The Disastrous Voyage of the Santa Margarita

  • by Richard Woodman
  • Narrated by Terry Wale
  • 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Among the coral outcrops of the island of Rota in the Marianas Island, off the Philippines, lies the wreck of a Spanish galleon, the Santa Margarita. Here we are told a tale of the disastrous last voyage, beset by an extraordinary sequence of typhoons and storms, of the Santa Margarita on her way to Acapulco in the spring of 1601. Based on what little is known of the ship's journey - overloaded cargo, bad-blood amongst the crew and a curse - the author weaves a halting story of greed, horro, deprivation and unimaginable hardship in the north-west Pacific Ocean from the handful of survivors rescued from the wreck.

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Not up to Woodman's usual standard

I have to agree with the previous reviewer that this was, indeed, a trifle tedious in parts. Anyone approaching this book after reading Woodman's Nathaniel Drinkwater or Kite series will, I think, be disappointed. Shame, because the story has all the makings of a good yarn - main character with a secret, discontented crew, overly authoritative officers, typhoons a-plenty and a final landing on a not so friendly shore.

I have to admit to dropping off a couple of times in the early to mid stages, only really picking up interest after landfall.
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- David

Yawn....

...has to be one of the most tedious, boring, yawn inducing books ever written. Several hours of petty pathetic conversations and on-board political posturing that almost bring the listener to throwing the bloody discs out of the window. Unfortunately, on a long car journey I endured ... I should have thrown them!
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- Gecko129

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-05-2009
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books