Captain James Cook

Narrated by: Paul English
Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
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From Sailor to Legend - the story of Captain James Cook.  

Captain James Cook is one of the greatest maritime explorers of all time. Over three remarkable voyages of discovery into the Pacific in the latter part of the 18th century, Cook unravelled the oldest mystery surrounding the existence of Terra Australis Incognita - the Great South Land. He became the first explorer to circumnavigate New Zealand and establish that it was two main islands; discover the Hawaiian Islands for the British Empire; and left an enduring legacy.  

Rob Mundle introduces us to an unlikely sailor in a teenage Cook, who through the combination of hard-won skills as a seafarer, the talents of a self-taught navigator and surveyor, and an exceptional ability to lead and care for his men, climbed the ranks of the Royal Navy to achieve legendary status among all who sailed and mapped the world.

©2013 Rob Mundle (P)2017 Bolinda
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Fascinating story

This book has been put together extremely well. The story of Captain Cook is very interesting.

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Informative and entertaining

The book is very thorough and informative. It was an enjoyable read. I learned a lot.

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Informative story

A little slow in pace, but all in all, very informative. I enjoyed the story.

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Slow start but superb book.

Slow start but once the sailing starts the background comes in handy.
superb book.
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  • DNix
  • 09-19-18

Fantastic

I loved this book, it is a very well researched account of Captain Cooks life, it describes his sea fairing journeys, encounters and rise to world acclaim with a perfect balance of detail without reciting his logbooks verbatim. It is very well narrated. I only wish I had been able to read this before I traveled around Australia and south east Asia as it would have greatly enhanced my trip.

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  • William Hardie
  • 10-05-19

Great Story well written and read.

Very engaging narrative which is very descriptive and this lends itself to a great listen.

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  • Timothy Lucas
  • 08-03-19

Longitude

Thoroughly enjoyed the book. Just to be a bit pedantic, I'm pretty sure the word is Longitude, not Longditude as the narrator repeatedy says in the reading.

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  • Gadgetfanatic
  • 04-24-19

Awesome!

What an amazing book. Perfect narration.

Really loved this book. I'd not read any books about Captain Cook before and this has made me want to read even more about his voyages and life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-03-20

This blew my mind

I downloaded this book half-expecting it to be a long, tedious affair I would have to force myself to finish. However, I could not have been more wrong. This book is interesting, fascinating and full of action already from the introduction, and the author had my full attention throughout the final words.

I was not familiar with Captain Cook before listening to this book, and the book does not assume any prior knowledge. Furthermore, the book is easy to follow, and the narrator does a great job capturing the energy of the stories narrated. The story is full of details from different sources (journals, letters, newspapers), and the author has put it all together excellently to give the reader/listener a unique insight into the life of the captain.

Thank you for giving me 16 h of pure enjoyment!

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  • west
  • 01-07-20

great history

absaloutly brilliant account,narrative is great he even gives captain cook a yorkshire twang when reading from his log, top rate if you are interested in the high seas history and cooks travels it is a must.