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    • Two Years Before the Mast

    • By: Richard Henry Dana
    • Narrated by: David McCallion
    • Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
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    Two Years Before the Mast is an American classic published in 1840. This is the account of Richard Henry Dana’s two-year adventure as a sailor. Throughout his time sailing around Cape Horn on the brig Pilgrim, Dana kept a diary, and on his return to Massachusetts, he wrote this now-loved classic. While attending Harvard College, Dana was stricken with measles, which would ultimately have a detrimental effect on his eyesight.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • About the narration

    • By Lynn on 08-09-18

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Two Years Before the Mast

    • By: Richard Henry Dana
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 179
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 113
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 111

    Richard Henry Dana, a law student turned sailor for health reasons, sailed in 1834 aboard the brig Pilgrim on a voyage from Boston around Cape Horn to California. Drawing from his journals, Two Years Before the Mast gives a vivid and detailed account, shrewdly observed and beautifully described, of a common sailor's wretched treatment at sea, and of a way of life virtually unknown at that time.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Read!

    • By Thomas on 03-15-08

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Two Years Before the Mast

    • By: Richard Henry Dana
    • Narrated by: Athur Addison
    • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 98
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 90
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 92

    This is the true story of a Harvard graduate who forsook his studies for two years of the grueling life of an ordinary seaman. This exciting tale was the first to realistically describe the lives of the roughly treated, poorly paid sailors of the merchant marine.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Must reading

    • By Carole B. Regan on 05-14-17

    Regular price: $23.79

    • Two Years Before the Mast

    • By: Richard Henry Dana
    • Narrated by: Pat Bottino
    • Length: 16 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 38
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 27
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    Two Years Before the Mast, written by Richard Henry Dana, provides a vivid account of "the life of a common sailor at sea". Dana sails from Boston, around Cape Horn, stopping in several ports along the California coast including San Diego, San Pedro, Santa Barbara, and San Francisco. On the return trip around Cape Horn in the middle of the Antarctic winter Dana describes terrifying storms and incredible beauty, giving vivid descriptions of icebergs and the scurvy that afflicts members of the crew.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • New Reader please

    • By JB on 09-03-12

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Two Years Before the Mast

    • By: Richard Henry Dana Jr.
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
    • Length: 17 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 65
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 51

    Two Years Before the Mast is a book by the American author Richard Henry Dana, Jr., written after a two-year sea voyage starting in 1834 and published in 1840. While at Harvard College, Dana had an attack of the measles that affected his vision. Thinking it might help his sight, Dana, rather than going on a Grand Tour as most of his fellow classmates traditionally did (and unable to afford it anyway), and being something of a nonconformist, left Harvard to enlist as a common sailor.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great Historical Account

    • By Matt on 05-26-11

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Two Years Before the Mast

    • By: Richard Henry Dana
    • Narrated by: Jim Killavey
    • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 111
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      4 out of 5 stars 42
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    Richard Henry Dana called this book a "a voice from the sea". It had an influence on both Joseph Conrad and Herman Melville, both of whom sang its praises. Dana was a law student at Harvard College who decided, in 1834, to take a break from his studies in order to experience the "real world" by signing on as a common sailor for a two year voyage from Boston around Cape Horn to California. He kept a journal which he turned into a book after the voyage.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great yarn

    • By f. Lawrence ficks on 06-06-06

    Regular price: $48.30

    • To Cuba and Back

    • A Vacaton Voyage in 1859
    • By: Richard Henry Dana
    • Narrated by: Andre Stojka
    • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Join abolitionist Richard Henry Dana as he explores Spanish Cuba in 1859, where kidnapped black Africans were slaves on vast sugar plantations along with impoverished Chinese coolies suffering under unbreakable eight-year contracts. Dana visited Cuba on a fact-finding mission he calls a vacation voyage. He describes Cuban slavery; explores Cuban society, institutions, and educational systems; and exposes a corrupt prison system, where the more a prisoner pays, the less he is punished.

    Regular price: $19.95