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Michael Cosgrove had a beautiful family, a successful career, and a lovely Southern California home overlooking the Pacific Ocean. At the age sixty, he decided to leave that all behind to sail around the world. In spite of his romanticized vision of rugged individualism and salty tales to share with his grandchildren, Cosgrove quickly realizes that sailing around the world isn’t going to be as easy as he’d imagined. From a psychotic crewmate, sleep deprivation, and mental breakdowns, to stormy weather and hallucinations, Cosgrove rides the waves, holding on as best he can to his dream of “doing something grand.” Alone, and thousands of miles away from everyone and everything he loves, he is forced to ask himself one question: What in God’s name am I doing here?
In his attempt to avoid the inevitable (growing old, weak, frail), Cosgrove runs amok. He breaks his budget to outfit the boat and then refuses to read the manuals. He enters unfamiliar harbors in the dead of night, hires a violent first mate, and sails headlong into ferocious storms. In the midst of his adventures, he longs for the simpler days when his four daughters were still children, when his first marriage was still intact, and when his future still seemed bright and expansive. Though driven by scenes of sheer terror, absurd folly, and deep inner searching, Cosgrove keeps his sense of humor throughout his harrowing journey.
Imperfect Passage is the story of one man’s perseverance against Father Time and Mother Nature, proving that with enough will, one can, in his or her own way, conquer the unconquerable.
©2012 Michael Cosgrove (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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1 out of 5 stars
By Anonymouse on 24-06-2015

The worst story about "sailing" I've ever heard.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I can't imagine who would like this.

What was most disappointing about Michael Cosgrove’s story?

This book was advertised as a story about a sailing adventure. There was very little sailing in it. Most of the time, the author spends complaining about why he doesn't want to be at sea. And when he's not at sea, he complains about not being at sea. His decisions are poorly made, then he complains about his situation. What a whiner.

What aspect of Peter Powlus’s performance would you have changed?

The way he read the book was fine. It was the content that was intolerable.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Imperfect Passage?

The entire time he spent in the south pacific. He complains about everything. He doesn't seem to engage with the people around him. The scene where he hits another boat, then attempts to blame the other captain for his mistakes. Several hundred musings on how much he loves and misses his family. Ugh.

Any additional comments?

If you think you're picking up a story about sailing, think again. This story will not inspire you.

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1 out of 5 stars
By ReneeS on 21-10-2014


What disappointed you about Imperfect Passage?

Many facets of the story were disappointing, but the fact that he gave up his quest to circumnavigate and thus NOT achieve the lofty goal he set for himself was the most disappointing part of the book.

Has Imperfect Passage turned you off from other books in this genre?

Absolutely not! My partner and I are about to embark on our own sailing adventure and we are hungry for knowledge from others who have lived this dream. It also gets us excited and keeps us motivated listening to great sailing stories. This story did cause my partner to comment how lucky he is....several times :) So something good came of it!

What about Peter Powlus’s performance did you like?

He did a great job of sounding like an arrogant, wealthy, Californian: so he was the perfect narrator for this book.

Any additional comments?

This book is about a 60 year old man missing his very high maintenance girlfriend so he gives up on his adventure and has his boat shipped back to the states from New Zealand thus ending his journey on a bad note (mentioned in other reviews). His incessant whining is tiresome. This is not a sailing around the world adventure story as I thought it would be. As a woman who dreams of sailing to far away places, I cringe every time he mentions "his Sally". She is the antagonist in this story and not at all likeable. She wont even stay on the boat with him when she comes to visit him in Tahiti. Yuk! If your looking for a real sailing adventure story I suggest "Islands Oceans and Dreams", by Michael Salvaneschi. He too misses his family and thus ends his adventure AFTER an almost decade long circumnavigation. The story is ripe with adventure, friendship, & far away places. I am in no way related to or know the author, I just appreciate when other reviewers give me options when searching in this genre.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Julia on 18-11-2017

What a trip!

From minute 1, this book has amazed me in every possible sense a book can do. The writer, Michael Cosgrove, tells his story in such an easy, fluent, delightful and funny way that I couldn’t stop listening till the end (applauses to the narrator too!). His travels were full of unbelievable and breathtaking stories, and it made laugh out loud, cry, expect the better and the worse and I feel I just want to star all over again. Thank you captain and thank you the narrator for the one of the best books I’ve ever came across!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Matt on 06-03-2017

growing up never ends

Really enjoyed this. the narrator made me feel that I was listening to the author describing first hand what had happened. Although you know the author must have survived, there are many nail-biting passages where you really think, "he can't possibly survive this!" Thought on the lessons learned in adversity often seem trite. However, this guy speaks from the heart and seems truly changed by his experiences. He shows clearly how much growth he needed and also that, at sixty, he still had the strength for it. I only hope I don't need to endure the horrors he went through for my own passage.

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