Kindle Price: $1.99
Read this title for free. Learn more
Read for Free
with Kindle Unlimited
OR

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Flip to back Flip to front
Audible Narration Playing... Paused   You are listening to a sample of the Audible narration for this Kindle book.
Learn more

Half-Safe: A Story of Love, Obsession, and History's Most Insane Around-the-world Adventure (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition

3.6 out of 5 stars 92 customer reviews

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
$1.99

Length: 40 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Audible Narration
Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible narration with Whispersync for Voice. Add narration for a reduced price of $1.99 when you buy the Kindle book.
Audible Narration: Ready

Kindle Daily Deals
Kindle Delivers: Daily Deals
Subscribe to find out about each day's Kindle Daily Deals for adults and young readers. Learn more (U.S. customers only)

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.


Product Details

  • File Size: 334 KB
  • Print Length: 40 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Atavist (December 21, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 21, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AQZEFC8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,730 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images or tell us about a lower price?


More About the Author

James Nestor has written for Outside Magazine, Men's Journal, Dwell Magazine, National Public Radio,The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, and more. His science/adventure book, DEEP: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Eamon Dolan Books) was released in the US and UK on June 24, 2014. DEEP has been named a BBC Book of the Week, New York Times Editors' Choice, Amazon Best Book of the Month, Scientific American Recommended Read, The Week Book of the Week, Christian Science Monitor Top Book of July, iTunes Top Book of the Month, and more. The book follows clans of extreme athletes, adventurers, and scientists as they plumb the limits of the ocean's depths and uncover weird and wondrous new discoveries that, in many cases, redefine our understanding of the ocean and ourselves. In 2015, DEEP will be translated into German, Chinese, Portuguese, Italian, and more.

Nestor's longform piece for the boutique electronic publishing house, The Atavist, was released in December 2012. The piece, Half Safe: A Story of Love, Obsession, and History's Most Insane Around-the-world Adventure documents Ben Carlin's arduous decade-long, around-the-world journey on land and by sea in the same vehicle, the first and only circumnavigation of its kind ever attempted ― or completed.

An inveterate adventurer, Nestor joined a doomed surfing expedition to Norway and Russia for Outside Magazine in 2009, in which he and his team became the first to ride the breaks of the Arctic Circle. He has travelled extensively in Central America and the South Pacific, and lived for a short time with Vanuatuan yam farmers who worshipped the US Army. At home in San Francisco, Nestor lives in a house he rebuilt himself, runs his 1977 Mercedes 300D on used cooking oil, and occasionally risks his life picking up laundry in his Sebring-Vanguard CitiCar, the first-ever American-made production electric vehicle, which is for sale.

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A thoroughly enjoyable read that plunges you into the improbable quest of a man equal parts adventurer, con artist and lunatic. I suspect most great adventures have a grimmer day to day reality... But after reading this story I believe Ben Carlin takes the cake. Well researched, enticingly written.
Comment 12 of 12 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I love adventures, especially ones that have to do with adventures on the sea. This farfetched story is full of surprises, sad and funny at the same time, and amazingly true. What drives some people to embrace the impossible, give up everything to pursue it, and actually succeed makes for a great, quick read. I highly recommend this book.
Comment 6 of 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition
The author got his hands on a terrific story, and from the very first sentence I was hooked. What starts as a remarkable adventure story soon spins out into something even more amazing. I recommend!
Comment 5 of 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Some reviewers complain Half-Safe is too short, but I think it demonstrates an advantage of e-books. The short monograph form has almost disappeared from print publishing, but it's economically viable online. At 40 print-pages' worth of text, Nestor can convey the drama and pathos of the story without digression or wallowing in minutia; the narrative never bogs down (unlike the eponymous vehicle).
Comment 2 of 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By Bjoe on January 30, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Curiosity led me to try this book. I do not know what compels people to place themselves in such punishing circumstances. Well written account of a most unusual couple living out a dream that to me would be a nightmare.
Comment 2 of 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Excellent retelling of an unknown man's quest. A quick read that captures the angst of human endeavor. Reminds me of Mosquito Coast and other journeys of obsession.
Comment 2 of 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By cm on December 30, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
We have seen one of these on the Mississippi River, so reading about this adventure and I found "the end of the story" especially heart tugging.
Comment 2 of 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition
An intriguing tale of one man's quest for fame and glory and the disappointment that follows when his adventure becomes an obsession.
Comment 2 of 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in