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David

Castaways Beach, Australia | Member Since 2009

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  • Two Years Before the Mast

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Richard Henry Dana
    • Narrated By Bernard Mayes
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    Richard Henry Dana, a law student turned sailor for health reasons, sailed in 1834 aboard the brig Pilgrim on a voyage from Boston around Cape Horn to California. Drawing from his journals, Two Years Before the Mast gives a vivid and detailed account, shrewdly observed and beautifully described, of a common sailor's wretched treatment at sea, and of a way of life virtually unknown at that time.

    Thomas says: "Great Read!"
    "It was just like being there!"
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    This is a great story not only for its historical significance but also for the quality of writing and the fantastic job done by the narrator. I have just listened to it once and can't wait to listen to it again! We love sailing stories and have our own podcast at The Sailing Podcast where we have also left a review there. Come and join Carina and I on our journey...

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  • The Modern Scholar: Journeys of the Great Explorers: Columbus to Cook

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Glyndwr Williams
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    (29)
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    (19)
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    One of the most dramatic periods in world history is the age of Europe's discovery of the world from Columbus and da Gama in the late 15th century to the voyages of James Cook in the 18th century. The extent of the changes can be seen by comparing the pre-Columbian maps, which showed no knowledge of either the Americas or the Pacific, with those of 1800, which in terms of projection, scale, and content approximate today's maps.

    David says: "An enjoyable course in Sailing History"
    "An enjoyable course in Sailing History"
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    This series gives both a great perspective on the history of 'The Great Explorers' as well as an insight into the lifestyle of the early sailors. Prof. Williams is an authority in this field of history.

    This is a great starting point if you would like to refresh your memory on the journeys of these famous explorers and from here you can search through Audible for other great books that detail these sailors lives in more detail.

    I am surprised that Audible has not made more of his books available in Audio format - a particular favorite of mine is "Voyages of Delusion: The Quest for The North West Passage"

    The Modern Scholar 'lecture' style of presentation allows you to fit a single lesson into your schedule, be it exercise, commuting, falling asleep etc.


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