Hook's Tale: Being the Account of an Unjustly Villainized Pirate Written by Himself

Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: July 2017

Duration: 7 hours 15 minutes


Long defamed as a vicious pirate, Captain James Cook (aka Hook) was in fact a dazzling wordsmith who left behind a vibrant, wildly entertaining, and entirely truthful memoir. His chronicle offers a counternarrative to the works of J. M. Barrie, a "dour Scotsman" whose spurious accounts got it all wrong. Now, award-winning playwright John Leonard Pielmeier is proud to present this crucial historic artifact in its entirety for the first time.

At thirteen, James Cook, a struggling student at Eton, loses his mother unexpectedly. Orphaned and hopeless, he's press-ganged onto a ship bound for the Caribbean, where he discovers a treasure map pointing to a mysterious archipelago, the "Never-Isles." When the crew changes course for the treasure, they find themselves lost in the seas of this strange island chain. Then a pirate ship attacks.

Rescued from near-death by a boy named Peter, young James begins to explore the lush and exotic island that his new friend calls home. But an unexpected act of betrayal thwarts the boys' budding friendship and sends James on a journey to discover the truth about his mother's life and his father's mysterious disappearance.

Hook's Tale offers a radical new version of a classic story, bringing readers into a much richer, darker, and enchanting version of Neverland than ever before. The characters that our hero meets-including Smee, Tinkerbell, and a little girl named Wendy-lead him to the most difficult decision of his life: whether to submit to the temptation of eternal youth, or to embrace the responsibilities of maturity and the inevitability of his own mortality. His choice, like his story, is not what you might expect.