Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2018
DD ISBN $22.81
Actor Sam Neill is the host of the TV show that prompted this companion audiobook about Captain Cook and his (often negative) impact on the Pacific. Neill is a commentator in the text, but it is Alan King who takes over the narration duties. This is a modern history--a recognition that Cook's impressive feats were navigational in nature; he didn't discover anything. King's Australian accent lends a sense of place--the coasts and tropical paradise but also storms that snap masts and tribal warfare. He matches his tone and timing to the topic--languid humor for ships falling apart at the seams thanks to sailors exchanging nails for sex; seriousness when tragedy results because a crew member fired his gun in a panic. A new spin on an often told story. A.B. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine [Published: FEBRUARY 2019]
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