I had expected a typical "hero" story such as one would expect to be a part of American folklore. What I found was a tale of bureacratic nincompoopery which reduced the would be hero to or perhaps exposed his underlying character to be that of a bitter drunkard. The degree of detail almost had the same effect on me. Perhaps an abridged version would better suit this patch of U.S. Marine history.
I got the impression that Richard Todd, narrator, had been told not to personalize his reading, so he didn't.
The book seems like it might be a "what's not to like" kind of book, exciting time in history, a period that meshes well with other things I've read--Jefferson, by negotiation and purchase conquered more land than Napoleon ever did, etc.
But I got the feeling that a moderately grammar sensitive word processor connected to a spoken language generator could read as well.
Other people don't seem to have had the problem.
So listen to the sample! Probably good advice generally.
I dont really have any complaints about the book, but the title is misleading. The book is highly lacking in the swashbucking department. Very interresting history, but if you are expecting Blackbeard or Captain Kidd, ye best be lookin' elsewhar.
After listening to Stephen Ambrose's "Undaunted Courage" I was really excited to listen to another historical piece from that era. I found "The Pirate Coast" started out well enough but 1/2 way through the book it really started to drag. It was almost painful to finish.
This book does a great job of telling the story as described with enough details to be interesting but not dry enough to be dull.
I can't pick a moment but there are two things that stuck with me. The first was how seeing how Jefferson is even more conniving and two-faced than I had thought before (after reading Hamilton's biography). The other is about the sailors' captivity by the pirates is so similar to what Cervantes described for his own and for Don Quixote.
I shouldn't answer this one, I listen at 1.5x and the drama in the reading is lost at that speed.
Too long for one sitting but there were times I arrived at home or work and didn't want to get out of the car.
A good read and some very important American history that is glossed over or told as myth since the truth is not nearly as flattering for the country.
Excellent book! Tons of detail about a little known American event. I would have given it 4 stars but the reader seemed to rush through the text, sometimes avoiding punctuations.
The story was good, but the detail excessive. An abridged version stressing fewer peripheral events and characters would have been more enjoyable.
If you think U.S. foreign policy is bonkers in 2005, just try 1805. Zacks's book is a good read for early American history buffs. But the focus is very narrow, and readers interested in more general kinds of historical works probably won't like it. Narration quality, overall, was good but not great.
Outstanding historical account. They didn't teach us about this war in school. Every American should know this stuff, especially now! The book is too long winded. Look for an abridged version (if it exists).