Sacred Hunger

  • by Barry Unsworth
  • Narrated by David Rintoul
  • 22 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

1752, the Liverpool Merchant sets sail from Merseyside. A slaver, she is bound for Africa to buy men and transport them in chains across the Atlantic. But aboard ship disease thrives in the cramped hold, killing men and eating into profit. Captain Thurso insists on throwing the sick overboard, to the horror of Matthew Paris, ship's surgeon, who determines to prevent such barbarity. Meanwhile, back home, Erasmus Kemp, cousin of Paris and son of the Liverpool Merchant's owner, finds his fortune hanging in the balance: dependent on the success or failure of a single voyage....

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Excellent story, superb narration.

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

Yes, I would recommend this book because the story is gripping, as well as historically very interesting. The narrator is excellent, as he always is.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Sacred Hunger?

Just so many good moments - probably the descriptions of life for a slave in the galleys


Which scene did you most enjoy?

The description of life in the jungle for the survivors.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The death of one of the main characters quite early on.


Any additional comments?

David Rintoul is a superb narrator, well worth looking for other books he covers.

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- fenella

Top notch historical fiction

I think that this is a great novel, which is significantly enhanced by the narration. I can't fault it - I enjoyed it as much as Wolf Hall.
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- Petra

Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-02-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios