- By Steven Callahan

Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea

  • Title: Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea
  • Author: Steven Callahan
  • ISBN: 9780547526560
  • Page: 165
  • Format: ebook
  • Adrift Seventy Six Days Lost at Sea Adrift is an undeniable seafaring classic a riveting firsthand account by the only man known to have survived than a month alone at sea fighting for his life in an inflatable raft after his small sl

    Adrift is an undeniable seafaring classic, a riveting firsthand account by the only man known to have survived than a month alone at sea, fighting for his life in an inflatable raft after his small sloop capsized only six days out Utterly absorbing Newsweek , Adrift is a must have for any adventure library.

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    1. 10 Stars If anyone was going to get shipwrecked and survive alone on the Atlantic it was Steve Callahan. He was a delivery skipper sailing boats from one place to another and he very much wanted to do a single-handed across the Atlantic. He had studied books on surviving at sea, he'd bought all the correct gear, practised the manoeuvres necessary to get off a sinking boat as fast as possible and within hours of setting off from the Canaries, his boat sank.There is nothing I can write further tha [...]

    2. Should be required reading for anyone going out to sea in any type vessel. This book being a true account it moves along at the pace it simply must, and the adventure within takes us to the very limits of human survival.

    3. It all begins with entering a race.d once his beloved SOLO is lost, what if's and survival is the name of the game for Steven Callahan's 1982 life-raft ADRIFT across half the Atlantic Ocean.Often wet, cold or overheated, always starving thirsty or scared, with sores and ulcers plaguing him, and never-ending attacks by the bumping dorados, Callahan continues his daily routines amidst unbelievably harsh conditions for 76 long days.While at times a bit too detailed and descriptive (for me) still a [...]

    4. LOVE LOVE LOVED this book. I'm a serious oceanophile(?) and seek any and all books associated with sailing/shipwrecks/stranded at sea and this book captured all of them together. Although it sounds weird, I loved living with the author on his sordid journey. I could almost feel the saltwater chafing his skinfeel the sharks poking at the bottom of the raftell the rotting fish as they hung from his makeshift drying racks - I loved every moment (this I admit sitting in the comfort of my own home, f [...]

    5. I found “Adrift” during the documentation process for the novel I was writing that moment: Luces en el Mar (Lights on the Sea). After reading the synopsis and discover that the story of Steven Callahan was real I felt more and more curious about reading it. “Adrift” is a great novel for those readers who like stories of survival, where the sea is protagonist and antagonist and above all, lovers of adventures, ADVENTURES in capital letters. Callahan's story is so vivid and real that you f [...]

    6. This is an outstanding book. The struggle for survival for two and a half months would have made a compelling, page-turner even if written by a terrible author. It just so happens that style rivals the substance. Survival story junkies will revel in all the gory details, from his constant attention to water retrieval to the nuances of spear-fishing to keeping his deteriorating raft afloat for 76 days. Amateur psychologists will enjoy his inner dialogue, the rational consciousness scolding his fe [...]

    7. A fast-moving and captivating book that grabs hold and carries you right through the end.So why three stars? Well, Callahan is not the most reliable narrator. Once the wild ride is over, the weird inconsistencies that you didn't have time to think about mid-read start to gnaw at the edge of your consciousness. Then there is Callahan's ego, which is big enough to capsize his ship even without a rogue wave. The too careful minimization of his errors, and his tendency towards inflated descriptions [...]

    8. The entire book is set in a small life raft where the author struggles to catch fish, capture water, plug holes and stay alive for 76 days. It's monotonous stuff that is somehow riveting. And it made me realize that I have nothin' to complain about.ever.

    9. Adrift is about one man's solitary journey, both internal and external, on the perilous ledge between life and death. Steven Callahan is attempting to cross the Atlantic Ocean from the Canary Islands to Antigua, but before he departs, an elderly fisherman points to his vessel, the 21' long Napoleon Solo, and says, "In such a small boat? Tonto!" Fool. The rest of the journey is fraught with danger, starting from when the Napoleon Solo capsizes and sinks, forcing Callahan to abandon ship in a rubb [...]

    10. I picked up this book when my family rented a beach place for vacation and I was looking for something to read. I'd finished my own book already and it was the only one that grabbed my attention on the owners' shelf.Let me say that I did not expect to like this book. I read the last couple chapters first, just skimming out of curiosity and boredomd then proceeded to get hooked and start from the beginning. Reading a book like this on the beach was quite an experience, and it's a riveting surviva [...]

    11. After his sailboat sinks in the Atlantic, Callahan is left to survive on a small life raft. (Alone! Eek!) Of course it removes a layer of suspense knowing that he survived (obviously, since he wrote the book), but there was still excellent tension throughout, as he was tossed about in the unforgiving ocean. While it doesn't have the journalistic edge/drive that you might find in one of Krakauer's books, I found Adrift to be quite well-written. It is as much about his struggle to stay focused and [...]

    12. Despite some of the negative reviews, I found this book bordering on poetic. For being a survival story it has some pretty amazing writing great example for teaching double voice (Callahan speaks to the various imaginary crew members inside his head) great recommend for YA teen boy I started it this morning and couldn't put it down.

    13. This was one of the most riveting books I've ever read. Someone told me about this book back in the 1980s and I knew that I had to read it.Steven Callahan, an accomplished sailor, decided to build his own sailboat after he and his wife divorced. Once built, he sailed it to England where he intended to enter a boat race that takes place every year. The race is from England to the Caribbean.He is forced to drop out of the race because his boat is damaged in a storm. When it is repaired, he decides [...]

    14. Wow! Powerful read! The human spirit is truly amazing in its resilience. I am blown away by all that he managed to do to stay alive. Having that nautical knowledge really came in handy, most of us would not make it a week without all the skills he had. I was especially interested in his navigation notes and other random tidbits of information, it brought back some of the good old Navy days.

    15. Really haunting and unforgettable survival story, I assumed that it might get boring but it stayed interesting the entire way through.

    16. This is a true tale of Callahan’s survival after his small sloop sunk off the shores of the Canary Islands in 1982. I heard about this from a book magazine that had a section about notable books about the sea. This is supposed to be one of the best books about a ship wreck and living to tell about it. I agree it is pretty good, however, I would have liked to read more about what happened after he was rescued. Of the 344 pages, only 39 pages are devoted to his rescue and recovery. The best part [...]

    17. I heard the author interviewed in connection with his consulting with Ang Lee for the movie Life of Pi. This is the story of his 76 days lost at sea, with close to nothing to sustain him but his knowledge and endurance. He is a thoughtful observer of himself and of the world around him. His experience reinforces his sense of being a tiny morsel in the universe not its center. He suffers physically and emotionally but something drives him on and he arrives in the Caribbean, not far from where he [...]

    18. I know this man survived a harrowing ordeal that honestly so many others wouldn't or couldn't, and that's impressive. And I know that he put serious effort into the descriptions complete with diagrams, etc for those of us who are not familiar with sailing, and that he isn't a writer by trade. But I didn't really get into this book until like day 50 something and then only for a day or two. In the beginning I was bored to be frank as I knew he was going to be rescued, obviously, and I just found [...]

    19. A gripping read from a very brave & courageous man who is not afraid to admit that most of the time he was indeed just that very afraid! And who wouldn't be given the situation i think that this would appeal more to fellow sailor's & other seafarer's as the technical jargon was lost on me i just wanted to know what happend. Well written & hugely entertaining i especially liked the line ' a view of Heaven from a seat in Hell' this against the odd's story of keeping mind & bod [...]

    20. 5 StarsI come from a family of book lovers. But if we aren't reading books, you'll probably find us outside. Much of my childhood was spent in outdoor adventures both on land and on sea. So my parents taught me survival skills from a young age. Adrift was probably the book that my dad referenced the most often, so I was familiar with Callahan's story long before I ever read this book.If you did not guess from the title, Adrift is the true story of a man who, after his boat sinks, spends seventy- [...]

    21. When Callahan set out to cross the Atlantic, he didn't expect to make most of that journey in a drifting rubber raft: he expected to make it in a fully equipped sailboat. The ocean had other ideas.Two things really make this book. The first is that Callahan isn't a writer by trade, he can indeed write quite well; he talks a bit in the introduction about the process of putting to book together, but even without that it would be clear that he gave it a great deal of thought. Ditto the illustration [...]

    22. Adrift: 76 Days Lost At Sea, is an “edge of your seat” memoir about author and sailor, Steven Callahans astounding ordeal of voyaging through the dangers of the ocean alone for more than a month. This first hand account tells of the struggles he faced, from shark attacks to the heartbreaking realizations after nine ships pass him by. This book will have you re-living this survival story right next to Steven. With his emotional descriptions and amazing stories of his hardships, you will exper [...]

    23. This book looked very interesting to me when it was offered by Kindle at a price one third the cost of any paper back book on the magazine stand. This book of survival was akin to the book "Up In Thin Air" and "The Perfect Storm". It can be a very fast read but I choose to read it and then deliberate on the experiences of Steve Callahan, in this well written true story (memoir). I am not sure if the uninitiated experiencing this situation would have survived the ordeal. Callahan was very knowled [...]

    24. was this the predecessor work for Life of Pi? certainly at least some people think so, as the author reveals in the foreword that people have written letters to him claiming 'spiritual guidance' in the tale. and Callahan, moreover, was a philosophy major in university, just as the esteemed Yann Martel, that fraudster. (ha)1987 New York Times best-seller sensation, Callahan's work does characterize time and philosophy and 76 days passes by in the sweep of a full book. beats that Andean plane cras [...]

    25. Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea was an ok book. Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea takes place in the on the Pacific Ocean. Chris the main character is brave. He is brave because he gets lost at sea but he doesn't panic, he stays calm and waits to be rescued. One day Chris gets pushed out to sea on a sail boat with his friend. The sail boat was Ducky III. One day his friend died and he had to push him of the boat so the sharks didn't come after the boat. One day he saw a ship coming out of the nearby bay [...]

    26. After his boat capsizes, Steve Callahan is stranded at sea for seventy-six days, after two days reading this book, i feel i suffered more.Usually i enjoy survival stories, man v mother nature and man overcoming the odds to survive, not with Mr Callahan's writing, everything is there to make this a gripping story but it's just dull.I'm sure given the choice Steve Callahan wouldn't want to suffer the same fate again and given the choice i would rather be stranded than read this a second time.

    27. A dramatic tale of survival at sea for 3 ½ months with virtually no food or fresh water other than what his ingenuity would supply. This is a true-life story as experienced by the author, a professional sailor and a man of faith in his own survival skills. He was also a man of words and plenty of time to think, so he took advantage of time and was able to recreate a mental diary of most every day, most every storm, and the memory of most every ship that passed him by without seeing him, and in [...]

    28. Steven Callahan wasn't born a writer but he was born a survivor, which is why, although the writing isn't fantastic, his story of survival is inspirational. '76 Days Lost at Sea' does drag at times but being stuck on your own drifting in the ocean going through the same problems can't have been easy. Steven uses the minimal amount of resources he has to survive shark encounters, food and water shortages, and damage to his raft. He is to be admired for his continued strength where most people wou [...]

    29. This guy is a badass. This account is a bit wordy at times, and I skimmed over some of the more technical aspects of the novel (because I don't plan on being lost at sea, but who knows?) The ending is obvious but I still rushed to get there, because I wanted to know how exactly it was going to turn out. And then I Googled Steven Callahan, and what I found made me like him even more. It's a great story that makes me want to get up off my ass and live harder.

    30. I loved this book. It is a floating Robinson Crusoe. Totally riveting. Every small, niggly thing he has to do is worth his life--from mending holes in the rubber of the raft to spearing dorado to mending the water still to learning to love fish guts. A while summer in a liferaft. Just imagine. This book delivers!

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