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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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 "Christian, Texan, electrician, lover of reading-I lean towards Sci-fi/fantasy but enjoy the classics, history, and science titles also."

Awkward narrator, great story

The narrator was difficult to enjoy, mispronounced quite a few words, and added strange pauses between words.

Despite that, the story is great! To live through his eyes for two years in Mexican California is so interesting. This book is definitely a must listen for anyone who enjoys hearing about life as it was in the past.
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- R. C. Autrey

Book Details

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