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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (146 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Benjamin Woolley Narrator: David Drummond Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2007 ISBN: 9781400174706
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Published to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the first American colony, Savage Kingdom presents a bold, even reckless, political adventure driven by a sense of imperial destiny and dogged by official hostility. Four centuries ago, and fourteen years before the Mayflower, a group of men-led by a one-armed ex-pirate, an epileptic aristocrat, a reprobate cleric, and a government spy-left London aboard a fleet of three ships to start a new life in America. They arrived in Virginia in the spring of 1607 and set about trying to create a settlement on a tiny island in the James River. Despite their shortcomings, and against the odds, they built Jamestown, a ramshackle outpost that laid the foundations of the British Empire and the United States of America. Drawing on new discoveries, neglected sources, and manuscript collections scattered across the world, Savage Kingdom challenges the textbook image of Jamestown as a mere money-making venture. It reveals a reckless, daring enterprise led by outcasts of the Old World who found themselves interlopers in a new one. It charts their journey into a beautiful landscape and a sophisticated culture that they found both ravishing and alien, which they yearned to possess but threatened to destroy. They called their new home a "savage kingdom," but it was the savagery they had experienced in Europe that had driven them across the ocean and which they hoped to escape by building in America "one of the most glorious nations under the sun." An intimate story in an epic setting, Woolley shows how the land of Pocahontas came to be drawn into a new global order, reaching from London to the Orinoco Delta, from the warring kingdoms of Angola to the slave markets of Mexico, from the gates of the Ottoman Empire to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Brilliantly framed narrative…Fascinating…A well-told story.”

    Kirkus (starred review)

  • Brilliantly framed narrative…fascinating…. A well-told story. Kirkus Starred Review
  • “Woolley blends nuanced analysis with fast-paced narrative.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Evokes a stirring epic in American history in all its greed, gore, and glory.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack Walsh | 1/10/2014

    " Close view of the ugly early colonization of Virginia by the english. Makes you wonder how they ever managed anything successfully. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 12/24/2013

    " Very dry rendition of a very interesting historical period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 10/21/2013

    " A very well written look at the colony at Jamestown and the politics behind it's creation and periods of failure and success. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 8/1/2013

    " This dragged for me in some places, but I still learned a lot. I may look into reading some of his other medicine-related books at some point in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 6/1/2013

    " Audiobook. Interesting and informative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Minar | 4/3/2013

    " I learned much I did not know about early English settlement in Virginia. It is very well done too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia Gallagher | 2/27/2013

    " I had a hard time staying engrossed (I listened on audio book). Normally I do pretty well with non-fiction in this format, so I don't know if it was the subject matter or just this particular book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny Boyce | 1/27/2013

    " This book probably gets 3.5 stars.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marion | 1/19/2013

    " Elegant writing and a fun read. Some publishing errors like mislabeled and misplaced maps. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 9/10/2012

    " Very engaging and well-researched. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William | 5/11/2012

    " "Savage" is the word that best expresses the story of Jamestown and this early settlement -- and this book does not reflect the sanitized version taught in High School history class. "

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

    " Lots of good information, though I wish it were more analytical and less a digestion/recap of primary sources. Dragged a bit toward the end (except when there was a massacre. Sorry, but true.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 5/5/2011

    " The real version of Jamestown is very different than disney Pocahontas! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 7/20/2010

    " I read this while my children read "Blood on the River," our tribute to the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown. Not a Disney song in sight ... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 7/7/2010

    " Not a bad book, but not exactly what I was looking for. There was more emphasis on the politics and economics of the Virginia Company leaders back in England than in the actual settlement in America. I liked the beginning of the book, but by the middle it got too tedious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 2/21/2010

    " Very helpful.
    Significant information on renegades and relations with native americans. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 1/22/2010

    " Very dry rendition of a very interesting historical period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marion | 7/15/2009

    " Elegant writing and a fun read. Some publishing errors like mislabeled and misplaced maps. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 7/10/2009

    " I learned much I did not know about early English settlement in Virginia. It is very well done too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 1/5/2009

    " This dragged for me in some places, but I still learned a lot. I may look into reading some of his other medicine-related books at some point in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William | 8/13/2008

    " "Savage" is the word that best expresses the story of Jamestown and this early settlement -- and this book does not reflect the sanitized version taught in High School history class. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 3/28/2008

    " I read this while my children read "Blood on the River," our tribute to the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown. Not a Disney song in sight ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 12/8/2007

    " Close view of the ugly early colonization of Virginia by the english. Makes you wonder how they ever managed anything successfully. "

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About the Author
Author Benjamin Woolley

Benjamin Woolley, a writer and broadcaster, covers both the arts and the sciences. His previous books include Virtual Worlds, an exploration of virtual reality, and The Bride of Science, a biography of Byron’s brilliant daughter. He lives in London.

About the Narrator

David Drummond has made his living as an actor for over twenty-five years, appearing on stages large and small throughout the country and in Seattle, Washington, his hometown. He has narrated over thirty audiobooks, in genres ranging from current political commentary to historical nonfiction, fantasy, military, thrillers, and humor. He received an AudioFile Earphones Award for his first audiobook, Love ’Em or Lose ’Em: Getting Good People to Stay. When not narrating, he keeps busy writing plays and stories for children.