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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (649 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Boardman Hawes Narrator: Domenick Allen Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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In 17th century England, a terrible accident forces orphaned Philip Marsham to flee London in fear for his life. Bred to the sea, he signs on with the Rose of Devon, a dark frigate bound for the quiet shores of Newfoundland.

Philip's bold spirit and knowledge of the sea soon win him his captain's regard. But when the Rose of Devon is seized in mid-ocean by a devious group of men plucked from a floating wreck, Phlip is forced to accompany these gentlemen of fortune on their murderous expeditions. Like it or not, Philip Marsham is now a pirate - with only the hangman awaiting his return to England.

With its bloody battles, brutal buccaneers, and bold, spirited hero, this rousing tale will enthrall all listeners in search of seafaring adventure. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Magda | 2/9/2014

    " Pretty good, as adventure stories go. I kind of want to go through and look up all the words I didn't know, but I don't know that I enjoyed the book all that much. It's not as fun as The Prisoner of Zenda, but not as convoluted as something like The Count of Monte Cristo. The justice near the end was quite exciting and good, but the final part of the ending left a bit to be desired. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheiry | 2/3/2014

    " A difficult read with all the sea-faring terminology. Very interesting, and Hawes was an excellent writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mo | 1/21/2014

    " I liked this book. Did I understand all the ship terminology and pirate lingo? Nope. But it did lend an authentic feeling to the time and setting. The characters are great. The language describing some of the more violent pirate acts is pretty bloody. Certainly not the language you'd expect in a Newbury written nowadays, but I kinda like the fact that it's not wussy. Thus 4 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laeroport | 1/19/2014

    " A great Pirate tale that doesn't read like it was written in 1923. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maren | 1/17/2014

    " this is a hard read - have your dictionary ready - but a great story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shannon | 1/17/2014

    " Two and a half, really. I thought this was a pretty great adventure story, complete with betrayals and meeting up with long-lost foes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Xdw | 1/8/2014

    " great pirate story a la treasure island "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy | 12/21/2013

    " The story was OK, especially in the middle, but I can only assume the Committee was looking for something very different in its early years. Other reviewers seemed to find the prose clear and lyrical; I thought it was unnecessarily dense and convoluted. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/9/2013

    " I couldn't even bother to finish reading this. I tried really hard to keep going through it because I knew it was a Newberry Award Winner, but I just couldn't do it. The writing just didn't seem that good and the plot didn't interest me at all. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Margo | 11/30/2013

    " Language was hard to read. Second half of the book was better than the first. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angie | 9/3/2013

    " Too much talk of poop "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 4/14/2013

    " What a true Pirate story should be. They were not clever and often failed in their persuits. This story showed the short comings of pirates. In the end the pirates were not heros but recived punishments for their brutality and theft. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chels | 2/15/2013

    " I don't think there was an actual point to this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kaia | 12/29/2012

    " I thought maybe I'd like this Newbery winner a bit better because, well, there were pirates. But I didn't. I even tried to appreciate it a little more and give it two stars, but it has now been downgraded to one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 12/7/2012

    " The third book to win a Newbery medal awarded in 1924. Pirate story! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kimberly | 8/15/2012

    " No idea why this won a Newbery, except for maybe the cover. The archaic language makes it especially unreadable even for adults, and the storyline doesn't live up to the fanfare of the subtitle. I doubt any kid ever enjoyed this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anissa | 5/12/2012

    " i loved this book! i could read over and over "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katrina | 2/4/2012

    " This book was just okay. I didn't understand a lot of the sailing terms and the story was a little slow moving, but I did like the main character and his personal character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 7/22/2011

    " A Newberry award winner. I thought it might be a decent pirate yarn ,but was surprised. It is a good pirate yarn well enough,but Oh so much more. A tale of honor, courage, and tall sailing ships. The bad guys are bad and our hero is well, heroic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joseph Sanchez | 6/5/2011

    " The language was difficult, and I did not experience the enlightened ending that I was hoping for. It was an interesting read, though, if you like stories about tall ships and high sea adventure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Phoebe | 4/14/2011

    " All I can say is that it is painfully obvious that the Newberry winners have gotten exponentially better since they first started choosing them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheiry | 4/9/2011

    " A difficult read with all the sea-faring terminology. Very interesting, and Hawes was an excellent writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jued | 12/2/2010

    " This book was a slow-reading Newbery winner, but offered colorful characters and an interesting look at England mid-seventeenth century. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Xdw | 10/24/2010

    " great pirate story a la treasure island "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christa | 10/14/2010

    " I guess I'm kind of weird this way but I love old English books, no matter how slow they are. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Phoebe | 9/2/2009

    " All I can say is that it is painfully obvious that the Newberry winners have gotten exponentially better since they first started choosing them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/3/2009

    " Almost made me not want to continue my quest to read all the Newberry's in order. I guess I'm not really a pirate fan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anissa | 7/14/2009

    " i loved this book! i could read over and over
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 6/19/2009

    " What a true Pirate story should be. They were not clever and often failed in their persuits. This story showed the short comings of pirates. In the end the pirates were not heros but recived punishments for their brutality and theft. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 3/15/2009

    " A Newberry award winner. I thought it might be a decent pirate yarn ,but was surprised. It is a good pirate yarn well enough,but Oh so much more. A tale of honor, courage, and tall sailing ships. The bad guys are bad and our hero is well, heroic. "

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About the Author
Charles Boardman Hawes (1889 – 1923) was a writer of fiction and nonfiction sea stories, best known for three historical novels. He died suddenly at age 34, after only two of his five books had been published. He was the first U.S.-born winner of the annual Newbery Medal, recognizing his third novel The Dark Frigate as the year's best American children's book.