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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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    Amazon Customer Savannah, GA, United States 06-29-16
    Amazon Customer Savannah, GA, United States 06-29-16
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    Where does Mayflower rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book was worth the time.


    Would you recommend Mayflower to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the book for the historical value that it offers.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    Wampanoag, King Philip's father was a kind but cautious man who wanted only peace between his tribe and the puritans.


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

    No, a break was needed to digest the information.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was realistic in terms of what both the puritans and Indians had to endure after the arrival of the Mayflower. However, I was a bit conflicted with the characterization of King Philip; a "coward" who demonstrated the ability to organize and lead so many in a desperate fight against the oppressor of his people. His actions appear to be that of a patient and tolerant man who reluctantly went to war as needed to save his people. Despite the many forces and odds aligned against him, he lead a fight that would kill over 5% of New England's population. How this leader could be characterized as a "coward that ran from battle" is remarkable.

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    Kindle Customer 06-24-16 Member Since 2010
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The book was interesting and had data that was useful. However, it should have been titled "King Phillip's war" inasmuch as the actual story of the Mayflower immigrants and the Plymouth colony is not really covered other than those incidents that led to King Phillip's war. The war itself is well covered, with discussions on both sides of the conflict, showing that neither side was without blame and neither side without honor. The author does somewhat gloss over the sale of land by the tribal leaders -- yes, they needed cash and the sales were often matters of convenience, but it's never brought up that these leaders sold land without much consideration as to the impact of their fellow tribesmen and that such sales were as much due to a desire for personal power and influence both within the tribe and against rival tribes as it might have been due to "financial distress" and poor harvests of wild game. The extermination of wild animals (especially beaver) is briefly covered as a cause for a drop in the fur trade but again, the cultural choices and changes in the tribes and the desire for "wampum" or money isn't really discussed in much depth.


    If you’ve listened to books by Nathaniel Philbrick before, how does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to any books by Philbrick before


    Would you listen to another book narrated by George Guidall?

    yes. The narrator is clear, understandable and with good diction making for an easy listen.


    Do you think Mayflower needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I think it needs a prequel or companion book that actually covers, in depth, the Mayflower pilgrims and the subsequent Plymouth settlement.


    Any additional comments?

    Glad to have some good historical books on audible. Would appreciate if any scholarly ratings or information on the author's historical credentials were provided in the information on such books.

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    David United States 06-13-16
    David United States 06-13-16 Member Since 2012

    Hellicopter Man

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    "One of the best of the genre"

    I claim modest standing because Edward Doty is one of my immigrant ancestors; "In June 1621, he engaged in a sword and dagger duel with fellow Hopkins servant Edward Leister; both were wounded before being separated, and were punished ...". We can not all have ancestor heros. Still, I have a long standing interest in the events and people of the era and very much recommend this account.

    Further, I am tempted to invoke "the butterfly effect" in order to emphsize the importance of this founding event. No conquistadors in this saga! And this book does an exceptional job of presenting all the relevant idiosincracies of persons, places, and various groups up through the end of King Philips war in 1676.

    And I recommend from The Great Courses "Before 1776: Life in the American colonies as well as the capture narrative "A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson" that is referenced in this book.

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    Johnny R. Bolin Tucson, AZ, US 06-09-16
    Johnny R. Bolin Tucson, AZ, US 06-09-16
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    "George Guidall is the best!"

    Philbrick is an extremely good practitioner of his craft, amazing story of a reality few are aware of and as usual Mr Guidall's narration is flawless.

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    Kathleen 06-04-16
    Kathleen 06-04-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Eye Opening!"

    i was not aware of this period's rich history and drama. Thank you Mr. Philbrick!

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    D. Percy 06-03-16
    D. Percy 06-03-16 Member Since 2015

    History Buff!!!

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    "An honest, no glitter account of the great European migration and the decline of the native Americans"

    A truly informative and objectively written account of the first 50 or so years with the Puritans landing (eventually) in Plymouth and their relationship with the local native Americans developed, matured and eventually deteriorated into a state of war.

    An eye opening book.

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    TastyFaith Consignment 06-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "a side of the pilgrims you never learned about"

    read this at the thanksgiving table. horrific details about native American and pilgrim battles. sobering.

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    Dana 05-27-16
    Dana 05-27-16
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    "Wonderful!"

    So much history that I never heard about. Everyone should hear this telling of events.

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    Rick from 1620 05-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great book about the pilgrims"

    is a very comprehensive book about the story of the Pilgrims from The Landing to the end of King Philip's War

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    Doris 05-16-16
    Doris 05-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fascinating!"

    I grew up in the areas of Fall River, Mt Hope, Newport, and Portsmouth. My mother told me very briefly about King Philip's War when I asked her as a child who King Philip was and why there was a street named after him. Beyond that, and a few visits to Plymouth Plantation to see how the Pilgrims lived, I knew almost nothing of this amazing history. As the story was told, I could see in my mind the exact banks of the rivers, the view to the other side where canoes would have put in, and other scenes described. I didn't want the book to end. Thank you, thank you for such an amazing story!! Beautifully told!!

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