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Black Flags, Blue Waters

The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates
Narrated by: Paul Brion
Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
Categories: History, American
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Set against the backdrop of the Age of Exploration, Black Flags, Blue Waters reveals the dramatic and surprising history of American piracy's "Golden Age" - spanning the late 1600s through the early 1700s - when lawless pirates plied the coastal waters of North America and beyond. Best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin illustrates how American colonists at first supported these outrageous pirates in an early display of solidarity against the Crown, and then violently opposed them. 

Through engrossing episodes of roguish glamour and extreme brutality, Dolin depicts the star pirates of this period, among them towering Blackbeard, ill-fated Captain Kidd, and sadistic Edward Low, who delighted in torturing his prey. Also brilliantly detailed are the pirates' manifold enemies, including colonial governor John Winthrop and evangelist Cotton Mather.

Upending popular misconceptions and cartoonish stereotypes, Dolin provides this wholly original account of the seafaring outlaws whose raids reflect the precarious nature of American colonial life.

©2018 Eric Jay Dolin (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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very informative

good listening and narrative, covered a wide range of areas and information
good value for money.

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  • Wes D
  • 07-03-19

Golden-Age Piracy from an American perspective

This book attempts to look at at golden-age piracy through the lens of how it affected the American colonies. That is an interesting perspective, and it does have some unique information that I haven't encountered in other books.

I would say that the book partially succeeds. However, since it is difficult to tell that story without also giving the background information of piracy in the West Indies, about two thirds (just a rough estimate) of the content of the book is also covered in "The Republic of Pirates" by Colin Woodard, which, in my humble opinion, did a better job of it.

There is still a decent amount of interesting information in the book. Some of the stories relayed are different than other versions I have heard, and for some strange reason, I like hearing alternate reports. Perhaps the mystery is what makes this era in history so interesting to me.

Overall, although I occasionally got tired of hearing redundant information, I am glad I picked up this book.

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  • K ODell
  • 17-07-19

Solid read, BUT...

If this is your first foray into the history of pirates, I heartily recommend listening to The Republic of Pirates by Colin Woodard first. It's a much more engaging read, and the narrator does a MUCH better job (I swear, this narrator almost managed to make PIRATES seem boring with his delivery). After you read that book, if you're still hungry for more, than this volume is a respectable one for supplementing your knowledge. The author does present interesting history that The Republic of Pirates glossed over, including a few interesting figures left out of that other book entirely. This book just has a slightly narrower focus that I think makes it less suitable as a first book on the subject. By all means read and enjoy it (narrator aside, I certainly did), just not as your first sojourn into the subject matter.

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  • Ben
  • 12-03-19

Good story, ok reading.

The narrator's diction was annoying. For example "senventeen hundred" was pronouced seventennnnuh. Also the production was off. Had to turn the bass off my car to be able to understand it. Almost quit after the first 5 minutes.

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  • Michael Vincent Sr
  • 12-03-19

Yo Ho! Yo Ho! A Pirates Life for Me!

This was a good historical look back on the known Pirates of the Golden age on the High Seas. I do recommend it. Enjoy.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 16-11-18

An exciting account of piracy

In this book you will learn about how piracy effected the American colonies as well as the Caribbean. I learned things about the colonies that were not taught to me in school. The narrator did a fantastic job. He was clear and not dry.

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  • John Weiss III
  • 18-10-19

Actual pirates more interesting than fictional

Like pirates? Like history? Then climb aboard for actual tales of daring seamanship, ruthless thieves, corrupt politicians and violent storms. The often untold, unsavory history of how early America's relationship with piracy varied from a welcomed trade, vital to local economies, to a scourge which crippled local seaports is deftly laid out in an informative, and wholly entertaining tale.

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  • Kai Jensen
  • 02-10-19

best book ever

Very informative on the subject. It has somewhat destroyed my personal picture on pirates, but it's a very good read.

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  • carol
  • 14-09-19

The best narrator!

I thoroughly enjoyed Black Flags, Blue Waters.
Pirates are a fascinating part of our history. This book brings them alive. I will enjoy listening to this book again.
Paul Brion is the best narrator EVER‼️‼️ I am spoiled now. What a pleasure it is to listen to him.

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  • D Smith
  • 29-08-19

Hard to follow...

Hard to follow the story with too much detail and choppy narration. Couldn't finish it.

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  • Heather Caldera
  • 13-08-19

Excellent research

Excellent research and well paced. I grew up in coastal New England with a strong interest in nautical history, but this book was filled with new information for me. I don’t believe the author intended it, but listening to this book gave me a better big picture understanding of the culture of the American colonies, and how that worldview continues to shape our country.