A General History of the Pyrates

  • by Daniel Defoe
  • Narrated by John Lee
  • 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"I presume we need make no Apology for giving the Name of a History to the following Sheets, though they contain nothing but the Actions of a Parcel of Robbers." (From the book)
This work was published in 1724, under the pseudonym Captain Charles Johnson, by an unknown British author, usually assumed to be Daniel Defoe. This work is the prime source for the biographies of many well-known pirates of that era and shaped the popular notions about pirates of the day. Included are Blackbeard, Black Bart, Jolly Roger, Anne Bonny (aka Anne Bonn), Edward Teach, Henry Avery, Mary Read, and many more.


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Great historical read if you're interested in the pirates from the 18th century, and maritime culture in general from that time.
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Horrid Narration

The book is great for those interested in pirates. I have to disagree with the other review regarding narration, I thought it was horrendous and could only listen to so much at a time because it was so bland. After a while it became irritating, it didn't flow at all. It also sounds like his voice has been edited to hasten the reading speed, which a friend also thought when I played a snippet to him. Makes it difficult to follow the story because it moves from sentence to sentence so fast with hardly any pause.

I think the majority of people interested in this book would enjoy a printed version more than this specific audiobook.
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- James Macdonald

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-11-2016
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.