I was on the search for another adventure book (having read The Lone Survivor, Into Thin Air, Into the Wild, The Worst Journey in the World) and found this on many lists as a top read. My concern going into it was that it could get boring. I mean, how many different things can happen on a raft?
I bought the book anyways and gave it a shot. I enjoyed the first part of the book. He explains how he got started in the race that led him to his adventure. There are horrible days of rain, storms, sharks, fish getting teasingly close, nearby ships, thirst, hunger, etc. His ingenuity is incredible (solar stills, fish jerkey, etc.). But then, my concers with the book became reality. The story starts to repeat. Same stories of the same fish, same stories of rain, no water, etc. It is no doubt horrible and I can't imagine being with such small rations of water, however, as a read, it became repetitive.
I started skimming pages, then jumped to the final few chapters which again was exciting...his glimpse of land, rescue, and recovery.
In the end, it was an incredible tale of survival, ingenuity, and the will to live. As a read, in my opinion it became a bit repetitive. I didn't recommend it to my wife to read. What you think happens, is what happens.