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Empire of Blue Water

Henry Morgan and the Pirates Who Ruled the Carribean Waves
Narrated by: David Bauckham
Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
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Publisher's Summary

He challenged the greatest empires on earth with a ragtag bunch of renegades - and brought it to its knees. Henry Morgan crossed the Atlantic in 1655, hell-bent on making his fortune.

Awash with bloody battles, political intrigues, and natural disasters, Empire of Blue Water brilliantly re-creates the passion and the violence of the age of exploration and empire.

©2009 Stephan Talty (P)2009 Oakhill Publishing

Critic Reviews

"Fresh insight into pirates' dens of old ...Well-researched non fiction that reads like a novel." ( Washington Times)
" Talty strips away the legend to recreate a pivotal era in this accesible portrait of the pirates of the Caribbean." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Dave
  • 02-07-2012

Swashbuckling in the real world

Although this book is subtitled "Pirates who ruled the Caribbean waves", it is mostly the life story of Henry Morgan. Not that I'm complaining. Morgan was certainly a very colourful character who had more adventure in his life than most of us will ever read of. How he went from shabby buccaneer to Governor of Jamaica is a remarkable story filled with tremendous triumph and incredible hardship, and this book tells it beautifully. The ordinary pirate/buccaneer is not neglected, for the book also refers to a fictional character who is a composite of the typical pirate of the day, which adds greatly to the story of the increasingly high-flying Morgan. The result is an excellent study of Morgan and his actions, seen both through his eyes, those of his Spanish enemies and those of his followers.

What the book is not is a general history of piracy in the Caribbean. Many famous pirates get only brief mentions or no mention at all, but the picture of piracy in general and how it operated, flourished and eventually withered is brightly painted by the author. In particular the grubby truth behind the actions of so many characters gives a great feeling of realism which some histories can gloss over, making this book one of the better ones at depicting all the characters as flawed if sometimes great personalities.

The reading is very well done, and since I can fault neither the book nor how it was produced it only remains to say this is well worthy of its five stars and a little of your time.

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  • Sara
  • 14-07-2010

Excellent.

A thoroughly enjoyable and informative book. It details the life of Morgan, and puts it in the context of the geopolitical climate of the time. The author has a very informal and narrative style that makes it an easy but enthralling listen, and the narrator does an excellent job of bringing it all to life. For anyone interested in the brutal days of the Pirates, Buccaneers and Privateers in the Caribbean, then I would highly recommend this book.

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  • James
  • 28-02-2010

Excellent

I have been interested in Pirates for some time now and was happy to see a book like this available- I found this to be a very enjoyable listen, well read and a compelling naritive. The book appears to have been written with the american reader in mind but this does not make it any the less enjoyable. The book on the most part focuses on Morgan following his life and expliots- a topic that I was previously ignorant, but one which i found both entertaining and informative. I enjoyed learning the link between the exploits of the pirates and the establishment of the British empire in the indies, the effect of pirate armies had on pilaging the spanish settlements in the americas and the effect that this had on global events.

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  • Andrew Hedges
  • 05-06-2019

Excellent

Loving it so far. Very interesting and narration is good. Morgan is a fascinating character.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-05-2019

Rum soaked history

entertaining and informative, the narration is very
well balanced, not flat and not over dramatic.

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  • James Hargrave
  • 13-07-2018

A must listen for every swashbuckler!

history well told whilst also making it feel like you were there. Leaves you hankering for rum and waves.

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  • Ian Bird
  • 18-03-2018

Fantastic!

Brilliant narrating and a highly gripping account make for an audioboook not to be missed!!! Definitely recommended. 😁

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-02-2018

captain Morgan

loved it. Spain, Jamaica, captain Morgan, and the history of Spain and England in the Caribbean

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-12-2017

interesting and insightful story, well read

I very much enjoyed this book which gave me a lot of information in a great narrative and lots of investigation afterwards

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  • Lou
  • 26-07-2016

ABSOLUTELY RIVETING!!!

A great story, from start to finish! I made it last as long as possible, as I didn't want it to end!