Peter Duck

  • by Arthur Ransome
  • Narrated by Gareth Armstrong
  • 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For anyone who loves sailing and adventure, Arthur Ransome's classic Swallows and Amazons series stands alone. Originally published over a half-century ago, the twelve books are still eagerly read by children and adults alike - by all those captivated by the world of adventure and imagination. Such longevity is not only due to Ransome's unparalleled gift of storytelling, but also his championing of qualities such as independence and initiative; virtues that appeal to every generation, whether young or old. The third book in Arthur Ransome's wonderful series, Peter Duck takes intrepid explorers John, Susan, Titty and Roger Walker, and fearsome Amazon pirates Nancy and Peggy Blackett, onto the high seas. Under the command of the infamous Captain Flint (Nancy and Peggy's Uncle Jim), the children brave a real-life pirate and his cutthroat crew, fog, sharks, and the ravenous crabs of Crab Island in the search for buried treasure.
Arthur Ransome was a prolific writer of children's books. Born in Leeds in 1884, it was his father, a nature-loving history professor, who inspired his love of the outdoors and nurtured a passion for fishing. As a child he enjoyed active, outdoor holidays: sailing, camping and exploring the countryside. He used many of these holiday settings for his children's stories, notably the much-loved Swallows and Amazons, a book that sits comfortably in the category of 'timeless classic'. In 1936 he won the first ever Carnegie Medal for the sixth book in the Swallows and Amazons series, Pigeon Post.

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What the Critics Say

“Thrilling not only to young readers fond of the sea, but also to older readers who remember how they enjoyed sea stories when they themselves were young” (The Scotsman)
“All the thrills of Treasure Island and Robinson Crusoe" (Daily Telegraph)
“Absolutely fantastic” (Daily Express)

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Customer Reviews

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Charming childhood adventure on the high seas

It is with great pleasure that I am revisiting the Swallows and Amazons series I first enjoyed as a child.

This, the third in the series, is the first with any sense of real peril, though of course the bad things only happen to the secondary characters. Susan is dependable and sensible as expected (oh to be excited by the gift of a first aid box as a Christmas Present), and all the characters remain true to form.

I liked the addition of extra characters of Peter Duck and Bill, and an actual sea voyage and buried pirate treasure! Wonderful stuff!

Of course the adult me wonders slightly at the plot - would the Swallow's crew's mother really have let them disappear with Captain Flint and the Amazons for weeks on end without knowing where in the world they'd gone? Would the children really have escaped unharmed from the happenings on the island?

But then I remember it's a book written for children from a completely different time, and allow my sense of disbelief to settle back into its state of suspension.

My top tips for maximum enjoyment of this series - read them in order, and don't overthink them!
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- Lou

I was completely absorbed by this story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I read the Swallows and Amazons books when I was a young teenager and the characters have lived with me ever since. Now almost 30 years later I'm listening to the series again via Audible, I was completely absorbed by this story, the delivery by Gareth Armstrong is perfect. I have read criticism that his voices don't match the ones you imagine and that is always a risk with audio books but for me the voices were fine and differentiated the characters enough to make the story very easy to follow.


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Adventure on the high seas, Swallows and Amazons forever!


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- Justin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-06-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios