The Pursuit of Leviathan

  • by C. D. Baker
  • Narrated by Nick Denton
  • 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the 17th century, hundreds of thousands of Europeans endured some of the most barbarous assaults ever lost to history. Until now. As heir to the family estate, young English gentleman Christopher Clive is submissive to his grandfather's grooming, but his heart is drawn to the enchanting Irish muse, Raven O'Morrissey. When her village is attacked, Christopher makes a noble sacrifice and comes face to face with Leviathan - a godless spirit of chaos - and its world of forced slavery, jihad, and the clash of empires. Yet even as the years pass, he cannot forget the coastal mist of the sea cove he and Raven once shared as the setting of their tragic romance and of a legendary treasure that could change their fate forever. An extraordinary journey across perilous lands and a historical portrait of unthinkable evil, The Pursuit of Leviathan reveals a great monster that threatens us all - and the greater power that insures its inevitable defeat.

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It Deserves TEN STARS!!!!

This book may be the best I've listened to so far this year....and I listen to A LOT of books. The story is very well written and researched. Prior to listening, I didn't know much about this time period. The author did an excellent job of making it fascinating to learn about. The story pulled me in from the beginning and you can't help but to laugh, cry and grow with the main character. It's a very touching and emotional read/listen.
The narration is FABULOUS!!! You can tell the narrator put all his passion, blood, sweat and tears into his performance. Nick Denton brings the book to life and makes you feel as if you are right there with the character. I hope to see and hear more books narrated by Mr. Denton in the near future.
I have found a new favorite author and narrator and will definitely pick up anything I see from either one....but they make an excellent team!!

I 110% recommend this book, this author, this narrator!

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- Kimberly Smith

The Pursuit of Leviathan

The Pursuit of Leviathan hooked me and pulled me immediately into its fast paced adventure. The story is a coming of age story for the main character Christopher (Kipper). I found Kipper to be a very real character. He goes through his moments of frustration, anger, and a bit of angst, but CD Baker has done an fine job of not allowing these behaviours to overwhelm Kipper's character or the story line, and instead making Kipper a regular guy dealing with a terrible situation while trying to stay true to himself. CD Baker is an excellent writer. His detailed descriptions of the different settings and characters were so vividly drawn that the reader really does 'see' them. He has also done an incredible amount of research. I hadn't known the history of the Corsair raids, and have since spent some hours researching the time period - very fascinating. The historical account of Kipper's adventure is spot on what an enslaved male would have experienced during the Corsair raids and his confinement. The story is brutal, but this was the reality.

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My only disappointment with the book was the ending, and it is just a minor complaint. The ending was fine and there was resolution, however I felt a bit cheated that I didn't get to be there for the 'end'. After spending ~20 years with Christopher on his wretched and arduous journey, I wanted to see the payoff instead of just hearing where he was headed. Though I was very happy about the horse;)
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Narration: Nick Denton did a super job on the narration. He had many accents to cover, and he handled them all with skill, and his choice for the voice of Kipper was excellent. The story was long and extremely dark, and there were some moments where I almost turned the audio off. It was the narration that kept me holding on and I got through the most horrible moments. Thanks Nick, I'll be keeping an eye out for more of your narrations!

Interesting notes: From 1530-1780 ~1,250,000+ people were kidnapped by Barbary Corsairs from ships and European coastal villages (British Isles, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, Iceland) and sold into slavery. Coastal towns were abandoned or reinforced with defences due to the fear of Corsair night time raids. This chapter in history was entirely new to me. It's always super exciting to find moments in history that I have not encountered previously, so thank you author CD Baker!

For those who like to know... the book contains much violence (torture) and one situation of animal abuse, but not sex or profanity.

I received The Pursuit of Leviathan for free in exchange for an unbiased review.
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- Lady Meserole

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-25-2017
  • Publisher: C David Baker