• Captain James Cook

  • By: Rob Mundle
  • Narrated by: Paul English
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (120 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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Slow start but superb book.

Slow start but once the sailing starts the background comes in handy.
superb book.
great narrator.

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High school history text?

While the basic history is remarkable it is spoiled by the condescending and patronizing style of the writing. “Huge waves towered over the ship. The sailors held on tight and hoped they would not be drowned….” This is like a tv special for couch morons or high school students. I am looking for a better biography.

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Excellent biography, beautifully written

This is, by far, the best book I have read on Captain James Cook. Beautifully written and captured as a biography; but more importantly, written through the eyes of a historian. Loved this immensely.

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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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Sturdy biography,

Good bios have become a rare commodity in modern times. this is one of the Good ones..The narrator was also excellent..I particularly loved the early life of Cook written here..I think you will all be well pleased with this audiobook....

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Exciting historical biography!

Very well researched, written, and narrated. very educational.. great fun. Captain Cook circumnavigates the world and discovers new lands and cultures. Life aboard his ships is skillfully described. its almost like being there.

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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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  • 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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  • Phil Wain
  • 11-23-21

Enjoyable

Just what I want in an audio book. Great story which of course is fact. Amazing undertaking which was the landing on the moon of their day. Hard to comprehend how tough the life on these voyages would have been and how amazing seeing things and people no one else had encountered.
Enjoyed.

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  • Tommy Jobson
  • 08-01-22

A very enjoyable journey around the world.

I greatly enjoyed this audiobook, the writing and the presentation, however I was disappointed that Commander Gould was not mentioned when referencing other books on the topic. His book on Captain Cook remains a fascinating read and I highly recommend hunting down a copy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-26-22

History

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book, full of new facts (to me) Highly recommended.

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  • D B.
  • 05-24-22

Engaging

excellent although being super critical it was factual but not personal about the man

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  • Lee k
  • 01-12-22

Amazing

Never new the story and this blew my mind. The reading was perfectly matched to the story.

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  • WRP
  • 10-30-21

Another great book from Mundle

If you're interested in 18th century exploration, captain Cook should be 75% of that content, and this is one of the best compilations of his adventures I've enjoyed!