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THE WIDE WIDE SEA Imperial Ambition, First Contact and the Fateful Final Voyage of Captain James Cook

by | Read by Peter Noble

History • 15.75 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2024

Of the several audiobooks about British sea explorer James Cook, this is one of the most memorable. Peter Noble is a powerful narrator, and he weds himself to this action-packed story with deep empathy and understanding. As the Revolutionary War unfolded on the east side of the North American continent, Cook explored the west, searching in vain for a Northwest Passage. Along the way, he explored much of the west Pacific, stumbling upon Hawaii, where his crews introduced metalworking and venereal disease, and soon roused open hostilities. Cook is a complex, contradictory protagonist, and Sides brings an effective degree of balance and insight to a revisionist portrait that finds many fissures in the great explorer's heroic facade. D.A.W. © AudioFile 2024, Portland, Maine [Published: APRIL 2024]

Trade Ed. • Random House Audio • 2024

CD ISBN 9780593821312 $45.00 • Thirteen CDs

DD ISBN 9780593821329 $25.00


Library Ed. • Books on Tape • 2024

DD ISBN 9780593821336 $95.00

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