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  • By: David Grann
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (63 ratings)

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By: David Grann
Narrated by: Dion Graham
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THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES NO. 1 BESTSELLER 
​*LONGLISTED FOR THE 2023 BALLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION*

*SELECTED AS ONE OF  BARACK OBAMA'S FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2023*

From the international bestselling author of KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON and THE LOST CITY OF Z, a mesmerising story of shipwreck, mutiny and murder, culminating in a court martial that reveals a shocking truth.

On 28th January 1742, a ramshackle vessel of patched-together wood and cloth washed up on the coast of Brazil. Inside were thirty emaciated men, barely alive, and they had an extraordinary tale to tell. They were survivors of His Majesty’s ship The Wager, a British vessel that had left England in 1740 on a secret mission during an imperial war with Spain. While chasing a Spanish treasure-filled galleon, The Wager was wrecked on a desolate island off the coast of Patagonia. The crew, marooned for months and facing starvation, built the flimsy craft and sailed for more than a hundred days, traversing 2,500 miles of storm-wracked seas. They were greeted as heroes.

Then, six months later, another, even more decrepit, craft landed on the coast of Chile. This boat contained just three castaways and they had a very different story to tell. The thirty sailors who landed in Brazil were not heroes – they were mutineers. The first group responded with counter-charges of their own, of a tyrannical and murderous captain and his henchmen. While stranded on the island the crew had fallen into anarchy, with warring factions fighting for dominion over the barren wilderness. As accusations of treachery and murder flew, the Admiralty convened a court martial to determine who was telling the truth. The stakes were life-and-death—for whomever the court found guilty could hang.

©2023 David Grann (P)2023 Penguin Random House Audio US
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  • Categories: History

Critic Reviews

'The beauty of The Wager unfurls like a great sail... one of the finest nonfiction books I’ve ever read' Guardian

‘The greatest sea story ever told’ Spectator

‘Combining impeccable research with exceptional storytelling powers, [Grann] spirits the reader aboard a creaking wooden ship trapped at the eye of a howling storm… No book that you are likely to read this year or next will prove more dramatic and enthralling than Grann’s magnificent story of both life at sea and out on the desolate, mist-laden island whose solitary peak the Wager’s unfortunate crew aptly named Mount Misery’ Miranda Seymour, Financial Times

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Brilliant read

A incredible story well told. The narrator was talented and brought life to the story, though British English artist would have provided the realism. Throughly recommend.

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Performance disappointing

What possessed the publishers to use an American narrator for this most English of stories? Disappointing.

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Very well written

Great story, well dealt with.
The narrator should go back to doing infomercials though, far too much dramatic inflection.

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Good story

A very crazy story but I feel like there was a lot left out. Maybe because it is simply unknown.
The choice of narrator was terrible. Why have an American narrating for an 18th century British story??

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A great story

Such an amazing story and disappointed I'd never heard of this incredible bit of history before. There's no docs about it online that I can see but sure some will be made soon once this story becomes a film.

I felt the narration was a bit OTT at times but nevertheless a stunning story with some great historical context too.

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Amazing story

A lot of people didn’t like the narrator but they were ok. The story is incredible I devoured it like a shipwrecked seaman

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Amazing high seas adventure

A wonderfully written story and narrated with passion and excitement. I truly enjoyed every minute of this audiobook

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Great adventure

Engaging telling on the history of a remote and beautiful part of the world. What hasn’t been written tells a lot.

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Captivating

A brilliant and insightful story of man’s resilience under the most challenging circumstances. I will never complain about the weather again.

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What a story

This was quite the listen very intriguing tale. At times it was hard to keep track who is who but it hooked me till the very end.

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