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Endeavour

Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
Length: 19 hrs and 37 mins
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Endeavour, written by Peter Moore, read by Ric Jerrom.

An inventive biography of one of the most famous ships of all time - from the oak tree it was made from to its last voyage in the American War of Independence.

The Enlightenment was an age of endeavours. From Johnson’s Dictionary to campaigns for liberty to schemes for measuring the dimensions of the solar system, Britain was consumed by the impulse for grand projects, undertaken at speed. Endeavour was also the name given to a Whitby collier bought by the Royal Navy in 1768 for an expedition to the South Seas. A commonplace, coal-carrying vessel, no-one could have guessed that Endeavour would go on to become the most significant ship in the history of British exploration.

Endeavour famously carried James Cook on his first great voyage, visiting Pacific islands unknown to European geography, charting for the first time New Zealand and the eastern coast of Australia and almost foundering on the Great Barrier Reef. But Endeavour was a ship with many lives. She was there at the Wilkes Riots in London in 1768. During the battles for control of New York in 1776, she witnessed the bloody birth of the United States of America. As well as carrying botanists, a Polynesian priest and the remains of the first kangaroo to arrive in Britain, she transported Newcastle coal and Hessian soldiers. According to Charles Darwin, she helped Cook add a hemisphere to the civilised world. NASA named a space shuttle after her. To others she would be a toxic symbol, responsible for the dispossession of the oldest continuous human society and the disruption of many others.

No-one has ever told Endeavour’s complete story before. Peter Moore sets out to explore the different lives of this remarkable ship, from the acorn that grew into the oak that made her to her rich and complex legacy.

©2018 Peter Moore (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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Wow not my normal read glad I did

History made interesting. I was amazed how easy it was to retain the information such was the writing style and skill of the narrator.

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An absolute delight from start to finish

I must say that for anyone to enjoy this book they must be a sucker for detail! This is not the story of Captain Cook, it is exactly as the title says, namely the exhaustive history of the ship Endeavour from the oak trees that made her right through to modern salvage operations to locate the exact position of her shipwreck. Captain Cook and the botanist Joseph Banks appears along with many many other characters from the late seventeenth century onwards but it is the ship herself which is central. I like detail and I love stories of the sea and I love the incredible spirit of exploration that marked that century of enlightenment. The book is not fast paced but an immersive plunge into both the life of the ship and into the whole idea of human endeavour itself. Loved it.

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slow, padded out, where was the editor?

if you're expecting a rip-roaring 'biography of a ship' like Michael Palin's excellent 'Erebus' or David Cordingly's equally excellent 'Billy Ruffian' forget it. this piece is padded out to nearly 20 hours with dull reflections on, as it says in the sub-title, the 'attitude that changed the world'. hello? I had to give up after 3 hours so maybe it does become wonderful - if so apologies. not for me though.

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