John Silverwood lives in California with his wife, Jean, and their four children. Jean Silverwood lives in California with her husband, John, and their four children. Malcolm McConnell is the author of Into the Mouth of the Cat and the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller American Soldier with Tommy Franks and of My Year in Iraq with L. Paul Bremer III. Carrington MacDuffie is a voice actor and recording artist who has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, received numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has been a frequent finalist for the Audie Award, including for her original audiobook, Many Things Invisible. Alongside her narration work, she has released a new album of original songs, Only an Angel. Joe Barrett, an actor and Audie Award and Earphones Award-winning narrator, has appeared both on and off Broadway as well as in hundreds of radio and television commercials.
Adult/High School-It could be said that the Silverwoods' account of hitting a coral reef off the Scilly Islands is a repeat of history, because their 50-foot catamaran, the Emerald Jane, did exactly what the tall sailing ship Julia Ann had done in 1855. Luckily for John, Jean, and their four children, they had the benefit of 21st-century survival gear, particularly the GPS survival beacon that provided the crucial link to the French emergency crews who saved them. Black Wave is an exciting tale; readers know from the start that the family survives, but what makes for deep engagement is learning the parallel story of Captain Pond and his crew and passengers. It is during John Silverwood's recovery and rehabilitation-his leg is crushed during the wreck and later amputated-that he learns about the Julia Ann. As he delves into its history and learns how the 19th-century crew dealt with their devastating misadventure, it helps him put his family's experience into perspective. This book shows that we all deal with catastrophic events differently, but if our actions are explored and investigated, we learn that human beings, no matter the era, have the same basic instincts and needs to make sense of their experiences.-Joanne Ligamari, Twin Rivers United School District, Sacramento, CA Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
The jaw-dropping true tale of the Silverwood family and their awe-inspiring survival when faced with the most harrowing of events on the high seas is a truly remarkable account. Carrington Macduffie and Joe Barrett bring this story to life, capturing the tense journey down to the slightest detail in these realistic readings. While Macduffie certainly offers more in the line of theatrics, both performances are earnest and raw, allowing the listeners to ebb and flow with the story as if they were tucked away on the Silverwood's 50-foot catamaran. The journey is the destination in this tersely written tale, and with skilled, experienced narrators guiding the way, this trip proves seaworthy. A Random House hardcover (Reviews, Apr. 14). (June) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
"The jaw-dropping true tale of the Silverwood family and their awe-inspiring survival when faced with the most harrowing of events on the high seas is a truly remarkable account. Carrington Macduffie and Joe Barrett bring this story to life, capturing the tense journey down to the slightest detail in these realistic readings...both performances are earnest and raw, allowing the listeners to ebb and flow with the story as if they were tucked away on the Silverwood's fifty-foot catamaran."-- "Publishers Weekly"
MacDuffie narrates Jean's story, the loving wife, frustrated spouse, kind and often bemused mother, and always a strong woman trying to protect and love her family even in the most desperate straits. Barrett's gruff voice is perfect for the rugged, handsome John who can burst into pirate lingo at one moment and describe his near death experience and his acknowledgement of dependence on his family at another. Together their narration creates a story that everyone in the family can relate to.-- "SoundCommentary.com"
Carrington MacDuffie expresses Jean's excitement at global scenic spots, her pride in son Ben's growing maturity, and her disappointment at her husband's slips from sobriety. Joe Barrett, as John, picks up the story with the aftermath of the crash...Both narrators deliver foreign accents well, and their dual reading makes this loosely organized adventure tale special.-- "AudioFile"
Wisely, [the Silverwoods] focus not only on the natural wonders experienced on their marathon journey, but on the small everyday matters: meal preparations, the kids' home schooling at sea, mechanical problems with the boat. These close-up, authentic details enrich a story that works on many levels-as intimate family portrait, colorful travelogue, and high-seas drama.-- "Kirkus Reviews"