Down South or Yacht Adventure in Florida

Read by Stevan Simmons

(4.4 stars; 16 reviews)

"Down South" is the fifth and last volume but one of the "Great Western Series." The action of the story is confined entirely to Florida; and this fact may seem to belie the title of the Series. But the young yachtsman still maintains his hold upon the scenes of his earlier life in Michigan, and his letters come regularly from that State. If he were old enough to vote, he could do so only in Michigan; and therefore he has not lost his right to claim a residence there during his temporary sojourn in the South. Besides, half his ship's company are Western boys, who carry with them from "The Great Western" family of States whatever influence they possess in their wanderings through other sections of the grand American Union.

The same characters who have figured in other volumes of the Series are again presented, though others are introduced. The hero is as straightforward, resolute, and self-reliant as ever. His yacht adventures consist of various excursions on the St. Johns River, from its mouth to a point above the head of ordinary navigation, with a run across to Indian River, on the sea-coast, a trip up the Ocklawaha, to the Lake Country of Florida, and shorter runs up the smaller streams. The yachtmen and his passengers try their hand at shooting alligators as well as more valuable game in the "sportsman's paradise" of the South, and find excellent fishing in both fresh and salt water.

Apart from the adventures incident to the cruise of the yacht in so interesting a region as Florida, the volume, like its predecessors in the Series, has its own story, relating to the life-history of the hero. But his career mingles with the events peculiar to the region in which he journeys, and many of his associates are men of the "sunny South." In any clime, he is the same young man of high aims and noble purposes. The remaining volume will follow him in his cruise the Gulf of Mexico, and up the Mississippi.
DORCHESTER, MASS., August 25, 1880. (Introduction by the Author)

This story was written by Adams under the pseudonym of Oliver Optic. (6 hr 42 min)


01 - Making a Florida Port 15:22 Read by Stevan Simmons
02 - Our Liberal Passengers 12:07 Read by Stevan Simmons
03 - A Native Floridan 13:15 Read by Stevan Simmons
04 - A Trip up the San Sebastian 12:22 Read by Stevan Simmons
05 - Saved from the Burning House 11:17 Read by Stevan Simmons
06 - Moonlight and Music on Board 12:21 Read by Stevan Simmons
07 - The Enemy in a New Business 13:07 Read by Stevan Simmons
08 - A Disagreeable Room-Mate 13:37 Read by Stevan Simmons
09 - A Battle with the Serpent 13:22 Read by Stevan Simmons
10 - The Fellow in the Lock-Up 13:58 Read by Stevan Simmons
11 - The Hon. Pardon Tiffany's Warning 13:24 Read by Stevan Simmons
12 - Suggestions of another Conspiracy 12:06 Read by Stevan Simmons
13 - Mr. Cobbington and his Pet Rattlesnake 12:24 Read by Stevan Simmons
14 - The Excursion to Fort George Island 13:49 Read by Stevan Simmons
15 - A War of Words 13:56 Read by Stevan Simmons
16 - Griffin Leeds at a Discount 11:59 Read by Stevan Simmons
17 - Poor Griff and his Counsel 11:58 Read by Stevan Simmons
18 - The Excursion to Mandarin 13:12 Read by Stevan Simmons
19 - The Adventures of an Invalid 13:52 Read by Stevan Simmons
20 - Difficulties in the Way of Departure 12:25 Read by Stevan Simmons
21 - A Visit to Orange Park 13:11 Read by Stevan Simmons
22 - Fishing in Doctor's Lake 13:03 Read by Stevan Simmons
23 - Trolling for Black Bass 12:32 Read by Stevan Simmons
24 - Green Cove Springs and Governor's Creek 12:53 Read by Stevan Simmons
25 - Alligator-Shooting on Black Creek 13:04 Read by Stevan Simmons
26 - On Board of the Wetumpka 13:33 Read by Stevan Simmons
27 - Up the Ocklawaha to Lake Griffin 13:45 Read by Stevan Simmons
28 - An Expedition to Indian River 14:06 Read by Stevan Simmons
29 - A Mysterious Shot 12:52 Read by Stevan Simmons
30 - Shooting in the Forest and being Shot 23:21 Read by Stevan Simmons


(1 stars)

the reader would be better reading a self help book not good at reading adventure novels . writer did ok . like to hear it from a different reader .

(3.5 stars)

I’m was born in Florida and know all these places so l found this book very interesting. The commercial for a party nicotine patch l thought was very inappropriate!!!

(4 stars)

I am from Michigan and live in Florida and ply many of the state's waterways - both fresh and salt. I love this story!

(5 stars)

Incredible story - think of that time down in Florida! Great mix of fiction with a gilded age travelogue.

5 stars

(5 stars)

the reader's southern accent added to the story.