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Mutiny on the Bounty

Narrated by: Michael Carman
Length: 22 hrs and 32 mins
Categories: History, Military
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The mutiny on HMS Bounty, in the South Pacific on 28 April 1789, is one of history's truly great stories - a tale of human drama, intrigue and adventure of the highest order - and in the hands of Peter FitzSimons it comes to life as never before.  

Commissioned by the Royal Navy to collect breadfruit plants from Tahiti and take them to the West Indies, the Bounty's crew found themselves in a tropical paradise. Five months later, they did not want to leave. Under the leadership of Fletcher Christian, most of the crew mutinied soon after sailing from Tahiti, setting Captain William Bligh and 18 loyal crewmen adrift in a small open boat. In one of history's great feats of seamanship, Bligh navigated this tiny vessel for 3,618 nautical miles to Timor.  

Fletcher Christian and the mutineers sailed back to Tahiti, where most remained and were later tried for mutiny. But Christian, along with eight fellow mutineers and some Tahitian men and women, sailed off into the unknown, eventually discovering the isolated Pitcairn Island - at the time not even marked on British maps - and settling there.  

This astonishing story is historical adventure at its very best, encompassing the mutiny, Bligh's monumental achievement in navigating to safety, and Fletcher Christian and the mutineers' own epic journey from the sensual paradise of Tahiti to the outpost of Pitcairn Island. The mutineers' descendants live on Pitcairn to this day, amid swirling stories and rumours of past sexual transgressions and present-day repercussions. Mutiny on the Bounty is a sprawling, dramatic tale of intrigue, bravery and sheer boldness, told with the accuracy of historical detail and total command of story that are Peter FitzSimons' trademarks.

©2018 Peter FitzSimons (P)2018 Hachette Australia Audio

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Timeless classic..!

Loved this book and the whole story behind it. Well written and narrated and explains in great detail the true story.

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Just brilliant!! - a masterpiece of narration

If you have watched the classic Mel Gibson / Anthony Hopkins film then you will not be disappointed with this!, I nearly didn't buy it as assumed the film covered the whole story but there is so much more to it and its all featured in this absolute masterpiece of a book. The narration is second to none with the angry Cornish accent of captain bligh bringing the whole thing to life. Highly recommend!

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great read. couldn't stop listening to this book

loved it and found the characters came alive plus the Pitcairn history was extremely interesting.

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Brilliant!

A brilliant book, very well written and researched, my congratulations to both the author and narrator.

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Superb

Superb narration . You couldn’t make a storey up to compare to this epic adventure and
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a pleasure for all ex seamen and women

loved this book seen the film over and over again in all the eras it has been made still love the Antony Hopkins/Mel Gibson the best though this is a cracking book what makes it better is i actually went to the Pitcairn island on the way to New Zealand in the 70s when i was in the Merchant Navy the locals actually came out on launches we were delivering supplies to them they were selling local carvings that had been made i had many of them unfortunately they were lost in a house move while i was away at sea

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Absolutely stunning!

Loved listening to every moment of this book.
At first, I was rather hesitant as a couple reviews mentioned that the audio was poor. I had no experience so perhaps the issue has been addressed.
The narrator is easy to follow, engaging and a master with the accents.
I highly recommend this audiobook, I have maybe 80 on audible and this is by far the best!
Now, I only wonder what really happened to Fletcher Christian...

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fascinating

brilliantly narrated, full of detail without becoming boring, I was completely hooked. I highly recommend this audio book and will be listening to other books by the author and narrator.

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Incredible, fascinating story

I listened to this book on audible. I thought the story was amazing and captivating. The narrator was excellent as well.

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IF OSCARS COULD GO TO NARRATORS….

An astonishing story, wonderfully written, brilliantly narrated.
The story is of such compelling and enduring interest that five films have been made of the tale over the years, with the chief mutineer being played at different times by Errol Flynn, Clark Gable, Marlon Brando and Mel Gibson – Hollywood royalty indeed. Here is the full story in all its completeness.
The writing is superb – such deliciously sardonic and incisive wit – relating the convergence (collision) of cultures between the Polynesians and the Europeans and the clash of personalities among the sailors themselves.
And then there is the narration….a masterful feat of recitation, bringing to life the writing style as well as the voices of a raging captain; salty old sea dogs; and crusty admirals.
Over 22 hours and I never wanted it to end!

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  • Justin Sluyter
  • 01-05-19

You don't know the whole story.

I was familiar with the story of the mutiny on the Bounty primarily from the film version with Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins, which is a favorite of mine. I had no idea just how much of the story was left out. The depth and breadth of the research FitzSimons has done, and the extent to which he makes the story come to life, is truly breathtaking. Michael Carman's performance of the audiobook is superb, in fact one of the best I've ever heard. He absolutely CRUSHES it. I'm truly sad to have reached the end of this book, but fortunately this author and narrator have joined forces on several other books, which I look forward to listening to soon. This audiobook gets my highest possible recommendation.

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  • Garry
  • 09-03-19

Another Great Peter Fitzsimons Book

To be honest, Mutiny on the Bounty is one of those stories that has been done to death by so many people. However, no one does the story better justice in my opinion as Peter FitzSimons. His story telling is just so much better.

Great work Peter.

Michael Carman's narration is excellent, pleasing to listen too and enjoyable.

Thank you

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  • Kerry
  • 07-02-19

i cannot give higher marks to any book

My words can't do this book justice. So many life lessons for humanity. So well researched, so well narrated, so well organized. Thorough. should be required reading in every school. Great job to all involved.....and Thank you.

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  • Cindy
  • 18-01-19

bookgirl

I always thought Mutiny on The Bounty was pure fiction. Not so. Wonderfully written and beautifully narrated. The Epilogue provided interesting "what ifs" as to Fletcher Christian's possible end. I would love to know if he actually made it back to England.

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  • amazonman
  • 27-10-19

5 Star Performance

This is one of the best Audible books available. The narrator is excellent, and the story is fascinating. Even if you think you know the story-- this version is the best.

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  • Ash
  • 23-09-19

Outstanding

I don’t usually write reviews but I felt compelled after listening to this book.
A remarkable story that has everything, and is exhaustively researched and beautifully written. The narrator was brilliant and was by far the best performance I have heard on audible. He absolutely nails it !!!!!
One of the best books I have listened to on Audible. Has my highest recommendation!

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  • Than
  • 10-04-19

Great Even If You Already Know the Story

There's a lot of good stuff in this book I had never heard before. Some parts I knew vaguely were greatly elaborated on like What happened on Pitcairn afterward?, what happened after the discovery of Pitcairn? Why did the islanders of Tofua attack the launchboat crew? And so forth.
Highly recommend.

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  • Andrew Tomlet
  • 22-03-19

Simply incredible!

This is one of the most amazing stories I’ve ever read, the facts and details are mind boggling. This book is brilliantly written, and the story never sags, I simply could not stop listening. I live in a Central American country and will never look at a bread fruit tree in the same light again!
I highly recommend this book. The narrator is also exceptional!

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  • Val Kyrie
  • 19-05-20

Glad I took the time to hear the story

its a wonderful story, and I was highly entertained. Get your map and follow along.

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  • Adrienne Bonilla
  • 07-05-20

One of my favorite historical tales ever!

True synergy of a wonderfully researched and well told story of the mutiny on the Bounty and superb narration. Exciting, gripping, and satisfying.