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Empire of Blue Water Audiobook
Empire of Blue Water
Written by: 
Stephan Talty
Narrated by: 
John H. Mayer
Empire of Blue Water Audiobook

Empire of Blue Water

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Publisher's Summary

He challenged the greatest empire on earth with a ragtag bunch of renegades and brought it to its knees. Empire of the Blue Water 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 in the service of the British 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.

Morgan gathered disaffected European sailors and soldiers, hard-bitten adventurers, runaway slaves, and vicious cutthroats, and turned them into the most feared army in the Western Hemisphere. Awash with bloody battles, political intrigues, and a cast of characters more compelling, bizarre, and memorable than any found in a Hollywood swashbuckler, Empire of Blue Waters brilliantly recreates the passions and the violence of the age of exploration and empire.

©2007 Stephan Talty; (P)2007 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"Before he became rum, Cap'n Morgan humbled the Spanish Empire.... Talty's well-researched account weaves together myriad political and financial interests in the New World." (Booklist)
"Talty strips away the legend to recreate a pivotal era in this accessible portrait of the pirates of the Caribbean." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Heather Bloomington, MN, United States 12-15-07
    Heather Bloomington, MN, United States 12-15-07
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    "Riveting"

    Horrifying and shocking...the real story of the Pirates of the Caribbean. You'll never romanticize these morbid terrorists again.

    10 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    James 08-31-12
    James 08-31-12
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    "Good but a little tame"

    Well done. Rather documentary in style. For as much piratical villainy as is covered in this narrative, the prose is fairly sterile and the reading lacks the swarthy luster one might associate with a tale of such swashbuckling.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    2Ponds Somerset, CA United States 09-27-12
    2Ponds Somerset, CA United States 09-27-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Textbook"

    This would be a good book to study from. Lots of interesting historical data but I had difficulty assimilating the larger picture of the story. Didn't hold my interest after 2 hours, so I quite listening. That said, the author went to a lot of trouble to make sure the background was interesting, including the political climate. Since I get these books for entertainment and easy listening, I'm not interested in listening to a book I should be taking notes on.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Houston, TX 06-15-16
    Doug Houston, TX 06-15-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Captain Morgan Ahoy!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed the historical content and flow of this book. My 'barometer' for history pieces is when I find myself listening to the book and constantly either looking up events, characters and places on my laptop as the story unfolds. Giving myself a little deeper understanding and knowledge of the subject matter at hand. And I found myself doing that a lot with this book.

    Well written and narrated. If you are interested in the topic and era represented you will enjoy this historical trip. Not only of Morgan and his exploits but the political and social events that shaped this period and Morgan himself. Well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SCOTT 06-02-16
    SCOTT 06-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Not very entertaining."
    What did you like best about Empire of Blue Water? What did you like least?

    I found some of the clever tactics Morgan used to outsmart his opponents in battle to be rather interesting and somewhat entertaining... but everything else about the book put me to sleep. The reader's voice sounded like my 9th grade history teacher reading from the pages of a textbook... not engaging whatsoever.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephan Talty again?

    If I was looking for pure facts only and not to be entertained, then possibly yes.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader could have loosened up a bit. He's too stiff.


    Could you see Empire of Blue Water being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Henry Morgan's story could certainly be made into a movie, even though the reader of this audiobook seems to be trying to convince us otherwise.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 03-16-16
    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 03-16-16 Member Since 2012

    I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books.

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    "Jamaica Before the Tourists"
    What made the experience of listening to Empire of Blue Water the most enjoyable?

    Great book. Historical account of Jamaica as a port for pirates and privateers. Fascinating account of how pirates helped to build the current US in terms of boundaries and colonization.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Capt. Morgan, never knew anything about him but he is certainly a leading figure in the development of the North American continent.


    Have you listened to any of John H. Mayer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not but he did an excellent job.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    That wouldn't be practical for me....


    Any additional comments?

    The story of Piracy is a hidden history in the development of the US and its territories. Any student of history will enjoy this book. Well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donald 12-21-15
    Donald 12-21-15
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    "Best presentation of the Pirate Era I haveRead"

    Most complete information: political, economic and strategical aspects in play during the era. Focus is on Capt. Morgan, but the interplay of the above aspects makes the book an essential read.

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    Katherine 12-21-15
    Katherine 12-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I love Pirate history"

    I'm obsessed. This story was great. It was filled with all the glorious tidbits I'd hoped it would be and more! The narrator is perfect. I'm sad my pirate story has ended :(

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ky 12-05-15
    Ky 12-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book!"

    Very well done and entertaining. Revealing and honest about Morgan and his times. If you enjoy history and pirate lore than this the book for you.

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    B. Canter Colorado Springs 11-04-15
    B. Canter Colorado Springs 11-04-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Interesting History"

    Well presented history of the facts that underlie the folk tales about the Pirates of the Caribbean. Also a good look at the Spanish American history that predates the English dominance. It is worth a listen for history lovers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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