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Mutiny on the Bounty

Narrated by: Michael Carman
Length: 22 hrs and 32 mins
5 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)
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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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What a story!

This is a wonderfully narrated true story of one of the most astounding naval stories in history. I was swept along and repeatedly went to pictures or further information on the net. At times I had to stay awake to hear a ''bit more''. Fitzsimons has amazing ability to ''retell'' history and I'm grateful to him.

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Interesting part of Pacific History

Found the book quite interesting and it led me to wonder if Captain Bligh was the beast he was made out to be. Facing the same challenges with crew, I wonder how others would have done things differently.

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A good tale with a few small let downs

This is a great story and once again well researched by Peter and his team. However I found this time his dramatisation was a bit over the top, to the point of cheesy in some parts. The only other small gripe I have is with the narrator, after all the research that went into this book it’s a shame a little wasn’t put into the pronunciation of the Polynesian languages. Hearing Tane (Tah-ney) pronounced as Tayne was pretty cringy.
Maybe a little petty but it cost a star.
It’s still a great yarn though and well worth a listen.
Another good job bandana man.

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great read.

Fitzsimons Bounty is a good, entertaining read... again!
Carman does a great job narrating too.

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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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  • 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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