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The Pirates!: In an Adventure with the Romantics

The Pirates!, Book 5
Narrated by: John Lee
Series: The Pirates! Series, Book 5
Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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In Gideon Defoe’s fifth Pirates! adventure, the dashing Pirate Captain and his intrepid crew encounter perhaps the most swashbuckling poets in history: Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Shelley's fiancée, Mary Godwin....

While visiting the shores of Lake Geneva to restore their spirits and their finances, the Pirate Captain and his crew encounter some surprising fellow adventurers, literary giants of their age: the swaggering Lord Byron, the oddly shifty Percy Shelley, and his smart, quite attractive fiancée, Mary. Together the poets and pirates embark upon a journey that leads from the curiously adventureless Switzerland into the darkest bowels of Oxford, and finally to the forbidding heart of eastern Europe. 

Amidst haunted castles and early feminism, the Pirate Captain will confront some important questions, namely: What is the secret behind his mysterious belly tattoo? Is "Zombuloid, the corpse-beast" a better name for a monster than "Gorgo: Half-man, half-seaweed"? And, most importantly, what happens when a pirate finally falls in love?

©2012 Gideon Defoe (P)2012 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"[Defoe] can make even pirates seem as cuddly as a teddy bear.... Wacky and funny and downright easy-to-love." ( Sacramento Book Review)
"A treasure chest of lighthearted laughs." ( Knoxville News-Sentinel)

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Not as good as previous installment

Not as good as previous installment, and not suitable for kids. My son and I loved listening to the first 2 books of this series (highly recommended), and I was excited to find this one - but am glad that I listened to it by myself first.

The narration by John Lee is still first-rate, but he has much less of a story to work with, so it's also nowhere as funny. And where the earlier books may occasionally make a mention of mildly racy topics, in this book the line is no longer drawn at an acceptable place for me to let my young son listen to it. I don't mean there's anything shockingly violent or sexual - it's just adult humor plus some promiscuous behaviors that I'd rather not have to explain during a car ride.