James Cook: The Story Behind the Man Who Mapped the World Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The name Captain James Cook is one of the most recognisable in Australian history - an almost mythic figure who is often discussed, celebrated, reviled and debated.
But who was the real James Cook?
This Yorkshire farm boy would go on to become the foremost mariner, scientist, navigator and cartographer of his era, and to personally map a third of the globe. His great voyages of discovery were incredible feats of seamanship and navigation. Leading a crew of men into uncharted territories, Cook would face the best and worst of humanity as he took himself and his crew to the edge of the known world - and beyond.
With his masterful storytelling talent, Peter FitzSimons brings the real James Cook to life. Focusing on his most iconic expedition, the voyage of the Endeavour, where Cook first set foot on Australian and New Zealand soil, FitzSimons contrasts Cook against another figure who looms large in Australasian history: Joseph Banks, the aristocratic botanist.
As they left England, Banks, a rich, famous playboy, was everything that Cook was not. The voyage tested Cook's character and would help define his legacy.
Now, 240 years after James Cook's death, FitzSimons reveals what kind of man James was at heart. His strengths, his weaknesses, his passions and pursuits, failures and successes.
James Cook reveals the man behind the myth.
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|Listening Length||21 hours and 23 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||29 October 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 989 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
4 in Australian, New Zealand & Oceanic History
6 in History of Australia & New Zealand
566 in Teen & Young Adult (Books)
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If we all knew and understood the fuller picture, much earlier than now, so well articulated by Peter FitzSimons and his researchers, maybe we'd have made very different decisions, and make true amends.
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Masterful and memorable, insightful and inspriring.
The information on Banks however I found very interesting but I had the impression there was a lot more to know and the this was neglected to give Cook his due as the book title holder.
This really accentuates the brilliance of Cook, Banks and Tupaia who are from vastly different backgrounds and motivated by very different objectives.