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Here’s a true diamond of historical fiction that's waited 300 years to be told. 

History and legend remember many pirate stories and captains - but until now not the true story about the pirate crew who seized the most valuable treasure hoard ever taken on the high seas! In the year 1721, a British pirate captain named John Taylor, accompanied by a French captain nicknamed The Buzzard, seized the richest single booty ever to come into pirate hands. Taylor and his crew of mutineers took a treasure so valuable it would have taken almost 50,000 years to earn as honest sailors. The value of the riches finally convinced the Kings of England, Portugal and France to join forces for the first time to hunt pirates down and create the beginning of the end of the Golden Age of Piracy. 

The Diamond Ship follows the true journey of this band of unruly pirates, in a story which until now has lain buried for three centuries in odd pieces of parchment and random scraps of marine diaries. With the exception of three fictional characters - a pirate gunner, a girl slave turned powder monkey, and a parrot, to help carry the story - the other characters, scenes, and even many of the conversations in this riveting tale really took place. 

There's not a pirate fan out there of any age who won't be enthralled with this new feast of pirate knowledge. Find out what happened as this true story unfolds, plus learn a chest full of pirate sayings and hitherto little known pirate knowledge. Recommended for swashbuckling fans, but only those who dare be pirates themselves!

©2014 Mogzilla (P)2020 Adrian Beckingham

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Awesome

The year 1721 band of pirates sailing the high seas, this story is true and there be a couple of fictitious characters in this audio, not overly long but if listening with children in 2 nights can be done. I just wish there was audio out when I had my children we could have listened to this in awe but instead I had to read or make up stories, the narrator really bought this to life well worth a listen young or old.

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Brilliant

What I’m liking about this story is there’s a lot of effort in the way the story was told. it’s about pirates and I like them because not many people now a days talk about them in this way.

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Ahoy me hearties there be treasure to be found!

What an absolute blast. I loved this pirate adventure as much as my young niece.
Since listening to it she has decided to become a full time pirate and wont take off her eye patch.

Aaaaaarghh - shiver me timbers, batten down the hatches and get ready for the fire in the hold!

Listen to this or be prepared to be Shark Bait!

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Great story!

Myself and my 3 children have just finished listening to this and we all loved it! They especially liked the pirate voice narration and the incredible detail of life onboard a pirate ship, including some really gruesome bits. I liked that it is based on fact and is historically accurate!
Highly recommended!!

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  • JM
  • 27-05-21

Ahoy Matey!

A great pirate adventure with real treasure to be had, I was pleasantly surprised as I started and got more into the book. Adrian Beckingham put together a great book for all ages. The narrating by Guy Barnes was spot on. Recommended for all.

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  • Frederick H Currie
  • 16-05-21

SHIVER ME TIMBERS!

This is a captivating pirate story offering a chest full of delights. Thank you Adrian Beckingham.

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  • Jaimie Foster
  • 03-05-21

A CHEST TO CHERISH.

As a devout fan of pirate stories, nowhere in my literary travels have I found another story that even comes close when it comes to learning about real life on a pirate ship. This is a feast of pirate based knowledge all brilliantly robed inside a startling true story.

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  • Mindy H
  • 11-04-21

What a great pirate story

Full of fun detail and lots of interesting facts! This story is perfect for the young enthusiast! The narration was so perfect that I had kept catching myself speaking in my pirate voice during our listening breaks!
This is the perfect audio book for traveling with your swashbuckling kiddos!

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  • Vanessa Passmore
  • 17-03-21

Such an enjoyable Listen!

As an Audiobook narrator myself- i really appreciated this audiobook. Pace was amazing and the voice work spot on.. a real enjoyable listen. The information and performance was truly engaging. Great work!

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  • Roger M. Hatch
  • 01-02-21

JOLLY ROGER ME HEARTIES

We love this pirate adventure. Told in a very engaging storytelling style. Set sail to a new adventure also rich in genuine history and knowledge about true pirates. Even sail alongside the pirate who invented the Jolly Roger skull and crussbones flag!

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  • Betty A. Dawson
  • 01-02-21

PIRATES

Whether you love pirates or have a school project on them to complete (with as little effort as possible) you'll WANT TO KEEP this book. It's a TREASURE. ARGHH

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  • Barbara M Coker
  • 30-01-21

MY KIDS JUST KEEP PLAYING THIS!

And since hearing The Diamond Ship, they speak about it constantly. So good to see them highly enthused!

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  • David B Cox
  • 30-01-21

SWAB THE DECKS!

This author and narrator leave no splinter spare, a clean sweep on pirate knowledge in a fascinating true story about pirates!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-01-21

GOOD FUN, MAKES HISTORY ENJOYABLE!!

My kids are learning about pirates at school. This audiobook is a dynamic learning aid that makes history a lot of fun and more easy to remember!