- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 8 hours and 59 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Peel Productions
- Audible.com Release Date: June 16, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01H42PATW
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Good Morning Diego Garcia: A Journey of Discovery: Journeys, Book 2 Audiobook – Unabridged
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"Good Morning Diego Garcia" is a memoir covering a brief period in the author's life when she and her husband are invited to spend time as crew, sailing from Sri Lanka to the Seychelles, up through the Suez Canal and places beyond. Well that was the intended plan. In life, for those who follow Robert Frost's advice and " . . . take the road less travelled", plans have a way of changing. Little could the author and her husband, really know what they were to experience on that fateful journey. There is a proverb attributed to many different nationalities, to the effect that people make plans and (the) god(s) laughs. The author and her husband were about to find out their own meaning of such a saying.
As with her first book "The Lullaby Illusion: A Journey of Awakening" the author has utilised her lyrical writing style to bring the reader into her story. She has painted wonderful word pictures of life in Sri Lanka; the people, the animals, the colours, the aromas, the general richness of life that she observed while waiting to sail across the Indian Ocean to the Seychelles. Such is her writing, that the reader cannot help but feel transported to the island, becoming an invisible participant in the author's life at that time. The writing style changes appropriately once the boat sets sail from Trincomalee, ranging from the lyrical to the more strident and harsh, as the boat and it's crew face the cacophony of endless days of storms along with the conflictual and discordant behaviour of the captain, towards the crew.
It seems appropriate to offer a quote from my review of the author's first book that is equally applicable to this book "Without giving anything away, it is only the author’s belief in herself, and her ability to trust and act on her intuitive feelings, that carries her through the great, the good, the sad, the fearful, the adverse and the indifferent." Fortunately Susan Joyce is not swayed by the quote from the fictional Captain Jack Sparrow . . . "The problem is not the problem, the problem is your attitude to the problem." Inherent in her being is a positive attitude that knowing one's self allows her to stride forward in life, re-framing negatives and learning from all her experiences, even if sometimes, the learning takes just a little longer to achieve. No stride so important for her own well-being, than the stride she takes at the end of this story.
I unreservedly recommend Good Morning Diego Garcia as not only a most enjoyable read, but a challenge to the reader about their own belief systems, finding the conscious light that shines through the darkest of times.
The only thing I can figure is that for a memoir to be deeply satisfying, you have to really like the author. You don't have to have anything in common with the person, but you do have to care what happens to them. This woman comes across as intelligent, kind, tough, vulnerable, and just screwy enough to make a good friend.
My only complaint is that I didn't realize that it's the second in a series. The author makes frequent references to events that came before the long sea voyage that makes up the bulk of this book. AFTER I finished it, I learned that she's written a book about those events and I wish I'd read that one first. This one works as a stand-alone, but (trust me) you're going to want to know the whole story. I've already bought the other volume and started on it.
Her writing style is unlike anything I've ever read and I'm still trying to make up my mind about it. It seems to me that the dialogue is sometimes stiff and unrealistic. On the other hand, she does an incredible job of "leaking" the details to you so that you feel that you're experiencing the traumatic events that shook this young woman's life.
An adventurous girl married to a mysterious man, she experienced things that most of us never dream of and encountered people who almost seem like another species. And yet she makes you believe in those people and understand their motivations and even feel some sympathy for them.
Today as never before we realize that our governments hide information from us and that the heroic struggles for "freedom" that seem so simple in the newspaper accounts are really eruptions caused by greed for power and wealth. Ordinary people are merely pawns in the game. The power brokers themselves care nothing about the damage they do.
As to her spiritual journey, every reader will take away something different, depending on age, religious beliefs, and experiences. To be honest, the point of view I felt closest to was the youngster who said he hoped that he'd be reincarnated into a different life "Because this one sucks!" After days of horrific storms, with their small yacht damaged, and with no help in sight, I'm pretty sure I would have felt the same.
This book is a fascinating look into an unknown world. You finish it realizing that most of us never scratch the surface of life. And maybe that's a good thing, after all.
really know the people and the seasons.
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