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Timothy

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  • Two Years Before the Mast

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Richard Henry Dana
    • Narrated By Bernard Mayes
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    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!"
    "Two Years Before the Mast"
    Overall

    An audiobook is unique in that a review requires two parts - a review of the book itself, as well as commentary on the audio delivery. In this case I would rate both as excellent.
    As a California native, I consider Richard Henry Dana's accounting of life in early California as a must read. His narrative covers many aspects of life in California in the mid-1800's. He describes the coast, and its settlements in sufficient detail to make them recognizable. His descriptions of the daily life he encountered brings the book to life....you can visualize how things were, compared to our modern world.
    Bernard Mayes does a fine job on the audio side. As the book is actually non-fiction documentary, there is minimal conversation, but he handles what there is well.
    Experienced sailors and ship history buffs might notice that he uses the written pronunciations of the many maritime terms, as opposed to the actual working pronunciations, but that is a minor point, and doesn't detract from the reading.
    All in all, an excellent way to spend an afternoon!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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