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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14,975 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Crichton Narrator: John Bedford Lloyd Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN: 9780061930263
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The Caribbean, 1665. Port Royal, Jamaica, is a cutthroat town of taverns, grog shops, and bawdy houses. For Captain Charles Hunter, there’s a living to be made, and gold in Spanish hands is gold for the taking.

Word in port is that the galleon El Trinidad is awaiting repairs in a nearby, heavily fortified harbor. Hunter assembles a crew of ruffians to infiltrate the enemy island and commandeer El Trinidad, along with its fortune in gold. The raid is as perilous as the bloodiest tales of island legend, and Hunter will lose more than one man before he even sets foot on foreign shores, where dense jungle and the firepower of Spanish infantry stand between him and the treasure.

With all the suspense that readers have come to expect from one of the best-loved authors of all time, Pirate Latitudes is an irresistible adventure of swashbuckling pirates in the New World, a classic story of treasure and betrayal.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Unabashed fun.”

    New York Times

  • “It’s not an ironic pirate novel. It’s not a pirate novel with a secret gimmick. It’s simply an entertaining tale filled with crafty privateers, despicable villains, treasure hoards, double crosses and a sea monster. Go figure.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “The plot sucks you in like the giant kraken monster that nearly sinks our hero’s galleon.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Pirate fans will love the book for its flashy characters and historical authenticity. Crime fans will enjoy the caper-novel structure and the way the author keeps them on their toes. If this really is Crichton’s final book, it’s a splendid send-off: something new, different, and daring.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Bestseller
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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 2/15/2014

    " Not close to up to Michael Chrichton standards. I kept hoping. It was a 'found' manuscript posthumously published which I didn't realize when I purchased it at a sale. Not worth the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 2/13/2014

    " Loved this book! A fun and entertaining story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karin Livingston | 2/13/2014

    " Pirate Latitudes is a lot of fun, plus you get Michael Chrichton's ability to keep the plot rolling. I especially liked the woman pirate, and the down-to-earth perspective on the politics of the time. A good summer adventure! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 2/3/2014

    " Good action and adventure, but the main character--Charles Hunter--clever guy and part-time pirate, was not sympathetic enough for me to really root for him. Maybe one of Crichton's drafts, rather than the final draft? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Bowser | 2/3/2014

    " This was my first Michael Crichton novel. I will definitely read another Crichton book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mirah W | 2/3/2014

    " I think this was pretty average. I liked the storyline....Captain Hunter wants to go after a Spanish galleon for it's onboard treasure. Of course there are shady politics, rough sailors, trustworthy and untrustworthy crew members, battles, etc. All the typical fare for pirate stories. I just found the characters a bit unmemorable. The story was fun, fast-paced but I just didn't find the characters very memorable. I doubt I'll remember the specifics of this book in the years to come. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christina | 1/30/2014

    " The one and only book I disliked from him! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noreen | 1/22/2014

    " Entertaining with a classic feel to it. Though it dragged in parts, I still found myself cheering for the pirates. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ferris | 1/19/2014

    " Audiobook.......Relatively engaging tale of piracy, politics, and treasure. Not bad, not great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rich Packer | 1/4/2014

    " Fast paced action with good humour and very easy to read. Follows the exploits of a privateer in the Caribbean as he and his crew try to claim a Spanish ship full of treasure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elysse | 12/18/2013

    " You just can't go wrong with pirates! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benson | 10/25/2013

    " Woot! This is THE and ONLY pirate book I've ever read. It's good but there are elements unlike anything else Crichton wrote. And most importantly, there is no science. But then again, it's Crichton; anything he writes reads well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph Sanchez | 7/27/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was fun and creative. I liked the way Hunter was arrogant and intelligent. I was disappointed that the story ended abruptly. I wanted more action at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara Gabor | 7/10/2013

    " Michael Crichton - enough said. This book is a bit different for MC, but I think he had a good time writing it, as much fun as I had reading it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stefu Smith | 3/12/2013

    " I know I give a lot of 5-star ratings, but here is one that is near perfect! I was surprisingly sucked into this book. I didn't really know what to expect, but once involved, I couldn't put it down! Highly recommended for any Michael Crichton fan! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 cheryl | 12/16/2012

    " abandoned- read until they captured the spanish treasure ship then started to get over my cold and found it fun but flat so on to something else "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jordan | 12/1/2012

    " A fun pirate adventure. Nothing spectacular, but definitely enjoyable and worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrianne | 11/6/2012

    " I didn't enjoy this book at all. I managed to finish it because I typically like Crichton and I hate to not finish a book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessietaylortanner | 5/15/2012

    " It was like reading a movie. A familiar movie, made popular by my BF Johnny Depp. Maybe that's because 'Pirates' is the only real exposure I have had to pirates. Entertaining, a little over the top at times, escape reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 10/30/2011

    " Was surprised at how much I did like this book. Never thought of myself turning pages to find out what would happen next in this pirate adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aditya | 5/22/2011

    " Could have written this before Pirates of the carribean. Very similar at times. There is no domination of jack sparrow though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 5/22/2011

    " Apparently this book was found after he died & published posthumously. Maybe there's a reason Crichton didn't publish it. It's not his best work, probably his worst. That said, his worst still better than many & pirates stealing treasure are fascinating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cmangum | 5/18/2011

    " Wouldnt have my teenager read due to amount of sexual content. Others of Crichton that I like better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 5/18/2011

    " entertaining...reads just like a pirates of the caribbean movie "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vamsee | 5/18/2011

    " Riveting journey through the colonial Caribbean, dont be surprised if the book keeps reminding you of Jack Sparrow. Well detailed book, it unravels an intricate plan of how a David plans to break through the defenses of Goliath. Makes for a good short read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 5/17/2011

    " Sigh, Michael Crichton has passed away, this is his last novel. A "swashbuckling adventure" for sure, but not QUITE the compelling pirate adventure I was looking for. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jana | 5/16/2011

    " I listened to this book in the car. It was quite violent, but overall I found it interesting and enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neal | 5/10/2011

    " Good fast read. Very entertaining if you like a lot of action. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 B | 5/9/2011

    " So awful I could see why it was never published in Crichton's lifetime. Not your average Crichton novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten | 5/9/2011

    " This was an easy read and I loved it for the most part. By the end, though, it started getting a little too sci-fi for me. Just about everything that COULD go wrong on an expedition, did. It was a little much. But good nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roberta | 5/9/2011

    " This was a fun book to read while visiting the Florida Keys! It was fun in general! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 5/8/2011

    " Feels like a manuscript not a book. If Crichton had lived this could have been a better book. Having said that, it's still not bad. It reminds me of Captain Blood without the romance and with a little more edge. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Randy | 5/8/2011

    " You could tell it was not finshed, read more like a rough draft. There seemd to be chapters missing where you would expect more detail into certain events. Still a good read, enjoyable. "

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About the Author
Author Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton (1942–2008) was a writer and filmmaker best known as the author of Jurassic Park and the creator of ER. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College, received his MD from Harvard Medical School, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. His first bestseller, The Andromeda Strain, was published while he was still a medical student. He later worked full time on film and writing. One of the most popular writers in the world, his books have been translated into thirty-six languages, and thirteen have been made into films.

About the Narrator

John Bedford Lloyd, a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, has appeared in many major motion pictures, including The Bourne Supremacy, Crossing Delancey, The Abyss, The Manchurian Candidate, and Philadelphia. His television credits include Suits, Pan Am, Law & Order, Spin City, and The West Wing. A critically acclaimed audiobook narrator and winner of the Edgar Allen Poe Award, his voice work includes reading for such authors as Michael Crichton, Nicholas Sparks, Paul Doiron, and Atul Gawande, among others.