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The Wager : a tale of shipwreck, mutiny and murder  Cover Image CD Audiobook CD Audiobook

The Wager : a tale of shipwreck, mutiny and murder / David Grann.

Grann, David, (author,, narrator.). Graham, Dion, (narrator.).


"On January 28, 1742, a ramshackle vessel of patched-together wood and cloth washed up on the coast of Brazil. Inside were thirty emaciated men, barely alive, and they had an extraordinary tale to tell. They were survivors of His Majesty's Ship the Wager, a British vessel that had left England in 1740 on a secret mission during an imperial war with Spain. While the Wager had been chasing a Spanish treasure-filled galleon known as "the prize of all the oceans," it had wrecked on a desolate island off the coast of Patagonia. The men, after being marooned for months and facing starvation, built the flimsy craft and sailed for more than a hundred days, traversing 2500 miles of storm-wracked seas. They were greeted as heroes. But then, six months later, another, even more decrepit craft landed on the coast of Chile. This boat contained just three castaways, and they told a very different story. The thirty sailors who landed in Brazil were not heroes, they were mutineers. The first group responded with countercharges of their own, of a tyrannical and murderous senior officer and his henchmen. It became clear that while stranded on the island the crew had fallen into anarchy, with warring factions fighting for dominion over the barren wilderness. As accusations of treachery and murder flew, the Admiralty convened a court martial to determine who was telling the truth. The stakes were life-and-death, for whomever the court found guilty could hang."-- Container.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780307747488
  • ISBN: 0307747484
  • Physical Description: 7 audio discs (8 hr., 30 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Edition: Unabridged.
  • Publisher: [New York] : Penguin Random House Audio, [2023]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Title from cover.
Compact discs.
Participant or Performer Note:
Read by Dion Graham with a note and acknowledgements read by the author.
Subject: Wager (Ship)
Shipwrecks > Patagonia (Argentina and Chile)
Shipwreck victims > Patagonia (Argentina and Chile)
Shipwreck victims > Great Britain.
Mutiny > Great Britain.
TRUE CRIME / Murder / Mass Murder.
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain / Georgian Era (1714-1837).
HISTORY / Maritime History & Piracy.
Genre: Audiobooks.
True crime stories.

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  • 14 of 20 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.


  • 2 current holds with 20 total copies.
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Bloomfield Eastern Greene Co PL - Bloomfield Main CDBOOK 910.916 (Text) 36803001204481 CD BOOK Checked out 05/01/2024
Culver-Union Twp PL - Culver AUDIO CD 910.9164 GRANN (Text) 34304001053548 Adult - Audiobook Available -
Eckhart PL - Main CD 910.452 GRA (Text) 840191003213310 Audiobooks - Main Level Available -
Fulton Co PL - Rochester Main Library BOCD 910.916 GRA (Text) 33187005050378 BOCD (Adult) In transit -
Greensburg-Decatur Co PL - Greensburg CDBK 910.9164 GRANN (Text) 32826014391486 Books on CD Checked out 05/04/2024
Greenwood PL - Greenwood AUDIOBOOK NONFICTION HISTORY WORLD Grann (Text) 36626104423413 2nd Floor Adult Media Available -
Hussey-Mayfield Mem. PL - Zionsville CD 910.9164 GRANN (Text) 33946003646044 Adult New Media Reshelving -
Jefferson Co PL - Madison Main Branch AUDIO 910.9164 GRAN (Text) 39391007152596 Adult Audio Nonfiction On holds shelf -
LaGrange Co PL - LaGrange Main Library CD 910.9164 GRA (Text) 30477101708273 Main Floor: Audiobook Available -
Lebanon PL - Lebanon CD 910.916 GRANN (Text) 34330513621228 Adult - Audiobooks Fiction Available -

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