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Marooned on Mogmog: A remote island, a shipwrecked Aussie family, a clash of cultures

2.42  ·  Rating Details ·  19 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
'It all ended with a shipwreck. Ten years of planning, dreaming, plotting and scheming - gone in one night. Who even heard of shipwrecks these days? This is the 21st century, not the 1800s. But, happen it did, to a modern, mostly normal family from Western Australia. Now, home is a remote island in Micronesia that Lonely Planet states is inhabited by some of the world's ...more
Kindle Edition, 206 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jennifer Meech
Oct 17, 2011 Jennifer Meech rated it did not like it
This is the story of the Barrie family who were on the sailing trip of a lifetime when they became 'marooned' on the tiny Micronesian island of Mogmog following a huge storm.

It's a great tale and so I was really excited when I got the book out of my local library. "...A modern-day Swiss Family Robinson who lived to tell the tale of surviving a shipwreck and months stranded on one of the world's most remote islands". How can it not be great?!



This book was a huge disappointment. So much potential
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Ralph Hampson
Sep 07, 2016 Ralph Hampson rated it it was ok
I picked this book ups whilst on hols in Vanuatu and read it in a day. Several times I wanted to stop reading it but it was compelling because it was so bad. The book needed a good edit and the author gave such a black and white account of the mogmog islanders in the end I wanted to scream how can you be so judgmental! The title is also a misnomer as they were not marooned they came to rest after a storm on the island of mogmog with their boat badly damaged and the people there help them to get ...more
Helen McKenna
Having read an excerpt of this book (I think it was in the Woman's Weekly), I was happy to come across it in the library as it sounded like an amazing, adventurous story. Like some of the other reviewers I found that it didn't quite live up to its premise - but it was still an interesting tale that kept me interested from beginning to end.

The Barrie family, from Perth in Western Australia, had planned and saved for their dream two year sailing adventure for a long time. Meticulous in their plann
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Juan Yarawamai
Mar 02, 2013 Juan Yarawamai rated it did not like it
First of all you were not Marooned on this island.. This is what happen, You do not know the water in Micronesia, you got hit by a storm by mogmog and the people swam out to save you and your husband. you guys were freaking out.. and you guys got saved by us. then we let you have a hut house to live in and you are still bragging about how you are marooned and that how life is bad there.. you should atleast be thankful that we gave u a place to stay and u still had food. everybody has their own ...more
Jennifer
Jun 24, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hmmm, yes this book really wasn't what it claimed to be. I think the fact that although they were technically shipwrecked, but still had access to money, communication (internet and phone), food and other mod cons like dvd's makes it hard to really think they were marooned. They could have left at any time - but rather stayed to fix their boat. And I applaud them for that as it was hard work to fix it up - but it wasn't a situation where they were forced to live off coconuts and contend with ...more
Lewiss
Jul 28, 2014 Lewiss rated it liked it
I'm a fair way into the book and It seems fairly entertaining. Although i'm probably biased because I know the two daughters in the book and I'm friends with their cousin how told me about this story in the first place. I thought he was pulling my leg at first but boy was i wrong! : )

A good book, won't win a noble prize for literature or anything but enjoyable never the less. An interesting book and has inspired to set of on an adventure of my own when I'm older.

-L
Sally
Jun 18, 2012 Sally rated it liked it
Definitely an interesting tale and an easy to read book. I agree with other reviewers that the editing wasn't great - change of tenses was common. In some parts it was like a diary in present tense and others was a past tense recount of certain facts. I think you can have both in one book, but you need to separate them into different chapters or at least different pages.
Also too many exclamation marks!!!
But it was an enjoyable book, I read it in a few hours.
Debbie Thompson
May 03, 2012 Debbie Thompson rated it liked it
Interesting - I wouldn't have coped in this situation! Amazing perseverance and patience by a family as they are trapped on an island while trying to repair their shipwrecked yacht. The locals have some very odd habits that soon start to get annoying.
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