyage. Even considering that some food would have been lost, she still should have had plenty. I’ve never been in a really bad storm at sea, at least not in such a small sailing vessel, and nothing like the storm she faced even in a big passenger ship. I can’t even imagine how terrify8ing that must have been for them. At the end she said the boat was totaled by the insurance company, but I’d wager someone got it back in ship shape in no time at all. What a fine bit of advertising for that ship maker. I watched the movie first, and it wasn’t bad at all. In the movie as well as the book she didn’t seem too concerned with bailing the boat out. Just to have something to occupy my time I think that I would have been pumping my brains out as well as cleaning up that cabin to have a more comfortable time of it. He whole bit about rationing water is also lousy information in a survival situation. I was taught at the USAF survival school in Spokanke, Washington to raiotn your sweat, not your water, meaning to take it easy during the daylight hours but drink as much water as you need. Drinking a capful of water every two days like they do in the movies will just dehydrate you faster. So in the end she had enough water, and should have had even more—a boat that size must have a few hundred gallons of fresh water. Rich people probably expect to have two fresh water showers a day in such a luxury craft. Just compare this true story to the fictional account in the Robert Redford film, All is Lost. He was a total idiot who brought on all of his problems. He was in the modern era of communications, yet he didn`t have a simple two-way radio. I don’t know why she wasn’t able to communicate with her radio, but she did well under extremely bad circumstances. The down side of this book, and it was a big side to the story, was her dumb romance to the dead guy. It just went on and on and was boring or worse, stupid at every turn. And what if she just made it all up? Like when he proposed to her? She is the only one who can back up that story. What if they had a huge fight on the first day of the voyage and she hated his Limey guts? It would have been a better book for me. Of course, there is no way of ever knowing, but you have to wonder about the fate of Richard. How did he lose his tether? Did he drown immediately or did he bob around for a few hours dog-paddling in those terrible seas? I never feel sorry for people who die doing things they love. Sailing across the Pacific in a sailboat, even one as big and majestic as Hazaña, is inherently very dangerous. It’s the same for mountain climbers. People die doing that all the time and you can’t be expected to feel sorry for them. If they wanted to live longer, they would have avoided such dangerous hobbies. I’d rather go out like Richard, or fall off a 1,000 feet shear mountain face than die in a car accident—the most meaningless way to die imaginable. Some of the technical aspects of sailing weren't written very clearly, at least not in my opinion, and I know my way around a sailboat. *It was difficult for me to even find this book for review on Goodreads. My version was re-titled “Adrift” as part of the movie tie-in. She wasn’t adrift as she rigged a sail. Another book recounting this story is called “Lost at Sea” and she certainly was never lost.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Snoepjess

    Took me some time to finish this book, and I got to be honest: I skipped a lot of pages. The idea of a book about survival on the sea intrigued me. The problem was the hurricane and all the miserable things start pretty soon in the book. This may work for other people, but I find it hard to connect with the personages in the book if this is the case. I wouldve preferred to read their meeting story and some more background story’s first before the real action happens. I know this is a story which Took me some time to finish this book, and I got to be honest: I skipped a lot of pages. The idea of a book about survival on the sea intrigued me. The problem was the hurricane and all the miserable things start pretty soon in the book. This may work for other people, but I find it hard to connect with the personages in the book if this is the case. I wouldve preferred to read their meeting story and some more background story’s first before the real action happens. I know this is a story which truly happened, but when I was at about 45% of the book, I was pretty done with all the long days at sea. They were pretty repetative and I didnt quite like the flashbacks. It pulled me out of the main story. Dont get me wrong, I got deep respect for the woman who bravely survived the hurricane, and got through this on her own, but I think if the book was otherly written it could be better.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Celia Sánchez

    Tale of two free spirited young people who dreamt of sailing the world together....The story is told by Tami, who survived a devastating hurricane that claimed the life of her fiancé and left her alone at sea for more than forty days. ... author's approach of describing the traumatic event and then flashing back to a previous event with her boy friend was confusing...Yet What an unbelievable ordeal! ...this memoir is an honest and powerful account of survival .... Marquiz has written a similar s Tale of two free spirited young people who dreamt of sailing the world together....The story is told by Tami, who survived a devastating hurricane that claimed the life of her fiancé and left her alone at sea for more than forty days. ... author's approach of describing the traumatic event and then flashing back to a previous event with her boy friend was confusing...Yet What an unbelievable ordeal! ...this memoir is an honest and powerful account of survival .... Marquiz has written a similar story The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor Shailene Woodley ( fault in our stars fame) as Tami Oldham ... saw the filim ... quite ok https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdMP4...

  29. 5 out of 5

    Milana Waller

    This is one of my favorite movies of all time. Both Sam Claflin and Shailene Woodley hold a special place in my heart and the movie simply enhanced my love for them. The story is incredible and heart wrenching and one of the most effective films I’ve ever seen... The first time I watched it I woke up the next morning crying. The story in its entirety captures the rarity of true love and honestly gives me hope that such a thing actually exists. I did find the book a bit disappointing but it wasn’ This is one of my favorite movies of all time. Both Sam Claflin and Shailene Woodley hold a special place in my heart and the movie simply enhanced my love for them. The story is incredible and heart wrenching and one of the most effective films I’ve ever seen... The first time I watched it I woke up the next morning crying. The story in its entirety captures the rarity of true love and honestly gives me hope that such a thing actually exists. I did find the book a bit disappointing but it wasn’t quite as organized as the movie but that is to be expected as the author is less of an author and more of a survivor. However, I have much respect for the publishing of this book as the author dedicated it to Richard himself.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nan B

    A heart-wrenching story of adventure, love, survival, strength, will, grief and healing. The story includes a good amount of detail about sailing which not only helps you appreciate all that goes into it but also takes you to a few places most of us would only see in a travel magazine or National Geographic. You don’t need to be a sailor to appreciate this story, the power of Mother Nature, the vastness of the ocean, the constellations and the power of the mind and will to survive. The aftermath A heart-wrenching story of adventure, love, survival, strength, will, grief and healing. The story includes a good amount of detail about sailing which not only helps you appreciate all that goes into it but also takes you to a few places most of us would only see in a travel magazine or National Geographic. You don’t need to be a sailor to appreciate this story, the power of Mother Nature, the vastness of the ocean, the constellations and the power of the mind and will to survive. The aftermath and even the definitions provided at the end of the edition I read were interesting and helpful. Highly recommend. I will see the movie soon.

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