This cover shows the "movie tie-in edition" but I've got some older version. Either way, it's the great story and infamous reputation that O'Brian has that has brought me to want to read this.
I do not like the fact that the site only allows this stupid cover to be shown on one's shelf. Please Shelfari give the option of having us choose the Norton cover. I do not want Russell Crowe looking at me from my shelf.
The movie used the title of this first book in the series but gleans the movie material from several books. I am now on the tenth book (or thereabouts) and they just got back from their South American tour. After getting used to the writing style, which took at least half of the first book, I am deeply involved in the characters and always cannot wait to start the next. I do break it up with other books so this series lasts longer. So much history and adventure, so much fun!