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on 16 December 2012
Anybody who works at sea, has worked at sea or wishes they had gone to sea will recognise some the situations described in the books and laugh all the way through the voyage!
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on 22 September 2014
bit juvenile
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on 24 May 2013
Chose this book as I am running out of books read so many, book as described will use again thankyou
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on 6 April 2013
Apart from falling for the simplest of wind-ups this young seaman is more interested in telling us of his fantastic sexual adventures around the ports of the world. Uncannily he manages to seduce not the plain simple girls but the most beautiful Australian crumpet awaiting his beck and bed at every port. If you want to read about a sea journey for real, with real seaman try "The Great Grain Race" by Eric Newby.
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on 16 April 2013
I have read better books about life at sea, this book was a little bit repetitive and not as humorus as I expected
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on 31 May 2013
Absolute rubbish, man is delusional who has read to many Port said porno books, absolutely living in cloud cuckoo land.
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on 25 June 2014
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 lads to rob and steal money from gay men, saying what a jolly jape it would have been then I stopped and removed it from my kindle
Complete drivel
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on 15 April 2015
thanks
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 2 January 2017
You know, I'm fine with wandering around the Hindu Kush with Eric Newby, or trekking the Sahara or running the Amazon. But at some point you've had enough sherpas, camels and man-eating fish. That's where this rollicking High Seas adventure tale from David Baboulene comes in. Let's join the merchant marine and see the world in the company of a vivid, funny, stylish and good humored travel adventurer.

Lots of people can tell a good story, especially over a few beers in a snug spot. But, to write a lively and engaging tale, to capture the humor and energy of an episode on the written page - that is a rare talent.

On top of all that, because this isn't just a collection of adventures and tall tales, you actually get a feel for what day to day life in the merchant marine is like. Romantic and tedious, this accounting is interesting stuff for the armchair traveler.

Bottom line - our author had real adventures, he understood what he was seeing and doing, he can recast his observations as great stories, and he has a puckish and witty sense of humor. How's that for a fine combination?

(Please note that I found this book a while ago while browsing Amazon Kindle freebies. I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
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on 17 February 2016
This writer may have a sense of humour but his gross exaggeration and emphasis on drinking and 'wenching' is way beyond believable. As an Apprentice he never seems to have to work in Port on Cargo watch. Only ever off ashore on another unbelievable adventure. Where does all his money come from? I was at sea as an Deck Apprentice at the same time as Mr Baloulene and got £4 10s a month! I had to force myself to finish the book as it really is pretty pathetic, lots of adult adventures but no sign of growing up.
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