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Ocean Boulevard: Adventures On The High Seas: An Epic and Exhilarating Journey All the Way... from a Boy to a Man [Paperback]

David Baboulene
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2 July 2006
David Baboulene runs away to sea in a cloud of romantic dust for the first of his shipboard adventures. This is a journey which takes him across the world and back to a triumphant homecoming in Liverpool. But despite the laughs, the real journey in this tale takes him all the way - from a boy to a man.


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale (2 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840245905
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840245905
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 259,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Entertaining and funny, this is the important journey towards
manhood'
-- Adventure Travel magazine, June 2007

'a hilarious tale of life on the ocean wave'
-- Sainsbury's Magazine

Running away to sea at the age of sixteen, Baboulene has a fund of
adventures to recount.
-- Publishing News, July 2007

`should be read and appreciated first hand... what a laugh! David has a unique writing style... A good read.'
-- The Nautical Magazine, July 2009

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`should be read and appreciated first hand... what a laugh! David has a unique writing style... A good read.'

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jim Atkins ex deck cadet 31 Oct 2009
Format:Paperback
Ignore Victors review,obviously AB's had a different life to cadets. I was also a deck cadet through the 70's ,with a totally different company and route,but it brought back so many memories that it could have been a diary of my first trip.A fantastic tale, well written and extremely funny, (Oh to be 17 again!) I couldn't put it down and went straight out to buy the sequel,
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff 30 July 2007
By rhino
Format:Paperback
Really amusing and highly entertaining - you can't help but love Windy as he takes you through the highs and lows of his sea-faring journey. Was so funny, I couldn't put it down.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5* Just buy it and reminiscence 13 May 2010
Format:Paperback
Light hearted reminiscences of a late 70's first trip deck cadet with the B*nk Line - a real good laugh - well worth the purchase. And all the youngsters that have been gifted a copy/ or read it have enjoyed it too. Been there and done that, but as a Engr Cadet. Can't understand the misery guts/humour by-passes doing the earlier poor reviews ...... liner steam queens???? Suppose like life onboard, there is always one :-(

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly funny! 12 Oct 2010
By Caroline P. VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I had to put this book down on numerous occasions to wipe my eyes because I was laughing so much!

Windy became a Deck Cadet 6 months after I did (I was one of the early girls to take this path) and that's what drew me to the book (though I was on tankers). Certainly if you share any of his experiences, if you've ever been to sea in any capacity, I feel sure you will greatly enjoy this book. But I truly think you don't *need* to have. There was nothing technical in the book in terms of understanding it - I think it would be an hilarious read for anyone the remotest bit interested in matters nautical.

Still, for me it was also a journey of reminiscence. We even went to the same Marine College! I became grateful I'm female as that clearly spared me from one or two nightmares!! (Although crossing the line was no more fun, other than being allowed to retain rather more clothing....). Still, it was a pleasure to read of someone else who was as naive as I was for falling for all the old sailors' tricks. And I, too, benefitted from the Aussie strike culture of the late 70s and spent many, many happy weeks in and around Sydney. :-)

A lovely read - can't wait to read his other book. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual, funny and interesting 25 Mar 2009
By Sevvy
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book with no preconceptions, other than the author is local to me, and has his car fixed by my partner's son in a local garage!
Well, what a pleasant surprise. It's well written, and a real page turner.
If I had a very slight criticism, it would be that I would have liked more detail, but it's quite possible that there was more and it was edited out by an overzealous editor.
It's still a very funny book, and in some ways a real snapshot of a time that is long gone. It has moments of poignancy, as well as some real belly laughs.
Well done David, and I hope we might meet up someday - and I'm looking forward to the next book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars touching and funny 9 Aug 2007
By L4QT
Format:Paperback
This was a real adventure tale, and I found myself smiling throughout as Windy learns to become a man (most notably, from his many mistakes, with hilarious consequences). I loved the tales in Australia particularly! This would make ideal holiday reading for anyone interested in travel and adventure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ocean Boulevard 1 July 2011
Format:Paperback
This is the merchant navy's equivalent to a Gilly Cooper Romp.A good laugh all the way through.Sometimes unbelevable but obviously true.A shame the "good old Merchant Navy " no longer exist's but to anyone who had those years at sea a recommended read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too funny for words! 23 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
An hilarious anecdotal account of one lads journey into manhood through his cadet training in the merchant navy. Well written and have lots of laugh out loud moments. Look forward to reading the follow up book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a cracking read
Published 17 days ago by russ
5.0 out of 5 stars Expect some strange looks if you read in public
Hilarious book, highly reccomend it and the other in the series. This had me laughing out loud on my train commute (and receiving some very strange looks)
Published 1 month ago by Matt
1.0 out of 5 stars What a load of drivel
I kept with it for a while as I had read everything else I had with me at the time, but then when he went on to say how disappointed he was that he missed out on going out with the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Andy Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
Dunno wether some stories are a it fare fetched but never let this get I. The way of a good story, a lot like Paul Carter's books.brilliantly written and very funny
Published 4 months ago by jonno
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny as!!!
The author had me in stiches,aquired bruised ribs whilst reading in bed and giggling to myself ,my wife would continue to elbow me in the ribs as i was keeping her awake. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mrs M Cozens
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I have the real life T shirt, the cap and a video or two. Now I have read the book. Helped bring back my own memories. Great read!
Published 10 months ago by Stephen L Cummins
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny entertaining
A really funny book, couldn't put it down. Couldn't believe some of the situations he got himself into definitely recommend it.
Published 10 months ago by angie
5.0 out of 5 stars Really funny
One of the few books that I cannot read in bed, because my wife complains when I laugh out loud. The best book that I've read in the last couple of years. Read more
Published 12 months ago by STEVEN HAIR
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny book
I bought this last year but have only just got round to reading it. I read it on the train to work and often just burst out laughing, which gets me some funny looks. Read more
Published 12 months ago by A. R. Higgs
5.0 out of 5 stars a real laugh out load jem
Delighted I found this book. Never heard of the author but at the price I thought I would give it a go. This is a genuine laugh out loud hilarious read. Read more
Published 14 months ago by S. Shilton
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