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The Pyrates is all the swashbucklers that ever were, rolled into one great technicoloured pantomime - tall ships and desert islands, impossibly gallant adventurers and glamorous heroines, buried treasure and black spots, devilish dons and ghastly dungeons, plots, duels, escapes, savage rituals, tender romance and steaming passion, all to the accompaniment of ringing steel, thunderous broadsides, sweeping film music, and the sound of cursing extras falling in the water and exchanging period dialogue. Even Hollywood buccaneers were never like this.

©2015 George MacDonald Fraser (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

Praise for The Pyrates:
"Its all there right down to a Dead Man's Chest, cleavages that are everything they should be, and characters in sea boots, who say nothing but 'Arr!' and 'Me Hearty!' in a plot that is wonderfully absurd." ( Financial Times)
"Fabulous…you'll want to stay up all night reading this one." ( Washington Post)
"The most wonderfully idiotic lovesong to swashbucklers ever set to Korngold trumpets. Fraser again proves himself the master." ( New York Times)
Praise for Black Ajax:
"Mr. Fraser is a great historical novelist, and in Black Ajax he is at the very top of his form. Damme if he ain't." (Christopher Matthew, Daily Mail)
"This is not a flashy novel, wearing its learning noisily. It's rigorous, intelligent, meticulously horrifying. Wonderfully well done." (Nicci Gerrard, Observer)

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one of my all-time favourites - ruined

This is a book I can read over and over again, and have done for over 30 years. So I was looking forward to the audio book, as, despite being very familiar with the text, I thought it would be equally fun to listen to.

Unfortunately not.

The narrator manages to take a fun, swashbuckling, absolutely hysterical story, and make it dull as ditch water. He doesn't seem to understand any of the humour, the stresses are wrong and the accents are terrible. It's a mystery to me how he managed it, but somehow he did.

Consequently, a book I have loved for many years is spoiled in the audio format. Fortunately, I can still enjoy the original text.

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Great fun. Superb narration

A Ripping Yarn from the brilliant George MacDonald Fraser author of Flashman, from which I've learnt all 19 th century history that's worth learning, also Quartered Safe Out Here and the splendid McAuslan. All deserve Five Stars. At least.

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Swashbuckling tomfoolery

Don't expect Good Ole Flashy........ a swashbuckling adventure in the vain of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett all wrapped up in a wonderful world created by the great George MacDonald Fraser.

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boys own

boys own comic swashbuckling adventure. no good for a book club read. did not enjoy.

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