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As the old sailor's adage goes, a woman on board invites bad luck, a superstition that turned out to be true for the enemies of notorious pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read. As quick to draw their cutlasses as they were to fall in love, Anne and Mary sailed the Caribbean leaving a trail of looted treasure, outfoxed law enforcement, and treacherous ex-lovers (suitably dealt with) in their wake.

Born hundreds of miles apart, both Anne and Mary were disguised as boys in their childhoods to escape poverty, propriety and disgrace, only to find freedom on the high seas. Anne, a poor fit for polite society, kicks her treacherous husband to the curb to turn pirate with the dashing Captain Jack. Meanwhile, Mary endures navy and army life disguised as a boy before being captured by pirates.

When Mary and Anne’s worlds collide a love affair between the two ensues and adventure beckons - the Governor and Anne’s spurned husband continue to hunt them across the oceans, but even the shadow of the gallows couldn’t darken the blazing spirits of these incredible women somehow mostly forgotten by history.

This series explores themes of equality, freedom, love and survival. Ultimately it is a story about the determination to live fully and freely without the limitation of gender, class or society - a life without restraint.

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Pirate queen dreams

Absolutely loved this series great writing and performances. Always wanted to be a 🏴‍☠️ 👑

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Great narration

The narrator's really made this story,I'd love to know who voiced mary read ,she was amazing

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wow what a story

totally loved it, cancelled things to do to be able to listen to more uninterrupted.

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Brilliant!

Kept me enthralled. A few of the terms used were not strictly of the period, but the rest of it was good enough to make up for it. Thoroughly enjoyable tale. My compliments to the entire company!

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bloody good listen

like treasure island a rip roaring tale well dramatized I really enjoyed this high production values

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One of the most entertaining

A must listen, if you enjoy ‘full cast’ audible books . Loved, loved, loved this . Fingers crossed there are or will be more just like this Thank you !!!!

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Absolutely fantastic!

After the last few audible stories I listened to being a bit go hum, I was absolutely taken with this series. The acting was superb with full dramatisation and the actors/actresses so believable. The soundtrack..everything really made you feel like you were in the scene.

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Pirate Tales

Thoroughly enjoyed this story. I found it interesting to hear from many years ago how some women didn't want to be a wife & slave to her husband. How unfair life was in general century's ago. A wonderful Story, even bought tears to my eyes towards the end.

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Surprisingly good

I didn’t expect to enjoy this as much as I did. But it was a fun, rollicking ride, that was ultimately feminist in flavour. What’s not to love?

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loved it!

loved it! spent many enjoyable hours in the garden wrestling with the weeds, feeling the girl power help me rid every one of them.

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  • Marie C
  • 20-11-2020

Wow!! Amazing series and loved the characters

Wow.. this was amazing. The sounds design is like watching a series with your eyes closed. I loved all the characters and Anne & Mary had my heart till the end. The narration was so wonderful.

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  • Kaila L. Pettigrove
  • 22-11-2020

Perfect lockdown listen!!!

Beautifully written and produced. The characters were fascinating, imperfect, and still lovable. Lots of humour to counteract the intense scenes. I cheered, scolded, cackled and blubbered like a baby. A true drama to sweep you up and take you away.

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  • 22-11-2020

an adult pirate adventure - brilliant

action packed story. totally hooked from episode 1 - pure escapism with two very gutsy ladies. would love to have met them

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  • 23-11-2020

Great Listen

Not something I would usually go for but so glad I did. The cast are brilliant at bringing this story to life

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  • Dizzie
  • 25-11-2020

Loved it!

I didn't know about Mary and Anne before starting this and I'm so glad I found it. The cast brought the characters alive, I was transported back in time. A fantastic story done by fantastic actors. well done all.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-11-2020

Good luck following the nonexisting storyline.

Theres no storyline to follow, I hadto listen first 3 eps two times and i couldnt get the hang of it, whats happening, where and to who. Readers are great, otherwice it was like watching a movie blindfolded. :(

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  • 23-11-2020

lots of action, good variety of characters

lots of action, brought to life by the actors and sound effects. Girl power wins the day

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  • 02-12-2020

one image isn't always worth a thousand words

very interesting experience, like watching a dumb yet exciting show on netflix, without image. Great to listen to while doing something else. sound design is incredible.

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  • Lucy Willby
  • 27-11-2020

made me want to be a pirate queen!!

amazing true story of brave bold women taking their rightful place ina mans world!! i cried, i laughed and utterly gripped from start to finish!! i really didn't want it to end!

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  • 27-11-2020

Total enjoyment of Hell Cats!

I enjoyed this podcast from start to finish 👌 Very well acted, made me cry!!

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