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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,551 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laurence Bergreen Narrator: Laurence Bergreen Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1519 Magellan and his fleet of five ships set sail from Seville, Spain, to discover a water route to the fabled Spice Islands in Indonesia, where the most sought-after commodities (cloves, pepper, and nutmeg) flourished. Three years later, a handful of survivors returned with an abundance of spices from their intended destination, but with just one ship carrying eighteen emaciated men. During their remarkable voyage around the world the crew endured starvation, disease, mutiny, and torture. Many men died, including Magellan, who was violently killed in a fierce battle.

This is the first full account in nearly half a century of this voyage into history: a tour of the world emerging from the Middle Ages into the Renaissance; a startling anthropological account of tribes, languages, and customs unknown to Europeans; and a chronicle of a desperate grab for commercial and political power.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Catherine | 2/20/2014

    " This book was a fascinating and engaging description of Magellan's travels around the world which I liked since I had just returned from Patagonia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michael Keiser | 2/16/2014

    " What a journey this was. Five ships and 260 or so men left to go around the world. One ship with about 20 men came home to Spain with enough cloves to finance the whole trip. The myths about falling off the edge of the world were stopped once and forever. Magellan never made it back because irate Filipinos rightly did him in. But his crew mates did, and the world changed because of it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kristine | 1/29/2014

    " It was pretty amazing what was accomplished with such primitive navigation equipment. Now we can't get around the city without a GPS. The hardships were incredible and why anyone would want to undertake a journey like that is beyond me. The end got pretty slow with all the political stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bill Leitzinger | 1/15/2014

    " Enjoyed this audiobook. Learned a lot too. "

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