Theresa (Seattle WA)
Somewhat inspirational Pearl
This book is full of amazing tales of personal determination and perseverance. I marveled at the author's ability to take on challenges for her own fulfillment/redemption. I believe my only reservations come from my general skepticism of memoirs lately (after the Frey episode and others). I would have liked to do some of my own fact checking, but will have to wait until I have more time. For now, I'll say, it is a good and sometimes inspirational read. An interesting life, indeed.
Molly (Longmont CO)
This is a great book for people who like to read about extremes. I do Id never do what Ms McClure did, or climb Mt. Everest, but I enjoy the vicarious pleasure. This is an adventure story, not a great literary piece. If you can keep yourself from asking questions like, could anyone possibly be this self-deprecating and, could anyone possibly be this obtuse, youll like this story as much as I did. I tolerated the moral spoon feeding because I figured she had earned the right. While Im shaking my head in disbelief, I admire her for what she did, and I got a kick out of reading about it.
Roberta (Mesa AZ)
I wanted to like it...
... but it just wasn't happening. While the book is an easy read it certainly didn't inspire me. I felt the author continuously reminded the reader of her education, degrees and good deeds. The book was obviously written as a way for the author to purge her soul of demons but I really wasn't interested.
Karen (Cottonwood Heights UT)
A Pearl in the Storm
This book is definitely a rare pearl! Extremely readable and enjoyable. I would recommend it for everyone; teens, book clubs, and anyone who likes to read. It is inspirational and forceful. I usually read fiction, but found this much more compelling than anything I have read lately. Tori's story is amazing - as is she! I am recommending it to all my friends. As a additional bonus, I found out more about rowing and small craft ocean travel than I ever would have researched on my own.
Definitely a must read!
Maggie (Redmond WA)
Definitely a pearl
Being a person that doesn't really like being in or on the water, I wasn't sure I'd enjoy this story. I was pleasantly surprised. The author is very gifted in story telling. It took me on an adventure I wouldn't have been able to take other wise. My only complaint would be that I was irritated with the authors need to keep reminding me that she is intelligent. I'm sure there are better ways to express that in writing without having to come out and say it.
It's well worth reading. I would have given it a rating of 5 if not for my one complaint.
Theresa (Sierra Madre CA)
I truly enjoyed the writing style of this author - it was the type of book you put down and looked forward to getting back to. The story was extremely fascinating and kept me wanting to know more. This is definitely a book I would consider for our book club - I think there would be some great discussions about it.
Gigi (Lufkin, TX)
This is a life-transforming adventure for both author and reader. Tori Murden McClure has effectively woven her row across an ocean with her life experiences through life from early childhood. "A Pearl in the Storm" would captivate readers from ages 15 to 150 both intellectually and emotionally. It is much more than entertaining; it is engaging, and the memories will linger.