The Ultimate Pirate Collection

  • by Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by Rhett Samuel Price
  • 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Examines the lives, legends and legacies of 11 of history's most famous pirates, including Blackbeard, Francis Drake, Captain Kidd, Captain Morgan, Grace O'Malley, Black Bart, Calico Jack, Anne Bonny, Mary Read, Henry Every and Howell Davis.
Explains how the myths and legends of pirates, like Blackbeard, created the instantly recognizable pirate stereotypes of today.
Includes contemporary accounts of the pirates written by Captain Charles Johnson.
The people who have lived outside the boundaries of normal societies and refused to play by the rules have long fascinated the world, and nowhere is this more evident than the continuing interest in the pirates of centuries past. As the subjects of books, movies, and even theme park rides, people continue to let their imaginations go when it comes to pirates, with buried treasure, parrots, and walking the plank all ingrained in pop culture's perception of them.
While there is no question that the myths and legends surrounding history's most famous pirates are colorful, in some instances their actual lives made for even better stories. Before the golden age of piracy, men and women like Sir Francis Drake and Grace O'Malley straddled the line between pirate and privateer, with Drake being knighted for fighting the Spanish and O'Malley representing many things to the Irish, including queen, legend, pirate, and folk hero.
While Captain Morgan's ruthless piracy has actually been forgotten due to his association with the spiced rum company using his name, Captain William Kidd insisted he wasn't a pirate at all, and his entire reputation is based on the most notorious trial in the history of piracy.
"The golden age of piracy" generally refers to the era when history's most famous pirates roamed the seas of the West Indies from 1670-1720.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Kind of a ripoff

What would have made The Ultimate Pirate Collection better?

A little more effort by the writers, less silliness from the narrator.

What could Charles River Editors have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Worked at it, instead of including ridiculously long block quotes to fill pages, and even reusing the EXACT SAME PASSAGES to described similar concepts, in different chapters.

Would you be willing to try another one of Rhett Samuel Price’s performances?

No. The cheesy accents whenever he quoted a British speaker were too much. It's not a children's story; you don't have to use different voices for all the characters.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Good stories, if the writers hadn't ruined them through sheer laziness.

Any additional comments?

The Charles River Editors threw this book together in a hurry to make a quick buck. It's riddled with the kind of lazy tricks I would use in high school to up the word count on my papers. I've gotten past that kind of behavior, and they should too.

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- Garrick Otero

Not an original work

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.
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- Sean

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-08-2015
  • Publisher: Charles River Editors