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May 9, 2015 / Leslie

Audiobook: The Last Bookaneer

A Rapid Review

LastBookaneerThe Last Bookaneer by Matthew Pearl

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.

Audio production:
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.

An Under My Apple Tree Rapid Review
Source: Review copy provided by Penguin Audio.
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  1. Lloyd Russell / May 9 2015 4:24 pm

    I’ve got an ARC of this one. I would have liked to see a better review, but I feel like I should read it anyway.


    • Leslie / May 9 2015 4:26 pm

      It was a little long-winded for me, but I think a lot of others will like it. It was well-written, so I’d say give it a shot, especially if you already have an ARC.


  2. Mary / May 9 2015 6:55 pm

    That’s a long audiobook!


    • Leslie / May 9 2015 7:35 pm

      Oops, that was a typo! It’s only 13 hours.


      • Mary / May 10 2015 6:53 pm



  3. sagustocox / May 11 2015 8:55 am

    I had this one on the to-read list but now I’m not so sure if its not as exciting as I’d hope!



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