The Beach of Dreams

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(4.5 stars; 11 reviews)

Two sailors, Harbutt and Raft, discuss their plight as workers under the thumb of a wealthy owner. During a windstorm, Raft and his fellow hands must climb a mast of the three-master to control a rigging gone astray. Once they master that runaway rigging, they pause to watch another vessel in the distance. It's a ship many have seen before. We are introduced to the occupants of this new ship, the Gaston de Paris. The owner is Prince Selm, who loves the finest things in life, yet is drawn to the sea. His guests are an elderly eccentric woman, Madame de Warens, and her adopted daughter, Cleo de Bromsart, an unmarried 20-year-old who looks down on the lower classes. Madame de Warens is upset that Cleo has rejected Selm's proposal of marriage. Cleo, feeling an urge to go on deck, puts on storm gear and begins to climb the steps. Suddenly the engines thrust the ship forward fast, throwing Cleo back. She rushes up on deck to see the three-master hovering near, the name Albatross on its side. Her ship is listing to port. The last thing she remembers is Prince Selm's voice. Many questions remain: the fate of either ship, the safety of Madame Warens, and not the least the future of Cleo and Selm. (summary by Bill Boerst) (7 hr 54 min)


01 - Part I, Chapters 1 and 2 17:38 Read by Lynne T
02 - Part I, Chapter 3 29:52 Read by Marty
03 - Part I, Chapters 4 and 5 16:24 Read by Marty
04 - Part I, Chapters 6 and 7 27:15 Read by Marty
05 - Part II, Chapter 8 11:41 Read by Jules Hawryluk
06 - Part II, Chapter 9 23:32 Read by Jules Hawryluk
07 - Part II, Chapter 10 10:51 Read by Natalie Paula
08 - Part II, Chapter 11 19:04 Read by Natalie Paula
09 - Part II, Chapter 12 12:23 Read by Jules Hawryluk
10 - Part II, Chapter 13 13:43 Read by Jules Hawryluk
11 - Part II, Chapter 14 18:41 Read by Jules Hawryluk
12 - Part II, Chapters 15, 16, and 17 20:20 Read by Jules Hawryluk
13 - Part III, Chapter 18 13:11 Read by Jules Hawryluk
14 - Part III, Chapters 19 and 20 17:11 Read by Jules Hawryluk
15 - Part IV, Chapters 21 and 22 20:32 Read by Jules Hawryluk
16 - Part IV, Chapter 23 14:49 Read by Jules Hawryluk
17 - Part IV, Chapter 24 13:52 Read by Jules Hawryluk
18 - Part IV, Chapter 25 22:55 Read by Jules Hawryluk
19 - Part IV, Chapter 26 9:26 Read by Jules Hawryluk
20 - Part V, Chapter 27 25:20 Read by Jules Hawryluk
21 - Part V, Chapter 28 7:07 Read by Brian Mansi
22 - Part V, Chapter 29 8:10 Read by Mike Pelton
23 - Part V, Chapter 30 7:43 Read by Mike Pelton
24 - Part V, Chapter 31 11:59 Read by Mike Pelton
25 - Part V, Chapters 32 and 33 12:45 Read by Jules Hawryluk
26 - Part V, Chapter 34 8:49 Read by Jules Hawryluk
27 - Part VI, Chapter 35 19:28 Read by Jules Hawryluk
28 - Part VI, Chapter 36 20:05 Read by Jules Hawryluk
29 - Part VI, Chapter 37 19:30 Read by Jules Hawryluk


(4 stars)

I liked this book as it is a great adventure with a woman as a main character. I really like the description of living on the island, the weather, the wildlife. As with other older books though the depiction of non white non European cultures is stereotypical and unflattering. For some this weakness might be a reason not to read it. I decided to just acknowledge this shortcoming and enjoy what I could. I was glad I read it.

An excellent adventure of coming to reality in an extreme situat

(5 stars)