Under the Black Flag

  • by David Cordingly
  • Narrated by Don Hagen
  • 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For this rousing, revisionist history, the former head of exhibitions at England's National Maritime Museum has combed original documents and records to produce a most authoritative and definitive account of piracy's "Golden Age." As he explodes many accepted myths (i.e. "walking the plank" is pure fiction), Cordingly replaces them with a truth that is more complex and often bloodier.


What the Critics Say

"An insightful, concise, and thoroughly enjoyable portrait of the misnamed Golden Age of Piracy...." (Library Journal)
"Even if you don't know a corsair (a Mediterranean-based pirate) from a buccaneer (a Caribbean pirate), this book will delight and inform." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Interesting and Informative

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes and no. I learned a little from this book, the author seemed to wander from topic to topic and the whole book was loosely tied together.

If you’ve listened to books by David Cordingly before, how does this one compare?

This is the first book buy the author, as I have mentioned it is an ok book, but I never really got the sense of what life was like during this time in history. I was expecting more of a history and fewer "stories"

Have you listened to any of Don Hagen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No this was my first time hearing him. He did a great job!

Was Under the Black Flag worth the listening time?

Yes and no. I wanted more information, more facts. The author bounces all over the place. The chapters are loosely connected, and only a few times does he point out that our modern conception of a pirate is very different than what are the facts.

Any additional comments?

Overall not a horrible book, but not what i was looking for.

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- Tom

just the facts

What did you like best about this story?

I was happy to find a broad history of pirates. Given how hot pirates are in popular culture, it's nice to have a factual background.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would not want to listen to this all in one sitting. It can get a little dry. I broke it up over a period of time.

Any additional comments?

There was a section on punishment that was very gory. My son listed to portions of the book with me, but he could not have listed to this part, and I had a hard time getting through it. I understand its importance, but it was tough to listen to.

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- notamatopoeia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-30-2011
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC