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The untold story of a heroic band of Caribbean pirates whose defiance of imperial rule inspired revolt in colonial outposts across the world.

In the early 18th century, the Pirate Republic was home to some of the great pirate captains, including Blackbeard, "Black Sam" Bellamy, and Charles Vane. Along with their fellow pirates - former sailors, indentured servants, and runaway slaves - this "Flying Gang" established a crude but distinctive democracy in the Bahamas, carving out their own zone of freedom in which servants were free, blacks could be equal citizens, and leaders were chosen or deposed by a vote. They cut off trade routes, sacked slave ships, and severed Europe from its New World empires. And for a brief, glorious period, the Republic was a success.

©2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2015 Blackstone Audiobooks

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Reads like a novel

If you're into pirates, you're going to love this book. It follows the lives of several of the most notorious pirates in a narrative fashion that's engaging and exciting to follow.

47 of 49 people found this review helpful

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Audible is better

I bought this book over 5 years ago and read half of it. The book is filled with so much information that's it's difficult to keep interested while reading, but the audible version is like having your very own personal story teller. The information, when being read to, seem to sink in a lot more, opposed to reading it myself. Over all, this book really captures the true nature of our maritime history and the propaganda that was created to end the golden era of the Pirates.

60 of 64 people found this review helpful

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Raise the Black Flag!

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I am not too familiar with this time frame but it seems like the author did some great research. He also put it into a story style narrative that was very engaging. The pirates were an amazing part of history and how they dominated the seas for a decade is absolutely astounding. Highly Recommended!!!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Tom H.
  • RED OAK, TX, United States
  • 08-18-15

History that reads like fiction

Where does The Republic of Pirates rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is in my top 3 of pirate history books. Very compelling and well written.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Henry Avery. His story was fascinating and it would seem he did what he thought was the right thing at the time.

What does Lewis Grenville bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He is a very capable narrator. Clear diction, and no mouth or breath noises.

47 of 52 people found this review helpful

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Good research!

What made the experience of listening to The Republic of Pirates the most enjoyable?

Getting to know the pirates on a more personal basis than what History class taught;

Which character – as performed by Lewis Grenville – was your favorite?

Edward Teach (Blackbeard) was truly diabolical.

28 of 31 people found this review helpful

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  • RFRMAC
  • South Jordan, Utah, United States
  • 03-09-16

More Information than I expected

Would you listen to The Republic of Pirates again? Why?

Not sure if I will listen to the book over and over. I read it because I was interested in the subject. It did a good job of covering the topic and increasing my knowledge.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The pirates themselves and the way they thought were my favorite characters.

Which scene was your favorite?

This is a history so I did not have a favorite scene.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

My reaction to the book was one of interest. Governments cared and then they did not care at all about the pirates and there territories. They used pirates as they wished. They commissioned them and they hanged them. It was a risky business to be a leader of a pirate band. Communication was very slow and because of this it helped and hurt the pirates and the colonial leaders in the area.

Any additional comments?

Colin Woodard really studied the subject well. It is the best book I have read on the subject and I have read several. Lewis Grenville did a very good job of presenting the book. I am just glad I was not born during that time.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Ky
  • 11-18-15

Excellent Book

if love history, pirates or both then this is the book for you. great info and we'll narrated

26 of 29 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyable for fans of the golden age of pirates

Slow at times, bogged down by too much detail, the book is still a lot of fun to listen to. If one wants to know more about the golden age, it is a wealth of information, and told as the story of Black Sam Bellemy, Blackbeard, Benjamin Hornigold, Charles Vane, Anne Bonney, and Woods Rogers as well as a few others. Well worth a listen.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Some Incredible Stories, Told A Bit Too Rigidly

Some incredible stories of piracy and pirate-hunting within, but falls into that nonfiction trap of over-explaining certain aspects in obsessive detail, sometimes sabotaging its own inherently interesting subject matter. This book made me appreciate Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag a lot more, which features many of the same historical characters- I'd recommend playing through that one as you read this. Great audible narrator. [AUDIBLE]

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Interesting and Well Researched

What did you like best about this story?

Depth of information and research was impressive.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not a one sitting book. That being said, it kept my attention throughout and it seemed like a shorter amount of time than the actual length given.

Any additional comments?

I learned a few things from this book. Some pirate history is more apocryphal than true.<br/>This book lays out the reasons pirates existed and gives a good historical perspective of what was going on at the time in both Europe and the new world.<br/>Recommended if you like pirates and history.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Robin Davies
  • 07-18-17

Highly recommended history of the pirates

Hugely enjoyable and continually interesting history of the golden age of pirates. Really well narrated. Definitely recommend this audiobook if you have any interest in this period of history.

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  • Neil
  • 03-15-17

incredibly well researched

If this is a true reflection of the pirates, there dreams of romance and treasure were only a dream for most. The hardship and reality was almost that of nightmares. The value of life was less than cheap and very much was dependent of the colour of your skin and who you were born to. An impossible combination for many souls.