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The mutiny on HMS Bounty, in the South Pacific on 28 April 1789, is one of history's truly great stories - a tale of human drama, intrigue and adventure of the highest order - and in the hands of Peter FitzSimons it comes to life as never before.  

Commissioned by the Royal Navy to collect breadfruit plants from Tahiti and take them to the West Indies, the Bounty's crew found themselves in a tropical paradise. Five months later, they did not want to leave. Under the leadership of Fletcher Christian, most of the crew mutinied soon after sailing from Tahiti, setting Captain William Bligh and 18 loyal crewmen adrift in a small open boat. In one of history's great feats of seamanship, Bligh navigated this tiny vessel for 3,618 nautical miles to Timor.  

Fletcher Christian and the mutineers sailed back to Tahiti, where most remained and were later tried for mutiny. But Christian, along with eight fellow mutineers and some Tahitian men and women, sailed off into the unknown, eventually discovering the isolated Pitcairn Island - at the time not even marked on British maps - and settling there.  

This astonishing story is historical adventure at its very best, encompassing the mutiny, Bligh's monumental achievement in navigating to safety, and Fletcher Christian and the mutineers' own epic journey from the sensual paradise of Tahiti to the outpost of Pitcairn Island. The mutineers' descendants live on Pitcairn to this day, amid swirling stories and rumours of past sexual transgressions and present-day repercussions. Mutiny on the Bounty is a sprawling, dramatic tale of intrigue, bravery and sheer boldness, told with the accuracy of historical detail and total command of story that are Peter FitzSimons' trademarks.

©2018 Peter FitzSimons (P)2018 Hachette Australia Audio

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You don't know the whole story.

I was familiar with the story of the mutiny on the Bounty primarily from the film version with Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins, which is a favorite of mine. I had no idea just how much of the story was left out. The depth and breadth of the research FitzSimons has done, and the extent to which he makes the story come to life, is truly breathtaking. Michael Carman's performance of the audiobook is superb, in fact one of the best I've ever heard. He absolutely CRUSHES it. I'm truly sad to have reached the end of this book, but fortunately this author and narrator have joined forces on several other books, which I look forward to listening to soon. This audiobook gets my highest possible recommendation.

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Another Great Peter Fitzsimons Book

To be honest, Mutiny on the Bounty is one of those stories that has been done to death by so many people. However, no one does the story better justice in my opinion as Peter FitzSimons. His story telling is just so much better.

Great work Peter.

Michael Carman's narration is excellent, pleasing to listen too and enjoyable.

Thank you

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i cannot give higher marks to any book

My words can't do this book justice. So many life lessons for humanity. So well researched, so well narrated, so well organized. Thorough. should be required reading in every school. Great job to all involved.....and Thank you.

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This is one of the best Audible books available. The narrator is excellent, and the story is fascinating. Even if you think you know the story-- this version is the best.

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Outstanding

I don’t usually write reviews but I felt compelled after listening to this book.
A remarkable story that has everything, and is exhaustively researched and beautifully written. The narrator was brilliant and was by far the best performance I have heard on audible. He absolutely nails it !!!!!
One of the best books I have listened to on Audible. Has my highest recommendation!

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bookgirl

I always thought Mutiny on The Bounty was pure fiction. Not so. Wonderfully written and beautifully narrated. The Epilogue provided interesting "what ifs" as to Fletcher Christian's possible end. I would love to know if he actually made it back to England.

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Great Even If You Already Know the Story

There's a lot of good stuff in this book I had never heard before. Some parts I knew vaguely were greatly elaborated on like What happened on Pitcairn afterward?, what happened after the discovery of Pitcairn? Why did the islanders of Tofua attack the launchboat crew? And so forth.
Highly recommend.

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Simply incredible!

This is one of the most amazing stories I’ve ever read, the facts and details are mind boggling. This book is brilliantly written, and the story never sags, I simply could not stop listening. I live in a Central American country and will never look at a bread fruit tree in the same light again!
I highly recommend this book. The narrator is also exceptional!

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Lengthy, but Gripping Tale!

Peter FitzSimons writing and Michael Carman's narration combine to put you squarely on the deck of HMS Bounty, as a group of scorned, embarrassed and humiliated sailors affect one of history's most scandalous takedowns! Mutiny on the Bounty superbly fleshes out the events and conclusions to the lives of a great majority of the actors in this gripping tale. How the mutineers, and loyalists, survived the events contained in this book boggles the mind. Beginning with planning, plenty, and discipline, the Mutiny on the Bounty quickly descends into depravation, and hedonism, before plunging toward chaos, starvation, death and madness. A lengthy but gripping tale, that even contains a bit of mystery at the end!

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Amazing, Adventurous, British naval story

This has to be one of the best audio-books out there... what a superb & well written story. I had recently watched the movie "the bounty" with Anthony Hopkins and Mel Gibson- which was is very good and I thought I knew the story. Folks, this book takes it to an entire different level- I could not put it down.... 22hrs flew by and I was sad when it was over. Sometime in the future I will listen to it again I am sure. But for anyone that is a fan of this story, naval history, or just flat out epic adventure this is a MUST listen! And the author hit it right on the nose in the prologue.. possibly the best story of all time.

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  • John Kay
  • 08-14-19

Timeless classic..!

Loved this book and the whole story behind it. Well written and narrated and explains in great detail the true story.

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  • Steve Ace Rothstein
  • 11-16-18

Just brilliant!! - a masterpiece of narration

If you have watched the classic Mel Gibson / Anthony Hopkins film then you will not be disappointed with this!, I nearly didn't buy it as assumed the film covered the whole story but there is so much more to it and its all featured in this absolute masterpiece of a book. The narration is second to none with the angry Cornish accent of captain bligh bringing the whole thing to life. Highly recommend!

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  • Anna
  • 08-25-19

great read. couldn't stop listening to this book

loved it and found the characters came alive plus the Pitcairn history was extremely interesting.

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  • Ruby G
  • 07-19-19

Brilliant!

A brilliant book, very well written and researched, my congratulations to both the author and narrator.

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  • David
  • 06-09-19

Superb

Superb narration . You couldn’t make a storey up to compare to this epic adventure and
almost unbelievable

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  • terence q.
  • 05-22-19

a pleasure for all ex seamen and women

loved this book seen the film over and over again in all the eras it has been made still love the Antony Hopkins/Mel Gibson the best though this is a cracking book what makes it better is i actually went to the Pitcairn island on the way to New Zealand in the 70s when i was in the Merchant Navy the locals actually came out on launches we were delivering supplies to them they were selling local carvings that had been made i had many of them unfortunately they were lost in a house move while i was away at sea

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  • Damian
  • 05-20-19

Absolutely stunning!

Loved listening to every moment of this book.
At first, I was rather hesitant as a couple reviews mentioned that the audio was poor. I had no experience so perhaps the issue has been addressed.
The narrator is easy to follow, engaging and a master with the accents.
I highly recommend this audiobook, I have maybe 80 on audible and this is by far the best!
Now, I only wonder what really happened to Fletcher Christian...

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  • Sarah
  • 05-15-19

fascinating

brilliantly narrated, full of detail without becoming boring, I was completely hooked. I highly recommend this audio book and will be listening to other books by the author and narrator.

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  • mark mcburnie
  • 05-18-21

Brilliant!

Brilliant book couldnt put it down. A great telling and insight into an episode in naval history we all know a little about. Really enjoyed the narration which brought the story to life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-03-21

A great story of an infamous sequence of events...

The narration seems to be perfect for twelve year olds... I would of preferred much less of the dramatisation as the events must of been a harrowing experience...

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  • luke.oconnor
  • 02-05-20

Just as yesterday

I have much interest in the stories of heroes and villians that shaped the course of history and well known events. This read captivated me in that interest. Not too often do you have the priviledge of reading these stories in the present tense. Though this is not a direct account of what happened on the Bounty and there after, I was intrigued at being placed on the very decks of the ships that mutiny unfolded and now after reading the final pages I feel as though I was somehow present there amongst the crew and wondering, as the faithful did, what actually happened to F C. Well done P F, and thank you.

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  • Tim
  • 11-16-18

A ripping yarn.

A great piece of history excellently narrated. It is up there with Fitzsimons other masterpiece "Batavia"

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-07-19

great story well narrated

awsome couldnt stop listning . great story and great narrator. learnt a lot about the bounty i didnt know

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  • TruckieShane
  • 11-05-18

Brilliant!

Mister Fitzsmons style is gripping. He breeds fresh life into dusty pages from history. Educational and entertaining and read exceptionally well. Bravo

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  • Suzie
  • 03-19-21

No literary masterpiece but riveting

A great story filled with intrigue and history. I think Peter FitzSimons’ writing would benefit from avoiding cliches and dad jokes.

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  • Jessica
  • 05-18-21

Damn, it's a long one but a cracker of a story!

I'm really happy to be finished this book because it's so bloody long but wow, that is *some* story! Amirite?

I think parts of it could have been edited out to make it a little shorter and punchier but I also appreciate that Fitzsimons has done an incredible job of weaving together a *lot* of history with a lot of primary and secondary sources and making a compelling tale of it... So maybe I'm wrong and maybe this is as short and as punchy as a story about the mutiny on the Bounty could be.

I won't include any spoilers but I will say, the very end of the book, the postscript, was my favourite bit and the thing I found the most intriguing.

Also I'm interested to learn more about the bastard Bligh when he got to NSW and faced (caused?!) the Rum Rebellion, which I only remember a little about from school.

I think Fitzsimons did a great job of presenting Bligh as a loving and devoted family man, brilliant sailor and navigator but also a savage, spiteful bastard.

I think all of those traits combined leave us with a portrayal that is probably the way that Bligh deserves to be remembered.

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  • The Nautrual
  • 04-19-21

The Bounty Story brought brilliantly to life

You know the names of Bligh and Christian and the devilish or possibly heroic (depending on your take) Bounty mutineers from Hollywood movies and possibly from brief remembrances from that history class years ago.... but reading or listening to the real story... at least that as wrought by Peter FitzSimons is another thing altogether... it’s a must read!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-15-21

An old story made fresh and new

This was another excellent listening experience. The story, with evident scholarly research, is fascinating. The character of Bligh just blisters off the "page." (I kept hearing and seeing Anthony Hopkins as I listened). I enjoyed the narration, too, and would have awarded 5 stars to the narrator, except for several annoying mispronunciations, primarily of Tahitian/Polynesian words (eg, wahine, Tané). I recommend this audiobook to all those who enjoy historical drama and tales of the sea.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-07-21

Fascinating story.

Really enjoyed the book. Always enjoy this author. Delivery was also really good from the reader.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-07-21

Amazing story

Read this when it was first released. The audiobook is great, but it’s the story itself that is incredible, truth stranger than fiction indeed.
The Mutiny is just the start as it’s what happens afterwards that is most interesting, bizarre and incredible.

Highly entertaining, wonderfully narrated and a highly recommended story.