A Voyage Towards the South Pole and Round the World Volume 1

Read by David Cole

(4.6 stars; 87 reviews)

Having, on his first voyage, discovered Australia, Cook still had to contend with those who maintained that the Terra Australians Incognita (the unknown Southern Continent) was a reality. To finally settle the issue, the British Admiralty sent Cook out again into the vast Southern Ocean with two sailing ships totalling only about 800 tons. Listen as Cook, equipped with one of the first chronometers, pushes his small vessel not merely into the Roaring Forties or the Furious Fifties but becomes the first explorer to penetrate the Antarctic Circle, reaching an incredible Latitude 71 degrees South, just failing to discover Antarctica. (Introduction by Shipley) (14 hr 28 min)


01 - Introduction, Part 1 24:57 Read by David Cole
02 - Introduction, Part 2 22:11 Read by David Cole
03 - Book I Chapter 1, Part 1 - Passage from Deptford to the Cape of Good Hope 21:10 Read by David Cole
04 - Book I Chapter 1, Part 2 - Passage from Deptford to the Cape of Good Hope 19:31 Read by David Cole
05 - Book I Chapter II, Part 1 - Departure from the Cape of Good Hope 35:42 Read by David Cole
06 - Book I Chapter II, Part 2 - Departure from the Cape of Good Hope 18:57 Read by David Cole
07 - Book I Chapter III, Part 1 - Sequel of the Search for a Southern Continent 34:34 Read by David Cole
08 - Book I Chapter III, Part 2 - Sequel of the Search for a Southern Continent 21:57 Read by David Cole
09 - Book I Chapter IV, Part 1 - Transactions in Dusky Bay 27:10 Read by David Cole
10 - Book I Chapter IV, Part 2 - Transactions in Dusky Bay 21:49 Read by David Cole
11 - Book I Chapter V - Directions for sailing in and out of Dusky Bay 21:56 Read by David Cole
12 - Book I Chapter VI - Passage from Dusky Bay to Queen Charlotte's Sound 7:42 Read by David Cole
13 - Book I Chapter VII - Captain Furneaux's Narrative 30:24 Read by David Cole
14 - Book I Chapter VIII - Transactions in Queen Charlotte's Sound 20:06 Read by David Cole
15 - Book I Chapter IX - Route from New Zealand to Otaheite 28:04 Read by David Cole
16 - Book I Chapter X - Arrival of the Ships at Otaheite 20:00 Read by David Cole
17 - Book I Chapter XI - An Account of several Visits to and from Otoo 16:09 Read by David Cole
18 - Book I Chapter XII - An Account of the Reception we met with at Huaheine 22:15 Read by David Cole
19 - Book I Chapter XIII - Arrival at, and Departure of the Ships from, Ulietea 19:23 Read by David Cole
20 - Book I Chapter XIV - An Account of a Spanish Ship visiting Otaheite 18:13 Read by David Cole
21 - Book II Chapter I - Passage from Ulietea to the Friendly Islands 13:44 Read by David Cole
22 - Book II Chapter II - The Arrival of the Ships at Amsterdam 32:05 Read by David Cole
23 - Book II Chapter III - A Description of the Islands and their Produce 32:03 Read by David Cole
24 - Book II Chapter IV - Passage from Amsterdam to Queen Charlotte's Sound 20:41 Read by David Cole
25 - Book II Chapter V - Transactions at Queen Charlotte's Sound 33:28 Read by David Cole
26 - Book II Chapter VI, Part 1 - Route of the Ship from New Zealand in Search … 32:43 Read by David Cole
27 - Book II Chapter VI, Part 2 - Route of the Ship from New Zealand in Search … 27:07 Read by David Cole
28 - Book II Chapter VII - Sequel of the Passage from New Zealand to Easter Isl… 23:02 Read by David Cole
29 - Book II Chapter VIII - A Description of the Island 20:55 Read by David Cole
30 - Book II Chapter IX - The Passage from Easter Island to the Marquesas Islan… 18:12 Read by David Cole
31 - Book II Chapter X - Departure from the Marquesas 15:23 Read by David Cole
32 - Book II Chapter XI - A Description of several Islands discovered 26:53 Read by David Cole
33 - Book II Chapter XII - Some Account of a Visit from Otoo, Towha, and severa… 33:29 Read by David Cole
34 - Book II Chapter XIII - Preparations to leave the Island 33:29 Read by David Cole
35 - Book II Chapter XIV - The Arrival of the Ship at the Island of Huaheine 20:52 Read by David Cole
36 - Book II Chapter XV - Arrival at Ulietea 32:20 Read by David Cole


Well read and surprisingly entertaining.

(4.5 stars)

I was pleasantly surprised at how entertaining I found this book. I couldn't keep up with the names of people and places, but this seemed to matter little, overall. The narration is superb.

great read ...

(5 stars)

I was entertained, snd this is an important historical work. Great work of course... But, with wrong reader could have been dry. Readers voice, presentation, and style were perfect for this piece. Bravo!

Great Book. Great Reader.

(5 stars)

Thank you, David Cole, for an interesting and interested reading fo this fascinating and historic book. The pace and pronunciation are well suited to allowing the listener to follow. The work is, as expected, full of the observations and references so importnat in the late 1700s.

(5 stars)

fascinating account. the reader, does this valuable account justice. his diction and pace is well suited to this book. thank you David

Epic Voyage

(4.5 stars)

David's voice and reading lends itself well to the book. The navigation may be dry. But the detailed descriptions of people, places, and conditions are fascinating. Enjoyed it.

great account great reader, sounds like cook would.

(5 stars)

most interesting and well spoken with appropriate accent

(5 stars)