Get a free audiobook

A Voyage Long and Strange

Rediscovering the New World
Written by: Tony Horwitz
Narrated by: John H. Mayer
Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
Categories: History, Americas

CDN$ 14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

On a chance visit to Plymouth Rock, Tony Horwitz makes an unsettling discovery. A history buff since early childhood, expensively educated at university - a history major, no less! - he's reached middle age with a third-grader's grasp of early America. In fact, he's mislaid more than a century of American history, the period separating Columbus' landing in 1492 from the arrival of English colonists at Jamestown in 16-oh-something. Did nothing happen in between?
©2008 Tony Horwitz (P)2008 Books on Tape

What the critics say

"Horwitz writes in a breezy, engaging style, so this combination of popular history and travelogue will be ideal for general readers." ( Booklist)
"Funny and lively...popular history of the most accessible sort. The stories [Horwitz] tells are full of vivid characters and wild detail." ( The New York Times Book Review)
"Like travel writer Bill Bryson, Horwitz has a penchant for meeting colorful characters and getting himself into bizarre situations." ( The Christian Science Monitor)

What members say

No reviews are available
Sort by:
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Sara
  • 2015-10-25

Just Not For Me

If you have read any history beyond the standard middle school, high school and even college stuff much of this book is a rehash. If you are like me and have read about this time period extensively you may find yourself "hairsplitting" about Horowitz's take on some of the stories. The author's personal experiences with site visits had the potential to be funny--but to me they missed the mark. Overall, I thought these trips went on a bit too long and fell flat. In the end I was either bored or irritated by the whole experience. Disappointing for me--but worth a try if you like Tony Horwitz's style of humor and are up for a history "review". Other reviewers here on audible seem to love it.

29 of 33 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Blake
  • 2013-05-20

Funny, informative, insightful, entertaining.

Determined to learn more about early America than his education in history provided him, Tony Horwitz set out to research the written record, and travel to all of these historic places, collecting enough information along the way to write this book. But this is not a dry, dense, "just the facts, ma'am" type of history book. Most of the story lies in the people who Horwitz visits in his travels. From Hispañiola to New Mexico, to Florida, Virginia and finally back to Plymouth Rock, He finds local people who are well qualified to have opinions about the local history. The opinions of these people, combined with the author's observations and the written record, serve to weave a story not just about early America, but about the way that all histories are written. Horwitz has a great ability to find the humor and silliness in all of this, and the narrator, John H Mayor, does a splendid job of bringing that across. I found myself smiling, chuckling, and sometimes even laughing out loud at the absurdity of it all. Meanwhile, my mind was enriched with accounts of tales that should be common knowledge, but are not the stories that the winners of American history passed on, so therefore are little known. It was one of those books that I got so involved in, I forgot about the rest of the world until it was over. Highly reccomended.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Joshua Kim
  • 2012-06-10

Say Yes to This Voyage

For people like me who spend our days continually amazed at our sheer ignorance, Horowitz's new book is perfect. My major in college was history, U.S. history, but the time between Columbus washing up in Hispaniola (todays D.R. and Haiti) in 1492 and the Pilgrims landing in 1620 was basically a complete blank. Horowitz seeks to fill that gap in his knowledge (and my own), by tracing the routes and landing spots of the early Viking, Spanish, and French explorers and colonizers. Historical travel writing at its best, filled with weirdo American's and laid-back Domican's, A Voyage Long and Strange is one worthwhile journey.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Jonathan Spaulding
  • 2016-03-16

a historical travelogue

much more a travelogue than a straight history. works pretty well though, nice selection of facts and places, once past the first section (Vikings)

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Ranger0770
  • 2015-12-11

History meets myth

The story was interesting at times, but tended to get bogged down into minutia from time to time and the author also made some tortured and tenuous cultural connections between history and modern day meaning. I found Tony Horwitz's book "Confederates in the Attic" to be better. This was still a very good book and I enjoyed traveling on the authors adventure. As far as technical quality of the audiobook, the reader was excellent and was easy to listen to. No complaints there.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Nancy
  • 2015-09-06

Definitely worth repeated listening!

Although th narrator did not match my imagined voice of Tony Horwitz, the engaging, informative, and entertaining writing kept me listening throughout the book. Horwitz is a national treasure. - I can't wait to find his next book!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • G. Wylie
  • 2009-08-25

Good history

This book fills in a portion of history that I had known very little about. It's well researched and well written. It even has an important moral at the end. I'd recommend it to anyone.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Taylor
  • 2019-03-27

Okay read

Struggled to finish, but very informational. Not enjoyable while reading, but interesting to learn and ended up better than I thought.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Rene
  • 2017-08-23

It was ok

It was good I like it but is was hard to read and kind of boring at sum parts

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kendra
  • 2015-07-23

Love this book!

Great book. It's definitely a favorite, worth reading repeatedly. I would (and have) recommend this book to anyone.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful