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The book is a collection of stories about various pirates extensively padded with long quotes from letters, trial transcripts and old books. Notice that there is no particular author--only the "Charles River Editors".
There are actually several chapters that are simply readings of 17th century travel diaries of the pirates or their crew.
The reader insists on performing the book instead of reading it. I hate this style of audio book. For women you get a quiet falsetto with an Irish or English accent, for men you get a whiny tenor or a loud baritone depending on whether it's a scholar or pirate being quoted. Some of these accents are impossible to determine where they are supposed to represent. This made it impossible to listen at 1.5 or 2x speed which I find helpful with casual books like this.
Lastly, there is no attempt to provide insight or context for their actions. It reads like a Wikipedia entry despite the fact that there is tremendous moral ambiguity surrounding these peoples' actions.
There is essentially no original content here and the extensive inclusion of old, out of copyright material gives it the feel of a thrown together work.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
Like most pirate books the information is very general non specific, the same old often repeted stuff. However there was some new information I haven't heard before on Calico Jack and Ann Bonnie, and Mary Read.
And his accents are appalling!
Imagine, if you can, Omar Sharif as an Irishman.
I could not force myself to even finish the book.
The narrator is awful, his attempt at Irish, English and Scots accents is ridiculous. He sounds more like a Bangladeshi than an Irish man.
The author doesn't know his History, there is no such place as the 'English Isles'. Also the Tudors were never kings of Scotland and never ruled there so how they were able to introduce laws into Scotland that 'alienated the native clansmen' is a fact, obviously only known by the author whose grasp of history is almost as inept as his scholarship! Utter utter drivel, don't bother!
0 of 1 people found this review helpful
a better read is. the general history of pyrates by daniel defoe written in 1700-1800
Very interesting story of the history of pirates but the narrator was a bit flat.