We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.co.uk/access.
 >   > 
The Shores of Tripoli Audiobook

The Shores of Tripoli: Lieutenant Putnam and the Barbary Pirates

Regular Price:£33.89
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • £7.99/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
    • Free, unlimited access to Audio Shows
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

The first novel in a brilliant new series by award-winning historian James L. Haley, featuring young midshipman Bliven Putnam as he begins his naval service aboard the USS Enterprise.

It is 1801, and President Thomas Jefferson has assembled a deep-water navy to fight the growing threat of piracy, as American civilians are regularly kidnapped by Islamist brigands and held for ransom, enslaved, or killed, all at their captors' whim. The Berber States of North Africa, especially Tripoli, claimed their faith gave them the right to pillage anyone who did not submit to their religion.

Young Bliven Putnam, great-nephew of Revolutionary War hero Israel Putnam, is bound for the Mediterranean and a desperate battle with the pirate ship Tripoli. He later returns under the legendary Commodore Edward Preble on the Constitution and marches across the Libyan desert with General Eaton to assault Derna - discovering the lessons he learns about war and life are not what he expected.

Rich with historical detail and cracking with high-wire action, The Shores of Tripoli brings this amazing period in American history to life with brilliant clarity.

©2016 James L. Haley (P)2016 Penguin Audio

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

5.0 (2 )
5 star
 (2)
4 star
 (0)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Overall
5.0 (1 )
5 star
 (1)
4 star
 (0)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.0 (1 )
5 star
 (0)
4 star
 (1)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance


There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Sort by:
  • tompearson
    15/04/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent"

    Just a great listen for someone interested in the time and history of the navy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • KAFBA
    14/12/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good story...distracting narration "

    I have long enjoyed naval stories from this era and this story is no exception I did find the narrator's style and inflections a little off.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • K. Seward
    Metro DC area
    06/04/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great story on the barbary pirate war"

    Great story about the barbary pirate war. I enjoyed it. Follows history very well. I would recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • miriam kaegebein
    28/12/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great yarn"

    Good combination of fiction and history of the war and Mediterranean history. Language and narrative are well done

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • IainHH
    League City, TX, US
    10/12/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Overall a ripping good yarn "

    Life in the young American navy as seen through the eyes of midshipman Putnam as he tackles the pirates on the Barbary coast. Gives a good insight into the different traits of both the yankees and the southerners officer classes with the political scenes of the USA in the early 1800’s. Well researched providing and easy to listen excellent attention holder looking forward to the next one in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew J. Cline
    Ohio
    29/11/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent, worthy alongside CS Forester and O’Brian"

    A very enjoyable historical fiction work with characters that are real, adventurous, identifiable and heroic, all set in accurate fact. The writer knows when to delve deep into detail to set a mood and knows how to keep the characters interesting and their relationships compelling and relatable. This book, story and main character always kept my attention and wanting more. Reading by the voice actor was very well done and contributed to the enjoyable atmosphere. Highly recommend this book and audio version for anyone interested in the genre, especially wanting adventure of the early American Navy, the Tripolitan pirates and greatly neglected characters of Naval history. Well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.