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I am upset that not one of the reviews shown by Audible mentioned this being a young reader story. Very shallow pirate story with very mixed performances by the ensemble. Absolutely poor production. Just very mediocre all the way around. I can't recommend even for the target audience
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
Where does Black Sam rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
As stated on the cover, this is a great story to listen to as a family. Adventures, pirates and a little sweet romance.
What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
This book is jam packed full of big name narrators including Alex Hyde-White, Scott Brick, Simon Vance, R.C. Bray and William Dufris just to name a few. By using the 'full cast' approach to this book, each narrator is able to give their character their all. There was a little 'humming' or 'background white noise' detected at times but over all it didn't distract from the performances.
Any additional comments?
Black Sam: Prince of Pirates is the story of Sam Bellamy who falls in love with the lovely upper class Maria. As Sam isn't in her 'league' as they say, her family objects to their courtship. Because of this, Sam goes off to sea to go to Florida in hopes of being able to recover some of the gold that has gone down with the Spanish fleet. His first attempt at a recovery mission doesn't go as planned and before you know it, Sam is a pirate.
This story is told in two different story lines, which at first was confusing but as the story played out it made more sense. I would recommend this book to my adventure loving friends and as a book that could be listened and shared by the family. Ages 10+
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
Would you listen to Black Sam again? Why?
Yes, I found the audio book to be very enjoyable.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Black Sam?
If I told I would be giving away one of the main story plots. I refuse to ruin a good story for anyone who has not had a chance to listen. It's definitely worth the listen!
Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?
I believe the full cast done a marvelous job with all of the characters.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Laugh, yes, cry, no.
Any additional comments?
The full cast did a marvelous job to make all of the characters come to life. There was just enough music added in that it did not overpower or take away from the narration. The author also did a wonderful job with the story. Hope to listen to book two soon.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
So let down with this! Says Roy Dotrice is one of the readers & this was the reason I bought this audiobook, but where is he? All I heard was one continuous narrator and a few amateurs talking not acting nor adding any feeling or character to their reading. This is one of the worst audio readings I have heard in my collection of 1000 audiobooks. I have a passion for this type of genre, but not this one. Because of the amateur reading, this book simply did not happen for me. Just continuous prattle. Bad prattle at that.