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Mutiny on the Bounty

Narrated by: Michael Carman
Length: 22 hrs and 32 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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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Brilliant!

Mister Fitzsmons style is gripping. He breeds fresh life into dusty pages from history. Educational and entertaining and read exceptionally well. Bravo

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Cracking good story

Peter has blended a historical intrigue with a gripping story that brings the listener into the lives of those involved. This story also brings a reality to the rather short timeframe from the discoverer James Cook to the present day with a well chronicled timeline of events that have been a myth to most of us. This story will have you spending money on fuel just to listen in your car. 5 stars.

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Amazing story

What an amazing story, read perfectly by Michael.
This book has been written is such a way that I couldn't stop listening! Peter has done an amazing job and I would recommend "mutiny on the bounty" to anybody!

Reading "batavia" next and definitely looking forward to it.

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  • Tim
  • Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 11-02-2019

Fantastic account

This is my first review and this book is the reason why I'm doing it.
Really enjoyed this account and history. Peter and his colleagues have done an amazing job at putting all this together into a fascinating story that keep me listening constantly until I was done and the nurator was really good and I would buy his books anytime. Very easy to listen to. He's very good at putting different voices on an his accents and suitable for the characters. Highly recommend this book.

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Great job Peter

This truly was an enthralling account of top shelf historic adventure. Thank you for opening up this story to us all, it was hard to stop listening to. 5 stars

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Absolutely riveting!

One of the best books I've ever read. I thought Batavia was an amazing book but this one is even better. The narrator is superlative!

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A review from Norfolk Island

We as a family visited Norfolk Island for many years for an annual holiday and have recently become residents in this small paradise. The story of the Bounty was familiar to me from my childhood and because l'm here talking daily with relations that still bare the Christian names of the story's characters I jumped on this Audio book when it showed in my recommendations.
Surprisingly as I was carried along in this adventure I was reminded of how the English soiled the world with their terrible antics around those times. I have since learnt that there is only about 10 percent of countries that England didn't infect with their slavery, diseases, viruses, pests, plant imports and offspring etc and etc. It was bound to happen somehow but it is revolting.

Each night I listened to this it left me with images to fall asleep with of what it was like to be on that ship. I will give it sometime then definitely listen to this again. Thank you all that were involved for putting the effort into researching, writing and creating this audiobook.

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good listen

liked the story and the presentation. I'll keep it in the library and listen to it again.

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Jenko

A thrilling story and one which was difficult to put down. Very comprehensive and an easy read. I look forward to his next book on the Rum mutiny.

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Simply brilliant

I listened to this book in a few days and last 12 hours in day it is that compelling.

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  • Kerry
  • 07-02-2019

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
  • 18-01-2019

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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  • Erick
  • 21-03-2019

Excellent

Excellent book backed by an engaging narrator. The plot thickens the deeper you delve into the book. Wish it was longer

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  • Shane Dalzell
  • 18-03-2019

Great book, one of his best.

Will definitely keep reading this author's work in the future. These are five concluding words.

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  • Otto Mileti
  • 09-03-2019

Peter Fitzsimons does it again.

The best book written on this mutiny. Fitzsimons researches his subject in depth and adds more information than the other authors.

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  • Garry
  • 09-03-2019

I love Peter FitzSimons Books and this is just gre

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-01-2019

Excellent Narration great story

Interesting and well researched publication. I would highly recomend. Narrator made it enjoyable to listen .

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  • Sam Ace Rothstein
  • 16-11-2018

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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  • gareth johnson
  • 22-11-2018

A non-fiction yarn. Poor quality recording

The writer in the introduction talks about the amount of research he and his team put into this true story and I'm sure it's substantially correct in the known facts but he just uses that basis as a framework for colourful characterisations and generally telling a good story with plenty of imagined filler. A novelisation of fact I think he or someone else puts it. So not sure it belongs in non-fiction. Great story, very entertaining but the major flaw is the sound recording, it's just of poor quality, even if downloaded in high quality mode and the odd thing is it sometimes switches to being better quality but soon drops back. Which is more than a shame for both author and the narrator who've had their work somewhat spoiled.

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