I think this is one of the best Caribbean pirate novels I've read so far. That is to say it was fantastic, historically detailed, and realistic somehow even through all the voodoo magic coursing through the pages.
I say pages figuratively, because I listened to the audio version, which was absolutely tops. The narrator tackled all the different voices and accents with aplomb, thank you very much Bronson Pinchot!
Jack Shandy is an excellent accidental hero, and the lengths he goes through to rescue Beth are really quite epic. The tale is filled with tips of the hat to historical figures besides Black Beard: Ponce de Leon, Anne Bonny, etc. And the way he describes magic--and bear with me on this--is the way I think it would be if it were indeed real. No easy feat to write.
This book is pure and great fun!
Supposedly this is the book disney's Pirates of the Caribbean 4 was based on. Loosely. Very loosely. For if they'd actually followed the plot of this book #4 wouldn't have been such a raging disappointment to us die hard POTC fans. However, I think you can definitely see Tim Powers' influence in POTC 2 and 3, which is interesting looking back on.
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I picked this up because Bronson Pinchot is my favorite recap and the reviews were solid and didn't regret it one bit.
I hope to find more in the series.
I have enjoyed books by Tim Powers in the past and never got around to reading "On Stranger Tides" until now. What a treat! Not only is this a great story, Bronson Pinchot is an amazing narrator. The way he does the voices of the pirates, French, and English accents is incredible. Powers is one of my favorite authors and now Pinchot joins the small number of my favorite narrators.
Absolutely magnificent performance of a very well written story. The worlds of mayhem and mysticism infused seamlessly into a delightful tale of Caribbean life in the golden age of piracy.
This is a genuine good old pirate story. The performance kept me to the story.
Having said that....
If it was a book that I picked up to read, I wouldn't have finished it. This was what you might call 'real audible theatre'.
Great listen, speaker did a wonderful job differentiating the voices. My only issue was that some of the voices were incredibly quiet and some were incredibly loud, which makes it very tough to listen to conveniently in the car without your finger constantly on the volume dial.
Not terribly interesting.
The ending wasn't that surprising or interesting, much like the rest of the book.
Not quite Jim Dale but close. Pinchot did a wonderful job with the various voices, moving between them effortlessly and in quite a believable manner.
If you are looking for something remotely similar to the pirates movie, On Stranger Tides, you will be disappointed. Except for mentioning the fountain of youth and Black Beard, there are really no similarities. How the Pirates of the Caribbean movie was based on this I haven't the foggiest. Also, the story wanders around a good deal without any big climax. There were a couple of small points when I thought that maybe the book was finally getting somewhere. Each time it turned out that it was just a slight up tick in the otherwise slow but not completely uninteresting story. Over all it's okay. I need to listen to more books in the genre I think for comparison but this isn't a must listen/read. I will however be looking for more books read by Bronson Pinchot. He did a really great job with the character's voices and I believe this book gets it's over all better rating in a large part to his performance.