The Blockade Runners

Read by Mark F. Smith

(4.4 stars; 416 reviews)

Writing at the end of the American Civil War, Verne weaves this story of a Scottish merchant who, in desperation at the interruption of the flow of Southern cotton due to the Union blockade, determines to build his own fast ship and run guns to the Confederates in exchange for the cotton piling up unsold on their wharves. His simple plan becomes complicated by two passengers who board his new ship under false pretenses in order to carry out a rescue mission, one which Capt. Playfair adopts as his own cause. This is going make the Rebels in Charleston rather unhappy with him. (2 hr 2 min)


01 - The Dolphin 12:23 Read by Mark F. Smith
02 - Getting Under Sail 12:26 Read by Mark F. Smith
03 - Things Are Not What They Seem 13:45 Read by Mark F. Smith
04 - Crockston's Trick 15:10 Read by Mark F. Smith
05 - The Shot From the Iroquois, and Miss Jenny's Arguments 13:07 Read by Mark F. Smith
06 - Sullivan Island Channel 10:58 Read by Mark F. Smith
07 - A Southern General 10:27 Read by Mark F. Smith
08 - The Escape 16:57 Read by Mark F. Smith
09 - Between Two Fires 14:15 Read by Mark F. Smith
10 - St. Mungo 3:17 Read by Mark F. Smith


Good stuff, different for Verne

(5 stars)

Mark is becoming one of my favorite readers, he does a great job reading this short story by Verne. It's not fantasy or sci-fi, but wholly entertaining, What I really like is hearing the Frenchman's take on the War Between the States roughly a decade after it ended...makes the story even more interesting for me.

I really didn't know what to expect from this author. I discover

(5 stars)

I also enjoyed this book by Jules Verne. I will look for another by him. I am always disappointed when they are over. I like a good book to be one I can listen to for a long time. But again, no profanity, just a good story.

Nice little adventure

(4 stars)

Nice little tale well narrated by Mark Smith Although the ending is pretty easy to figure out, it's still a nice little adventure. I really like this authors work and although it's not one of Verne's classics it's worth lending a ear to. Thank you Mark great job!

blockade runner

(5 stars)

Great reading of a super entertaining tale. no fantastical monsters or mysterious crimes needed... Ships, cannons, and audacity suffice every time.

Mark does it again

(5 stars)

Another great read by Mark Smith. A+

Short and Sweet

(5 stars)

Not a very intricate story but so well read that it's well worth it. I've been working my way through everything read by Mark Smith, so of course enjoyed his rendition. Verne could have given the plot more attention. His better known works provide more detail.

nice short verne

(5 stars)

great narration as always . listening my way thru verne titles and a short nice change from multi narrators like the other titles ... je

very good

(4 stars)

Very good job on this novella. It is a unique spin on the Civil War. As usual Mark F Smith does a really great job.