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4.19 out of 54.19 out of 54.19 out of 54.19 out of 54.19 out of 5 4.19 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rafael Sabatini Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455176564
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In 1685, Irish physician Peter Blood is happily settled in a small English town when the rebellion of the Duke of Monmouth interrupts the peace. After saving the life of a wounded nobleman who turns out to be a rebel, Blood is charged with treason and sentenced to ten years as an indentured slave in the Caribbean colonies.

On the islands, Blood is recognized for his knowledge as a physician, and thus he develops a romance with a young lady. But their attachment is ill-fated, as her father is the owner of Blood’s servitude. When Spaniards attack the colony, Blood and his fellow convicts take advantage of their victory celebration to steal their ship, sailing off to become the boldest and most fearless pirates on the Spanish Main.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Glorious…I never enjoyed a novel more than Captain Blood.”

    Norman Mailer

  • “Captain Blood is the very beau ideal of a pirate.”

    New York Times Book Review

  •  “A salty dose of high-seas adventure…First-class storytelling.”

    Library Journal

  • “One of the great unrecognized novels of the twentieth century, and as close as any modern writer has come to a prose epic.”

    George MacDonald Fraser

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 2/19/2014

    " Peter Blood, a doctor turned by force of circumstance into a slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, then escapes and becomes a pirate, sailing the Caribbean... what more can I say? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrystal | 2/17/2014

    " awesome! if you like pirates, you'll love this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffrey | 2/13/2014

    " This book was a lot of fun, with true swashbuckling style - not just in the characters' actions but in the prose itself. I found I had Errol Flynn in my head not just as Captain Blood, but as the narrator as well. Great action scenes and old tyme romance. I did feel that the last couple chapters became a bit confused and repetitive, but not so much as to impact my overall enjoyment of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Metodi | 2/10/2014

    " I read this one when I was about 14-15 years old. In my own opinion this is a very well written book, with a story line that keeps you glued to the novel :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alan | 2/9/2014

    " Wonderful romp. You can see Errol Flynn every time you close your eyes, especially in the duels (though I think Blood has much more panache than Flynn could have ever portrayed!). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 chris kneebone Kneebone | 2/7/2014

    " want to know where all the swashbuckling films you've ever seen came from..... it's this. a cracking yarn "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seth | 1/17/2014

    " A superb story about an Englishman turned pirate out of necessity: large words and clever story line make this an excellent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ury949 | 1/1/2014

    " Just get through the first quarter and stay focused for the long winded prose, and this book is a great pirate adventure. I had no problem finishing it quickly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Nennifer | 12/25/2013

    " I don't like all of Sabatini's but Captain Blood and Scaramouche are fantastic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Algernon | 12/11/2013

    " All ye need, me hearties: a good story about a formidable man who turns pirate, personable characters, with witty dialogue and prose. Just fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 12/10/2013

    " One of the great swashbuckling novels (and the movie is not too shabby either!). Sabatini definitely knows how to write a keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce Lagow | 12/8/2013

    " This book was originally published in 1922, and therefore the plot and writing are somewhat dated. Still, it's a fun read, if you like swashbuckling pirates of the Old School (definitely NOT Johhny Depp!). So long as you don't expect it to be any more than it is, it's a good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 8/26/2013

    " Sometimes I just need me some Sabatini! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melinda | 8/11/2013

    " Whats not to like about a good swashbuckling adventure on the high seas in the Southern Carriabbean? Especially with the dashing Captain Blood as your hero. I loved this exciting read from cover to cover. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 3/15/2013

    " Captain Blood is THE MAN ! A soldier, a doctor, a pirate, a lover, and even a politician. He does it all, which makes for a very fun, lively and interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric Orchard | 1/10/2013

    " Rollicking, fast paced fun. My only complaints are that i found it too long for the type of story it is and the language distractingly flowery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 benebean | 11/25/2012

    " Good story-- but not as good as Scaramouche which left me wanting to quote half the book to everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gillian | 10/6/2012

    " even though I knew the story well it was still a compelling read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas | 10/4/2012

    " My favorite Sabatini. A rich, colorful tapestry of action and intrigue, punctuated by the finest insult writing you or I may ever encounter. Marvelous from stem to stren. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 1/13/2012

    " Awesome adventure book. I read it because I loved the Errol Flynn movie. This is one of the rare times that I love the book and the movie just the same. Both are just so much fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 9/22/2011

    " As much as I liked this one, I think The Sea Hawk is still my favorite Sabatini novel. This was a good one though. Yay for swashbucklers! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Everett | 8/18/2011

    " A rollicking, swashbuckling adventure yarn - they don't write books like this anymore! Get the audiobook if you can find it, you won't be disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Petersik | 7/28/2011

    " Good, old-fashioned swash-buckling adventure on the high seas. Pretty cool. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 5/8/2011

    " I loved Sabatini's swashbuckling, good guy, bad situation epic. Captain Blood is a fictional compilation of several well known pirates a provides a nice escape to Caribbean. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 4/11/2011

    " Peter Blood is an Irish physician in England in the 1600's when he is arrested for treason and sent to Barbados as a slave. A very interesting tale as he becomes caught up in the world of naval battles and piracy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 4/9/2011

    " Captain Blood is THE MAN ! A soldier, a doctor, a pirate, a lover, and even a politician. He does it all, which makes for a very fun, lively and interesting read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebekah | 3/11/2011

    " The best romantic pirate novel. Is about as authentic as Pirates of the Caribbean (that is, not at all)-but far more sophisticated. A swashbuckling good read, if you can get through the really melodramatic bits to see how great this story really is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Don | 1/13/2011

    " A wonderful story of a cruel injustice that makes an outlaw of a gentleman, a dauntless damsel, Caribbean governors representing their European monarchs, and bold buccaneers. A delight. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 12/29/2010

    " Rollicking, fast paced fun. My only complaints are that i found it too long for the type of story it is and the language distractingly flowery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhaegar | 12/24/2010

    " Epic adventure; pretty similar to Scaramouch. :)
    The 2 are great examples of what a man should be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alan | 11/26/2010

    " Wonderful romp. You can see Errol Flynn every time you close your eyes, especially in the duels (though I think Blood has much more panache than Flynn could have ever portrayed!). "

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About the Author
Author Rafael Sabatini

Rafael Sabatini (1875–1950) was the son of two opera singers. Schooled in England and Switzerland, he would learn many languages. His first job was as a translator, and he would later translate for British Intelligence during World War I. He began writing historical romances for fun, and after publishing his first story in the mid 1890s, produced a new book every year for the next twenty five years.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.