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on 5 December 2009
The Crossing is an excellent read from start to finish. James and Ben are completely different characters but thats what makes them work. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone.
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on 12 April 2009
I really enjoyed this book from the point of view of reading about the differences between Ben Fogle and James Cracknell and how they managed to remain on the same boat throughout all the difficulties they experienced, given their contrasting personalities! It also showed how very ill prepared they were to take on such a mammoth task - they are lucky to have come out of it alive... I felt worn out by their hard work rowing just reading this book and can recommend it to anyone who complains after ten minutes (like I do) on the rowing machine at the gym!
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on 11 January 2011
Absolutely superb book. A story of 2 families , 2 adventurers and the different thought processes which enable them to complete a monumental journey. The tale is conveyed through a series of alternating narratives. You can sense the tensions the participants are experiencing.
Read the polar crossing book: similar but not as good.. Can,t wait for next adventure but how can they top this..Go to gym and try rowing for a hour or more and see a tiny bit of the challenge they faced..
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on 15 November 2013
I am a bit of a rowing geek, and have read books on ocean rowing before, but this is the most gripping account I have read. The book is not all about the factual account, but more about the two personalities involved and that, for me is what made it captivating. I don't want to say too much about what they did and how they did it, as that is all part of what makes the book great, but it does make for an exciting read.
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on 17 November 2014
Very enjoyable and consuming read on how the project grew for Ben and James to complete in an extremely difficult and demanding race, possible one of the last great adventures. Many threads of how you should plan and train properly but then how enthusiasm and hard work can overcome. Many thanks to both authors for sharing their experience.
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on 21 January 2010
I decided to read this book at the same time that two friends of mine were rowing in the 2009 Atlantic rowing race. This is a truly incredible & inspiring read, I couldnt put it down & was disappointed when I finished it. I also shed a tear at the ending. Stories like this dont come along often, read it while you can, its fascinating.
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on 1 January 2015
Completely absorbed in a book I was initially doubting would hold my interest!!! WOW!!!! Emotions, energy, humour, danger, desperation and finally elation!! Enjoyed every page and my admiration for Ben and James has rocketed from "great, they won the race" to "how did they do that and survive?". Fantastic read!
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on 14 July 2014
Excellent.
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on 8 July 2014
A fascinating insight into what crossing the Atlantic would be like. Very honest and open.
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on 8 July 2014
Beautiful.
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