A tremendous story, well written, and gives the listener a window into a sailing world that no longer exists and description of California which I think even the author found to be remarkable in how much it changed between the times that he was there. However, the choice of narrator was terrible. Monotone and somewhat nasal, she gave nothing to the characters in voice and deflated description of scenes both on land and at sea. If I had the time I would have much rather have just read the book. To be fair this was not a bad narrator but rather a poor choice of narrator for this book.