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Publisher's Summary

More than two centuries after Master's Mate Fletcher Christian led a mutiny against Lieutenant William Bligh on a small, armed transport vessel called Bounty, the true story of this enthralling adventure has become obscured by the legend. Combining vivid characterization and deft storytelling, Caroline Alexander shatters the centuries-old myths surrounding this story. She brilliantly shows how, in a desperate attempt to save one man from the gallows and another from ignominy, two powerful families came together and began to create the version of history we know today. The true story of the mutiny on the Bounty is an epic of duty and heroism, pride and power, and the assassination of a brave man's honor at the dawn of the Romantic age.
©2003 Caroline Alexander; (P)2003 Penguin Audiobooks. All rights reserved. Penguin Audiobooks is a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Alexander's many fans will find the final, posthumous Sir John Fielding mystery a bittersweet experience. It marks a triumphant return to the series' strengths....enabling one of the worthier recent historical series to go out on a well-deserved high note." (Publishers Weekly)

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audiobooks and music are like raisins and cookies. fine alone, DONT MIX.

and the story is boring

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A must for any Bounty buff

I enjoyed the scholarship of this book. Michael York has a wonderful voice. If you are interested in the historical drama of Bligh, Chrisitan and the mutineers this a must.

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Skips the good stuff.

Was hoping for more information about Bligh et al's time in the launch, how they survive and navigated, etc. I found this book focused too much on the trials and what happened after, which I found difficult to keep straight with so many sailors mentioned.

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All The Answers

What made the experience of listening to The Bounty the most enjoyable?

The details I wasn't aware of before and Michael York's narration.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bounty?

The information on Christian at the end.

Have you listened to any of Michael York’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I haven't but Mr. York's ability to change into different characters brought a lot of character to the characters.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Paradise to Mutiny

Any additional comments?

This is an adventure story rich in characters and for some reason has always had a strong hold on my imagination. It seems with the other books I've read on the HMS Bounty, this "The Bounty" provides all the detail I was missing. It's one of the few books I will read/ listen to again, very enjoyable.

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  • Paul
  • san mateo, CA, USA
  • 01-09-08

the bounty

5 stars. awesome. great narrator. get it.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful