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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (116 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Samuel Eliot Morison Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2008 ISBN: 9781455171613
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Admiral of the Ocean Sea is Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison’s classic biography of the greatest sailor of them all, Christopher Columbus. It is written with the insight, energy, and authority that only someone who had himself sailed in Columbus’ path to the New World could muster. Morison undertook this expedition in a 147-foot schooner and a 47-foot ketch, the dimensions of these craft roughly matching those of Columbus’ Santa Maria and Niña. The result is this vivid and definitive biography that accurately details the voyages that, for better or worse, changed the world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A splendid achievement and a lasting monument of American scholarship. The style is delightful and flowing, and the whole work is replete with beauty and humor…[A] supremely valuable contribution to the literature on Columbus.”

    New York Times

  • “A most complete history of the voyage of Christoper Columbus, with a wealth of details and notes galore…Morison writes entertainingly.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the 1943 Pulitzer Prize for Biography/Autobiography

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Conrad Heibel | 8/20/2012

    " Morison is unabashedly pro-Columbus, but there's no denying Columbus' fortitude, stubbornness and vision. A great, enthralling book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris | 5/18/2012

    " not good at all. more epistomology of columbian research than a good story. author seems more fascinated by his own researching skills than he does by his subject. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erik Graff | 4/30/2012

    " This is a fine biography of Columbus and his voyages by the man who, during his lifetime, was the foremost naval historian of the USA. Notably, Morison made a point of personally retracing what can be reconstructed of Columbus' journeys to the Americas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lemar | 3/15/2012

    " Having the qualities of both a gifted writer and a navy man make Eliot the perfect author to bring these epic (if ever that word was deserved it is here) journeys to life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James Murphy | 9/14/2010

    " A detailed description of the nautical and navigational achievements of Columbus. Based on journals of Columbus and other source documents. Morison chartered a sailing vessel to visit many of the areas Columbus discovered in order to get a more accurate picture of what happened. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helaine | 5/25/2010

    " I had always enjoyed history classes in school, but this book started my love affair with the non-fiction book. I re-read it a couple of times over the years and have passed it on to relatives and friends. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris | 4/21/2010

    " not good at all. more epistomology of columbian research than a good story. author seems more fascinated by his own researching skills than he does by his subject. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erik | 3/11/2010

    " This is a fine biography of Columbus and his voyages by the man who, during his lifetime, was the foremost naval historian of the USA. Notably, Morison made a point of personally retracing what can be reconstructed of Columbus' journeys to the Americas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Conrad | 12/31/2008

    " Morison is unabashedly pro-Columbus, but there's no denying Columbus' fortitude, stubbornness and vision. A great, enthralling book. "

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About the Author
Author Samuel Eliot Morison

Samuel Eliot Morison (1887–1976), Rear Admiral, United States Naval Reserve, was an American historian noted for his works of history, especially maritime history, that were both authoritative and highly readable. At various times he held teaching positions at Berkeley, Oxford, and Harvard. A sailor as well as a scholar, he garnered numerous literary prizes, military honors, and national awards from both foreign countries and the United States, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the 1962 American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for History. His Admiral of the Ocean Sea won the 1943 Pulitzer Prize for Biography. 

About the Narrator

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.