A Pirate's Heart

  • by Catherine Friend
  • Narrated by Catherine Friend
  • 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When rare book librarian Emma Boyd searches for a pirate's long-lost treasure map, she learns the hard way that pirates still exist in today's world - and some modern pirates steal maps, others steal hearts. The treasure map she seeks belonged to the Caribbean pirate Thomasina Farris, who disappeared in 1715 without a trace. Did Captain Tommy steal an entire treasure from a Spanish galleon and escape? Did she die by another pirate's sword? Or did she die of a broken heart when the woman she loved disappeared? Emma's and Tommy's stories collide when Emma, after uncovering the truth about Captain Tommy's fate, must decide her own... and the choice is between romance or revenge.

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Pleasant enough but needed more spark.

The story is two arcs, a female pirate captain circa 1715 who falls in love with a rescued female slave. The second story set in present day which includes an building f/f relationship between a detective and a librarian investigating maps stolen from old books, as well as looking for the treasure map of the fore mentioned pirate.

The story is pleasant and a easy listen. The detail and historical research used for the pirate story is very well done and builds a lot of atmosphere, with excellent descriptions of the period, boat and pirate life.

The present day story is less interesting for me, and includes as road trip, a poodle and hunting in, and "borrowing" from libraries.

I struggled generally with believability in both stories. The pirate story was not edgy enough to seem realistic, although it is enjoyable, but perhaps more Jack Sparrow, then Black Beard. I think if it had injected more humor into this story it would have counter balanced the believability .

The present day story, did not have the strength to represent a engaging romance with conflict and resolution. This arc of the story itself I don't believe could stand on its own. For me I would have suggested reducing this story and use it narrative framing of the main pirate story.

The book is narrated by the author who does a good job. Again perhaps without the edge of other narrators who focus on this discipline.

In the end for me it was okay. I carried on listening to it, not really because I wanted to know what would happen, as story did not build dramatically to a conclusion but moved along a steady path, but I continued because it was a pleasing listen and I liked the narration.
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- Alice

Better than I expected.

This was a pleasant surprise. For a start I have often found books narrated by the author are generally much poorer than those narrated by a professional voice artist. However, the author does a fair job. Congratulations for that.

The storyline works well, even though it swaps from one time period to another. The plot is fairly easy to follow. If I had one minor comment to make, it would be that the very slight supernatural aspect of the story might put some people off. However, I'm a bit of a supernatural/fantasy fan, so for me it worked out. It is really nothing that detracts from the way the plot plays out, but it isn't a straight historical hunt for the truth. Just be aware of that if you can't suspend belief.

What I did like was the fact that one of the modern protagonists is extremely flawed. Yet you find yourself rooting for both of the woman by the end.

Overall I would put this book into my 'I will listen to this again' category. And in a single word, I would mark this book as 'good'.
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- Crackdown

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-01-2015
  • Publisher: Dog Ear Audio