• The Mutiny of the Elsinore

  • By: Jack London
  • Narrated by: John Bolen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Life has lost its savor for Mr. Pathurst. New York, fame, women, the arts, have all become tedious. Searching for excitement, he books passage on a cargo vessel sailing from Baltimore to Seattle on a route that travels around the treacherous Cape Horn.

Pathurst encounters more than he ever expected in rough seas, turbulent storms, and a mutinous crew. His epic struggles aboard the sailing ship Elsinore have given him a new love for life, but will he survive in time to profit from it?

©2001 Tantor Media, Inc.

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Just can't listen

This story is not bad, but I couldn't get through the first third of the book to let it finish creating the characters and building the story line. I didn't finish listening because the reader just seemed to drone on and on. With the exception of the mariner-type accent of the first mate, he just didn't give the characters any personality. My mind would drift while trying to listen. I simply ran out of patience.

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Racist and misogynistic

London's narrator spews the most racist and misogynistic theories, which I fear were London's own beliefs.
The story is mostly a narrative of the voyage from Baltimore around Cape Horn. The mutiny actually takes only a small portion of the book towards the end. Its main subplot is the growing love story between the narrator and the daughter of the captain.
I suspect that this was written as a serial, paid by theword, as ideas and phrases are repeated over and over, needlessly extending the book.
The reader has an irritating sing-song. mispronounces often, and sometimes pauses in a way that shows he does not recognize the flow of the narrative.

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everything was done quite well but not quite five*

it was too long even at double speed. but it did hold my interest but I did keep leaving it and coming back and it took me a month or two to listen to all of it.

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Shockingly Racist, Not London’s Best

The story was terrible. The author contradicts himself. Written in a much different time, but why has Audible made a lot of this poor content free?

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Impossible to listen

I just could not listen to it ! The reader is REALLY not for me ! Too bad because the story seamed awesome, but I could not do more then 2 hours of it (WITH HUGE EFFORT)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-23-20

Great book, but a bit long.

The book is about a philosopher, who transformes into a man on a sea voyage. Read it.