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Mayflower Audiobook

Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War

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Publisher's Summary

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.

The Mayflower's religious refugees arrived in Plymouth Harbor during a period of crisis for Native Americans as disease spread by European fishermen devastated their populations. Initially the two groups, the Wampanoags, under the charismatic and calculating chief Massasoit, and the Pilgrims, whose pugnacious military officer Miles Standish was barely five feet tall, maintained a fragile working relationship. But within decades, New England would erupt into King Philip's War, a savagely bloody conflict that nearly wiped out English colonists and natives alike and forever altered the face of the fledgling colonies and the country that would grow from them.

With towering figures like William Bradford and the distinctly American hero Benjamin Church at the center of his narrative, Philbrick has fashioned a fresh and compelling portrait of the dawn of American history, a history dominated right from the start by issues of race, violence, and religion.

©2006 Nathaniel Philbrick; (P)2006 Penguin Audio, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., and Recorded Books, LLC. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"Impeccably researched and expertly rendered, Philbrick's account brings the Plymouth Colony and its leaders...vividly to life. More importantly, he brings into focus a gruesome period in early American history." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Joshua Kim 06-10-12
    Joshua Kim 06-10-12

    mostly nonfiction listener

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    Mayflower is straight ahead historical narrative in the old-fashioned style. This is the books strength and weakness. Strength because the story of the Pilgrims is both essential and compelling. I grew up in Boston and was a history major in college, and yet my understanding of the facts, dates, names, of the Pilgrims is all too hazy. This book helps. The weakness is that I felt often overloaded by the narrative, with Philbrick unwilling to draw broad conclusions or themes from the Pilgrim's experience. Still, I'm pretty excited to bring the girls to Plymouth Plantation.

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    Christopher 09-01-16
    Christopher 09-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Well written, but I struggled to finish it"

    First, credit where it is due: This book was very well written, extremely well researched, and the narration was very good. I really enjoyed the first half that described the lead-up to the voyage, the voyage itself, and the struggle of the first few years. However, once it got into the details of all the different Indian characters, tribes and politics, I quickly got lost, as did my interest. This is more a statement about what holds my interest rather than a reflection on the book itself. For someone who is into deep details of interrelationships, I think this book would be a great fit.

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    Linda D. Rupp Albuquerque, NM, US 08-31-16
    Linda D. Rupp Albuquerque, NM, US 08-31-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting book"

    Good history, interesting, but it was too long. All the events ran together after a while. Worthwhile, however, especially for history buffs.

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    J. H. 08-29-16
    J. H. 08-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "fellow highschoolers: RIP"

    good luck to all the tortured highschool students forced to slog through this book like the early Americans struggling through swamps, holding their muskets above their heads. possible more suitable for the true American history enthusiast.

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    Robin Thames Saratoga Springs, UT USA 08-27-16
    Robin Thames Saratoga Springs, UT USA 08-27-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Fascinating inspiring and sobering"

    forget most of what you know about Plymouth rock, Squanto, the Pilgrims, and early New England. The chapter in early American history that most people skip. Philbrick is a great historian.

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    Thane 08-20-16
    Thane 08-20-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Very interesting"

    This shed a new light on the early history of North America and how the English interacted with the the native Americans.

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    Charlotte Wood 08-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Pilgrims and Native Americans"

    What a great piece. I can't wait to read more on this subject and author.

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    Peter Hyde 08-15-16
    Peter Hyde 08-15-16 Member Since 2016

    My next life I want to come back as Jack Ryan.

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    "outstanding historical story"

    I loved the book and would like to see more from this author. in addition the narrator did a great job of separating out each of the characters.

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    Allen 08-03-16
    Allen 08-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I found the book compelling and informative"

    I have not learned much about the pilgrams prior to this book so many parts of the book were quite thought provoking. I had never known how close those individuals were to starving to death or being annihilated by the indians.

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    BallaghMan North Carolina, US 07-30-16
    BallaghMan North Carolina, US 07-30-16 Member Since 2016

    Nothing like a good read.....(or listen!).

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    "Essential reading."

    This is a very readable account of the first pilgrim settlements in New England. Probably unknown number to most of European ancestry. Unfortunately the locals don't do so well. Brilliant reading.

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