• The Sea-Hawk

  • By: Rafael Sabatini
  • Narrated by: John Bolen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-07-03
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (53 ratings)

Regular price: $23.09

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
Select or Add a new payment method

Buy Now with 1 Credit

By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Buy Now for $23.09

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Add to Library for $0.00

By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Editorial Reviews

Rafael Sabatini's The Sea-Hawk tells the story of an Elizabethan Englishman who, after being betrayed by his half-brother and sold into slavery, joins the swashbuckling pirates of the Barbary Coast. Historic and melodramatic, this audiobook chucks listeners right into the middle of the action. John Bolen turns in a solid performance. He is not afraid to pause to let the imagery settle, nor to use rapid-fire pacing to bolster action sequences. He particularly hits his stride with his characters' voices, from the high-pitched women to the heavily accented pirates. For fans of good old-fashion melodrama, X marks this spot.
Show More Show Less

Publisher's Summary

Sir Oliver Tessilian, a Cornish nobleman, is abandoned or betrayed by everyone he ever loved. He is framed for murder, affronted and shunned by his fiancee and sold into slavery by his half-brother. Tessilian converts to Islam and becomes the Barbary Corsair, Sakr-el-Bahr, "Hawk of the Sea." He invades the coast of England on a captured Spanish ship and kidnaps the woman whose love for him had been poisoned by deceit and whose unforgiving repugnance had kept him form returning home. This 1923 best seller, doused with pirates, sea battles, villainy, romance and revenge, is considered one of the great classic swashbucklers of all time.
(P)2002 Tantor Media, Inc.
Show More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
2 out of 5 stars
By Optimistic skeptic on 03-22-05

Fun story ruined by poor reading

The reader was excruciating. Some mispronounced words were jarring because they were pretty basic. Pacing was weak and the acting was marginal. The reader varies so little in tone that my attention often wandered.

If you can't find a better place to spend your credits, try a test listen first to make sure you don't agree with me.

Read More Hide me

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Ellen Spertus on 03-21-04

A slow start but ultimately gripping

It started off a little slow, but this story of betrayal and its consequences went on to become sit-in-the-garage gripping. It has greater psychological depth than the typical swashbuckler. The reader was disappointing, using the same voice for very different characters (such as the faithful servant and the duplicitious mercenary). The only superior book I know of in this genre is The Count of Monte Cristo.

Read More Hide me

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

See all Reviews

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
1 out of 5 stars
By Sarah on 07-13-08

Dreadful narrator!

I made the huge mistake of buying this audiobook without listening to a sample first. The narrator sounds like George W Bush - comical at first, but after about three chapters I gave up in disgust. His attempts at English accents are truly terrible and somehow the narrator seems to think that all English men have very high pitched voices. His breathy heroine was awful and his mispronunciation of place and personal names was irritating. I can't comment on plot or characters as I never got far enough into the book to form any opinion.

Read More Hide me

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

See all Reviews