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by Diana Nyad | Read by Diana Nyad

At age 64, following multiple attempts, Diana Nyad finally achieved her long-held dream of becoming the first person to swim from Cuba to Key West. It's a testament to her determination that she kept trying even when it seemed like she would never achieve her dream. Hearing her tell her story in her own words adds another dimension to the endeavor, and the listener feels her single-minded dedication to her goal. Her description of the challenging circumstances she overcame early in her life is jarring, and makes her achievements even more impressive. Nyad also gives the listener glimpses of her mind while swimming by singing the songs that help her to maintain her stroke, counting in various languages, and yelping when stung by jellyfish. S.E.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine