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  • Hook's Tale

  • Being the Account of an Unjustly Villainized Pirate Written by Himself
  • By: John Leonard Pielmeier
  • Narrated by: John Leonard Pielmeier
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Long defamed as a vicious pirate, Captain James Cook (a.k.a Hook) was in fact a dazzling wordsmith who left behind a vibrant, wildly entertaining, and entirely truthful memoir. His chronicle offers a counter narrative to the works of J.M. Barrie, a "dour Scotsman" whose spurious accounts got it all wrong. Now, award-winning playwright John Pielmeier is proud to present this crucial historic artifact in its entirety for the first time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story and very well read.

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-19-18


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Reviewed: 09-05-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Hook's Tale to be better than the print version?

Absolutely. Don't pass up the chance to hear JLP perform his own work.

Any additional comments?

I am no Pan fan (file me as indifferent), but I’m a Pielmeier partisan after having seen him perform his one-person show ”Willi” several years ago at Penn State University near his native Altoona. That was captivating in both writing and acting, and so is ”Hook’s Tale.” I’m sure that many Panficianados would appreciate this story even more deeply than I did. JLP somehow manages to present grounded human emotion within the Pantastical setting. I enjoyed the sly winks to many works of literature and music. I'm certain that others went over my head as if sprinkled with flying sand.