The Story of the Barbary Corsairs (Version 2)

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(4.6 stars; 9 reviews)

The Barbary pirates, sometimes called Barbary corsairs or Ottoman corsairs, were Ottoman and Berber pirates and privateers who operated from North Africa. The most famous (or infamous) was Barbarossa. Here Kelley and Lane-Poole give us an unromanticized look at these villains of the seas. The work includes the rise of the Knights Templar and the colonization of Africa by England and France. (6 hr 30 min)


The Revenge of the Moors 12:29 Read by Eric Evans
The Land of the Corsairs 20:18 Read by Kristine Bekere
Uruj Barbarossa 1504-1515 13:59 Read by Kristine Bekere
The Taking of Algiers 1516-1518 10:55 Read by Kristine Bekere
Kheyr-Ed-Din Barbarossa 1518-1530 11:43 Read by Kristine Bekere
The Ottoman Navy 1470-1522 13:47 Read by Hudbus
Doria and Barbarossa 8:08 Read by Hudbus
Tunis Taken and Lost 1534-1535 10:09 Read by Hudbus
The Sea-Fight off Prevesa 1537 12:29 Read by Hudbus
Barbarossa in France 1539-1546 6:31 Read by Hudbus
Charles at Algiers 1541 16:08 Read by Aaron Bennett
Dragut Reis 1543-1560 20:38 Read by Aaron Bennett
The Knights of Malta 1565 24:52 Read by Brent "Buddha" George
Lepanto 1571 22:26 Read by Aaron Bennett
The General of the Galleys 16th, 17th and 18th Centuries 22:30 Read by Aaron Bennett
Galleys and Galley Slaves 16th Century 37:32 Read by Theoden Humphrey
The Triumph of Sails 17th Century 15:45 Read by pattymarie
The Redemption of Captives 17th and 18th Centuries 21:42 Read by Beth Blakely
The Abasement of Europe 16th-18th Centuries 27:09 Read by Beth Blakely
The United States and Tripoli 1803-1805 25:50 Read by KevinS
The Battle of Algiers 1816 15:18 Read by Greg Giordano
The French in Africa 1830-1881 20:07 Read by Lee


(4 stars)

Fascinating history that time has largely erased from public consciousness or discourse - an empire run on millions of white Christian slaves! Read by mostly very good narrators, though I'm afraid I couldn't listen to the last chapter, too strongly accented & mispronounced. Apart from that, it's now a favourite.

(4.5 stars)

this is a fascinating review the history of the Barbary Coast. fortunately the writing is rather dry more of a history text then a popularized narrative. and the reading spotty sometimes rushed sometimes read with an accent made it difficult hear some of thatto hear place and personsl names.