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Derek

Sunnyvale, CA, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Empire of Blue Water

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Stephan Talty
    • Narrated By John H. Mayer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (105)

    He challenged the greatest empire on earth with a ragtag bunch of renegades and brought it to its knees. This is the real story of the pirates of the Caribbean. Henry Morgan, a 20-year-old Welshman, crossed the Atlantic in 1655, hell-bent on making his fortune. Over the next three decades, his exploits in the Caribbean became legendary. His daring attacks on the mighty Spanish empire on land and at sea determined the fates of kings and queens, and his victories helped shape the destiny of the New World.

    Jack says: "Morbid Terrorists?"
    "Excellent listen"
    Overall

    Great book. I learned not only a lot about Henry Morgan, but also about privateer and pirate origins. If you like European history, this is also a great book and it connects new work and old world issues of the time impressively.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (779)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (214)

    From the perilous ocean crossing to the shared bounty of the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrim settlement of New England has become enshrined as our most sacred national myth. Yet, as best-selling author Nathaniel Philbrick reveals in his spellbinding new book, the true story of the Pilgrims is much more than the well-known tale of piety and sacrifice; it is a 55-year epic that is at once tragic, heroic, exhilarating, and profound.

    John M says: "Fascinating book about a little-understood time"
    "King Philips War?"
    Overall

    Covers about a century from 1610 forward. The actual "pilgrims" and the initial settlement is only a small to medium part of the book. Much of it focuses on King Philips War between 2nd generation pilgrims and next generation of native american leaders.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pirate Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Richard Zacks
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    Captain Kidd has gone down in history as America's most ruthless buccaneer. However, Captain William Kidd was no career cut-throat; he was a tough, successful New York sea captain who was hired to chase pirates. Across the oceans of the world, the pirate hunter, Kidd, pursued the pirate, Culliford. One man would hang in the harbor; the other would walk away with the treasure. The Pirate Hunter is both a masterpiece of historical detective work and a page-turner.

    Karen says: "Aaaargh Matey, Listen to this tale!"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    Not a bad story, but not nearly as good as Empire of the Blue Water. If you are looking for a pirate tale go elsewhere. If you want to hear about one person's defense of Capt. Kid and long quotes for century old letters, this book is for you.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • James and the Giant Peach

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Roald Dahl
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (67)

    When James Henry Trotter accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree, strange things start to happen. The peach at the top of the tree begins to grow, and before long it's as big as a house. Then James discovers a secret entranceway into the fruit, and when he crawls inside, he meets a bunch of marvelous oversized friends: Old-Green-Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug, Miss Spider, and more.

    Charles says: "Fun for all ages!"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall

    Kids and parents loved this story, the entertaining details, and the imagination. Great length for a long car ride too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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