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Empire of Blue Water Audiobook

Empire of Blue Water: Henry Morgan and the Pirates Who Ruled the Carribean Waves

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Publisher's Summary

He challenged the greatest empires on earth with a ragtag bunch of renegades - and brought it to its knees. Henry Morgan crossed the Atlantic in 1655, hell-bent on making his fortune.

Awash with bloody battles, political intrigues, and natural disasters, Empire of Blue Water brilliantly re-creates the passion and the violence of the age of exploration and empire.

©2009 Stephan Talty; (P)2009 Oakhill Publishing

What the Critics Say

"Fresh insight into pirates' dens of old ...Well-researched non fiction that reads like a novel." (Washington Times)
" Talty strips away the legend to recreate a pivotal era in this accesible portrait of the pirates of the Caribbean." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Dave stevenage, United Kingdom 02/07/2012
    Dave stevenage, United Kingdom 02/07/2012 Member Since 2010
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    "Swashbuckling in the real world"

    Although this book is subtitled "Pirates who ruled the Caribbean waves", it is mostly the life story of Henry Morgan. Not that I'm complaining. Morgan was certainly a very colourful character who had more adventure in his life than most of us will ever read of. How he went from shabby buccaneer to Governor of Jamaica is a remarkable story filled with tremendous triumph and incredible hardship, and this book tells it beautifully. The ordinary pirate/buccaneer is not neglected, for the book also refers to a fictional character who is a composite of the typical pirate of the day, which adds greatly to the story of the increasingly high-flying Morgan. The result is an excellent study of Morgan and his actions, seen both through his eyes, those of his Spanish enemies and those of his followers.

    What the book is not is a general history of piracy in the Caribbean. Many famous pirates get only brief mentions or no mention at all, but the picture of piracy in general and how it operated, flourished and eventually withered is brightly painted by the author. In particular the grubby truth behind the actions of so many characters gives a great feeling of realism which some histories can gloss over, making this book one of the better ones at depicting all the characters as flawed if sometimes great personalities.

    The reading is very well done, and since I can fault neither the book nor how it was produced it only remains to say this is well worthy of its five stars and a little of your time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    James Portadown, Co. Armagh, United Kingdom 28/02/2010
    James Portadown, Co. Armagh, United Kingdom 28/02/2010 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent"

    I have been interested in Pirates for some time now and was happy to see a book like this available- I found this to be a very enjoyable listen, well read and a compelling naritive. The book appears to have been written with the american reader in mind but this does not make it any the less enjoyable. The book on the most part focuses on Morgan following his life and expliots- a topic that I was previously ignorant, but one which i found both entertaining and informative. I enjoyed learning the link between the exploits of the pirates and the establishment of the British empire in the indies, the effect of pirate armies had on pilaging the spanish settlements in the americas and the effect that this had on global events.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Louis London, United Kingdom 26/07/2016
    Louis London, United Kingdom 26/07/2016 Member Since 2014

    Big Lee Child fan! Working my way through the Jack Reacher catalogue. Also I love spy thrillers and travel stories.

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    "ABSOLUTELY RIVETING!!!"

    A great story, from start to finish! I made it last as long as possible, as I didn't want it to end!

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    John 25/07/2016
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    "An excellent history"

    A very accomplished production in all respects, the audio is about as good as it gets on Audible - near perfect. The original content is engageing from beginning to end. An extraordinary story of a legendary figure brought to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. A. T. MCGILL Aberdeen, UK 13/04/2016
    Mr. A. T. MCGILL Aberdeen, UK 13/04/2016 Member Since 2013

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    "Interesting story but poorly organized"
    Would you listen to Empire of Blue Water again? Why?

    The story of Henry Morgan and his crew was very interesting but I was hoping for more information on the other big pirates of his day and afterwards but there was not much on them.


    Which character – as performed by David Bauckham – was your favourite?

    There were no voices added to the characters so they were all pretty much the same.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were some really interesting moments of how Henry Morgan managed to outsmart his Spanish enemies and trick them. Very cool.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was poorly divided as far as Chapters go. Half way through a "Chapter" on the Audible app it would say "Chapter 4" or something like that so the actual end of the "Chapters" was not the same as the narrator said it would be which I thought was poor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J STAINES, United Kingdom 13/05/2014
    J STAINES, United Kingdom 13/05/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "This Audio Didn't Quite Rule...."

    I did so badly want to love this book. This was the first time I had listen to an audiobook about pirates and I knew hardly anything about Henry Morgan. The story took a little while to get going however I was prepared for this as the background story had to be outlined so the listener could truly appreciate what was occurring in the rest of the book. The narrator did an outstanding job of portraying the story and keeping the book feeling informative without getting bogged down in an endless stream of facts.

    However..... I found myself entering the last few hours of the audiobooks life with the desire to reach the end as quickly as possible. It may be due to the fact that pirates are not most number one subject to listen to or simply that the story had dragged on a bit. There was certainly room to reduce or indeed cut some of the book and I wasn't sure that the creation of a made up pirate to try and highlight the average life they had was needed.

    Every audiobook that I own has been listened to on several occasion however I find it incredibly unlike that it would be the case or this book no matter how much I did / wanted to love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jim London 03/09/2011
    Jim London 03/09/2011 Member Since 2011
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    "Aaargh"

    Couldn't quite bring myself to write the whole review in pirate argot. An excellent mix of tall tales, interesting personalities and social history. Not sure about the device of using an archetypal pirate character as a parallel for Henry Morgan but despite what may simply have been a device to reduce the amount of research time to produce the book it was still a rattling read

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    mike Birmingham, United Kingdom 31/03/2011
    mike Birmingham, United Kingdom 31/03/2011 Member Since 2005
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    "Empire of Blue Water"

    A classic example of the truth being more fascinating than any fiction. The story of the real Henry Morgan is an amazing, complex saga that leaves any 'squash buckling' pirates way behind and transports the listener into the murky world of the seventeenth century.

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    Sara Llanwrtyd wells, United Kingdom 14/07/2010
    Sara Llanwrtyd wells, United Kingdom 14/07/2010
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    "Excellent."

    A thoroughly enjoyable and informative book. It details the life of Morgan, and puts it in the context of the geopolitical climate of the time. The author has a very informal and narrative style that makes it an easy but enthralling listen, and the narrator does an excellent job of bringing it all to life. For anyone interested in the brutal days of the Pirates, Buccaneers and Privateers in the Caribbean, then I would highly recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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