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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (210 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter FitzSimons Narrator: Richard Aspel Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN:
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The story begins in 1629, when the pride of the Dutch East India Company, the Batavia, is on its maiden voyage en route from Amsterdam to the Dutch East Indies, laden down with the greatest treasure to leave Holland. The magnificent ship is already boiling over with a mutinous plot that is just about to break into the open when, just off the coast of Western Australia, it strikes an unseen reef in the middle of the night. While Commandeur Francisco Pelsaert decides to take the longboat across 2,000 miles of open sea for help, his second-in-command Jeronimus Cornelisz takes over, quickly deciding that 250 people on a small island is unwieldy for the small number of supplies they have.

Quietly, he puts forward a plan to 40 odd mutineers how they could save themselves, kill most of the rest, and spare only a half-dozen or so women, including his personal fancy, Lucretia Jansz - one of the noted beauties of Holland - to service their sexual needs. A reign of terror begins, countered only by a previously anonymous soldier, Wiebbe Hayes, who begins to gather to him those are prepared to do what it takes to survive....

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisal | 2/11/2014

    " It's a fantastic story. The style of the book is more tabloid than historical novel, but the author is forthright about the liberties taken in telling the tale, so it's up to the reader whether to proceed. Having done so, it's an entertaining read. The 'blokey' style sometimes crossed the line and made me cringe a little, but it's a great book for a long plane trip. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 2/3/2014

    " Well written story or a scary piece of history "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lia | 1/30/2014

    " Being Dutch, living in Surabaya and counting Australians among my new friends, who incidentally have started me on an exploration of Australian authors, I was absolutely enthralled by this book. What an amazing reconstruction of a bonechilling story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelley | 1/25/2014

    " This is one of the best books I've ever read. Gripping! I couldn't put it down. This will surely be made into a major motion picture and it will be an epic blockbuster on the order of Braveheart and the Titanic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alethea | 1/14/2014

    " A very detailed recounting of the story of the Batavia, its sinking off the WA coast and the horrors the survivors encountered at the hands of the ship's mutineers. There were a few times when the use of Dutch words with their English translation in the same sentence, rather than as a footnote, interrupted the flow of the prose which was distracting. Also distracting was the use of third person and then first person diologue and most especially the use of modern phrases. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dimity Powell | 12/30/2013

    " Not normally a fan of non fiction but found this absorbing, thrilling and muderous tale a fascinating expose of a period of history I might not have otherwise bothered with. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 12/17/2013

    " Terrific book about a little known part of Australian history. If you didn't know it was a true story you would question how all this could happen to one group of people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole Crowe | 12/17/2013

    " Wonderfully written book but a true artist. Very hard to put down and you find yourself craving to get back to it. An excellent read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frumenty | 12/6/2013

    " A very satisfying book. I don't remember where I have read this tale before, but I thought before I started the book that I would find myself a bit impatient with its retelling. Not so. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Geoffs | 11/19/2013

    " Waaaaay too folksy and modern in his writing, sometimes very irritating, but a rollicking yarn all the same!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter Sunlit | 11/13/2013

    " A tale that is hard to believe, it is so brutal. Very readable as usual for Peter Fitzsimmons, but it reads like he spoke it into a voice recorder. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 11/12/2013

    " Great book. Very well written by peter FitzSimons and tells a story about one of Australia's least known massacres. Chilling story about what really happened. Highly recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 11/7/2013

    " A rollicking yarn which combines the fascinating story of the Dutch East India company with mutineers, murder and mayhem - all true history and just off the coast of Australia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kenno82 | 10/6/2013

    " This truly is an amazing story. FitzSimons does it justice, however I was often left wondering what was fact and what was fiction. The author is quite open in saying that he has taken license to stray from the historical record to entertain his readers... and this is achieved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marion | 7/21/2013

    " I found this book very compelling once I started it being able to relate to the topography of the area in which they were marooned. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Crompton | 7/4/2013

    " Took a while to set the scene but I really enjoyed this book. Have been interested in the Batavia story since learning about it at Primary School and it was great to learn more about the times and context of the voyage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madeleine Cleary | 6/13/2013

    " Fitzsimons is a master storyteller! He brings history to life! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 5/16/2013

    " An amazing historical story that shouls be as well known to Aussie's as the Ned Kelly story. Full of tradegy, blood shed, heros and villians. Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bridget Thompson | 4/18/2013

    " An account of a shocking event in history which reveals the darkest side of human nature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra | 2/23/2013

    " I have never read one of Peter Fitzsimons works before. After listening to this rollicking tale of shipwreck, betrayal, bloodthirsty violence that manages to evoke so many different emotions, I will certainly be seeking them out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Dunn | 2/14/2013

    " a very enjoyable book.. author did a great job of fleshing out the story of the Batavia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken | 2/13/2013

    " Absorbing description of the rather macabre events of Batavia and those who sailed in her "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 12/18/2012

    " Movie in the making. Director: Peter Weir. "

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