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Pirate Latitudes | [Michael Crichton]

Pirate Latitudes

The Caribbean, 1665. A remote colony of the English Crown, the island of Jamaica holds out against the vast supremacy of the Spanish empire. Port Royal, its capital, is a cutthroat town of taverns, grog shops, and bawdy houses. In this steamy climate there's a living to be made, a living that can end swiftly by disease - or by dagger. For Captain Charles Hunter, gold in Spanish hands is gold for the taking, and the law of the land rests with those ruthless enough to make it.
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Publisher's Summary

From one of the best-loved authors of all time comes an irresistible adventure of swashbuckling pirates in the New World, a classic story of treasure and betrayal.

The Caribbean, 1665. A remote colony of the English Crown, the island of Jamaica holds out against the vast supremacy of the Spanish empire. Port Royal, its capital, is a cutthroat town of taverns, grog shops, and bawdy houses. In this steamy climate there's a living to be made, a living that can end swiftly by disease - or by dagger.

For Captain Charles Hunter, gold in Spanish hands is gold for the taking, and the law of the land rests with those ruthless enough to make it. Word in port is that the galleon El Trinidad, fresh from New Spain, is awaiting repairs in a nearby harbor. Heavily fortified, the impregnable harbor is guarded by the bloodthirsty Cazalla, a favorite commander of the Spanish king himself. With backing from a powerful ally, Hunter assembles a crew of ruffians to infiltrate the enemy outpost and commandeer El Trinidad, along with its fortune in Spanish gold. The raid is as perilous as the bloodiest tales of island legend, and Hunter will lose more than one man before he even sets foot on foreign shores, where dense jungle and the firepower of Spanish infantry stand between him and the treasure...

Pirate Latitudes is Michael Crichton at his best: a rollicking adventure tale pulsing with relentless action, crackling atmosphere, and heart-pounding suspense.

©2009 Michael Crichton; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Judith North Stonington, CT, USA 03-17-10
    Judith North Stonington, CT, USA 03-17-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Resting on his laurels"

    I bought the book because Crichton wrote it and normally I enjoy his work, but this book was horrendous. The dialogue was amatuerish, the characters were stereotypical. There were no redeeming qualities including the naration which was flat. Listening to Mr. Lloyd attempt to read the parts of the women was painful. I do not recommend this book for anyone.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Lexington, NC, United States 12-29-09
    Amazon Customer Lexington, NC, United States 12-29-09 Member Since 2015

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    "View Into History"

    Great historical references, but left a little to be desired in plot

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    Craig Seattle, WA, United States 11-27-09
    Craig Seattle, WA, United States 11-27-09 Member Since 2015

    I teach. I Listen. I trust your judgment as a fellow listener.

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    "Silly Sea Monster Spoils Poor Pirate Tale"

    Poorly developed characters plague this pitiful pirate (privateer) tale, each possessing some super-human characteristic to compensate for their otherwise flat contributions to the story. The protagonist, a combination of James Bond and Spiderman, does the impossible so many times that the reader starts to wonder if the text is more science fiction fantasy than pirate story. Huge gaps during action sequences leave the listener saying, "Hey what about...?

    The book quickly withers from the unbelievable to the ridiculous when a sea monster attacks the ship of misfit anti-heroes. This event is so silly that an otherwise passable book is ruined for the sake of a few readers who expect Crichton to instill weird critters in his stories.

    Don't waste your credit...

    24 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Lightstorm 01-12-10
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    "Great fun!"

    I completely enjoyed this audiobook! While I agree that this isn't Crighton at his best, it's an absolutely fun story. Pirate Latitudes has everything you'd expect from a pirate tale: hurricanes, port governors, privateers, Spanish galleons, buried treasure, witchcraft, letters of marque, cannibals, daring escapes, sea monsters, sex, scandal, rum... and, of course, pirates. I could go on and on! Don't expect absolute fantasy like the Pirates of the Caribbean films - this one is more firmly rooted in reality. John Bedford Lloyd does a great job reading - I loved the accents and other characteristics he brings to the story.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Rob Pymble, NSW, Australia 11-30-09
    Rob Pymble, NSW, Australia 11-30-09 Member Since 2005
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    "How the mighty have fallen"

    I find it difficult to imagine that Michael Crichton really wrote this book. The characters seem to have stepped from a comic book; the plot from a radio serial of the 50's and the narrator, while very fine in some of his work, should have stayed away from trying the "languid British aristocracy" style. Very few choices from Audible have disappointed me. This one joins the short list.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer United States 08-27-12
    Jennifer United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Crichton or not Crichton? Who cares?"

    I really don't care whether or not Crichton wrote this not, or if he did, if it's one of his earlier works. It is a boatload of fun to listen to and that's what matters.

    The narrator works - he has a lovely voice, distinguishes the characters, and reads at the right pace.

    The story works - it's a well-crafted, atmospheric,cohesive tale full of action and interesting characters. I was mesmerized by Port Royale, it's politics, pirates and precarious position in the 17th century Carribbean. It's a swashbuckling yarn that feels grounded in real history.

    I'll be listening to it again - on vacation, driving in the car, doing the ironing, grocery shopping, walking the dog ......

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    michael New Canaan, CT, United States 01-15-10
    michael New Canaan, CT, United States 01-15-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Pretty Darn Good"

    I will miss Michael Crichton!
    My guess is this was an 80% complete outline.
    It doesn't have the researched detail MC's stories usually have, but a fun listen in any case. Some good characters and some pretty neat facts about the days of pirates.--worth a credit
    Mike, New Canaan, CT

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dustin Sexsmith, Alberta, Canada 01-04-10
    Dustin Sexsmith, Alberta, Canada 01-04-10
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    "Good simple listen."

    I found Pirate Latitudes entertaining but true to Michael Crichton's formula of far too many characters. I always seem to enjoy his stories and the research is top notch as usual. Over all a great listen and worth an Audible credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jerry Shelby Township, MI, USA 12-23-09
    Jerry Shelby Township, MI, USA 12-23-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Pirate Latitudes"

    I have read many of Michael Crichton's books. This was not one of his best, but it sure was up there with the others, really kept my interest. The second half of the book was very good. I am very happen with this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim S Somers, NY 12-21-09
    Jim S Somers, NY 12-21-09 Member Since 2008

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    "An enjoyable listen"

    I enjoyed this story of the affable Captain Hunter and his rag-tag group of privateers. Although the action in this tale may have been piled on a little too thick, I still found this to be a very entertaining story. I won't get into the debate over whether or not Crichton actually wrote this and I won't call it Crichton at his best. But it sure made the commute go quickly!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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