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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,920 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gideon Defoe Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Pirates! Series Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9780449012710
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Not since Moby-Dick...No, not since Treasure Island...Actually, not since Jonah and the Whale has there been a sea saga to rival The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists, featuring the greatest sea-faring hero of all time, the immortal Pirate Captain, who, although he lives for months at a time at sea, somehow manages to keep his beard silky and in good condition.

Worried that his pirates are growing bored with a life of winking at pretty native ladies and trying to stick enough jellyfish together to make a bouncy castle, the Pirate Captain decides it's high time to spearhead an adventure.

While searching for some major pirate booty, he mistakenly attacks the young Charles Darwin's Beagle and then leads his ragtag crew from the exotic Galapagos Islands to the fog-filled streets of Victorian London. There they encounter grisly murder, vanishing ladies, radioactive elephants, and the Holy Ghost himself. And that's not even the half of it. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nigel | 2/13/2014

    " Short, funny and full of pirates and scientists. A model for what all books should be, really. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tricia | 1/22/2014

    " because one can't only read poetry books, one should also read pirate books (at least for the foot notes. recipe for a top notch afternoon: 1. sneak into one well- manicured-fancy-flowered-fenced-in-backyard 2. read pirates book out loud with friends 3. guffaw at said pirate book and perhaps at the sad saps who are not in their yard to enjoy pirate book with your group 4 (optional) eat home made cornbread "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Salvatore | 1/17/2014

    " Must eat more ham. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tiffany X | 1/15/2014

    " UGH. This book is truly awful. Within the first 5 pages every single pirate cliche is tritely used and then continues to be used page after page. It seems like the author did no research and just used cliches to wash the story. Very disappointing. "

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

    " All curls and teeth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bartley | 12/29/2013

    " short and slightly entertaining enough for me to try another one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 12/26/2013

    " This is the funniest book I can remember reading in a long time. It's one that you cannot just read to yourself. You will want to read it out loud to anyone (with a sense of humor) within the sound of your voice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 9/14/2013

    " A very silly and delightful book. Nothing particularly well crafted, but good for an afternoon's giggles, particularly the utter mockery of real life scientific heroes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emmett | 8/23/2013

    " Quick book, funny in a tongue-in-cheek way. Was it childish? Yes, but I really enjoyed it and didn't have to think about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Violetta | 8/4/2013

    " A silly tale about some pirates, forming the loose basis for the movie of the same title (though re-named The Pirates! Band of Misfits in America). The book is a quick read with some wry humor, but I enjoyed the film more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 7/31/2013

    " Humor runs thin, but probably would enjoy finishing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 1/31/2013

    " These books are just adorable. Want a super fast afternoon read? Love pirates? Love ham? This is for you! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Màiri E. Smith | 1/9/2013

    " Morsom! :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 12/1/2012

    " Fun, quick read, if you are in for a laugh. Same to be said about the other The Pirates! adventures. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bookhuw | 10/22/2012

    " Rather average, being neither as droll nor as charming as I'd hoped. Hard to pin point the target audience here, but points for the silliness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catriona Cameron | 9/22/2012

    " What a glorious bit of nonsense! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mia | 9/18/2012

    " This book was quite an enjoyable quick read. I loved getting lost in the captain's beautiful beard. And the hilarity that ensues when they meet up with Charles Darwin and his man-panzee Mister Bobo makes this book a must read for any Monty Python loving individual. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carly Johnson | 9/1/2012

    " Great cover. Quick read. Don't remember the story. "

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

    " Eating only lemon and orange Starburst instead of eating actual lemons and oranges will not protect against scurvy. And Pirates are really really funny. Everyone should read this book. Oh, and it also has Charles Darwin! Thus the scientists, you see. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Douglas Dorman | 5/26/2012

    " Not as funny as I was hoping. It got funnier as it went along though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess Baker | 4/30/2012

    " This is the silliest book but I really enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 3/18/2012

    " A very funny book. I loved Defoe's sense of humor; a fast and enjoyable read. "

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About the Author
Author Gideon Defoe

Gideon Defoe is a British writer and author of The Pirates!, a series of comedy books following a group of pirates on their adventures.

About the Narrator

John Lee has read more than 100 audiobooks. His work has garnered multiple Earphones Awards and won AudioFile‘s Best Voice in Fiction & Classics in both 2008 and 2009. He also narrates video games, does voice-over work, and writes plays. He is an accomplished stage actor and has written and co-produced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit. He played Alydon in the 1963–64 Doctor Who serial The Daleks.