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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (907 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Zacks Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Captain Kidd has gone down in history as America’s most ruthless buccaneer, fabulously rich, burying treasure up and down the eastern seaboard. But it turns out that most everyone, from novelists to scholars, has the story all wrong. Captain William Kidd was no career cutthroat; he was a tough, successful New York sea captain who was hired to chase pirates in the 1690s. His three-year odyssey aboard the aptly named Adventure Galley would pit him against arrogant royal Navy commanders, jealous East India Company captains, storms, starvation, angry natives, and above all, flesh-and-blood pirates. Captain Kidd found himself facing a long-forgotten rogue by the name of Robert Culliford, who lured Kidd’s crew to mutiny not once but twice.

Through painstaking research, author Richard Zacks has pieced together the never-before-told story of Kidd versus Culliford, of pirate hunter versus pirate, as they fought each other in an unscripted duel across the oceans of the world. One man would hang in the harbor; the other would walk away with the treasure. The Pirate Hunter delivers something rare: an authentic pirate story for grown-ups.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In this fascinating work of historical revisionism, Zacks…sets the suspenseful tale of Kidd’s downfall within its larger historical context, in a manner reminiscent, at times, of Defoe, vividly illustrating the brutalities of life on a seagoing vessel and the chaos of urban society at the end of the seventeenth century.”

    New Yorker

  • “Entertaining, richly detailed, and authoritatively narrated, Zacks’ account of the life of legendary seaman William Kidd delivers a first-rate story.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A lively, educational, thoroughly spellbinding trip back in time.”


  • “Author Zacks is diligent in giving us the inside story of how in the late 17th century the worlds of commerce, shipping, speculation, piracy, and politics combined to produce the phenomenon of Captain Kidd…a rich, detailed book—a find for maritime enthusiasts.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Don | 2/17/2014

    " A very well researched account which suggests that Captain William Kidd, while no saint, was probably just as badly sinned against. I enjoyed this salty journey half way round the world from the east coast of America and it's eventual culmination in London. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kelleysgirl Kelley | 2/14/2014

    " Wonderful and informative account of the history of Captain William Kidd. Zacks has done an incredible amount of research in finding the real story of Captain Kidd and his subsequent trial for piracy. The book has just the right balance of novel style writing blended with facts and figures. It gives a good insight into the workings of the English system of law in the early 18th century, and how frightening it could be if you were on the wrong side of it. The audiobook version, narrated by Michael Prichard, is well recorded. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Beth | 2/9/2014

    " This book was not easy to get through, but I learned a lot about pirates. My students love hearing some of the more gross facts from the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Dany Rand | 2/7/2014

    " I liked hearing the story of Captain Kidd and you can tell the author certainly has done his research. The problem is its almost to dutiful in giving as many details as possible. For me a book a bit less point by point would have been a better read. "

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