David Grann’s account of this notorious shipwreck whose equally fascinating and haunting tale has been largely forgotten in the annals of history, makes the reader forget that they are indeed reading historical non-fiction rather than an addictive Kt gripping novel, filled with timeless themes of bravery and betrayal, loyalty and hypocrisy, and the ever-present drive in man to survive and overcome. I highly recommend this to any reader/listener, to not only learn about a uniquely harrowing historical event, but will moreover be forced to consider one’s own nature and what they would do in a survival situation thousands of miles from their familiar jurisdiction of law and order.
The book is a fascinating account of seafaring Brits in the 1740s, seeking riches but ending up shipwrecked in South America. Author David Gramm performs an admirable task, writing an engaging narrative from logbooks and journals, with vivid characters and many twists. He pads the books with varying levels of success by including commentary by other authors like Voltaire and Lord Byron. Sometimes it's interesting, though sometimes it feels like filler. But the Narrator is unforgivable. He (and the Director of this AudioBook, I suppose) doesn't trust the material. Sooo over-the-top from the very beginning, he has no place to go when genuine climaxes merit that breathless level of intensity. I'll give him credit for his good diction and resonant voice that made him understandable, though annoying. I hope I don't encounter him again. But high praise to author David Gramm.
It took me several attempts to get through the first half. Narration is over the top, too theatrical and dramatic.
Writing is ok, story goes down rabbit holes several times. Stuff that has nothing to do with the story.
I finally gave it another go and finished but the Narration was tormenting
I assume the book is good, but I couldn't get past the first 20 minutes. The narrator sharply inhales every few seconds. these inhalations are as loud as the words he speaks.
he's also way too dramatic for an audiobook narrator. especially non-fiction, he speaks in a breathless manner. it's good for short bursts of tension but he infuses this tension into every single word he speaks. just too performative.
The book was interesting and well-researched. At times the narrator could be distracting with his overly dramatic reading but overall I enjoyed the story.
Old world adventure that takes one along the thrilling adventure of a British ship full of sell swords that plans to hijack and steal the massive Spanish treasure ship. This is a true story, a real vision quest that is hard to put down.
vision quest across the far seasexcites
Great historic novel - you can feel the boat move !!! Reader is perfect !!
An amazing story of survival against the sea, the elements and bad leadership. Followed by massive coverup by the powerful.
Excellent story and narration
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