-- Robert Kurson, Crashing Through

Rowing 8,000 miles across the Pacific gives you plenty of time to listen to audiobooks. The rule was: unless you're rowing, you're not allowed to listen to books. It's a great motivator!

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Bleak House by Charles Dickens 

The Commodore by Patrick O’Brien 

The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett 

A Crack in the Edge of The World by Simon Winchester. Starts with the San Francisco earthquake, and goes on to explore the volatile Pacific Rim. I never knew geology could be so interesting.

Crashing Through by Robert Kurson. A True Story of Risk, Adventure, and the Man Who Dared to See 

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky 

Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser 

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency Douglas Adams. Quirky, but thought-provoking. 

A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby. I love the Britishness of the setting and the characters in this book. Darkly humourous, and superbly read by the 4 main characters. 

The Beatles by Bob Spitz 

The Nanny Diaries 

The Hundred Days by Patrick O’Brien

The Meaning of Everything by Simon Winchester 

The Yellow Admiral by Patrick O’Brien 

Montmorency by Eleanor Updale 

The Devil in the White City by Eric Larsen 

Bee Season by Myla Goldberg 

Blue at the Mizzen by Patrick O’Brien 

A Memory of Running by Ron Maclarty. A life-enhancing story of a lost soul finding his way. 

A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash by Sylvia Nasar 

I’m a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away by Bill Bryson

Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder. Incredibly inspiring story of a man with a mission. If you liked Three Cups of Tea, you’ll probably love this too.

Mozart’s Brain and the Fighter Pilot: Unleashing Your Brain’s Potential by Richard Restak

Mr. Paradise by Elmore Leonard 

Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton 

The Lost Men: The Harrowing Saga of Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party by Kelly Tyler-Lewis 

Middlesex: A Novel by Jeffrey Eugenides. It takes a special kind of imagination to create so vividly the interior landscape of an unusual individual. Gripping. 

Seabiscuit: The True Story of Three Men and a Racehorse by Laura Hillenbrand. I found myself rowing faster with the sheer adrenaline of the horse-racing scenes, so caught up was I in the action. 

Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen 

Slaughterhouse-Five: Or The Children’s Crusade, A Duty Dance With Death (25th Anniversary) by Kurt Vonnegut 

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond 

The Company (TV tie-in) by Robert Littell. A huge book – great value for money. An epic tale of the CIA that spans many decades and touches on most of the important events in 20th century American history. 

Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick 

Three Junes by Julia Glass 

The Keep by Jennifer Egan 

Hearts In Atlantis by Stephen King

The Uncommon Reader: A Novella by Alan Bennett 

Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates by Tom Robbins. Seriously offbeat, incredibly entertaining, and frequently thought-provoking. I love Robbins’s flamboyant use of language. 

Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul by Tony Hendra. A touching story of a man’s relationship with his priest. Emotionally gripping. I cried. 

The Fourth Hand by John Irving 

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1) by George R.R. Martin.I found myself completely caught up in this fantasy world, almost impatient to get back to the rowing seat so I could find out what happened next.

Jarhead: A Marine’s Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles by Anthony Swofford 

Nobody’s Fool by Richard Russo. I fell in love with the rogue-ish Sully. For 2 days I felt as if I was living in this small town in New York state, caring deeply about the characters in all their glorious ordinariness. 

Death in Holy Orders (Adam Dalgliesh Mystery Series #11) by P. D. James

The Emperor’s Children (Vintage) by Claire Messud

Equal Rites: A Discworld Novel by Terry Pratchett 

Sailing Alone Around the World: The First Solo Voyage Around the World by Joshua Slocum 

There is a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem by Wayne W. Dyer 

Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake 

Life of Pi by Yann Martel 

Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott

Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to Your Well-Being by Andrew Weil 

The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of Life by Armand M. Nicholi 

Ragtime: A Novel by E. L. Doctorow 

The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger 

Timeline by Michael Crichton 

The Wine-Dark Sea (Vol. Book 16) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels) by Patrick O’Brian 

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood 

My Life by Bill Clinton 


Field Notes from a Catastrophe : Man, Nature, and Climate Change by Elizabeth Kolbert 

So Long and Thanks for all the Fish by Douglas Adams 

Under Siege, George R. R. Martin, Science Fiction. 

Making Your Thoughts Work for You, Wayne Dyer 

Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution–and How It Can Renew America by Thomas L Friedman 

Restless: A Novel by William Boyd

A History of the World in 10.5 Chapters by Julian Barnes and Tony Robinson

Nothing to Be Frightened Of (Vintage) by Julian Barnes William Boyd 

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream (Vintage) by Barack Obama 

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

A Prisoner of Birth, Jeffrey Archer 

Full Circle: A Pacific Journey with Michael Palin 

A Long Time Coming by Evan Thomas and Staff of Newsweek

Across the Nightingale Floor (Tales of the Otori, Book 1) by Lian Hearn 

After Dark, by Haruki Murakami

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Sexton Blake: Detective (Sexton Blake Library) by George Mann 

The Riddle of the Compass: The Invention that Changed the World by Amir D. Aczel 

India with Sanjeev Bhaskar by Sanjeev Bhaskar 

The Good Life (Vol.1) Pig’s Lib 

Himalaya by Michael Palin 

Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin 

Sense And Sensibility by Jane Austen 

Pride and Prejudice (Penguin Classics) by Jane Austen

Northanger Abbey (Vintage Classics) by Jane Austen 

Mansfield Park (Penguin Classics) by Jane Austen

The Processes by Esther Hicks and Jerry Hicks – Ask and it is Given Volume 2

The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual by Christopher Locke, Rick Levine, Doc Searls, and David Weinberger

Empress Orchid by Anchee Min 

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely 

Pompeii: A Novel by Robert Harris 

Sex, Time, and Power: How Women’s Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution by Leonard Shlain

Fractal Time Fractal Time: The Secret of 2012 and a New World Age by Gregg Braden

Black Wave: A Family’s Adventure at Sea and the Disaster That Saved Them by John Silverwood and Jean Silverwood 

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell 

Chainfire, Terry Goodkind Chainfire: Chainfire Trilogy, Part 1 (Sword of Truth, Book 9)

Confessor (Sword of Truth) by Terry Goodkind

Faith of the Fallen (Sword of Truth, Book 6) by Terry Goodkind 

Naked Empire (Sword of Truth, Book by Terry Goodkind

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose (Oprah’s Book Club, Selection 61) by Eckhart Tolle 

The Meaning of Things : Applying Philosophy to Life by A. C. Grayling

Hemingway Adventure, Michael Palin Grayling

New Europe, Michael Palin 

No Limits: The Will to Succeed by Michael Phelps and Alan Abrahamson

Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway 

Revolutionary Road (Movie Tie-in Edition) (Vintage Contemporaries) 

Round Ireland With a Fridge by Tony Hawks

Sahara, Michael Palin 

The Risk Pool, Richard Russo 

Always Looking Up:  The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist, by M J Fox

Around the World in 80 Days, Michael Palin

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall 

Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4) by Stephenie Meyer 

New Moon, Stephenie Meyer (The Twilight Saga)

Left for Dead, Beck Weathers Left for Dead: My Journey Home from Everest

Lost on Planet China: One Man’s Attempt to Understand the World’s Most Mystifying Nation by J. Maarten Troost

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin 

Dreams from my Father, Barack Obama Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance 

Somewhere Towards the End: A Memoir by Diana Athill 

Vet in Harness by James Herriot 

Home: A Memoir of my Early Years, Julie Andrews 

After Dark Haruki Murakami 

The Brethren, John Grisham 

A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2) by George R.R. Martin

A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3) by George R.R. Martin

Neverwhere: A Novel by Neil Gaiman 

A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4) by George R.R. Martin 

Shantaram, Gregory David Roberts Shantaram: A Novel by Gregory David Roberts 

Siddartha, Hermann Hesse 

The Astonishing Power of Emotions: Let Your Feelings Be Your Guide by Esther Hicks and Jerry Hicks 

Don’t Point that Thing at Me by Kyril Bonfiglioli Jerry Hicks 

Stone of Tears (Sword of Truth, Book 2) by Terry Goodkind


Adventures in Time and Space by Pat Murphy

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Birds of a Feather (Maisie Dobbs Mysteries) by Jacqueline Winspear

Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself by Alan Alda

Blackout by Connie Willis

Ordinary Thunderstorms: A Novel (P.S.) by William Boyd

Outlander (20th Anniversary Edition): A Novel by Diana Gabaldon

Red Mars (Mars Trilogy) by Kim Stanley Robinson

Messenger of Truth: A Maisie Dobbs Novel (Maisie Dobbs Mysteries) by Jacqueline Winspear

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Seaside Practice by Tom Smith

Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman

The City, Not Long After by Pat Murphy

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

House Rules: A Novel by Jodie Picault

Green Mars (Mars Trilogy, Book 2) by Kim Stanley Robinson

Free: The Future of a Radical Price by Chris Anderson

Blue Mars (Mars Trilogy) by S M Stirling

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink

Forty Signs of Rain by Kim Stanley Robinson

Fifty Degrees Below by Kim Stanley Robinson

Sixty Days and Counting by Kim Stanley Robinson

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Dan and Chip Heath

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! by Robert Kiyosaki

The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi

The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History by John M Barry

The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin


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