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3.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 5 3.86 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nathaniel Philbrick Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN:
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From the perilous ocean crossing to the shared bounty of the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrim settlement of New England has become enshrined as our most sacred national myth. Yet, as best-selling author Nathaniel Philbrick reveals in his spellbinding new book, the true story of the Pilgrims is much more than the well-known tale of piety and sacrifice; it is a 55-year epic that is at once tragic, heroic, exhilarating, and profound.

The Mayflower's religious refugees arrived in Plymouth Harbor during a period of crisis for Native Americans as disease spread by European fishermen devastated their populations. Initially the two groups, the Wampanoags, under the charismatic and calculating chief Massasoit, and the Pilgrims, whose pugnacious military officer Miles Standish was barely five feet tall, maintained a fragile working relationship. But within decades, New England would erupt into King Philip's War, a savagely bloody conflict that nearly wiped out English colonists and natives alike and forever altered the face of the fledgling colonies and the country that would grow from them.

With towering figures like William Bradford and the distinctly American hero Benjamin Church at the center of his narrative, Philbrick has fashioned a fresh and compelling portrait of the dawn of American history, a history dominated right from the start by issues of race, violence, and religion. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathie | 5/18/2011

    " Fascinating and very readable history of the Pilgrims' first years on this continent "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 5/13/2011

    " I just can get enough of revisionist history! Again and again English explorers/colonist make the same mistake of discounting indigenous cultures as worthless. Politics, bah! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 5/9/2011

    " This nonfiction books is very accessable. It reads like a novel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Scott | 5/3/2011

    " The author succeeded in making this amazing story dreary and seemingly unending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 5/1/2011

    " History that is insightful and reads like a novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 4/19/2011

    " pretty interesting. Lots of details on the early days of the USA. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 4/12/2011

    " Beautifully researched, but really really really lagged in the middle. "

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

    " This was a pretty good book, though more maps and a geneology page or two would have helped me follow the action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 4/1/2011

    " another very readable, engaging account of an important historical event/period by Philbrick "

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About the Author
Author Nathaniel Philbrick

Nathaniel Philbrick is the National Book Award–winning author of In the Heart of the Sea, Revenge of the Whale, Sea of Glory, and others. Philbrick has won numerous awards for his work, including the Massachusetts Book Award, the Albion-Monroe Award, and the New England Book Award; his book Mayflower was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 2007. His book The Last Stand was named an ALA Notable Book and was the basis for a two-hour PBS American Experience film called Custer’s Last Stand. A graduate of Duke and Brown Universities, he currently lives in New England.

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty AudioFile Erphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.