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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,460 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tony Horwitz Narrator: John H. Mayer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN: 9781415943960
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On a chance visit to Plymouth Rock, Tony Horwitz makes an unsettling discovery. A history buff since early childhood, expensively educated at university—a history major, no less!—he’s reached middle age with a third-grader’s grasp of early America. In fact, he’s mislaid more than a century of American history, the period separating Columbus’s landing in 1492 from the arrival of English colonists at Jamestown in 160-something. Did nothing happen in between?

Horwitz decides to find out, and in A VOYAGE LONG AND STRANGE he uncovers the neglected story of America’s founding by Europeans. He begins a thousand years ago, with the Vikings, and then tells the dramatic tale of conquistadors, castaways, French voyageurs, and many others who roamed and rampaged across half the states of the present-day U.S. continent, long before the Mayflower landed.

To explore this history and its legacy in the present, Horwitz embarks on an epic quest of his own—trekking in search of grape-rich Vinland, Ponce de León’s Fountain of Youth, Coronado’s Cities of Gold, Walter Raleigh’s Lost Colonists, and other mysteries of early America. And everywhere he goes, Horwitz probes the revealing gap between fact and legend, between what we enshrine and what we forget.

An irresistible blend of history, myth, and misadventure, A VOYAGE LONG AND STRANGE allows us to rediscover the New World for ourselves.    


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Quotes & Awards

  • One of the 2008 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 2/18/2014

    " A fantastic read, rich with the lost history of America. From Lief Erikson through the Mayflower pilgrims, Horowitz tells the story of our fair land that most of us never heard - the conquistadors' trips through the south and the great plains, the founding of the first European settlement in the US (hint: it wasn't Jamestown), and so much other fascinating stuff. Interspersed are Horowitz's own travels in the present day, which are equally interesting and informative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 1/26/2014

    " Everything I have read by Tony Horwitz so far has been extremely enjoyable. This is the book that turned me on to his storytelling abilities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh | 1/25/2014

    " Another fascinating book by Horwitz. He has a great job! Love Myth verses History reflection. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karyn Gustafson | 1/4/2014

    " Not as funny as "Confederates in the Attic", but then the author wasn't traveling around the American South visiting with locals either. This book certainly helped fill in some holes in my understanding of U.S. history, and I enjoyed his conclusions at the end regarding why we focus on certain bits of history and ignore others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucius | 12/25/2013

    " Interesting, funny, and insightful. What more could you ask for in a nonfiction book. Horwitz eventually comes to the conclusion that America was founded on myths and that's the way we want it. Facts and details are too difficult to grasp. It's easier for us to cling to a sanitized myths that allow us to create something tangible to associate with a national identity. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kwsni | 12/3/2013

    " A little rambling and travelogue like for my taste. I would have liked more specific detail. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leanna | 11/16/2013

    " Basically, good fun and I would go on a road trip with Tony Horwitz in a heartbeat. My working theory is that Tony Horwitz's personality is his greatest strength as a writer - he's a great storyteller and manages to interest you in his own research into various periods of history (this book focuses on the pre-Pilgrim exploration of the Americas). This is quite a feat honestly, as I wouldn't think the research process usually inspires real page-turners. Although his focus here is not comprehensive and purposefully focuses on only about ten particularly interesting explorations of the Americas, Tony weaves all sorts of interesting and little-known stories from that time period - I found myself routinely relating interesting facts and stories to anyone around me as I read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Artie | 11/15/2013

    " I never knew that the French started a colony in Florida before the Spanish. That's one of many reason this book should be read by anyone who cares about American history. I really like Horowitz's approach to history: entertaining but thoroughly researched, and tied to current events. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trish Lefner | 11/13/2013

    " An NPR recommendation. Loved it! Great history book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betty | 10/31/2013

    " Beginning with the Vikings, The author literally takes one through the neglected story of America's founding by the Europeans. I was not only astounded by how little I knew of it's History but by the fact that what I thought I knew (was taught in school) was incorrect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Wardell | 10/22/2013

    " The author focuses on the exploration of the New World apart from the familiar stories of Columbus, Jamestown, and the Mayflower. Readable and informative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 joyce | 10/16/2013

    " Sure, it gets a little cute at times, but I just like it when journalists put their minds to topics like this. If more history was written this way, we might not forget so much of it in the first place. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 3/22/2013

    " I usually really like this sort of thing, and it has very good reviews, but found this one no better than fair to middling. A decent travelogue/popular history, but somewhat less than gripping. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patsy | 3/18/2013

    " a conversational journey retracing the steps of Europeans and Africans coming to the New World in the 16th century, jokey "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susanne | 11/9/2012

    " This really puts American history of the discovery into perspective and introduced some explorers I never heard of in school. I just wish he would clean up the language! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Olson | 9/28/2012

    " I found this to be an enjoyable read which drew lots of "I didn't know that" from me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick Hautala | 2/17/2012

    " An absolutely fascinating history/travel book about basically what happened between Columbus and the Pilgrims. Funny, informative, insightful ... It's a fast read that resonates. HIGHLY recommended! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nadine | 1/23/2012

    " A great read for any history buff or any North American. The author's narrative style makes a dry subject interesting and his personal account of his attempts to retrace out history is often humorous. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marianne | 5/13/2011

    " Tony Horwitz has joined a small, select group of my favorite nonfiction writers. These include, most recently: Bryan Sykes (author of Saxons, Vikings, and Celts), Ben MacIntyre (I love all his books), Ryszard Kapuscinski, and the biographer Claire Tomalin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 5/4/2011

    " Hysterical so far. It's very much in the style of Bill Bryson in that Horwitz' accounts of the locals is well-stirred with the historical content. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 4/21/2011

    " Great book! I learned a lot about the Europeans coming to America----much more than I learned in school. I always forget about the Spanish exploration of the U.S. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 4/17/2011

    " I learned how much propaganda public schools teach us in the name of "history." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 3/4/2011

    " I love the structure the author uses in this very interesting and enlightening history of the new world. This is certainly not the columbus story of my grade school days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 2/25/2011

    " What an amazing hundred years! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 2/1/2011

    " Tony Horwitz is an engaging writer, and this book is no exception. "

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About the Author
Author Tony Horwitz

Tony Horwitz is the bestselling author of Midnight Rising, A Voyage Long and Strange, Blue Latitudes, Confederates in the Attic, and Baghdad Without a Map. He is also a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has worked for the Wall Street Journal and New Yorker. He lives in Martha’s Vineyard with his wife, Geraldine Brooks, and their sons.

About the Narrator

John H. Mayer is a writer, actor, and audiobook narrator. In 1973, he cowrote Radio Rocket Boy, an award-winning short film. He also has narrated dozens of audiobooks, including American Lion and The Wolf Tree, among many others.