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4.31 out of 54.31 out of 54.31 out of 54.31 out of 54.31 out of 5 4.31 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laurence Bergreen Narrator: Laurence Bergreen Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2004 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 Bill Leitzinger | 1/15/2014

    " Enjoyed this audiobook. Learned a lot too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mia | 1/8/2014

    " Great pacing and the right amount of detail for those of us not very familiar with 16th century navigation. Thank goodness for the diarists traveling with Magellan's armada; without their descriptions and reports, this book couldn't have been written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Grace | 1/6/2014

    " This was AMAZING -- truth is so much stranger than fiction. The real story behind the Armada de Molucca and the expedition to reach East by sailing West rivals Homer's Odyssey and would make for an outrageous film. Magellan didn't even make it back to Spain; he was hacked to pieces by islanders en route and less than a tenth of his crew survived the voyage that no one in their right mind would have undertaken had they known of the existence of the Pacific ocean and the true size of the earth. I can't wait for my sons to be old enough to read this (not for a long, LONG time due to violence and weird sexual stuff, though) -- talk about courage in the face of adversity, big dreams and grand adventures, and ultimately injustice for those who sacrificed so much. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 HG | 12/25/2013

    " Historical research made readable. Rich in time relevant cultural background, plausible historical suppositions, rotten teeth, filthy sailors, unbelievable physical challenges, tortures, and vanity. This should be required reading in social studies classes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Di | 12/24/2013

    " amazing account of Magellan's voyage around the world "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff Chamberlain | 12/7/2013

    " This book is filled with extraordinary detail. It is virtually a page turner--it goes from one astonishing episode to another. It is unbelievable that one out of the five ships actually made it around the world (with 18 of the original 260 sailors) and made a profit! Fabulous read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 12/5/2013

    " Really enjoyed this one. Here's what I knew about Magellan before I read this book: he was the first to sail around the world. Loved learning more about him and the voyage. I was surprised to learn that Magellan didn't even make it all the way around the globe. This one deserves 4.5. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Salim | 11/14/2013

    " Torture! Cannibalism! and haphazard exploration! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Johnson | 10/11/2013

    " This seems to be the definitive account of Magellan's voyage. Really brings to life how terrible, dangerous and uncertain the journey was. The book does a good job of presenting the good and the bad of the Captain General and his crew. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lloyd Fassett | 9/22/2013

    " This was a great, great read because it was an adventure and about engaging with the unknown. They expected violent cannibals when they sailed into what is now Rio and instead had naked women swim out to their ship wanting to have sex with them. Sometimes you just never know "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Hermiston | 7/12/2013

    " fascinating historical account of one of the great adventures of the age of discovery - written so accessibly that it almost feels like a novel "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle Ocho | 6/11/2013

    " Amazing book about Magellan's journey around the world. A lot of detail and research was put into the book. If you like history you will love this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 5/29/2013

    " Amazing so far! Many die from scurvy as they try to make it to the spice islands. The multiple mutinies against Magellan (the "captain general" of the voyage) demonstrate the complex, bitter hatred between Spain and Portugal (Magellan was Portuguese, but sailing for King Phillip of Spain). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Anderson | 3/30/2013

    " Recommended by and borrowed from a colleague, this is a really excellent telling of the voyage of Magellan and his Armada. I would much rather learn the history of the world in this manner than memorizing dates and other facts. I definitely recommend this, especially if you like history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 2/11/2013

    " It was fairly interesting. I learned alot about about Magellan and his famous voyage. Gave me a much greater appreciation for those in the age of discovery and all that their lives entailed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcus Mccain | 11/9/2012

    " Awesome book about one of the greatest feats in maritime history. War, sex, betrayal all make for a good historical read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 5/5/2012

    " I was really interesting (and at times a little awkwardly uncomfortable - they weren't exactly the most culturally sensitive people in the world). And the author has a tendency to go off on extended tangents. But overall, an informative read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Farrington | 3/27/2012

    " This is a fascinating book. It had me at hello. Far from a dry history lesson the author really knows how to inform and entertain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom Hamilton | 3/5/2012

    " Fantastic historical narrative, and a great sailing novel to boot. Definitely more engrossing than anything Melville wrote, to say nothing of Richard Henry Dana. Read the first half on a sailboat, which is the way to read it if you have the chance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liann McCreery | 9/28/2011

    " I had no idea that Magellan had to deal with so much crap. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 8/15/2011

    " Interesting book---I learned much about Magellan and how the misconceptions of navigators during his time actually lead to the Age of Discovery. Would anyone have sailed had they known the Pacific Ocean existed??? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darren | 7/26/2011

    " Facinating history. Much better than some fantasy books I have loved. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 6/21/2011

    " Great story about the first expedition to sail around the world. Several mutinies, intrigue by both the Spanish and Portuguese courts, and encounters with locals. Good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carlee | 5/10/2011

    " A very satisfying, informative read. I was riveted throughout the entire book. Highly recommended!
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 4/27/2011

    " A captivating story, well written, and thorough historically speaking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 KRad | 2/16/2011

    " So far, I'm really enjoying Mr. Bergreen's Over the edge of the world.

    My metaphorical snapshots :

    A mini inquisition ship wreck upon the shores of South America.

    Reminds me of Napoleons Russian campaign . THe movie Castaway comes to mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 2/1/2011

    " I really enjoyed this books. It is written much like a historically accurate account with a little poetic license for readability. I must say this period of time did not interest me as much as say the 1800's but it kept my interest and I learned a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kenneth | 1/30/2011

    " Most thrilling non fiction book I have ever read. The fact that it IS non fiction makes it even more tantalizing. Highly recommend Laurence Bergreen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seena | 1/15/2011

    " I liked this book a lot. I had no idea of the adventures these people had. My Dad had pictures of Magellan's grave from the Philippines and WWII. Great story taken from diaries. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theron | 1/13/2011

    " Read this book. But weak stomachs beware. Waterboarding will look like child's play compared to what these tales describe. Based on actual diary entries from the journey, you'll wonder how anyone survived. Many great lessons from history too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daryl | 1/8/2011

    " Excellent story told from the notes of the members of the crews. Written by an excellent writer who avoided making it a boring travelog. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 1/3/2011

    " Wow! What a wild ride! I'm surprised this isn't a movie yet. Lots of drama and conflict and religion and sex. Cannabilism, giants and pygmies. Scurvy too! "

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About the Author
Author Laurence BergreenLaurence Bergreen is the prize-winning author of Over the Edge of the World: Magellan’s Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe, as well as James Agee: A Life; Louis Armstrong: An Extravagant Life; Capone: The Man and the Era; and As Thousands Cheer: The Life of Irving Berlin, each considered the definitive work on its subject. A graduate of Harvard University, he lives in New York City. Visit his website at www.laurencebergreen.com.