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James Cook

The Story Behind the Man Who Mapped the World
Narrated by: Michael Carman
Length: 21 hrs and 23 mins
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The name Captain James Cook is one of the most recognisable in Australian history - an almost mythic figure who is often discussed, celebrated, reviled and debated.   

But who was the real James Cook?  

This Yorkshire farm boy would go on to become the foremost mariner, scientist, navigator and cartographer of his era, and to personally map a third of the globe. His great voyages of discovery were incredible feats of seamanship and navigation. Leading a crew of men into uncharted territories, Cook would face the best and worst of humanity as he took himself and his crew to the edge of the known world - and beyond.  

With his masterful storytelling talent, Peter FitzSimons brings the real James Cook to life. Focusing on his most iconic expedition, the voyage of the Endeavour, where Cook first set foot on Australian and New Zealand soil, FitzSimons contrasts Cook against another figure who looms large in Australasian history: Joseph Banks, the aristocratic botanist. 

As they left England, Banks, a rich, famous playboy, was everything that Cook was not. The voyage tested Cook's character and would help define his legacy.  

Now, 240 years after James Cook's death, FitzSimons reveals what kind of man James was at heart. His strengths, his weaknesses, his passions and pursuits, failures and successes.  

James Cook reveals the man behind the myth.

©2019 Peter FitzSimons (P)2019 Hachette Australia Audio

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Been done

I’m usually a massive fan of the author but this time I felt like I’d heard all of this book via a few other versions of the same subject. It really did just seem like a case of same old, same old. Not sure how it could have been done differently though to be honest.

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I really enjoyed this one

This wouldn't have been a book that would normally interest me, but so glad I chose it for my first Audible book. Going back into James Cook's life with the way it was done gave me some real insight into the person James Cook was - from his childhood to the end. The personal tragedy with his family, so sad. Interactions with indigenous peoples of the lands they stopped at - remarkable accounts and not what I had expected. I was fascinated; hooked on this book! What an amazing story - well really an account of the time when this young man sailed off to explore the world using the tools and 'tech' of those. I felt like I was right there as an observer when listening to the book.

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Absolutely brilliant!

From start to finish I thoroughly enjoyed this, transporting me back to what felt like another world , it was an education for me, at times I envy the adventures these teal men had. I have a completely different perspective and appreciation for James Cooks accomplishments, an inspirational leader of men, I find his writings about the indigenous people I very respectful Great audio book, 25 hours went very quick.

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Great

Really enjoyed this one. loved hearing about how the ⛵ and cook and cook yes

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One of the best audiobooks ever!

I thought that I knew this history, but this has so much new information, and is presented in such a compelling manner, that I could not turn it off. Consequentially lost several nights sleep. Fantastic story, brilliantly presented and superbly narrated. Thorough coverage of many issues, including Cooks marriage, treatment of native populations in Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti and Hawaii. And excellent summary of his involvement in the capture of Quebec. 10/10.

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A must read... or must listen.

This book is an excellent insight into the life of Cpt. James Cook. The man has recently been demonised by popular belief and his deeds and thoughts misquoted and misconstrued . His thoughts and nature have been fairly discussed and documented in this book and that may surprise some readers (listeners).

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Thoroughly enjoyable

Thoroughly enjoyed this listen, the story has done a lot to shed a light on the man James Cook.

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Great story of a legend we didnt really know.

Loved been on board Endeavour for the voyage if only i bought more nails! Dont past this book by, beautiful narrative, great research full of facts and a ripping story cheers peter

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The absolute truth

I have learnt a lot of history surrounding Captain James Cook , I thank the author and his team for a wonderful insite to Captain Cook. I have thoroughly have enjoyed your books about Australian History of it,s adventures through out its years, so much we have to learn and be responsible for , good and bad. We can not change what has occurred in our history but we can always learn from history,hopefully for the better. Again Thank You Peter and your team.

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Fantastic

So well written like all your books that I’ve read so far Peter FitzSimons- well done. To Michael the narrator- this was superbly read, could not stop listening. Thank you.

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  • Jackie
  • 15-04-2020

Excellent Narrative

Peter FitzSimons is becoming one of my favorite authors . This book ,for me ,started out a little slow . The pace picked up with the setting of the sails ! Loved how he interprets the meetings between the native population 's and Cook & crew . I tried this book , after finishing authors "Mutiny on the Bounty" . I enjoyed his way of telling a story , I thought I'd try this book . I wasn't disappointed ! The narrator is one of the best He really brings the book to life ! Often found myself laughing . The narrator relays the author 's sarcasm & humor perfectly ! It sounds more like a good yarn , than history ! Wish more books were written like this ! I highly recommend it !

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  • Ash
  • 08-02-2020

Epic

I bought this book on the back of listening to ‘Mutiny On The Bounty’ by the same author. Peter FitzSimons does not disappoint and amazes me with his writing style and attention to detail whilst all the time keeping the listener and reader engaged and entertained. As for the narrator Michael Carmen, take a bow sir, you absolutely crushed this book and are my absolute favourite Audible narrator !!!

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  • Eisteddfod
  • 15-12-2019

Historic Voyage

Well, this was OK. Cook is a fascinating figure in the history of exploration and discovery. The late author Tony Horowitz’s Blue Latitudes is the comprehensive, absorbing book against which the FitzSimons work competed for this listener’s respect. This author’s work is marred by inane cuteness in several turns of phrase, and an entirely lopsided narration of events, with an endless dwelling on the Batavia episode. Intrinsically a great story of determination and frustration (Southern Continent? Where? Must be a mistaken notion!), this book is inevitably informative, and on that basis I recommend it.

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  • JustBill
  • 13-08-2020

Cook,, No Man His Equal As A Navigator

I am listening to this book because I love the Sea, yet fear it like Hell. James Cook a common man in England, broke through the English Caste System that was ingrained in the British Navy Officer Ranks, and left all the gentlemen aside. A rarity in the late 16th Century. The book is meant for those that cannot imagine the hardships of life at Sea, and even today, it can take you to your knees. Treat yourself and ebb back in time to fully understand that lore of the Sea, as this book will be your vessel to another time, another place, and another world.

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  • Lawrence Shelton
  • 21-07-2020

excellent account

would have listened to all 3 voyages in the format. excellent account of Cook and company.