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About the Creator

When he’s not flustering emus or stymying mambas, Scott McCormick enjoys annoying his children until they tell their mother. He also writes. He writes all kinds of stuff. Some of it is good. He wrote the Mr. Pants series of graphic novels. Those were good. You should totally check them out. So are the books he writes for Audible, including Rivals! Frenemies Who Changed the World, and its sequel, Rivals 2. He’s also excited about his first novel, The Dragon Squisher, which is just as funny and squishy as it sounds. Scott lives on the western edge of the easternmost part of southern North Carolina, right smack in the middle of it all.

About the Performer

Sean Patrick Hopkins has narrated over 250 audiobooks written by Pulitzer & Nobel Prize-winning authors, traversing universes from Star Wars to Halo, and spanning centuries from Shakespeare to Back to the Future. His work has garnered AudioFile Earphones and Parents’ Choice Awards. The firstborn child of a preschool teacher and a Navy nurse, his path to audiobooks has taken him from studying neuroscience & speech pathology, to performing on film, television, video games, and stages across the country. When not in the booth, you can find him raising an amazing daughter alongside his talented wife, fellow narrator Patricia Santomasso.

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From classic sagas of buccaneers commanding the seas to fantasy novels featuring high-tech spacefarers, there's something about pirates that gets our hearts pumping and imaginations soaring! If you love a good adventure story, then you'll want to be sure to check out this list of the best audiobooks and podcasts with pirates, featuring both fiction and nonfiction. Whether you're a seadog or scallywag, a kid or grown up, find your next great pirate listen here.

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Great performance and storyline

I highly recommend this Audible production.
The information and performance are both outstanding.
It is a captivating “page turner”.

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1st review

This is the first review on this amazing book. I have loved this whole series, from the 1st “Rivals!” book to “Pirates!” The narration is amazing, the writing is creative, and the sound effects “blow” my mind! The only bad thing is that there are not 15 more books!

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Amazing and informative

A fun listening and a learning experience even if your adult. The cast had done a wonderful job and Scott Vaughan always delivers in his writings.

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Amaze balls

I love this series of this book rivals in rivals to do this often really needs to keep making more books because there is so interesting and fun

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fun

I really enjoy his writing style. It's a funny but interesting read. can't wait to get the next book

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fun

This was a very humorously performed and informative history lesson.
I believe if this format could be used for educational purposes learning would be a lot more fun 😄

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awesome history lesson

this was a really fun and educational piece of literature. the way they portrayed everything made it for really fun story to listen to. However listening to the history you also get to learn a lot about all the different figures piracy history including why they are the way they are. humanizes each of them instead of making them these strange figures from history. It shows you what circumstances came about to turn them into the people that they were but also show the Ingenuity of each of them. it goes to show that no matter what there's always two sides to every story. and also ties me personally to be more interested in researching them even further. Very well done

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Entertaining and informative

Short but sweet. I really enjoyed the performance. It reminded me of 'Horrible History' yet better.

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A Fun introduction to Pirate History

I really enjoyed this book, not only gave a lot of interesting information, but also was a lot of fun. I appreciated how it talked about how gender played roles within piracy.

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Another Good one

Scott McCormick gets it right once more with this witty historical dramatic work on pirates. All that plentiful researched work fits into one tight enjoyable ride that leaves you wanting more.

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Plundering pirates and more!

After I listened to the rivals first book, I found this book and boy is it good! This is so interesting and the way some parts are presented is so good! I found myself listening to it several times and loving it more and more I listened to it. Scott Mcormick put effort in and does it show!

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Unbearable and gross humor

The first volume’s humor insertions weren’t as overwhelming as in this one. I couldn’t get past the first chapter.