Two Years Before the Mast

  • by Richard Henry Dana
  • Narrated by Pat Bottino
  • 16 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Two Years Before the Mast, written by Richard Henry Dana, provides a vivid account of "the life of a common sailor at sea". Dana sails from Boston, around Cape Horn, stopping in several ports along the California coast, including San Diego, San Pedro, Santa Barbara, and San Francisco. On the return trip around Cape Horn in the middle of the Antarctic winter, Dana describes terrifying storms and incredible beauty, giving vivid descriptions of icebergs and the scurvy that afflicts members of the crew.


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Excellent! A must for residents of California and those who so aspire. Great descriptions of California ports and cities in the 1830s and 1850s
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- Kenneth O. Garrett

New Reader please

Would you consider the audio edition of Two Years Before the Mast to be better than the print version?

No, the reader was a very poor choice for this recording.

What didn’t you like about Pat Bottino’s performance?

He sounded too old. Not just his voice, but his manner of reading. The adventures of a young man are read by a stuffy sounding museum tour guide voice. I'd prefer better talent or at least someone who engages the text when they read instead of this reader.

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- JB

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-05-2010
  • Publisher: Alpha DVD LLC