Audiobook: The Last Bookaneer
A Rapid Review
Publisher: Penguin Audio | April 2015
Format: Audio Download | 13 hours | Rating: 3 stars
Audio Listening Level: Intermediate
book’a-neer’ (bŏŏk’kå-nēr’), n. a literary pirate; an individual capable of doing all that must be done in the universe of books that publishers, authors, and readers must not have a part in.
on the eve of the twentieth century, a new international treaty is signed to protect authors and grind this literary underground to a sharp halt. The bookaneers, of course, would become extinct. In The Last Bookaneer, Matthew Pearl gives us a historical novel set inside the lost world of these doomed outlaws and the incredible heist that brought their era to a close.
Rival manuscript thieves racing to Samoa to steal Robert Louis Stevenson’s final manuscript before the new laws are enacted against the background of a colonial war between British, American, and German interests should have created an engaging, action-packed fictitious history. And while it was a clever and well written story, the pace was often excruciatingly slow. I did find the story interesting, and I don’t want to discourage anyone from reading it, it just didn’t have the excitement I was looking for.
The audio was superbly narrated by Simon Vance and J.D. Jackson. It was a pleasure to listen to and much of what kept me from giving up on what was, for me, a slow-moving story.
Source: Review copy provided by Penguin Audio.
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