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The epic, never-before-told story of Columbus's final, and perhaps greatest, journey to the New World.

The final voyage of Christopher Columbus was by far his most dangerous, unexpected, exhilarating, and consequential. It was, as Pulitzer Prize-winner Samuel Eliot Morison put it, "a story of adventure which imagination could hardly invent; a struggle between man and the elements, in which the most splendid manifestations of devotion, loyalty, and courage are mingled with the vilest human passions."

Shockingly, no book has been written about this fateful final journey until now. Martin Dugard finally brings to light this saga of shipwreck, mutiny, discovery, and political treachery, telling the story of how Columbus's quest to find a passage to the Orient drove him onward in the face of peril.

Here we meet Christopher Columbus, the determined, and sometimes desperate, elder adventurer, a far cry from the shrouded hero/villain of legend. The Last Voyage of Columbus offers up the long-lost last chapter in the life of a man whose story we only thought we knew.

©2005 Martin Dugard. All Rights Reserved.; (P)2005 Time Warner AudioBooks. All Rights Reserved.

Critic Reviews

  • 2005 Audie Award Nominee, Nonfiction (Abridged)

"A book that reads like a David Lean movie. Martin Dugard combines adventure and history in a raw, powerful narrative that is impossible to put down. We see Columbus, brilliant, determined, flawed, and ultimately tragic, afresh through his eyes, and experience the horrors and triumphs of the Admiral's final voyage in vivid fashion. This book will forever alter your view of Columbus." (Mark Burnett, executive producer of Survivor)

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  • David
  • Ithaca, NY, USA
  • 09-11-05


One of my favorite audiobooks of the year. Well read, and both a great history and a marvelous story. Dugard has brought Columbus to life with a fast paced, suspenseful account of his last voyage. You will likely come away with a new respect for the man that took such great risks, despite his many errors in judgement and geography.
This will make a great movie someday.....

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Brian
  • Hamilton, OH, USA
  • 09-13-05

One of the best

I was so impressed with every aspect of this audiobook. The author's writing skill is so accessible, even though he covers broad topics such as the poltical interplay of Portugal and Spain, the details of ship life and the riveting retelling of Indian battles. The gentlemen who reads this book is exceptional. His diction and timing are superb. Finally, the story itself is captivating. I had no idea of Columbus' fourth voyage and I am recommending this book to most people I know.

Excellent product!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Amazing Story

I have really learn a lot from this book about Columbus. I do recommend it to anybody thank you to the writer and to all the people that made this book possible, excellent job!

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  • Laura
  • Pukwana, SD, USA
  • 03-24-10

loved it!

I listened to it while flying to Spain and back. It was really good. It talked about the places I saw there including the tomb of Columbus.

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  • fred
  • greensboro nc
  • 09-23-10

Interesting but not the best format for me

Might be better to listen to this one at length. I heard it in small parts with some interruptions so might have missed a lot. Mostly entertaining. Not exactly what you heard in school.

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