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The Pirate Hunter: the True Story of Captain Kidd.

THE PIRATE HUNTER: THE TRUE STORY OF CAPTAIN KIDD. Richard Zacks. 2002/2003. Read by Michael Prichard. 16 cds. 19 hrs.Tantor. 1-4001-0088-7 $59.99. Vinyl; content notes. A

From beginning to end, Captain William Kidd's life story was fraught with adventure as he rose to successful sea captain, and was eventually enlisted to pursue pirates. Although not completely comfortable with the details regarding his mission, Kidd left his young bride to hunt down the rogues who had been terrorizing the seas, and soon found himself embroiled in a controversy surrounding his commission. Lack of contact with actual pirates resulting in no prize money for the near-mutinous crew began to wear on all hands, and Kidd made several errors in judgment in dealing with the situation.

We are privy to intimate details of Kidd's three-year enterprise, as narrated in a melodic British accent by Prichard. Through personal letters and court-related documentation, as well as actual diaries of principles involved in the imbroglio, we learn of a man deeply in love with his wife and young daughter, loyal to his nation, and unwilling to stoop to his opponents' level of trickery and deception. Recommended for mature audiences due to the length of the material (19 hrs.) and occasional depiction of debauchery at sea. Sunnie Grant, Dover, NH
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Author:Grant, Sunnie
Article Type:Audiobook Review
Date:May 1, 2004
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