Two Years Before the Mast

  • by Richard Henry Dana
  • Narrated by Athur Addison
  • 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This is the true story of a Harvard graduate who forsook his studies for two years of the grueling life of an ordinary seaman. This exciting tale was the first to realistically describe the lives of the roughly treated, poorly paid sailors of the merchant marine.

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

Yes, unless the reader is a sailor and knows the pronunciation of the technical terms. The reader was excellent in mastering these unknown terms.


What other book might you compare Two Years Before the Mast to and why?

I know of no other.


What about Athur Addison’s performance did you like?

His pronunciation appeared accurate, and he dramatized the various characters.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. It needs time to digest and to research the geography of various locations mentioned, especially in the area near the Anartic.


Any additional comments?

Should be required reading in all California high schools.

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- Carole B. Regan

Interesting, informative, and real

Where does Two Years Before the Mast rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book ranks among my classics near the top of the list. It is not my favorite but I really enjoyed it. I especially liked that this is an actual account of what it was like to be a deck hand so long ago. It truly is a slice of history preserved in time.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Two Years Before the Mast?

The navigation among the "ice islands" was very memorable. One could almost feel the cold and see the icebergs.


What about Athur Addison’s performance did you like?

I thought he did a fine job. He really brought the book to life.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, because of the length but otherwise my attention was caught the entire time.


Any additional comments?

I am glad this book is available to us and am saddened by all the accounts of other professions that must have been lost to us over the years.

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- aaron gilbert

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-26-2013
  • Publisher: Audio Book Contractors