• Batavia's Graveyard

  • The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History's Bloodiest Mutiny
  • By: Mike Dash
  • Narrated by: Guy Bethell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-29-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (32 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It was the autumn of 1628, and the Batavia, the Dutch East India Company's flagship, was loaded with a king's ransom in gold, silver, and gems for her maiden voyage to Java. The Batavia was the pride of the company's fleet, a tangible symbol of the world's richest and most powerful commercial monopoly. She set sail with great fanfare, but the Batavia and her gold would never reach Java, for the company had also sent along a new employee, Jeronimus Corneliszoon, a bankrupt and disgraced man who possessed disarming charisma and dangerously heretical ideas.

With the help of a few disgruntled sailors, Jeronimus soon sparked a mutiny that seemed certain to succeed - but for one unplanned event: In the dark morning hours of June 3, the Batavia smashed through a coral reef and ran aground on a small chain of islands near Australia. The commander of the ship and the skipper evaded the mutineers by escaping in a tiny lifeboat and setting a course for Java to summon help. Nearly all of the passengers survived the wreck and found themselves trapped on a bleak coral island without water, food, or shelter. Leaderless, unarmed, and unaware of Jeronimus' treachery, they were at the mercy of the mutineers.

©2002 Mike Dash (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"In a narrative reminiscent of Lord of the Flies, Dash describes the creeping sadism that sprang from Holland's religious conflicts.... Dash has taken [the Batavia incident] to a new level of grotesque accuracy." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • 04-30-18

Too much filler

I knew the basics of the Batavia story and was excited to read this because I didn't think enough information was known to fill out a long book. I was right. Much of the book has nothing to do with the actual shipwreck and aftermath.

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Mesmerizing and horrific

I couldn't stop listening to this book once I started, and it has changed my opinion on Historical non-fiction books. time we'll spent.