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The wager : a tale of shipwreck, mutiny and murder

Grann, David (author.). Graham, Dion, (narrator.). Playaway Digital Audio, (issuing body.). Playaway Products, LLC, (issuing body.).

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  • ISBN: 9798822672970
  • Physical Description: 1 audio media player (8.5 hr.) : digital, HD audio ; 3 3/8 x 2 1/8 in.
  • Publisher: Solon, Ohio : Playaway Products, LLC, [2023]

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Title supplied by publisher.
Release date supplied by publisher.
Issued on Playaway, a dedicated audio media player.
One set of earphones and one AAA battery required for listening.
Previously released by Penguin Random House.
Participant or Performer Note: Read by Dion Graham.
Summary, etc.: On January 28, 1742, a ramshackle vessel of patched-together wood and cloth washed up on the coast of Brazil. Inside were thirty emaciated men, barely alive, and they had an extraordinary tale to tell. They were survivors of His Majestys Ship the Wager, a British vessel that had left England in 1740 on a secret mission during an imperial war with Spain. While the Wager had been chasing a Spanish treasure-filled galleon known as "the prize of all the oceans," it had wrecked on a desolate island off the coast of Patagonia. The men, after being marooned for months and facing starvation, built the flimsy craft and sailed for more than a hundred days, traversing nearly 3,000 miles of storm-wracked seas. They were greeted as heroes. But then ... six months later, another, even more decrepit craft landed on the coast of Chile. This boat contained just three castaways, and they told a very different story. The thirty sailors who landed in Brazil were not heroes -- they were mutineers. The first group responded with countercharges of their own, of a tyrannical and murderous senior officer and his henchmen. It became clear that while stranded on the island the crew had fallen into anarchy, with warring factions fighting for dominion over the barren wilderness. As accusations of treachery and murder flew, the Admiralty convened a court martial to determine who was telling the truth. The stakes were life-and-death--for whomever the court found guilty could hang. The Wager is a grand tale of human behavior at the extremes told by one of our greatest nonfiction writers. Granns recreation of the hidden world on a British warship rivals the work of Patrick OBrian, his portrayal of the castaways desperate straits stands up to the classics of survival writing such as The Endurance, and his account of the court martial has the savvy of a Scott Turow thriller. As always with Granns work, the incredible twists of the narrative hold the reader spellbound.
Target Audience Note:
Subject: Mutiny Great Britain
Shipwreck victims Great Britain
Shipwreck victims Patagonia (Argentina and Chile)
Shipwrecks Patagonia (Argentina and Chile)
Wager (Ship)
Genre: Audiobooks.

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Easton Public Library PLA 910.9164 GRANN, DAVID (Text) 37777139634638 Adult Nonfiction Playaway Available -
Plumb Memorial Library - Huntington Branch P/A 910.9 GRA (Text) 34025154135963 Digital Audio Book Available -
Plumb Memorial Library - Shelton P/A 910.91 GRA (Text) 34025154715277 Digital Audio Book Available -
Thompson Public Library 910.91 Grann Playaway (Text) 34038139222798 Adult Nonfiction Playaway Available -

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