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Pirate Latitudes Audiobook

Pirate Latitudes

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From one of the best-loved authors of all time comes an irresistible adventure of swashbuckling pirates in the New World, a classic story of treasure and betrayal.

The Caribbean, 1665. A remote colony of the English Crown, the island of Jamaica holds out against the vast supremacy of the Spanish empire. Port Royal, its capital, is a cutthroat town of taverns, grog shops, and bawdy houses. In this steamy climate there's a living to be made, a living that can end swiftly by disease - or by dagger.

For Captain Charles Hunter, gold in Spanish hands is gold for the taking, and the law of the land rests with those ruthless enough to make it. Word in port is that the galleon El Trinidad, fresh from New Spain, is awaiting repairs in a nearby harbor. Heavily fortified, the impregnable harbor is guarded by the bloodthirsty Cazalla, a favorite commander of the Spanish king himself. With backing from a powerful ally, Hunter assembles a crew of ruffians to infiltrate the enemy outpost and commandeer El Trinidad, along with its fortune in Spanish gold. The raid is as perilous as the bloodiest tales of island legend, and Hunter will lose more than one man before he even sets foot on foreign shores, where dense jungle and the firepower of Spanish infantry stand between him and the treasure...

Pirate Latitudes is Michael Crichton at his best: a rollicking adventure tale pulsing with relentless action, crackling atmosphere, and heart-pounding suspense.

©2009 Michael Crichton; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Slothflyer 05-20-11
    Slothflyer 05-20-11 Member Since 2017
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    "good, but not Crichton's best"

    This is a good novel, but since Crichton died before it was published, it seems obvious to me that he hadn't quite finished writing and editing it. Many of the characters feel like their story is mostly left unwritten. All in all, I liked the book but it was obvious Crichton had much more to write.

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    Susan Downingtown, PA, United States 03-24-11
    Susan Downingtown, PA, United States 03-24-11
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    "Under the Bed?"

    I read somewhere they found this unfinished under his bed after he died. I can believe that. It's a good decent read. But not as good as I've come to expect from him.

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    Dean 02-25-11
    Dean 02-25-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Mixed media tale."

    The overall plot is a great swashbuckling tale with most of the book fast paced. You can tell at times this was writting by multiple authors, without colaboration to the end. Some may have been there, but there is a disjointedness at times. I think if you removed the otherworldly elements it would be a very consistant story, or if you enhanced them and reduced the historical referances it would also be enhanced. But, I do think overall it was a fun read and not a waste of money.

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    Amazon Customer Littleton, CO USA 02-07-11
    Amazon Customer Littleton, CO USA 02-07-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great read that draws you in"

    I really enjoyed this book and kept finding myself lookinf for excuses to do something where I would be able to listen to an audio book.

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    Jennifer D Wines 01-11-11 Member Since 2008
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    "First Draft?"

    I think this must have been a first draft that they dug out from Crichton's desk after he passed away. Shallow characters, weak plot, and unpolished writing. I love Crichton, but this was awful.

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    Amy 09-13-10
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    "Entertaining..."

    I wanted to be entertained and I was. It was fast paced and actually kind of fun to listen to. It was outlandish in places but I was not expecting something factual. I probably would have given it 3.75 stars instead of 4 but all in all... good listen.

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    rob colorado springs, CO, United States 08-29-10
    rob colorado springs, CO, United States 08-29-10
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    "lots of fun"

    This is not a story for anyone looking for romance, or deep concepts. It is a little slow to start but very fast paced once it gets going, and is full of action and just pirate stuff. Give it a shot.

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    Matt Osseo, MN, United States 08-27-10
    Matt Osseo, MN, United States 08-27-10
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    "Perfect Escapism"

    Immeasurably more enjoyable than any of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Not the best Chrichton novel, but certainly not the worst (see Next). Pure fun that will have you searching for more pirate novels.

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    Eric Danvers, MA, USA 06-19-10
    Eric Danvers, MA, USA 06-19-10 Member Since 2001
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    "Unpolished and entertaining"

    After reading that this was found on his hard drive after his death, I went into it not expecting much, but was happily surprised. Like most of his novels, it was easily seen in my minds eye. Full of action and good twists, I was excited to see what would happen next and stayed in the car a few extra minutes to find out. Overall it was a good story and flowed well. It is not his best, but worth listening to. The reader also did a fine job to keep my interest. Would give it 3.5 stars. Will likely make a good action movie.

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    H. Harmon Moreno Valley, CA United States 05-26-10
    H. Harmon Moreno Valley, CA United States 05-26-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Too far-fetched"

    For the most part I enjoyed the book, but it constantly jumped from one unbelievable situation to the next. It's almost as if the stories were intended to be used in a serial and they all got shoved under one cover to get them published.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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