Extended Audio Sample

Download Columbus: The Four Voyages Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Columbus: The Four Voyages Audiobook, by Laurence Bergreen Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (188 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laurence Bergreen Narrator: Tim Jerome Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN: 9781101523681
Regular Price: $17.50 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $15.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

Unabridged, 15 hours

Read by TBD

A mesmerizing, new account of the great explorer from the acclaimed biographer of Magellan and Marco Polo.

Download and start listening now!

BK_PENG_001783

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Jordan | 2/18/2014

    " So parts of this book were plodding (mostly the second and third voyage), but the section on the fourth voyage really made up for it. I think I also wanted to know more about Spanish politics at the time, and Bergreen seemed to be solely focused on Columbus himself, and not the context. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Lee | 2/14/2014

    " Fairly good. If you are a history buff this is a nice book to have in your collection. However, I loved Bergreen's Over The Edge Of The World and would recommend that book over both this and his Marco Polo bio. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 2/12/2014

    " This is a must read for any History student, old or new. I outlines the political storms that Columbus had to weather as rivals who played with the attitudes of the Monarchy and the Church as to Christopher Columbus. They continually tried to cultivate a belief that was a dreamer, an unschooled risk taker and an undisciplined sailor who did not work toward the advantage of Spain and the Monarchy. Columbus overcame jealousy, greed, insurrection, barbarism, egotism, religion, political intrigues and much more surrounding his four voyages. Fighting and maneuvering during his absences from Spain, which were long, worked to his disadvantage and confrontation of those who were made opinionated during his long absences caused his great problems and physical and mental distress when he return home. In need of rest he found bitter conflict and insult instead of reward. High Admiral to prisoner to high Admiral, Columbus was always in a whirlwind at sea or on land. Savant to idiot to Savant opinions changed continuously. In the opinions of the Spanish, Portuguese and Italians opinion on Columbus was based upon self interest of the evaluating party. The Portuguese and Italians saw him as a threat to their prospects in the New World. The Spanish cavaliers saw him as a threat to money and power. They all worked to crush this simple Man. Columbus always believed that he had found the East and went to his grave with this idea in his heart. He was the protector of all he found and watched with horror at the mistreatment of the natives the Spanish encountered. After putting the New World in the hands of Spain his rewards were modest and at times punitive as compared to those of the cruel conquistadors that amassed fortunes for their finds of gold and money from their dealings in the Slave Trade. The subject matter of the book is a compilation of adventures, sadness, intrigue and a very good history of the man who is credited now with the discovery of America and the times he lived in.conquistadors Read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeana | 1/24/2014

    " After reading Bergreen's Over the Edge and absolutely loving it, I looked forward to reading more of his work, starting with Columbus. I felt this book was very different and it took me a long time to work through it. It is almost entirely a narrative, telling the story from beginning to end, where Over the Edge was broken up with various related topics of interest. This made me a bit disappointed with Columbus, thus the three stars. However, it was clearly well-researched and thorough. I learned a ton about these supremely important set of voyages (including the unfortunate realization that the remains I visited in Sevilla were possibly NOT his actual remains, oh well!). I will continue to look for works by Bergreen written in the style of Over the Edge. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Nichols | 1/17/2014

    " I learned much about Columbus, his discoveries, his voyages, his troubles. It was an interesting book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richie | 12/23/2013

    " I have read a handful of books on Columbus. Including his travel narratives. What I really enjoyed about this book is that the author was able to offer valuable insight to the reader as far as what may have been going on during the journal passages. Very informative. "

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

    " Fascinating read on one of history's most enigmatic characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 G-nice | 11/7/2013

    " He faced starvation, mutiny, imprisonment, betrayal. He was greedy, maladroit, cruel, vainglorious. An endlessly fascinating about Columbus as more than just an explorer -- but as a leader, a subject, a politician, an extractor of wealth, a canny survivor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 8/17/2013

    " It was OK. Seemed a bit choppy. Over the Edge of the World is much better written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie F. | 6/24/2013

    " By this time in my reading about things Columbus, I do realize there were four voyages and something about each one. Very shocking on voyage number three he made the return trip in shackles and on voyage number four, he was stranded for a year in Jamaica. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerry Crispino | 5/8/2013

    " I did not know that Columbus made four (4) voyages! The politics of the Spanish Court were just like today! Backstabbing and betrayal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricrk patrick | 3/21/2013

    " Interesting, worth reading just to see how lucky Columbus was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peverson | 3/7/2013

    " Great book. Couldnt put it down! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Wendy Scott | 1/12/2013

    " I'm sure it was just me, but this book just didn't capture my attention. It felt a little too much like reading a textbook to me and I eventually gave up on it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angieeatspeace | 9/6/2012

    " I was excited to read this book after "Over the Edge...", although I learned a great deal of information about the voyages, I felt it was choppy and shifty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher Lonero | 8/28/2012

    " I can't belive the ratings people gave this. I found this book amazing. Learned so much about Columbus I never new. It read very easily as well. Come on people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Will | 8/8/2012

    " Thorough and detailed, and for those reasons a little slow-going at times. Nonetheless, Bergreen writes clearly and gives context to the human drama surrounding Columbus' explorations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 5/1/2012

    " An enlightening epic that offers the real truth on the stumbling yet determined Columbus. Not what you learned in grade school...almost hard to believe it all possible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brianleedurfee | 9/30/2011

    " Fairly good. If you are a history buff this is a nice book to have in your collection. However, I loved Bergreen's Over The Edge Of The World and would recommend that book over both this and his Marco Polo bio. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 9/29/2011

    " Enjoyed reading about the voyages of Columbus. It is well written,interesting,and encourages you to continue reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher | 8/20/2011

    " I can't belive the ratings people gave this. I found this book amazing. Learned so much about Columbus I never new. It read very easily as well. Come on people. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Author Laurence Bergreen

Laurence Bergreen is the author of several award-winning biographies, including those of Louis Armstrong, Al Capone, Irving Berlin, and James Agee, each considered the definitive work on its subject. He has written for many national publications, including Esquire and Newsweek, taught at the New School for Social Research, and served as assistant to the president of the Museum of Television and Radio in New York. He has also served as a nonfiction judge for the National Book Awards and as a judge for the PEN/Albrand Nonfiction Award. Voyage to Mars became an NBC-TV television movie in 2002. Bergreen lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

Tim Jerome’s Broadway performances include Beauty and the Beast, Man of LaMancha, Cats, Me and My Girl, Lost in Yonkers, The Magic Show, and Grand Hotel. His film credits include Deconstructing Harry, Husbands and Wives, I.Q., and Billy Bathgate. He has also appeared on television in All My Children, Lou Grant, Laverne and Shirley, and Barney Miller.