Empire of Blue Water

Stephan Talty, Author, John H. Mayer, Read by , read by John H. Mayer. Random House Audio $29.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-7393-4165-0

Henry Morgan was a Welsh-born sailor who traveled to the Caribbean as a privateer—a “licensed marauder of the sea”—on behalf of the British Empire. But before his career was over, he had become one of the most notorious pirates ever to sail the Spanish Main. Talty focuses the story on Morgan's most exciting exploits, including the tale of what is perhaps Morgan's most infamous act: the unauthorized sacking of Panama. Mayer reads in a rich, resonant voice; it's perfectly suited to the grim and gritty subject matter, and would not be out of place narrating a History Channel documentary. The abridgment is flawless; the listener would never know this production was abridged if not for the cover copy. The only legitimate complaint to make is that this audio was abridged at all—Mayer and Talty could have kept listeners enthralled for an audiobook at twice the length. Filled with riveting and astonishing details, this audio satisfies on every level, sure to please not only serious scholars but casual fans of pirate lore as well. Simultaneous release with the Crown hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 5). (May)

Reviewed on: 07/30/2007
Release date: 04/01/2007
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