A True Account: Hannah Masury’s Sojourn Amongst the Pyrates, Written by Herself

Macmillan Audio. Nov. 2023. 10:22 hrs. ISBN 9781250291455. $26.99. F
Bound to service from a young age, 17-year-old Hannah Masury lives in Boston during the tumultuous Golden Age of Piracy in the late 17th century. After the execution of the pirate William Fly, Hannah witnesses the brutal killing of a young sailor at the hands of privateers. Forced to flee Boston and haunted by whispers of treasure in the Caribbean, she takes on the identity of the murdered sailor, serving aboard a ship captained by the ruthless pirate Edward “Ned” Lowe. Meanwhile, in 1930, professor Marian Beresford tries to piece together Hannah’s account, hoping to find the storied treasure that Hannah tried so desperately to hide. Howe (The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs) delves into the dangerous and exhilarating world of pirates to tell the tale of two women who live outside the rules of society. Petrea Burchard narrates the steadfast women, providing sympathetic portraits that capture their strengths and vulnerabilities. While Burchard’s performance is rousing, her character voices are similar enough that listeners may occasionally struggle to determine who is speaking.
VERDICT A swashbuckling and captivatingly told pirate story. Howe’s fierce women protagonists delight.
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