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The Pirates! In an Adventure with Moby Dick

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Moby Dick [Kindle Edition]

Gideon Defoe
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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'Hilarious. Destined to become a classic of pirate comic fiction' (Eric Idle)

'Silly, surreal and absolutely and utterly hilarious ... possibly the funniest book I've ever read. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face' (Image)

'Funny and entertaining' (Independent)

'Gideon Defoe definitively puts the "Ho ho!" - and, indeed, the "Yo!" - into pirating' (Caitlin Moran)

Book Description

The Pirates return in a tale of killer mosquitoes, crippling debt, Las Vegas Stage shows and an elusive white whale....

The Pirates! In An Adventure with Scientists is now a major motion picture from Aardman Animations and Sony Pictures

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 755 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks; New Edition edition (30 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071IOPF0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #86,458 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love these books more than CAKE. 24 May 2012
At the end of The Pirates! in an Adventure with Moby Dick, there are ten pages of other (pretend) titles by the same author, and I love this book so much that I would happily read every single one of them. I'm sure The Pirates! in an Adventure with Heavy Petting and The Pirates! in an Adventure with a Steep Hill would sell especially well.

Enough about the other books, let's look at this one :) In the interests of full disclosure, I haven't read Moby Dick (the proper book) yet, although I did buy it last week. You don't really need it to understand this book though, just as long as you know the very basic summary - Ahab is Captain obsessed with hunting a great white whale that once bit his leg off. Wow, that was hard, wasn't it?

The recent film actually encompasses this book as well, so the trailer suddenly makes a lot more sense. Here, the Pirate Captain suddenly realises that their ship is looking a bit decrepit, so they head off to Cutlass Liz to get a shiny new one, The Lovely Emma. Unfortunately they can't quite afford to pay her just yet so they take on a contract for Ahab to eliminate that famous white whale.

'He looked at his second-in-command seriously. "I'm making a list of when it's acceptable for a pirate to cry."
"That sounds very important, Captain," said the pirate with a scarf, fiddling axiously with his eye-patch.
"So far I've got: one - when holding a seagull covered in oil. Two - when singing a shanty that reminds him of orphans. Three - when confronted by the unremitting loneliness of the human condition. Four - chops. I've just written the word 'chops.' Not really sure where I was going with that one. Any ideas?"'

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WARNING! Same as Whaling! 21 April 2012
I love the Pirates! books and was looking at purchasing more having re-read Scientists and Whaling. I looked at this one thinking it was a new title and then read the blurb - it appears to be exactly the same book as Pirates! in an Adventure with Whaling.

So, still a brilliant laugh-out-loud read but, I imagine, not so much if you have already read whaling...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pirate versus Beast 5 Jun 2012
Here we are again with the Pirate Captain and his motley crew of misfits. The pirate who wears red, the one who in green, the pirate with a scarf, the pirate with gout to name a few. There is never any idea how many crew there are but never mind. Now is not the time for specifics especially where the Pirate Captain is concerned.

They need a new ship, the current one is falling apart and the crew are getting fed up. The Pirate Captain decides to go for the best ship available but it is going to cost him dearly - 6 thousand doubloons or his life he does not pay this money back to Cutlass Liz.

When the opportunity to claim a reward from Ahab who is wanting to seek revenge on the whale who ate his leg, ironically though he is using whale bone for a prosthetic, the Pirate Captain takes over and continues to seek out the big white whale. Last spotted in Las Vegas (Suspend belief here readers as to how a whale, let alone a pirate ship end up in the desert) The reward money will clear the debt with Cutlass Liz and all will be well for the Pirate Captain and his crew.

This being an adventure, it does not necessarily get off to the best start or for that matter, the greatest conclusion. Somehow, fate transpires against them all and they all seem much happier with everything returned to normal, that is until the next adventure.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad 1 Mar 2014
By mmmppph
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Got this about the time a similar film came out at the cinema. Add it was party of the daily deal I downloaded it. I it read once but if, like me, you like to read books time again, it might not be he you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 26 Jan 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My daughter loved the film and the series but we are not sure about some of the language choices? Lots of asterixes which sometimes have to be taken with a pinch of salt. The plot is as allways filled with comedy and Gieon Defoe writes great plots.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, by Neptune's Naval! 23 Oct 2013
By Louis
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A highly entertaining read for everyone who is a fan of pirates - and even those who aren't will find it very hard not to laugh!
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5.0 out of 5 stars good book 26 April 2013
By kml
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good fun book, enjoyed it a lot . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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2.0 out of 5 stars There it Blows 30 Aug 2012
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I did not think there was anything worse than a one trick pony, but it turns out there is. This something is a one joke book in the form of `The Pirates! In an adventure with Moby Dick'. This is a one joke book that appears to come from a one joke series. Having recently watched the Aardman animation based on the books, I felt inclined towards reading one of the source novels. The film was quick and anarchic, but lacked a coherent story. It worked through a combination of witty dialogue and cracking visual gags. `Moby Dick' takes away the visuals and leaves you with some witty dialog, but still an awful story.

To say Gideon Defoe's approach to narrative is scattergun is an insult to misfiring weaponry everywhere. `Moby Dick' is a book that goes off at tangents at almost every turn. The Pirate Captain et al. must find Moby Dick to receive an award that will pay for their new ship. For some reason this takes in the sights of a very modern feeling Vegas and a Pirate lecture tour. This level of hijinks could be fun, but there is almost no reason for large chunks of the book to exist. It is almost as if Defoe wrote the first things that came to mind and didn't bother to edit the book.

There is also an issue with who the book is aimed at. There are plenty of jokes that could only be called childish and would appeal to a 12 year old, but these are interspersed with quite obvious innuendo which suggests the book is for adults. If `Moby Dick' is for older readers, how come it is so basically written and juvenile? When it comes down to it `Moby Dick' fails to be funny enough to get away with having an almost disrespectful lack of story. The funniest part of the book by far is the pages and pages of fake titles for other books in the series. It appears that the Pirates in novel form work better as a joke book than a work of literature.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Complete drivel
I didn't find this book funny at least - in fact I could not be bothered finishing it. It is complete drivel. My three year old niece could come up with a better story. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Book Worm Monster
1.0 out of 5 stars Rotten
Stupid waste of time really. I kept waiting for anything at all to happen. Couldn't believe it could all be drivel - it was.
Published 20 months ago by J
3.0 out of 5 stars Humorous fluff, but not full scale belly laughs
I like the concept and the writing style. The pirates are fun and quite endearing. The story has great potential. Read more
Published on 20 Aug 2012 by snowqueen01
3.0 out of 5 stars pirates and moby dick
I found the book to be funny,witty and off the wall. Well written and completely entertaining.would reccomend to anyone who likes a good pirates of the carabian type story
Published on 2 July 2012 by alan k
2.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious? Really? I disagree.
The Pirates! in an Adventure with Moby Dick is a very short book; it takes less than an hour to read. Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2012 by MaskedMarauder
5.0 out of 5 stars Our adventure with The Pirates!
We saw the film The Pirates! and loved it before we read the books and I was pleasantly surprised to find that the film story was quite different to the book. Read more
Published on 18 Jun 2012 by MHD
1.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious? Surely you're joking?
Having read the rave reviews of both The Pirates! series and the Ardman film, the appearance, it seemed as if the opportunity to download this book as a Kindle Daily Deal was an... Read more
Published on 1 Jun 2012 by Blencathra
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