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Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates

Di: Howard Pyle,Merle Johnson
Letto da: Simon Vance
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"Pirates, Buccaneers, Marooners, those cruel but picturesque sea wolves who once infested the Spanish Main, all live in present-day conceptions in great degree as drawn by the pen and pencil of Howard Pyle....It is improbable that anyone else will ever bring his combination of interest and talent to the depiction of these old-time Pirates, any more than there could be a second Remington to paint the now extinct Indians and gun-fighters of the Great West."

So writes Merle Johnson, who has here gathered together in one volume all of the nineteenth-century author-artist's classic pirate stories that had been scattered through many magazines and books. Well researched and with richly drawn characters, Pyle's work will appeal to students of history and adventure lovers alike.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
Immagine del profilo di Fletch
  • Fletch
  • 08/09/2006

Fascinating and wonderfully read

When you begin listening to this audio book, you may be a little disappointed. The first chapters are fairly dry historical accounts. Once past that first hour or so, though, you'll find yourself captivated by stories based in fact and admittedly embellished by the author. Simon Vance's reading is excellent and his voice fits the 19th century writing perfectly. In addition to the stories, you also gain an understanding of social strata in the 19th century (at least through the author's eyes). This book would not be considered politically correct today, but the history contained not just about pirates but about society is enlightening. A great listen.

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
Immagine del profilo di Bard The Lard
  • Bard The Lard
  • 06/10/2020

Omissions

I have no idea who is censoring curse words whether the author, narrator, or audible. These are good stories and some are considered historical m, so I find that omitting any of the words is changing the original words in order to spare the listener a harsh word. And the harsh language is necessary to convey the type of persons these people were.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
Immagine del profilo di Jefferson
  • Jefferson
  • 11/12/2010

Painterly Pirates, Treasure, Adventure!

This is an interesting and exciting audiobook filled with demonic buccaneers and naive youths and pretty governor (or merchant) daughters and plenty of action, from desperate hand-to-hand combats to horrific sea battles, not to mention dreamy treks through moonlit sand dunes to bury or unbury treasure chests.

The first chapter, a kind of survey-history of the buccaneer-pirate phenomenon, is a little bland and moralizing, but the following stories are great, especially those involving secret identities and double lives and changing fortunes and naive guys getting more than their share of adventure. Here's one of my favorite moments in the book, when a character is speculating on what drives can make a good man turn devil pirate: "Who, within his inner consciousness, does not feel that same ferine, savage man struggling against the stern, adamantine bonds of . . . morality and decorum? Were those bonds burst asunder, as it was with this man, might not the wild beast rush forth, as it had rushed forth in him, to rend and to tear?"

And at his best, Pyle writes incredible painterly descriptions of pirate faces and clothes and ships in candlelight or moonlight or lightening light, descriptions that remain vividly in your mind like afterimages after the light fails. You can imagine the Disney artisans pouring over this book to gain inspiration and models for making the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction!

Simon Vance (aka Robert Whitfield) does his usual fine and flexible job of reading the text, though at times I wished for someone with a bit deeper voice.

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  • Generale
    2 out of 5 stars
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  • James
  • 17/10/2010

A little lame

Kind of pales in comparison to what modern readers may be accustomed to in the way of emotion, grit, and complexity. Being a collection of short stories, I found it difficult to track characters, especially in audio format where one forgets what name you're currently supposed to be following and one can't easily glance back to pages for context. This book doesn't go deep enough into historical account to interest readers with a historical/academic background and doesn't go far enough into character development, plot, emotion, and motive to satisfy a pirate fan.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
Immagine del profilo di Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 24/01/2020

Great storytelling

its definitely a lost art how to tell a great story with enough detail to immerse the reader in the book. This book does just that and keeps you captivated throughout.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
Immagine del profilo di Utente anonimo
  • Utente anonimo
  • 26/01/2023

Good

While not the most popular pirates being covered, gives great, rich depth of story and insight to the tales.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
Immagine del profilo di Dimitri
  • Dimitri
  • 06/12/2022

Good fun - including a tired sounding page turn!

A wonderful performance that includes a rather honest sounding page turn somewhere in the last part of the book.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
Immagine del profilo di Utente anonimo
  • Utente anonimo
  • 17/10/2022

The book of Pirate's

A most interesting story..but of the history these men and tangled story of an unfortunate young man who wS drawn into its violent history.

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
Immagine del profilo di sherrymcanelly
  • sherrymcanelly
  • 08/02/2022

Good, bad, and ugly.

Howard Pyle is a wonderful author, and illustrator too. The first chapter is an extended article on piratical history, from the first grasping buccaneers to bloody scoundrels like Blackbeard. Most of the stories, though enjoyable, are short and occasionally predictable episodes. Fight and action scenes are phenomenal. Pirates are jolly and well-portrayed. The third or fourth story is actually an extract from a full-length novel of the same name, "Jack Ballister's fortunes" which explains why though the story has the name, the actual character of Jack does not appear. Beginning music is marvelous, brings the image of a heeling pirate ship with ominously fluttering black flag into mind.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
Immagine del profilo di Robert Kittel
  • Robert Kittel
  • 03/02/2022

Fun listening

Alot of fun to hear the story of pirate's is shirt but most enlightening and worth the time and investment.