The Eventful History of the Mutiny and Piratical Seizure of H.M.S. Bounty: Its …

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The mutiny on the Bounty occurred aboard a British Royal Navy ship on 28 April 1789. The mutiny was led by Fletcher Christian against the commanding officer, William Bligh.

On 4 April 1789, after five months in Tahiti, the Bounty set sail with its breadfruit cargo. On 28 April 1789, some 1,300 miles west of Tahiti, near Tonga, mutiny broke out. From all accounts, Fletcher Christian and several of his followers entered Bligh's cabin, which he always left unlocked, awakened him, and pushed him on deck wearing only his nightshirt, where he was guarded by Christian holding a bayonet. When Bligh entreated with Christian to be reasonable, Christian would only reply, "I am in hell, I am in hell!"

The mutineers ordered Bligh, the ship's master, two midshipmen, the surgeon's mate, and the ship's clerk into Bounty's launch. Several more men voluntarily joined Bligh rather than remaining aboard, as they knew that those who remained on board would be considered de facto mutineers under the Articles of War. (Summary by Wikipedia) (10 hr 29 min)


Preface 4:09 Read by Linda Dodge
Ch.1 Part1, 'OTAHEITE' 18:43 Read by Graeme Dunlop
Ch.1 Part2, 'OTAHEITE' 33:55 Read by Graeme Dunlop
Ch. 1 Part3, 'OTAHEITE' 25:19 Read by Graeme Dunlop
Ch. 2, 'THE BREAD-FRUIT' 34:34 Read by Barry Eads
Ch. 3 Part1, 'THE MUTINY' 31:52 Read by Barry Eads
Ch. 3 Part2, 'THE MUTINY' 23:07 Read by Barry Eads
Ch. 4 Part1, 'THE OPEN-BOAT NAVIGATION' 23:10 Read by hefyd
Ch. 4 Part2, 'THE OPEN-BOAT NAVIGATION' 34:30 Read by hefyd
Ch. 4 Part3, 'THE OPEN-BOAT NAVIGATION' 25:14 Read by hefyd
Ch. 5 Part1, 'THE 'PANDORA'' 31:01 Read by Haylayer Flaga
Ch. 5 Part2, 'THE 'PANDORA'' 28:45 Read by Haylayer Flaga
Ch. 5 Part3, 'THE 'PANDORA'' 22:43 Read by Haylayer Flaga
Ch. 6 Part1, 'THE COURT-MARTIAL' 25:43 Read by Brett W. Downey
Ch. 6 Part2, 'THE COURT-MARTIAL' 37:30 Read by Brett W. Downey
Ch. 7 Part1, 'THE KING'S WARRANT' 33:46 Read by TriciaG
Ch. 7 Part2, 'THE KING'S WARRANT' 21:08 Read by Brett W. Downey
Ch. 8 Part1, 'THE LAST OF THE MUTINEERS' 29:23 Read by Brett W. Downey
Ch. 8 Part2, 'THE LAST OF THE MUTINEERS' 45:55 Read by Richard Kilmer (1942 - 2022)
Ch. 8 Part3, 'THE LAST OF THE MUTINEERS' 24:17 Read by Brett W. Downey
Conclusion 13:04 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Additional note 18:38 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Endnotes 42:35 Read by Barry Eads


decent readers - historical document

(3 stars)

the readers did a mostly fine job of reading this in a way that kept you from falling asleep. this is a book that is more of a historical document. it starts with some history of the islands and culture. then it tells the account of the bounty, several times, from different points of view. then the account of the open boat and the pandora, multiple times from different points of view. and the best part to me, was actual court statements from the sailors - by then I was about dead tired of the story (this is the third book on the subject that I have read). this book does not convince me that William bligh was evil and deserved to be put off his ship - but Mr Edwards of the pandora! he was a dirty rat! i think some sailors saw an opportunity and took it, without planning. maybe it was about staying in the islands, or not going home, or just being their own captain - who knows. read this and decide for yourself.

A Wider View

(3.5 stars)

This is a more nuanced version of the events on the Bounty than Captain Bligh's version or the 20th Century movie versions. The author includes some history of the interactions between the Tahitions and Europeans before the Bounty, as well as some of the aftermath in Tahiti. It is a little dry, but there's no need to add drama to this story!

already did it

(3 stars)

interesting group of readers. some are excellent, some lousy.