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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (9 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Roger L. Johnson Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538463192
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When US Navy Commander Roger Johnson happened upon a 1919 Parliamentary transcript dealing with the near sinking of a British man-of-war called the King James, he at first gave it only passing thought—until he came across the words to a sailors’ ballad entitled “Fifteen Men on a Dead Man’s Chest,” and a description of events that matched in every detail the novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Dead Man’s Chest is a classic pirate yarn that begins with Long John Silver’s escape from the merchantman Hispaniola and culminates with the American Revolution more than a decade later. It describes the unholy alliance between this softhearted cutthroat, his nephew David Noble, and Captain John Paul Jones, as they work together to retrieve a king’s ransom of Spanish gold and jewels from Dead Man’s chest—the remainder of the treasure described in Stevenson’s novel and the inspiration for the sailor’s ballad of the same name.

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  • “Ralph Cosham demonstrates his narrative versatility with deft changes of tone and inflection…Fans of naval stories should love Johnson’s book, which honors Stevenson’s classic.”

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About the Author

Roger L. Johnson retired from the United States Navy in 1985 after a twenty-one-year career as a naval aviator, which took him to Vietnam on three separate aircraft carriers. He has recently completed a second career as a fire captain with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection in Northern California. Along with his writing endeavors, Roger has been a published cartoonist and illustrator for twelve years, working for three publishing companies and drawing gag cartoons for two magazines. He and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Hiouchi, a small hamlet on the outskirts of Crescent City, California where he continues to write and paint.

About the Narrator

Ralph Cosham (1936–2014), a.k.a. Geoffrey Howard, was a British journalist who changed careers to become a narrator and screen and stage actor. He performed in more than one hundred professional theatrical roles, and several of his narrations were named “Audio Best of the Year” by Publishers Weekly. In 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for his narration of Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery.