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Mutiny on the Bounty

Narrated by: Michael Carman
Length: 22 hrs and 32 mins
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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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  • Tim
  • 16-11-2018

A ripping yarn.

A great piece of history excellently narrated. It is up there with Fitzsimons other masterpiece "Batavia"

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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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Fantistic story told in Peter's trademark style

Aftet a recent visit to Norfolk Island (spectacular destination) and getting a chance to talk to a couple of current Pitcairners and hear the locals conversing in Norflk this book really bought the history to life.
Highly recommended.

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Astounding and Horrific. Amazing

A tale I leant at school.
Fleshed out into an amazing story that sees you aboard The Bounty on its journey and subsequent Mutiny; to the devastating results which continue to echo even to most recent times.

This is my third Peter Fitzsimon book.
Currently my favourite author - shall always be a favourite!
HUSSAH PETER!!!!!

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Just awesome

I don’t have time to go into it but just do yourself a favour and buy this book.

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  • Dicko
  • Melbourne
  • 24-04-2019

Another FitzSimons / Carman Masterpiece

Beautifully researched and written by Peter Fitzsimons and together with the masterful dulcet tones of Michael Carman this story and all of its characters come to life. Fantastic book.

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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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  • 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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  • Justin Sluyter
  • 01-05-2019

You don't know the whole story.

I was familiar with the story of the mutiny on the Bounty primarily from the film version with Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins, which is a favorite of mine. I had no idea just how much of the story was left out. The depth and breadth of the research FitzSimons has done, and the extent to which he makes the story come to life, is truly breathtaking. Michael Carman's performance of the audiobook is superb, in fact one of the best I've ever heard. He absolutely CRUSHES it. I'm truly sad to have reached the end of this book, but fortunately this author and narrator have joined forces on several other books, which I look forward to listening to soon. This audiobook gets my highest possible recommendation.

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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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  • 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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  • Timo
  • 11-07-2019

Great story

It was an interesting and well-written book to listen. My only issue about it was you couldn't be sure what's fiction and what's not.

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  • JIM ROD
  • 24-06-2019

Fantastic

Loved the background story & all the details left out in the B&W old movie.

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  • Than
  • 10-04-2019

Great Even If You Already Know the Story

There's a lot of good stuff in this book I had never heard before. Some parts I knew vaguely were greatly elaborated on like What happened on Pitcairn afterward?, what happened after the discovery of Pitcairn? Why did the islanders of Tofua attack the launchboat crew? And so forth.
Highly recommend.

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  • Andrew Tomlet
  • 22-03-2019

Simply incredible!

This is one of the most amazing stories I’ve ever read, the facts and details are mind boggling. This book is brilliantly written, and the story never sags, I simply could not stop listening. I live in a Central American country and will never look at a bread fruit tree in the same light again!
I highly recommend this book. The narrator is also exceptional!

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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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  • 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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  • Ruby G
  • 19-07-2019

Brilliant!

A brilliant book, very well written and researched, my congratulations to both the author and narrator.

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  • David
  • 09-06-2019

Superb

Superb narration . You couldn’t make a storey up to compare to this epic adventure and
almost unbelievable

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  • laura hilditch
  • 07-06-2019

must listen

brilliant, a tail like only the British could have lived in a time long gone.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-05-2019

a pleasure for all ex seamen and women

loved this book seen the film over and over again in all the eras it has been made still love the Antony Hopkins/Mel Gibson the best though this is a cracking book what makes it better is i actually went to the Pitcairn island on the way to New Zealand in the 70s when i was in the Merchant Navy the locals actually came out on launches we were delivering supplies to them they were selling local carvings that had been made i had many of them unfortunately they were lost in a house move while i was away at sea

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  • Damian
  • 20-05-2019

Absolutely stunning!

Loved listening to every moment of this book.
At first, I was rather hesitant as a couple reviews mentioned that the audio was poor. I had no experience so perhaps the issue has been addressed.
The narrator is easy to follow, engaging and a master with the accents.
I highly recommend this audiobook, I have maybe 80 on audible and this is by far the best!
Now, I only wonder what really happened to Fletcher Christian...

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  • Sarah
  • 15-05-2019

fascinating

brilliantly narrated, full of detail without becoming boring, I was completely hooked. I highly recommend this audio book and will be listening to other books by the author and narrator.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-05-2019

" VERY WELL THEN "

loved it from start to finish , excellent narration and riveting story all the more so because it's true !

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  • Lexx
  • 27-04-2019

An epic story of gargantuan scale.

I have never read or listened to a tale of such epic proportions. the amount of work, detail and research which has gone into the writing of this book is evident. the detail and story is wonderfully laced with adventure and survival often with gruesome detail. I began documenting each and every word I was not familiar with, but soon had a small dictionary of my own, I will endeavour to try and use as many as I can remember.
the journey I've been on listening to this story hasn't always been am enjoyable one. sometimes the level of detail is overwhelming. to say I don't think it's a masterpiece would be untrue. but I did have to increase the speed of the storytelling towards the end just to reach the end.
hugely enjoyable.

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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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