Pirate Hunters by Robert Kurson audiobook

Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship

By Robert Kurson
Read by Ray Porter

Random House Audio
8.41 Hours 1
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY CHICAGO TRIBUNE • A thrilling adventure of danger and deep-sea diving, historic mystery and suspense, by the author of Shadow Divers Finding and identifying a pirate ship is the hardest thing to do under the sea. But two men—John Chatterton and John Mattera—are willing to risk everything to find the Golden Fleece, the ship of the infamous pirate Joseph Bannister. At large during the Golden Age of Piracy in the seventeenth century, Bannister should have been immortalized in the lore of the sea—his exploits more notorious than Blackbeard’s, more daring than Kidd’s. But his story, and his ship, have been lost to time. If Chatterton and Mattera succeed, they will make history—it will be just the second time ever that a pirate ship has been discovered and positively identified. Soon, however, they realize that cutting-edge technology and a willingness to lose everything aren’t enough to track down Bannister’s ship. They must travel the globe in search of historic documents and accounts of the great pirate’s exploits, face down dangerous rivals, battle the tides of nations and governments and experts. But it’s only when they learn to think and act like pirates—like Bannister—that they become able to go where no pirate hunters have gone before. Fast-paced and filled with suspense, fascinating characters, history, and adventure, Pirate Hunters is an unputdownable story that goes deep to discover truths and souls long believed lost. Praise for Pirate Hunters “You won’t want to put [it] down.”Los Angeles Times “An exceptional adventure . . . Highly recommended to readers who delight in adventure, suspense, and the thrill of discovering history at their fingertips.”Library Journal (starred review) “A terrific read . . . The book gallops along at a blistering pace, shifting us deftly between the seventeenth century and the present day.”Diver “Nonfiction with the trademarks of a novel: the plots and subplots, the tension and suspense . . . [Kurson has] found gold.”The Dallas Morning News “Rollicking . . . a fascinating [story] about the world of pirates, piracy, and priceless treasures.”The Boston Globe “[Kurson’s] narration is just as engrossing as the subject.”The Christian Science Monitor “A wild ride [and an] extraordinary adventure . . . Kurson’s own enthusiasm, combined with his copious research and an eye for detail, makes for one of the most mind-blowing pirate stories of recent memory, one that even the staunchest landlubber will have a hard time putting down.”Publishers Weekly (starred review) “The two contemporary pirate-ship seekers of Mr. Kurson’s narrative are as daring, intrepid, tough and talented as Blood and Sparrow—and Bannister. . . . As depicted by the author, they are real-life Hemingway heroes.”The Wall Street Journal “[Kurson] takes his knowledge of the underwater world and applies it to the ‘Golden Age of Piracy’ . . . thrillingly detailing the highs and lows of chasing not just gold and silver but also history.”Booklist “A great thriller full of tough guys and long odds . . . and: It’s all true.”—Lee Child

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Selection for History

An Amazon Best Book of the Month for June 2015

A June 2015 LibraryReads Pick

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY CHICAGO TRIBUNE • A thrilling adventure of danger and deep-sea diving, historic mystery and suspense, by the author of Shadow Divers

Finding and identifying a pirate ship is the hardest thing to do under the sea. But two men—John Chatterton and John Mattera—are willing to risk everything to find the Golden Fleece, the ship of the infamous pirate Joseph Bannister. At large during the Golden Age of Piracy in the seventeenth century, Bannister should have been immortalized in the lore of the sea—his exploits more notorious than Blackbeard’s, more daring than Kidd’s. But his story, and his ship, have been lost to time. If Chatterton and Mattera succeed, they will make history—it will be just the second time ever that a pirate ship has been discovered and positively identified. Soon, however, they realize that cutting-edge technology and a willingness to lose everything aren’t enough to track down Bannister’s ship. They must travel the globe in search of historic documents and accounts of the great pirate’s exploits, face down dangerous rivals, battle the tides of nations and governments and experts. But it’s only when they learn to think and act like pirates—like Bannister—that they become able to go where no pirate hunters have gone before.

Fast-paced and filled with suspense, fascinating characters, history, and adventure, Pirate Hunters is an unputdownable story that goes deep to discover truths and souls long believed lost.

Praise for Pirate Hunters

“You won’t want to put [it] down.”Los Angeles Times

“An exceptional adventure . . . Highly recommended to readers who delight in adventure, suspense, and the thrill of discovering history at their fingertips.”Library Journal (starred review)

“A terrific read . . . The book gallops along at a blistering pace, shifting us deftly between the seventeenth century and the present day.”Diver

“Nonfiction with the trademarks of a novel: the plots and subplots, the tension and suspense . . . [Kurson has] found gold.”The Dallas Morning News

“Rollicking . . . a fascinating [story] about the world of pirates, piracy, and priceless treasures.”The Boston Globe

“[Kurson’s] narration is just as engrossing as the subject.”The Christian Science Monitor

“A wild ride [and an] extraordinary adventure . . . Kurson’s own enthusiasm, combined with his copious research and an eye for detail, makes for one of the most mind-blowing pirate stories of recent memory, one that even the staunchest landlubber will have a hard time putting down.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“The two contemporary pirate-ship seekers of Mr. Kurson’s narrative are as daring, intrepid, tough and talented as Blood and Sparrow—and Bannister. . . . As depicted by the author, they are real-life Hemingway heroes.”The Wall Street Journal

“[Kurson] takes his knowledge of the underwater world and applies it to the ‘Golden Age of Piracy’ . . . thrillingly detailing the highs and lows of chasing not just gold and silver but also history.”Booklist

“A great thriller full of tough guys and long odds . . . and: It’s all true.”—Lee Child

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Captivating and alluring . . . a riveting tale . . . perfect for summer beach reading. Fredericksburg Free Lance–Star  
[Kurson] takes his knowledge of the underwater world and applies it to the ‘Golden Age of Piracy’ . . . thrillingly detailing the highs and lows of chasing not just gold and silver but also history. Booklist  
The two contemporary pirate-ship seekers of [Robert] Kurson’s narrative are as daring, intrepid, tough and talented as Blood and Sparrow—and Bannister. . . . As depicted by the author, they are real-life Hemingway heroes. The Wall Street Journal  
A wild ride [and an] extraordinary adventure . . . Kurson’s own enthusiasm, combined with his copious research and an eye for detail, makes for one of the most mind-blowing pirate stories of recent memory, one that even the staunchest landlubber will have a hard time putting down. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
[Kurson’s] narration is just as engrossing as the subject. The Christian Science Monitor  
John Chatterton and John Mattera . . . come across as modern heroes, the kind of men the modern world often finds it hard to make a place for. An enjoyable read, especially if you’ve got a thing for pirates. Kirkus Reviews
A great thriller full of tough guys and long odds . . . and: It’s all true. Lee Child
There’s nothing in the world like buried treasure—and people hungry and obsessed enough to risk their lives for it. Pirate Hunters isn’t just a good story—it’s a true one. Searching for the souls of its explorers, it takes you to the far tip of the plank and plunges you deep to the bottom of the ocean. Brad Meltzer
Pirate Hunters is a gripping account of two courageous divers’ quest to uncover the shipwrecked vessel of Joseph Bannister, one of history’s most infamous pirates. Robert Kurson will keep you on the edge of your seat in this high-stakes journey around the globe that ultimately teaches these explorers about much more than an old ship. Sen. John McCain
A terrific read. I was pulled in from page one. Kurson brings us face to face with some of the most swashbuckling pirates ever to sail the Caribbean, even as he takes us underwater on a high-tech quest to discover the relics they left behind. Daniel James Brown
Pirate Hunters is a fantastic book, an utterly engrossing and satisfying read. It tells the story of the hunt for the rare wreck of a pirate ship, which had been captained by one of the most remarkable pirates in history. This is a real-life Treasure Island, complete with swashbuckling, half-crazy treasure hunters and vivid Caribbean settings—a story for the ages. Douglas Preston
Action and adventure on land and sea—you can’t ask for more. But Robert Kurson raises the ante in Pirate Hunters with an array of mystery and a fleet of colorful characters spanning four centuries. This is a great summer read! Michael Connelly
Rollicking . . . a fascinating [story] about the world of pirates, piracy, and priceless treasures. The Boston Globe  
Nonfiction with the trademarks of a novel: the plots and subplots, the tension and suspense . . . [Robert Kurson has] found gold. The Dallas Morning News  
“A great thriller full of tough guys and long odds…and: It’s all true.” Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author
An exceptional adventure . . . Highly recommended to readers who delight in adventure, suspense, and the thrill of discovering history at their fingertips. Library Journal (starred review)  
You won’t want to put [it] down. Los Angeles Times  
A terrific read . . . The book gallops along at a blistering pace, shifting us deftly between the seventeenth century and the present day. Diver  
“A fantastic book, an utterly engrossing and satisfying read…a real-life Treasure Island, complete with swashbuckling, half-crazy treasure hunters and vivid Caribbean settings.” Douglas Preston, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“The two contemporary pirate-ship seekers…are as daring, intrepid, tough, and talented as Blood and Sparrow—and Bannister…As depicted by the author, they are real-life Hemingway heroes.” Wall Street Journal
“Rollicking…a fascinating [story] about the world of pirates, piracy, and priceless treasures.” Boston Globe
“A fun, quick, informative read that will have you dreaming of what you could do if only you set your mind to it.” Amazon.com
“Kurson’s own enthusiasm, combined with his copious research and an eye for detail, makes for one of the most mind-blowing pirate stories of recent memory, one that even the staunchest landlubber will have a hard time putting down.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“An exceptional adventure…Highly recommended to readers who delight in adventure, suspense, and the thrill of discovering history at their fingertips.” Library Journal (starred review)
“[Kurson] takes his knowledge of the underwater world and applies it to the ‘Golden Age of Piracy’…thrillingly detailing the highs and lows of chasing not just gold and silver but also history.” Booklist
“Narrator Ray Porter’s deep, resonant voice works well with this swashbuckling story…Porter gets excited when the action calls for it and does enough with his character voices to keep things interesting.” AudioFile

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Reviews

by Jack Vincent 9/13/2017
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Best Book On Pirate Hunters Ever

This book will blow you away , Ray Porter's narration is perfect for the book and the story is amazing weaving in and out of present day to the past . So much adventure you wish you were on the quest and as the book goes along you feel as though you are ! Mixed with personnel details of the modern day hunters to the pirates of old . A must read for anyone who likes , history , adventure and the sea .

Author

Author Bio: Robert Kurson

Author Bio: Robert Kurson

Robert Kurson earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, then a law degree from Harvard Law School. After working as a features reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago magazine, he moved to Esquire as a contributing editor. His award-winning stories have also appeared in Rolling Stone, the New York Times Magazine, and other publications. He is also the author of Shadow Divers and lives in Chicago.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 8.41
Audience: Adult
Language: English