• by Tim Severin
  • Narrated by Rupert Farley
  • 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

1677 - Snatched from an Irish village by Barbary corsairs, 17 year old Hector Lynch finds himself in a bewildering world where life is cheap and only the quick- witted survive. Befriended by fellow captive Dan, they escape horrors of the slave barracks by converting to Islam; then, serving aboard a Turkish ship, their vessel is sunk at sea. Condemned to further slavery and chained to the oar bench of a French galley, Hector is driven by the need to find out what happened to his sister, Elizabeth, who was also kidnapped by the corsairs. He learns the chilling truth when he and his colourful band of brothers are shipwrecked off the coast of Morocco.....


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Not much to get excited about here

I found this story lacking the element that gives things a bit of spice and makes you just want to listen more. The main characters seem to stumble around from one predicament to another without much reason so ultimately I did not particularly care about their fate.
There are the beginnings of some good antagonists, but just when they get going, the heros move on, pretty much unscathed.
The narrator conveyed a certain naivety for the main character, which may have been his goal, but it put me off a bit.
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- Hugh

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-03-2008
  • Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Ltd