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At the Mercy of the Sea Audiobook
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At the Mercy of the Sea Audiobook



by John Kretschmer

  • Narrated by: Patrick Conn
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Release date: 12-19-13
  • Language: English

“The tale of Carl Wake and the hurricane that was waiting for him goes straight to the heart of the greatest sea stories: they are not about man against the sea, but man against himself. John Kretschmer’s audiobook is as perfectly shaped and flawlessly written as such a story can be. In addition to being the best depiction I have ever listened to of what it is like to be inside a hurricane at sea, At the Mercy of the Sea is as moving a story of a man’s failure and redemption as can be found anywhere in the literature of the sea. This audiobook is surely destined to become a classic.” (Peter Nichols, author of Sea Change and A Voyage for Madmen).

“John Kretschmer has transformed this story of three men on a collision course with a hurricane into a modern seafaring classic.” (Peter Nielsen, editor of SAIL magazine).

“With expert analysis and taut writing, he draws listeners into that mad storm. You can’t turn away. You keep listening until it breaks your heart.” (Fred Grimm, columnist for the Miami Herald).

“Once begun, his vivid and powerful narrative is impossible to stop listening.” (Derek Lundy, author of Godforsaken Sea and The Way of a Ship).

“I felt I knew Carl Wake, because John Kretschmer found in him an archetype – an aging sailor with an age-old dream.” (Jim Carrier, transatlantic sailor and author of The Ship and the Storm: Hurricane Mitch and the Loss of the Fantome).

“A remarkable audiobook, impossible to stop listening to.” (Herb McCormick, sailing journalist).

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John Kretschmer




7 hrs and 3 mins

Narrated by

Patrick Conn

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