Gordon Chaplin wrote Dark Wind: A Survivor's Tale of Love and Loss in order to understand that love and that loss. Chaplin and his partner Susan Atkinson had both survived broken marriages and the difficult adjustments of their adolescent daughters (two each). They brought passion to each other, to their new life together. In a celebration of sorts, they bought a 36-foot motor-sailor and sailed first to the Mosquito Coast, then Panama, then across the Pacific; it was daring, courageous, and a bit foolish. Then, anchored off idyllic Wotho atoll in the northwestern Marshalls, the luck they'd so trusted in ran out. Chaplin's anguish and raw emotion in describing the typhoon that engulfed them hasn't been tempered by the intervening years, but perhaps the portrait he paints of their life and his intense love for Susan has been there's a poignancy and clarity that comes with time and with unrelenting regret. Chaplin's account of this calamitous adventure will stay with you long after Paul Michael's excellent reading is over. (3 hours)

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