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am 3. Dezember 1997
While the story presented here in 'Adrift' is riveting and exciting, no matter how hard I tried I couldn't find any compassion for the author. It may be that for some people to survive, to not give up, requires an enormous sense of self importance, self involvement, and even arrogance. Regardless, the 'voice' the author wrote in was not sympathetic. Other books of survival, like Joe Simpson's book "Touching the Void" or books about singlehanded sailing like John Beattie's "The Breath of Angels" are written in a voice with some humility; you 'care' about the authors and pull for them to survive and get through their passages and ordeals. At the end of reading those books you feel uplifted, encouraged, enobled even; that the human race can produce such people. But that wasn't the case here. I think this would have been a much better book if it had been written biographically, that is, by someone else, rather than as an autobiography. Having said that, the story is still remarkable and the writing is, from a technical standpoint, very good. You won't be wasting your time or money to get it. Just be prepared if you find yourself occasionally rooting for the shark.
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am 13. Dezember 1999
I read this book at the recommendation of my father. I had broken my leg and was immobile and alone on the 2nd floor of a house in Charleston, SC. I couldn't put his book down until I had finished it. Callahan's account of his daunting, aimless attempt to reach land alive will make anyone appreciate what they have and that they don't know the meaning of desperation, uncertainty, hopelessness and perseverance. I felt lucky to only have a broken leg once I finished this book. I highly recommend it.
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am 14. September 1998
I've always been an avid reader of tales of true adventure and survival, many on the high seas. Rickenbacher's survival in a raft and Shackleton's disastrous expedition to the Antarctic have been two of my favorites--man being pushed to the very edge of the void. But this book, "Adrift", dwarfs and transcends them all. This hearty soul (the survivor/author) has taught me what it means to be a member of the most determined and successful species of life on earth. My god, the cunning perseverance and tenacity of this fella must be legendary by now. He manages his time and meager resources in preparing for the worse, even in the face of awesome physical and mental discomfort for an incredible length of time. His genuine emotional connection with the ocean and its creatures is unique and very moving, which has tended to quiet many fears which I (and I'm sure many others) have had about the deep blue. The author's intricate and logical details--and his somewhat understated style--are what make his account so extremely powerful and believable. I've read this book several times during the past decade--it is the most triumphant and inspirational reading experience of my life, to date. It's one of those few that will remain 'alive' within me, always there in case I should ever find myself in a grave predicament--don't panic, calm down, think, don't rely on others, take thoughtful steps and plan ahead knowing that your life is in your own hands, be inventive and persistent, and never ever give up.
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am 30. März 2000
This book was an excellent, true story, adventure. This is an autobiography written by Steven Callahan. There was plenty of action with just the right amount of true facts. It was the type of story everyone wants to say,"ya i did that!" but, no one really wants to do it. It was well written with a lot of factual input that the narrator had either read or heard about on tis way around the atlantic in his sailbout beforehe went "Adrift." I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good adventure especially sailors. There were two things I did not like about the book. One, that he was adrift for seventy-six days, which it states on the cover of the book. When hope of rescue comes about and its not the 76th day, you know that there is still awhile before he is rescued. Another downfall were the pictures. I liked them a lot and thought they were vary helpful to decipher the things he was doing. The problem with them was that they where placed haphazardly throughout the book. You will see a picture and then a couple of pages later it will talk about the event in the picture, giving the story away. I definitely will give this book 5 stars.
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am 22. Januar 2014
'Adrift' is the true story of a guy managing to survive more than two months on an inflatable life raft, floating all through the Atlantic after his sailing ship sank. Anybody who likes gripping survival stories will find a great book here. Callahan manages to describe the daily routine on his raft (desalinate seawater, catching fish and avoid capsizing) in a very intense and direct way. After finishing the book, I couldn't believe that this guy arrived in the Caribbean alive. After such an experience, the author naturally isn't able to avoid some philosophizing, but Callahan doesn't exaggerate this part so that his book is mainly a well written and grasping survival story - unfortunately the Kindle Edition has a lot of typos.
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am 19. April 1997
I first learned of Steve when I saw him interviewed on Oprah's show. During the interview I was amazed at what all he went thru for those 2+ months at sea, so I ran down this book and became totally engrossed in it. A remarkably ingenious man, I marveled at how he taught himself to fish (without the aid of any tools to do so!) and was amazed when he repaired his leaking raft (again with no tools!) and was able to keep floating. Even though I have no boating experience, it was one of the best readings I've ever sat down to. It gives one a peek into the mind of a truely courageous and inventive person, as well as enlightening you with all sorts of novel fixes for the mountain of problems he overcame in order to live
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am 11. Oktober 1999
I had the pleasure of becoming friends with Stevens parents, Ed & Doris Calahan, which is the reason I read the book. Reading this book, has made me a much safer boater. Every time I set out, I think about Stevans chiling reconstruction of his amazing survival.How anyone could have the strenth to survive the intense hardship and complete hopelessness of being totally alone for so long is a true testiment to his strong character. A riviting, must read for boaters and anyone who likes a superb, edge of your seat story.Hats off to you Stevan, say Hi to your parnets for me. Ken Woodman
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am 2. Oktober 1999
Both my husband I and read this book. While we were both disturbed at what a risky endeavor solo was, it does not take away from Callahan's inspirational tale of survival. For me, the (true) story will never be forgotten and I have enjoyed sharing some of the experiences I read about with friends, marvelling at his determination. One bummer though. I wanted desperately to know more about what he is doing these days. More on how it changed his life. I also think that there were some good lessons in the book for sailors.
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am 29. Juli 2000
I read this book for the first time about ten years ago and I have never forgotten it. It was one of the most compelling, absorbing books I've ever read, if not the most. How he survives is truly amazing, and this story belongs in the collection of anyone with an interest in true stories of survival. It made me wonder how I would handle such a situation, and would I be tough enough to make it. I'm sure anyone who reads this will ask themselves the very same questions.
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am 2. Dezember 1998
Although it doesn't fully involved the reader emotionally, this book is still well worth-while. Surprisingly, it's not monotonous despite the limited setting and only one character, so conversation is limited. Would have liked a drawing of exactly where to strike a shark, in case I'm ever in that situation. Am wondering what the author has done since this adventure--please post a message for us! Thanks for sharing your story, Steve!
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