Plot: This rollicking, life-embracing memoir of adventure on the high seas is pure, fast-paced reading enjoyment. From one port to the next, there's plenty of action, good humor, and moments of excitement.
Prose: Hinman's sunny enthusiasm for her subject matter and skillful, briskly-paced prose make the reader feel like a co-adventurer on her incredible journey.
Originality: Though similar travel memoirs are certainly available, Hinman's appealing blend of adventure, frugal living, and marital negotiations in close quarters bring authenticity and freshness to her story.
Character Development: Hinman's cheery, good-humored, and often self-effacing depiction of her life at sea makes her feel like the party guest with all the best stories. Not one to shy away from the gritty or stressful realities of long-term travel, she manages to inspire while telling the wholehearted truth.
Date Submitted: August 30, 2017
This rollicking, life-embracing memoir of adventure on the high seas is pure, fast-paced reading enjoyment. From one port to the next, there's plenty of action, good humor, and moments of excitement.
“Tightwads on the Loose; a Seven Year Pacific Odyssey vividly details the highs and lows of life at sea and at port. It will definitely appeal for those who are curious about sea voyaging. Armchair travelers will find a diversity of cultural experiences, historical details, and adventures for their entertainment and education. Come on board and sail away with the intrepid Wendy Hinman and her humorous and ingenious insights about life at sea.”
“Wendy Hinman is an accomplished storyteller. Tightwads on the Loose, her memoir, will captivate you.”
Sailing Magazine calls Tightwads on the Loose “Charming” and “a pleasure to read.”
"A light-hearted tone and unaffected style make this an entertaining tale."
Tightwads selected as a best travel book for women! Top 125 best travel books for women.
Wendy Hinman, editor of the Writers Connection and author of Tighwads on the Loose and Sea Trials (2017), shares her writing process with Shiela Bender on the podcast, Writing it Real.
Tightwads on the Loose a top seller!
#1 Magnolia Bookstore
#8 Third Place Books
#2 Travel book on Amazon.
Top 100 of all books on Amazon.
Readers have enjoyed this story for years in paperback and as an eBook and it has been a consistently strong seller. It has garnered rave reviews from many readers and been named a best book multiple times. Now those who prefer to hear a story with their ears rather than take it in through tired eyes can also enjoy it. As children, we loved when someone read us a story. Why not enjoy the same means of opening our imaginations as adults?
Author Wendy Hinman is excited to share her phenomenal story through audio, thanks to the incredible storytelling talents of our narrator, Robin Karno. Robin’s enthusiasm and excitement has made the process of bringing this story alive so much fun. Not only has she been a fabulous collaborator, she has a pleasing voice, great comedic timing, and a talent for capturing the flavor of the voyage and the accents of the cultures that this traveling duo visit in their 34,000-mile journey around the Pacific aboard a small sailboat.
Now the whole family can listen to this engaging, award-winning story of travel adventures with Wendy and Garth.
Listen to a sample audio clip of Tightwads on the Loose, narrated by Robin Karno, for a taste of our first experience venturing offshore at the start of what became a 7-year pacific odyssey.
*The Tightwads on the Loose audiobook will be available for purchase through most audiobook retailers, including: (*subject to change without notice.)
Nook Audiobooks (Barnes & Noble)
Bibliotheca + 3M
Baker & Taylor
The Audiobook Store
3 Leaf Group
EBSCO Information Services
Wheelers Book Club Limited
Once you pick up a copy, you can relax and listen to the story unfold as many times as you wish!
Wendy Hinman Wins the Journey Award for best true life adventure story for Tightwads on the Loose.
Wendy Hinman has won the Readers Favorite award for both her books: Sea Trials: Around the World with Duct Tape and Bailing Wire and Tightwads on the Loose: A Seven Year Pacific Odyssey. She accepted both awards during the 2019 Miami Book Fair. Read the reviews of her award-winning books here. https://readersfavorite.com/rfreviews/search?search=Wendy+Hinman&by=authorname.
At this summer’s Pacific Northwest Writers Association conference, July 16 – 19, 2015 l SeaTac Hilton Hotel and Conference Center
On July 18th, Wendy Hinman will share some of what she’s learned in a session called “Getting your Book into the Hands of Readers.”