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4.15 out of 54.15 out of 54.15 out of 54.15 out of 54.15 out of 5 4.15 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Martin Dugard Narrator: Simon Jones Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2005 ISBN: 9781594831690
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The epic, never-before-told story of Columbus’s final, and perhaps greatest, journey to the New World. The final voyage of Christopher Columbus was by far his most dangerous, unexpected, exhilarating, and consequential. It was, as Pulitzer Prize-winner Samuel Eliot Morison put it, “a story of adventure which imagination could hardly invent; a struggle between man and the elements, in which the most splendid manifestations of devotion, loyalty, and courage are mingled with the vilest human passions.”

Shockingly, no book has been written about this fateful final journey until now. Martin Dugard finally brings to light this saga of shipwreck, mutiny, discovery, and political treachery, telling the story of how Columbus’s quest to find a passage to the Orient drove him onward in the face of peril.

Here we meet Christopher Columbus, the determined and sometimes desperate elder adventurer, a far cry from the shrouded hero/villain of legend. The Last Voyage of Columbus offers up the long-lost last chapter in the life of a man whose story we only thought we knew.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 2/19/2014

    " This was a good book, very informative, but the first 3/4ths of the book just drag on and on. I dont think I would reccomend this unless you are specifically interested in history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ted | 2/10/2014

    " Great historical account of Columbus' 4th and last voyage. Moves quickly and is well written and clearly well researched. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 2/7/2014

    " Read this page turner on Columbus Day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 1/28/2014

    " This was a very enjoyable read for one who loves accounts of those bold European white men and their voyages of exploration in the New World. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 1/11/2014

    " This book ends up focusing on Columbus' last journey for most of the second half. The first half lays the groundwork for understanding the individuals and their motivations. The facts of the fourth and final voyage are pretty interesting, but some interesting and important events felt rushed (e.g. while marooned on Jamaica awaiting rescue, Columbus's men split into a group of mutineers and loyalists who eventually had a battle in the sand which lasted about two pages). Interesting book if you're looking to learn more about Columbus beyond the nursery school rhyme, but it will probably leave you wanting more if you're truly interested in the subject. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frederick Bingham | 1/9/2014

    " The story of Columbus' last voyage which lasted from May 1502 to Nov. 1504. It is a tale of betrayal, shipwrecks, rebellion, gold, war, hurricanes and discovery.The reader did a great job with the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Garrett | 1/3/2014

    " This was great--a lot of fun. Columbus is such an interesting (and controversial) character, and the circumstances of his fourth voyage make for a wonderful and entertaining story. Dugard does a fantastic job a dramatizing the whole thing. The subtitle gives a good synopsis. If you like mutiny, shipwrecks, and discovery, this is the book for you. If not, get back to crocheting doilies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 12/26/2013

    " Martin Dugard has a special writing style that pulls you in. Forget the notion that Columbus discovered America and learn the real truth from Mr. Dugard. "

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

    " Awesome story. I picked it up and couldn't put down. I haven't a clue how these guys endured s much hardship. Gold, the petroleum of the early sixteenth century, must have had some exceptional motivational effect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 12/10/2013

    " A very satisfying nonfiction account of this voyage. Captures the feel of exploring in that era. New respect for Columbus. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cberman | 11/24/2013

    " I read this awhile ago but remember absolutely loving it! Written very well for a historical novel. Really interesting view into the historical figure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Biosyd | 8/28/2013

    " As important as the first voyage was, this: his last voyage really gives a glimpse into his later years with the struggles of money, failing fame, and age. He was truely amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Vaubel | 8/17/2013

    " Having never read anything specific to CC before, I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 5/4/2013

    " One of the best books I have read about early history. Incredibly rich in detail. Columbus was truly an "Admiral" of the seas...A must read for history buffs.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marisol | 1/6/2013

    " I love history. This book really digs deep into what really happened during Columbus' voyages (specifically his last one). Great story telling....quite an adventure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim Grimes | 11/25/2012

    " Very interesting indeed. I bet none of you knew that ole Christopher Columbus was shipwrecked for over a year in Jamaica. They didn't teach you that stuff at Boone County High School. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 4/12/2012

    " Being an explorer in 1500 was not for the faint of heart. About half his crew of 140 on 4 ships were only in their teens. It is an epic tale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 3/22/2012

    " I felt like was on the voyage with Columbus! Looking for a good expedition book? Here it is! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Boucher | 2/3/2012

    " a very fluid narrative filled with wonderful details and adventure. A great place to start on the History of North America "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet Meissner | 11/8/2011

    " I found this unexpectedly fascinating. Columbus was certainly a master navigator and sailor. I probably shouldn't have been surprised that there was so much greed in his day from people who wanted to gain from Columbus' achievements. The narrator was wonderful and the CD very well done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dylan CC | 11/1/2011

    " reads a little quick. that's the problem with most of these quasi - historical books. they must remain readable for everyone not interested in the depths of scholarship. but well enough done. history rings true. well researched. the pages do turn. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 4/13/2011

    " Very interesting indeed. I bet none of you knew that ole Christopher Columbus was shipwrecked for over a year in Jamaica. They didn't teach you that stuff at Boone County High School. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cberman | 4/5/2011

    " I read this awhile ago but remember absolutely loving it! Written very well for a historical novel. Really interesting view into the historical figure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 11/12/2010

    " Being an explorer in 1500 was not for the faint of heart. About half his crew of 140 on 4 ships were only in their teens. It is an epic tale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 6/6/2010

    " This was a good book, very informative, but the first 3/4ths of the book just drag on and on. I dont think I would reccomend this unless you are specifically interested in history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wade | 3/5/2010

    " hmm one of my all time favorites. This is where the term swashbuckling developed. I can't believe this happened, and is not a tale. A really engrossing story of Columbus's last trip and the crazy obsticles he encountered. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis | 8/30/2009

    " General History of Christopher Columbus and a deeper account of his last and fourth voyage. Relatively good read. Sex and sexuality was treated a bit vulgarly. Lots of adventure and the events and history put into perspective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 6/24/2009

    " This was a very enjoyable read for one who loves accounts of those bold European white men and their voyages of exploration in the New World. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Biosyd | 1/12/2009

    " As important as the first voyage was, this: his last voyage really gives a glimpse into his later years with the struggles of money, failing fame, and age. He was truely amazing. "

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