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Mutiny on the Bounty

Narrated by: Michael Carman
Length: 22 hrs and 32 mins
Categories: History, Military
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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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great story well narrated

awsome couldnt stop listning . great story and great narrator. learnt a lot about the bounty i didnt know

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A real tour de force

There are many books about the Bounty mutiny - it's an almost incredible story. But FitzSimons has produced a page-turner that is irresistible. I was caught from the first page. FitzSimons may be denigrated by some professional historians for his 'creative restorations' from limited or non-existent source material, but for sheer verve and psychological penetration he has few equals. The use of the present historic tense can be madly irritating, but FitzSimons employment of it (as in his other books) is masterly.

And in Carman he has the perfect narrator. Carman obviously delights in the stylistic tricks of FitzSimons' narrative and does them full justice. His slight Australian twang is perfectly suited to the material. This is a long audiobook but I can say that it gripped my attention for every one of its 22 hours. It's just as good as the author's ' 'Batavia', and that's saying something.

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A remarkable and amazing story very well told, with true to life characters. Very enjoyable listening.

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Brilliant

Historically accurate, intriguing., compelling and comprehensive. I couldn't put it down and the narrator was brilliant.

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loved it. and couldn't wait for the story to unfold. five words remaining to review

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22 hours that never flagged.

Who would have thought that I would be totally absorbed by this incredible tale and for 22 hours?? It's not my usual genre BUT on a recommendation I downloaded it and from start to finished was amazed at the drama, the immediacy and the often awful reality and wondrous travels of these early voyagers. The narration was fantastic and the seamless weaving of the actual words of the characters and the detail too, had me on the edge of my seat. Brilliant read.

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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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  • 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

Another Great Peter Fitzsimons Book

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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  • 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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  • amazonman
  • 27-10-2019

5 Star Performance

This is one of the best Audible books available. The narrator is excellent, and the story is fascinating. Even if you think you know the story-- this version is the best.

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  • Ash
  • 23-09-2019

Outstanding

I don’t usually write a review but get compelled after listening to this book.
A remarkable story that has everything, and is beautifully written. The narrator was brilliant. Initially I was worried when I heard his Australian accent however I needn’t have worried as it was by far the best narration I have heard on audible. I loved his accents in particular ‘Bligh’s’
Well worth your credit !!!!

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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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  • 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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  • John Kay
  • 14-08-2019

Timeless classic..!

Loved this book and the whole story behind it. Well written and narrated and explains in great detail the true story.

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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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  • Anna
  • 25-08-2019

great read. couldn't stop listening to this book

loved it and found the characters came alive plus the Pitcairn history was extremely interesting.

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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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  • 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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  • Bobtomlinson
  • 22-01-2020

A good listen but too long

Relevant to me as I listened to the Audiobook whilst on a cruise taking in Polynesia New Zealand and Oz.
My one complaint is that it is far too long. Much of the conjecture, woven around a skeletal web of detail drawn from letters and contemporary logs could possibly be abridged to make it a more concise volume. The Australian / Scottish accent is a bit dodgy in places and did I hear a reference to ‘Geordies from Liverpool’? However it’s worth persevering and recommended as a good listen for holidays of two months or more.

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  • paul doyle
  • 21-01-2020

Very enjoyable

I bought this accidentally as I wanted to listen to Mutiny on the bounty by Charles Nordhoff. I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed the listen throughout.