mostly nonfiction listener
Mayflower is straight ahead historical narrative in the old-fashioned style. This is the books strength and weakness. Strength because the story of the Pilgrims is both essential and compelling. I grew up in Boston and was a history major in college, and yet my understanding of the facts, dates, names, of the Pilgrims is all too hazy. This book helps. The weakness is that I felt often overloaded by the narrative, with Philbrick unwilling to draw broad conclusions or themes from the Pilgrim's experience. Still, I'm pretty excited to bring the girls to Plymouth Plantation.
good luck to all the tortured highschool students forced to slog through this book like the early Americans struggling through swamps, holding their muskets above their heads. possible more suitable for the true American history enthusiast.
forget most of what you know about Plymouth rock, Squanto, the Pilgrims, and early New England. The chapter in early American history that most people skip. Philbrick is a great historian.
I have not learned much about the pilgrams prior to this book so many parts of the book were quite thought provoking. I had never known how close those individuals were to starving to death or being annihilated by the indians.
Nothing like a good read.....(or listen!).
This is a very readable account of the first pilgrim settlements in New England. Probably unknown number to most of European ancestry. Unfortunately the locals don't do so well. Brilliant reading.
The research and narrative as well as the reading were excellent. It was all the more interesting for me since I have 6 ancestors who arrived on the Mayflower.