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3.00074019245004 out of 53.00074019245004 out of 53.00074019245004 out of 53.00074019245004 out of 53.00074019245004 out of 5 3.00 (2,702 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tim Powers Narrator: Bronson Pinchot Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The novel that inspired Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

On Stranger Tides is Tim Powers’ great Disneyland ride through pirates, puppeteers, treasure, and thrill-a-minute action that carries on from the start. It follows the exploits of John “Jack Shandy” Chandagnac, who travels to the new world after the death of his puppeteer father to confront his uncle, who has apparently made off with the family fortune. During the voyage, he befriends Beth Hurwood and her father Benjamin Hurwood, an Oxford professor. Before they arrive at their destination, their ship is waylaid by Blackbeard and his band of pirates. With the help of the professor and his assistant, the captain is killed and Chandagnac is pressed into piracy and sorcery as Blackbeard searches for the Fountain of Lost Youth. Chandagnac, newly dubbed “Jack Shandy,” must stop the evil plot and save Beth.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Powers writes in a clean, elegant style that illuminates without slowing down the tale. The story promises marvels and horrors, and delivers them all. You’ll love the characters, you’ll stay awake all night reading it, and when you finally do sleep, you’ll find this story playing through your dreams.”

    Orson Scott Card, from Hatrack.com 

  • “Immediately hooks you and drags you along in sympathy with one central character’s appalling misfortunes on the Spanish Main, [and] escalates from there to closing mega-thrills so determinedly spiced that your palate is left almost jaded.”

    David Lanford, author, editor, and critic

  • “Tim Powers has further refertilized the Sabatini swashbuckler, [a] high seas adventure with sorcery and black magic.”

    Jack Adrian, author

  • “World Fantasy Award-winner Powers demonstrates a precise control of complex narratives…This dark fantasy tale will appeal not just to pirate fans but also to anyone who appreciates Powers’ talent for blending the most unlikely elements into a brilliantly cohesive whole.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • A 1988 World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • A 1988 Locus Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joe Stamber | 2/20/2014

    " I've been of fan of Tim Powers for many years. His novels are generally full-bodied fantasy romps, often with a few historical/mythical figures and event thrown in for good measure. This is a (sort of pirate) adventure with a difference (or two, or three, or...) featuring Blackbeard and his living beard among a cast of eclectic characters. TP always tells a good tale, and while this isn't his best, it's an enjoyable frolic. Better than 3 stars but not enough for 4 stars. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Kathryn | 1/22/2014

    " I really wanted to like this book because its piratey. Unfortunately I didn't like any of the characters and thought most of the plot twists were unnecessary or confusing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Derrick | 12/24/2013

    " magical, piratical adventures. Follows one man who is sucked into the world of pirates and magic against his will. Many of Powers ideas from The Anubis Gates are present here: reincarnation, destiny, magic. I really enjoyed this book. Maybe more so than The Anubis Gates. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Fil | 11/16/2013

    " A fun pirate adventure with that great Tim Powers twist. "

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