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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (741 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Bligh Narrator: Jonathan Reese Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9781400181254
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Captain William Bligh recorded the most famous mutiny in sea history when a group of his men, led by Fletcher Christian, forced him from his ship onto a small launch and cast him adrift into the sea. Was Bligh a harsh sea captain whose vicious cruelty forced his men to mutiny? Or was Fletcher Christian greedy for power and unjustified in taking command? Was Bligh the tyrant of legend? Or was he one of the most lenient commanders of a Pacific exploration ship of that period?

Sail with Captain Bligh on the HMS Bounty, and then follow his incredible quest for survival during his 3,600-mile trip to Timor in an open boat. It’s a timeless tale of man’s heroic struggle to survive against all odds.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rusticgirl | 1/8/2014

    " This is a fictional/non-fictional account of the famous H.M.S. Bounty, her Captain William Bligh, and the mutinous crew led by Fletcher Christian. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Painter | 12/26/2013

    " I had seen the movies and heard about this event, but what I had never heard was the rest of the story where captain Bligh and half his crew are put on a whaling boat and put to sea. Through his amazing skill they made a 3600 mile trip in that small boat to a safe port. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Moulee | 9/28/2013

    " cast away in book format n for real "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Yelverton | 9/1/2013

    " A fascinating story of betrayal and survival from the man who endured it all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcus | 9/1/2013

    " Couldn't put it down. Similar to Shackleton. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vincent | 8/3/2013

    " A captain's log...and it reads like one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 6/29/2013

    " Excellent. Quite the adventure. Strangely understated. A remarkable achievement. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Wendy | 12/25/2012

    " I couldn't get interested in it & didn't finish the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 8/22/2012

    " Great Adventures and amazing details .. I was really impressed after reading it .. Enjoyed every word "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert Saunders | 8/13/2012

    " The recollections of the real life Lt. William Bligh, after and including the mutiny on the Bounty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry | 3/20/2012

    " i love sea stories, especially true ones. obviously, this is a story told from one perspective only "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 2/8/2012

    " This is the original manuscript desribing the events of The Bounty. Now, I would love to read a fictionalized version! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrs. C. | 12/8/2011

    " It is amazing how Hollywood can distort reality. We all "know" Captain Bligh as an ogre and a madman, but this book sets the record straight. Here you will discover the mutineer whose "voice" seems to have influenced Hollywood, but he did have an axe to grind. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marten | 6/30/2011

    " Not a terribly interesting read. Although I was hopeful given the chance to read a first-hand account of the actual story. Non-fiction just did not equal up to the fiction this time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 6/23/2011

    " Sometimes too short and too concise, but still a nice inroduction into the mutiny and it's aspects. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 4/30/2011

    " Sometimes too short and too concise, but still a nice inroduction into the mutiny and it's aspects. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Moulee | 11/19/2010

    " cast away in book format n for real "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rusticgirl | 1/27/2010

    " This is a fictional/non-fictional account of the famous H.M.S. Bounty, her Captain William Bligh, and the mutinous crew led by Fletcher Christian. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Owen | 11/18/2009

    " I really liked this book! I read the illustrated classic version and finished it in one day.I liked how the author decribed the charaters and the setting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry | 10/1/2008

    " i love sea stories, especially true ones. obviously, this is a story told from one perspective only "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Faith | 9/18/2008

    " My grandpa AND (step)grandfather on my mom's side are both either fans of boats or shipwreck stories. On their urging I read this as my literature class (except unabridged). I actually liked it! It was kind of interesting and fun to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aj | 7/5/2008

    " I loved this book. It was very well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larissa | 6/28/2008

    " Bligh's narrative is a bit dry, but he spins an unbeliveable tale of survival. Hard to believe he was cought totally off guard by the mutiny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 2/24/2008

    " I had seen the movies and heard about this event, but what I had never heard was the rest of the story where captain Bligh and half his crew are put on a whaling boat and put to sea. Through his amazing skill they made a 3600 mile trip in that small boat to a safe port. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 2/7/2008

    " The recollections of the real life Lt. William Bligh, after and including the mutiny on the Bounty. "

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About the Author

William Bligh (1754-1817) was an officer of the British Royal Navy and a colonial administrator eventually rising in rank to vice admiral. During his command of the Bounty in 1789, a notorious mutiny occurred. William Bligh and eighteen of his loyal seamen were expelled from the Bounty onto a small boat and began the greatest open-boat voyage in history, sailing some 4,000 miles to protection in Timor. Bligh returned to Britain and reported the mutiny to the Admiralty two years and two and a half months after leaving England.

About the Narrator

Jonathan Reese (d. 1999) was trained from an early age in music and theater. Of his many credits he was proudest of being a founding member of Berkeley’s Straw Hat review. Formidably intelligent, deeply sympathetic, and highly sensitive to his material, he was perfectly suited for literary narration. His many audiobooks include The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer, Just as I Am by Billy Graham, Travels in Alaska by John Muir, and Without a Hero by T. Coraghessan Boyle. A native Californian, Reese died in San Francisco in 1999.