Wrongfully arrested following the Monmouth rebellion of 1685, Peter Blood, country physician and former soldier, escapes the hangman's noose only to be exiled to the tropical colonies. Sold into slavery to a cruel plantation owner, his moral fortitude and medical ability soon earn him the favour of the island's governor and the attentions of Arabella, his master's niece. When the town is attacked by marauding Spanish buccaneers, Blood springs to the rescue, and with a motley yet loyal band of shipmate’s escapes to begin a life of noble piracy and adventure on the Caribbean seas.
A classic swashbuckling tale of piracy, romance and redemption, Captain Blood stands as one the greatest adventure novels of the 20th century. Author, Rafael Sabatini (29 April 1875 – 13 February 1950) was an Italian/English author of romance and adventure novels. He was a prolific writer and produced a new book almost every year, maintaining a great deal of popularity throughout his career, but the titles that secured his reputation were Scaramouche and the Captain Blood novels. He died on 13 February 1950 in Switzerland.
"One wonders if there is another storyteller so adroit at filling his pages with intrigue and counter-intrigue, with danger threaded with romance, with a background of lavish colour, of silks and velvets, of swords and jewels" (Daily Telegraph)
"Sabatini's stories abound with drama and melodrama, action and excitement and brilliant colour, as well as minute period detail. No writer, not Scott, nor Dumas, nor Stevenson, has brought the past to life more vividly or accurately" (George Macdonald Fraser)
"Mr. Sabatini is both a wonderfully fertile creator of exciting fiction and a stylist of distinction." (Punch)
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A fantastic listen
Captain Blood was a joy to listen to. A real swashbuckling adventure set in the 17th century.
Not only is the narrative full of excitement, the character of Captain Peter Blood also has real interest.
Michael Maloney's narration is absolutely fantastic! Perfect pace and accents. My first experience of Michael Maloney narrating an audio book was with Sebastian Faulk's Engleby. It was amazing: pacy, witty and compelling. Michael's performance in Captain Blood is equally gripping.
I'd never heard of Captain Blood until I came across it by accident. It was written in 1922 by Rafael Sabatini, who wrote The Sea Hawk and Scaramouche. These books were also made into adventure films starring Errol Flynn.
I loved this story, it has adventure, romance and an excellent feel for the period as Sabatini was an eminent historian. It also has one of the most intelligent and erudite action heroes.
My favourite moments are those where he demonstrates his strength of character and his ability to read people and lead them in any endeavour. The ship battle scenes are exciting and very well described.
While I liked the narrators voice I felt he hammed up some of the reading a little too much which made it veer inappropriately into the comical at a couple of points. He regrettably made Captain Blood sound so like Terry Wogan I was glad there was not too much dialogue in the story.
Yes! I like to listen to books while I walk and this one definitely encouraged longer and more frequent walks.
- Karen Croan