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If you are looking for high seas adventure and swash-buckling pirates, you might want to read some of the titles on this list.
The Black Swan by Rafael Sabatini.
Read by Corrie James. Reading time 8 hours 41 minutes.
Priscilla Harradine, the orphaned daughter of the Leeward Islands governor, sails home to England with old family friend Major Sands. Also on board is buccaneer Monsieur Charles de Bernis, who poses as Priscilla's husband when they are captured by the pirate Tom Leach. Some violence and some strong language.
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Captive Passions by Fern Michaels.
Read by Mitzi Friedlander. Reading time 16 hours 20 minutes.
Sirena Cordez is accompanying her devout sister Isobel to Java for Isobel's arranged marriage to Dutch Regan van der Rhys. When pirates attack their ship, Sirena and a young shipmate are the only survivors. Blaming van der Rhys for the attack, Sirena devises a plan for revenge. She will be his devout, mourning widow to cover her true identity, that of the avenging pirate Sea Siren! Captive series, book 1. Strong language, violence, and explicit descriptions of sex.
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Caribbean by James A. Michener.
Read by Dennis Rooney. Reading time 37 hours 9 minutes.
Michener weaves fifteen threads of time together in a multicolored history of the Caribbean, ending with a cruise where the descendants of the protagonists meet. Beginning with the peaceful Arawaks who were defeated by the cannibalistic Caribs, he writes of the Mayas, Christopher Columbus, Sir Francis Drake, the pirate Henry Morgan, and so on through history to Fidel Castro.
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Empire of Blue Water: Captain Morgan's Great Pirate Army, the Epic Battle for the Americas, and the Catas by Stephan Talty.
Read by John H. Mayer. Reading time 13 hours 29 minutes.
Highlights the adventures of Welshman Henry Morgan, whose arrival in the Caribbean in 1655 shaped the New World. Describes Morgan's attacks on Spanish ships--at the behest of the British--from his base in Jamaica over the next thirty years. Violence and strong language.
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A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Arthur Warren Hughes.
Read by Tom Martin. Reading time 6 hours 57 minutes.
An adventure fantasy first published in 1929. A hurricane razes the Thornton home in the West Indies and the children are sent to England. Word reaches the parents that the children have been captured by pirates. Some violence.
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The Island by Peter Benchley.
Read by Bob Askey. Reading time 7 hours 48 minutes.
A journalist and his young son travel to a remote spot southeast of the Bahamas to investigate the disappearance of hundreds of boats carrying more than two thousand people. The obsessed reporter and the boy unwittingly sail into a sinister sea drama that plunges them into a nightmarish struggle to survive. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex.
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Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean: How a Generation of Swashbuckling Jews Carved Out an Empire in the New World in Their Quest for Treasure, Religious Freedom--and Revenge by Edward Kritzler
Read by Barbara Rappaport. Reading time 11 hours 9 minutes.
Historian explores Jewish refugees' flight to Jamaica during the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions. Includes accounts of Sinan, known in the sixteenth century as the "famous Jewish pirate," and of Rabbi Samuel Palache. 2008.
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The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb.
Read by Roy Avers. Reading time 30 hours 48 minutes.
Continues the tale of the Vestrit clan and their liveship Vivacia in Ship of Magic (RC 54149). The trading ship is under command of the pirate king Kennit while Captain Haven and his son, Wintrow, are hostages. Althea and her lover, Brashen, sail a "mad ship" in pursuit. Liveship Traders series, book 2. Some strong language.
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The Nutmeg of Consolation by Patrick O'Brian
Read by Patrick Horgan. Reading time 11 hours 57 minutes.
When a typhoon wrecks the Diane, its captain, Jack Aubrey; its surgeon, Stephen Maturin; and its crew plot their survival on an island in the Dutch East Indies. At first they are hoodwinked by a band of pirates. Eventually they take command of The Nutmeg of Consolation, a small ship with which they outwit a much larger French enemy vessel and proceed to Australia. There they become involved in assorted battles that have little to do with the sea.
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Patriot Pirates: The Privateer War for Freedom and Fortune in the American Revolution by Robert H. Patton
Read by Jake Williams. Reading time 10 hours 2 minutes.
Details America's maritime conflicts with the British during the Revolutionary War that consisted primarily of commissioned private American vessels attacking enemy ships. Describes the huge profits the privateer owners made from their wartime activities and discusses the ways their newfound wealth propelled the nation's entrepreneurialism. 2008.
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Pilgrim at Sea by Par Lagerkvist
Read by Alexander Scourby. Reading time 2 hours 36 minutes.
Novel opens aboard the pirate ship on which Tobias, passenger and pilgrim, hopes to reach the Holy Land. Tobias strikes up an acquaintance with Giovanni, one of the pirates and an unfrocked priest, who tells Tobias the story of his loss of faith.
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The Pirates Laffite: The Treacherous World of the Corsairs of the Gulf by William C. Davis.
Read by Butch Hoover. Reading time 21 hours 28 minutes.
Account of Pierre and brother Jean Laffite, who fled revolutionary France for the New World. Traces their business and privateer enterprises along the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, their exploits assisting American forces during the War of 1812, and their changing allegiance when they later spied for Spain.
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St. Patrick of Ireland: A Biography by Philip Freeman
Read by George Holmes. Reading time 6 hours 44 minutes.
Life of St. Patrick based on his two surviving letters: one a defense of his work in Ireland, the other condemning a slave-raiding king and his pirates. Recounts Patrick's kidnapping by Irish pirates, years of slavery, escape, and eventual return to minister to the Irish people. Debunks many myths. 2004.
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The Sea-Hawk by Rafael Sabatini.
Read by Graeme Malcolm. Reading time 11 hours 14 minutes.
Escapade that sends Sir Oliver, a Cornish gentleman and commander of one of her majesty's ships on an odyssey of piracy, passion and plunder from the shores of England to the bloody coast of Arabia.
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Terror on the Seas: True Tales of Modern-Day Pirates by Daniel Sekulich
Read by Steven Carpenter. Reading time 8 hours 41 minutes.
Award-winning journalist investigates high-seas piracy, incidents of which occur on a near-daily basis worldwide and can involve detention, robbery, and violence. Interviews professional mariners, victims, and even perpetrators themselves to uncover the inner workings of criminal enterprises and gauge international economic and security threats in the early twenty-first century. 2009.
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Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Read by Erik Sandvold. Reading time 7 hours 38 minutes.
Young Jim Hawkins finds a map in a dead seaman's possessions. His friends, Squire Trelawney and Doctor Livesey, realize it's a treasure map. They hire a ship, unaware that the crew includes the pirate Long John Silver. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 1881.
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