©2002 Richard Zacks; (P)2003 Tantor Media, Inc.
"Entertaining, richly detailed, and authoritatively narrated, Zacks's account of the life of legendary seaman William Kidd delivers a first-rate story....Zacks' book is a treasure, indeed." (Publishers Weeekly)
"Zacks fills our minds with the sights, sounds, and even the smells of the seventeenth century, and he rescues William Kidd from eternal damnation. A lively, educational, thoroughly spellbinding trip back in time." (Booklist)
"Enthralling....rich and riotous." (Time)
I write my reviews under my wife Karen's account. Retired USN Russian linguist/analyst; actor; director; producer. Biography & History focus
Well researched, deftly written and masterfully read this Audiobook is an interesting listen for lovers of fiction as well as non-fiction. It is no easy task to bring legend to life and harder still when the truth does not parallel that legend. The author manages to bring Captain Kidd's story, and the time period, alive in this fascinating look at piracy - and not all the pirates being sailors, some are politicians, businessmen and royalty. This was a fun listen and worth the purchase.
This book is an excellent telling of a little known story about Captain Kidd's life as a Privateer. Apparently there was a thin line between Pirate and Privateer distinguishable only to those with the power to benefit from a conclusion which was to their advantage. This story is well told and well read. It grabs you by the ?yard arm? and ?keel hauls? your interest. You will know why the American colonists decided to rebel against the English crown after listening to this wonderful tale of 17th and early 18th century commerce.
Excellent work. Well read and easy to follow. A must for maritime history buffs. The book captures the political, religious, legal and general atmosphere of the late 17th and early 18th century. The book captures the lifestyle's of seafaring merchants, sailors and pirates as well as the problems captians faced. It gives the listener a better insight into the life of a very well known figure in world history of which nobody knows much about. Fact based, well studied and to the point.
There are three reasons to rate this book 5 stars. The first is the narrator. The book is read to us with professionalism and aplomb. I wish every audio book could be read by this guy. Secondly it's a fascinating story that leaves you caring deeply about it's anti hero. Thirdly, it gives a feel for a seafarer's life 300 years ago.
As the book draws to it's conclusion, after many hours of rich story telling, you cannot help be sad. Every great adventure must come to an end, and this is indeed a great story!
This book is a lot of fun. If you like pirates, intrigue, sea battles, history and a gripping story, get this audio book. The narrators voice is good and very appropriate to the content. ARRRGGH!!! Pirates is a fun, easy listen. I reccomend it!
This is a great adventure story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It's even supposed to be true and well researched. The author gives such wonderful descriptions of the surroundings, that makes you feel you are there. Beware, there are some nasty places!! A must read that is very well narrated. Enjoy. I have listened to over 100 books this is in my top 10.
If you like the Captain & Commander novels this is the real thing and the tale is far more interesting. Michael Pritchards newsreel style of narration really works with this fascinating work.
A sweeping tale of two men on the high seas, spanning most of the known world in the late 1700's. One man - Kidd, a story of unspeakable tragedy much like the story of "The Man with the Iron Mask" but with an opposite ending. The other - Colorford the luckiest pirate that nobody knows about. The Story sweeps from Early New York, to the Indian Ocean, from then prisons in London to the islands of the Carribean. Somehow, when it is all over, the reader is not so much interested in where the treasure was buried, but simply grateful we do not live in a time such as these when the life of a man/ or woman / or slave meant so much less than money and gold. I could not stop listening to it, So much research, So much time spent to find the facts of a case woven together to create a picture of a time which has passed. Five Stars!
On Audible since the late 1990s, mostly science fiction, fantasy, history & science. I rarely review 1-2 star books that I can't get through
Very well read, and always engaging, this will appeal to anyone interested in the 16-17th centuries, sea travel, pirates, or just a good, fast-moving historical drama.
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.
"The Pirate Hunter"
Visit the world of the real pirates of the Caribbean (and beyond) and get a salty taste of seventeenth century society and grim aspects of justice. The real thing is even more fascinating and intriguing than the fiction.
This is one book where I wholeheartedly agree with the positive reviews listed in the 'Critics Reviews' section above. It is thoroughly entertaining and informative and reads like a fantastic novel for the sheer adventure, twists and turns, violence, double-crossing and breadth of interesting characters throughout it. It is excellently narrated and I found myself wanting more after the 18 and a half hours. Highly recommended.
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