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Download The Book of Pirates Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (107 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Howard Pyle Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Commuter's Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2004 ISBN:
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Rip-roaring fictional adventures of swashbuckling pirates and buccaneers of the Spanish Main. Includes The Ghost of Captain Brand, Tom Chist and the Treasure Box, Jack Ballister's Fortunes, and more. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 4/27/2013

    " This book was a dirge. Yes..there's lot of stories. But they are told in a very dull and uneventful way that it reads almost like a history text book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alexandra | 4/4/2011

    " Lost interest, dry storyline for an adventure book, and I cannot see how a child would pick this up and enjoy it even though it is a children's book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Cole | 2/26/2011

    " An informative book about the lives of pirates and buccaneers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naomi King | 10/19/2008

    " A classic, but a classic book of tales for a reason - the adventures are still exciting and gripping, brusquely told, and colorful. Just don't depend on it for truth in piracy, for Pyle was seeking to sketch adventure tales, not the history that many have sought to read here and that Pyle imitated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 4/19/2008

    " I love pirates. This book could use a modern-day editor to update it a little. Had a few slow moments and a lot of the language was outdated. Still fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Cooper | 1/5/2008

    " [Audio] Don't know much about the historical accuracy of the book, but a fun read. Though full of adventure, it hints at the dark side of pirating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 10/31/2006

    " Occasionally, my attention was grabbed by some interesting details or facts, but my mind kept drifting, sadly. I'm sorry that I was not able to pay more attention to what I was reading due to the fact that I love pirates! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Gager | 7/7/2006

    " This is not the "right" cover but we had this book on our shelves when I was kid. The illustrations are tremendous and there's plenty of "lore" too. I think HP was N.C. Wyeth's father-in-law. Date read is "general". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 louisa | 6/23/2006

    " From the locked cabinet at school. Read aloud. Pictures easily the best part. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nusato | 11/24/2005

    " Anyone who takes telling pirate stories seriously should read this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Letitia | 8/11/2005

    " I don't know how it's possible to turn anecdotes of the biggest names in piracy into a dry, uninteresting recitation of stories that are neither unique nor particularly scandalous, but this volume accomplished it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 5/24/2004

    " I enjoyed this book of pirate stories. It gave insight about the Caribbean and life there. Many of my ancestors were master mariners, and seamen, sailing between Boston or Bcuksport or Barrington and ports in the Caribbean or Europe. Almost every family had someone lost at sea. "

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About the Author
Author Howard Pyle

Howard Pyle (1853–1911), author and illustrator, was born in Wilmington, Delaware. Inspired as a child by Grimm’s German Fairy Tales and The Arabian Nights, he decided as an adult to write and illustrate stories for children. After some success contributing to children’s magazines, he became famous with his book The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood of Great Renown in Nottinghamshire. He also wrote and illustrated historical romances and fairy stories.

About the Narrator

Ralph Cosham (1936–2014), a.k.a. Geoffrey Howard, was a British journalist who changed careers to become a narrator and screen and stage actor. He performed in more than one hundred professional theatrical roles, and several of his narrations were named “Audio Best of the Year” by Publishers Weekly. In 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for his narration of Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery.