The Ebb-Tide

Read by Mark F. Smith

(4.2 stars; 88 reviews)

Three men down on their luck in Tahiti agree to ship out on a vessel whose officers have died of smallpox. Their desperate venture inspires them to a further idea: they will steal the schooner and its cargo of champagne, sell them, and live a plentiful life. The thought is intoxicating... and so is the cargo, which they sample. Inattention nearly brings them to grief in a sudden storm. This sobering experience is followed by another - apparently the dead officers had a similar ambition! - and their dreams of riches vanish.

Then, nearly out of provisions and deep in the heart of the Pacific where the chart shows no land - they happen on a small isle only hinted at in the records and never mapped. Saved! But what is this? The island hides a pearl fishery?

In the ebb-tide of fortune, what new villainy will the three attempt? (Summary by Mark F. Smith) (5 hr 23 min)


01 - Night On the Beach 28:04 Read by Mark F. Smith
02 - Morning On the Beach - The Three Letters 21:46 Read by Mark F. Smith
03 - The Old Calaboose - Destiny At the Door 22:14 Read by Mark F. Smith
04 - The Yellow Flag 14:34 Read by Mark F. Smith
05 - The Cargo of Champagne 50:33 Read by Mark F. Smith
06 - The Partners 20:52 Read by Mark F. Smith
07 - The Pearl-Fisher 32:53 Read by Mark F. Smith
08 - Better Acquaintance 30:40 Read by Mark F. Smith
09 - The Dinner Party 20:45 Read by Mark F. Smith
10 - The Open Door 28:45 Read by Mark F. Smith
11 - David and Goliath 46:01 Read by Mark F. Smith
12 - Tail-Piece 6:15 Read by Mark F. Smith


(2 stars)

Mark Smith, as always, is an excellent narrator. However, this story didn't do much for me. The ending was yawn-worthy.

(3.5 stars)

Neat little sea adventure story with a message of redemption. Smith nails the reading (as usual).

Once again a superb read by Mark Smith

(4 stars)


(3.5 stars)

I will presume that Osbourne deserves most of the credit for this story. It did have its moments, but they were not numerous. Thanks again to Mark Smith.