The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Colin Woodard

Narrated By: Lewis Grenville

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: May 2007

Duration: 13 hours 25 minutes


For a brief, glorious period in the early 1700s, the Bahamas was ruled by a gang of some of the most famous pirates the seas had ever seen. Edward “Blackbeard” Teach, “Black Sam” Bellamy, and their associates banded together to form a pirate cooperative, culminating in a form of government in which blacks were equal citizens, the rich were imprisoned, and common sailors could veto their captain’s orders. At the height of their power the gang served Britain, France, and Spain from their New World empires. The Royal Navy went from being unable to catch the pirates to being afraid to encounter them at all, and the public embraced the pirates as folk heroes.

“This amazing tale is adroitly narrated by Lewis Grenville…His deep, somewhat gravelly yet resonant voice never wavers.”--AudioFile


  • daniel matz

    The fact is that the history of the pirates is not that exciting. The book is really well researched, written and narrated, but the lack of actual exciting events means there are long periods of dullness. If you want to know the truth, give it a shot, but don't expect terrifying naval warfare or dreaded criminal pirates.