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Mutiny on the Bounty

Written by: Peter FitzSimons
Narrated by: Michael Carman
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The mutiny on HMS Bounty, in the South Pacific on 28 April 1789, is one of history's truly great stories - a tale of human drama, intrigue and adventure of the highest order - and in the hands of Peter FitzSimons it comes to life as never before.  

Commissioned by the Royal Navy to collect breadfruit plants from Tahiti and take them to the West Indies, the Bounty's crew found themselves in a tropical paradise. Five months later, they did not want to leave. Under the leadership of Fletcher Christian, most of the crew mutinied soon after sailing from Tahiti, setting Captain William Bligh and 18 loyal crewmen adrift in a small open boat. In one of history's great feats of seamanship, Bligh navigated this tiny vessel for 3,618 nautical miles to Timor.  

Fletcher Christian and the mutineers sailed back to Tahiti, where most remained and were later tried for mutiny. But Christian, along with eight fellow mutineers and some Tahitian men and women, sailed off into the unknown, eventually discovering the isolated Pitcairn Island - at the time not even marked on British maps - and settling there.  

This astonishing story is historical adventure at its very best, encompassing the mutiny, Bligh's monumental achievement in navigating to safety, and Fletcher Christian and the mutineers' own epic journey from the sensual paradise of Tahiti to the outpost of Pitcairn Island. The mutineers' descendants live on Pitcairn to this day, amid swirling stories and rumours of past sexual transgressions and present-day repercussions. Mutiny on the Bounty is a sprawling, dramatic tale of intrigue, bravery and sheer boldness, told with the accuracy of historical detail and total command of story that are Peter FitzSimons' trademarks.

©2018 Peter FitzSimons (P)2018 Hachette Australia Audio
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  • Categories: History

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excellent story, masterful narration

An excellent historical story with masterful narration. Highly recommended for anyone who has an interest in nautical history.

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Slow start, compelling ending

The establishing lead-up feels like an uphill slog to get through. But once it picks up, the story is quite compelling.

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  • 2021-10-05

believe the hype

Really as good as the reviews suggest. First off the narration is so good that the book is always a joy to listen to. As to the actual story, it couldn't be told in a more engaging fashion. Fitzsimons style makes the story as fresh and approachable today as it was 200 year ago. I've listened to quite a few audiobooks and this one is one of the best I've heard. Well done to all involved!

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Very good book

I loved this book. Very informative and insightful An real down to earth look at how life was lived in those days.

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Great listen

Extraordinary detailed Account. Unbelievable detail that has burned an image in my head as if I was there. Narration is supreme. His uncanny ability to switch accents makes him a one man show! A long listen but worth it. Puts the movie to utter shame once you realize how much is missed. Bravo!

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An extraordinary saga

What an unbelievable story, so well written and researched.
Brilliantly read, I so often felt that I was almost part of these epic events.

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Entertaining!

A spectacular tale. So well written and narrated. Highly recommend for the fans of nautical history.

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F.C.

Now I want to visit Pitcairn. I love historical advrntures! I would also like to see Captain Blye taste the whip!

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  • Justin Sluyter
  • 2019-05-01

You don't know the whole story.

I was familiar with the story of the mutiny on the Bounty primarily from the film version with Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins, which is a favorite of mine. I had no idea just how much of the story was left out. The depth and breadth of the research FitzSimons has done, and the extent to which he makes the story come to life, is truly breathtaking. Michael Carman's performance of the audiobook is superb, in fact one of the best I've ever heard. He absolutely CRUSHES it. I'm truly sad to have reached the end of this book, but fortunately this author and narrator have joined forces on several other books, which I look forward to listening to soon. This audiobook gets my highest possible recommendation.

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  • Garry
  • 2019-03-09

Another Great Peter Fitzsimons Book

To be honest, Mutiny on the Bounty is one of those stories that has been done to death by so many people. However, no one does the story better justice in my opinion as Peter FitzSimons. His story telling is just so much better.

Great work Peter.

Michael Carman's narration is excellent, pleasing to listen too and enjoyable.

Thank you

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  • Kerry
  • 2019-02-07

i cannot give higher marks to any book

My words can't do this book justice. So many life lessons for humanity. So well researched, so well narrated, so well organized. Thorough. should be required reading in every school. Great job to all involved.....and Thank you.

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  • Ash
  • 2019-09-23

Outstanding

I don’t usually write reviews but I felt compelled after listening to this book.
A remarkable story that has everything, and is exhaustively researched and beautifully written. The narrator was brilliant and was by far the best performance I have heard on audible. He absolutely nails it !!!!!
One of the best books I have listened to on Audible. Has my highest recommendation!

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  • amazonman
  • 2019-10-27

5 Star Performance

This is one of the best Audible books available. The narrator is excellent, and the story is fascinating. Even if you think you know the story-- this version is the best.

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  • Cindy
  • 2019-01-18

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I always thought Mutiny on The Bounty was pure fiction. Not so. Wonderfully written and beautifully narrated. The Epilogue provided interesting "what ifs" as to Fletcher Christian's possible end. I would love to know if he actually made it back to England.

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  • CR
  • 2022-01-03

Interesting book, suffers from biased presentation

This is a very interesting and comprehensive retelling of the Bounty story. The historical details and settings are fascinating and well presented. Its one major failing is that the author's clear disdain for Captain Bligh is presented as a fact from the get go, rather than letting the reader build up their own impression of his faults as the story progresses. By calling him a bastard from practically the opening paragraph, before we've seen any actions to merit such a charge, it makes one view the whole story with a skeptical eye. So much of the historical record of these events are a matter of he-said / he-said with conflicting reports from people who all had clear motives to tell a version of the story that best served themselves. The author must sometimes pick and choose who to believe, and when it's clear that he prefers the outgoing, charismatic, womanizing, "manly" Christian to the tempermental, socially inept, monogamous, "potato-headed" Bligh, it puts in doubt how objective a picture we're getting.

This is a well written and compelling story, I just wish the author would have used more show and less tell when presenting the characters and how we readers should perceive them. The end result of how it was done leaves me feeling like I've heard a one-sided story, which was very interesting, but which is possibly not an entirely accurate, or at least, unbiased, representation of events.

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  • Objective
  • 2022-12-22

Delightful and Authoritative

The narrator’s performance perhaps needs to be mentioned first, because it’s what keeps you riveted to the story. It’s simply first rate. Just as the Pacific is vast, and ships of that era were slow, it takes a number of hours for the reader to reach the conclusion of such a momentous project. There was a point where it felt like following was a bit of a commitment, but I told myself to be patient, and drift along with the story, the history. These were hours well spent, ultimately. The storytelling is entertaining, thorough, and effective. I felt rewarded for the experience.

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  • Robin in Alaska
  • 2021-02-06

Row Me Boys Row! (for your lives)

I've read a couple versions of the infamous "Mutiny on the Bounty." This audio-book is absolutely superb in every respect. The author and narrator have conspired to absolutely make it come alive! I could hardly quit listening to it, and was sad to reach the end.

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  • Than
  • 2019-04-10

Great Even If You Already Know the Story

There's a lot of good stuff in this book I had never heard before. Some parts I knew vaguely were greatly elaborated on like What happened on Pitcairn afterward?, what happened after the discovery of Pitcairn? Why did the islanders of Tofua attack the launchboat crew? And so forth.
Highly recommend.

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  • Christine Powell
  • 2023-07-15

Excellent

Excellent very well read and researched much more interesting than the legend or movies made

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