First book in the series that I have listened to and I throughly enjoyed it. Hopefully the others in this series are as enjoyable.
I'm glad to see the pricing of this series has been adjusted. I wrote the previous review warning that later books in the series were arbitrarily priced at 2 credits. Now that they've fixed that, I've purchased the next two in the series, and halfway through The French Admiral, I can say it was well worth the wait.
This is a great story of a naval hero starting out as a midshipman. The only thing that didn't appeal to me, was the sex. The sexual parts are a little too descriptive for my taste. Other than that, the story is written very well and will keep you in suspense until the end.
It's a refreshing change to hear this type of story from the start of a naval career instead of the main character already being an officer (i.e. Aubrey).
It will leave you yearning for the next book of the series. A truly fantastic read...uh...I mean listen.
If you're hoping, as I was, to dive into a new series you may want to reconsider.
I was enjoying this audiobook tremendously, and with less than an hour of it left, I was looking forward to starting the next one immediately. Unfortunately, the second book in the series requires 2 Credits (as do many others).
This seems to be an arbitrary condition set by the publisher — most of the books in the series are around the same length, between 13 and 15 1/2 hours, but all those 15 hours and longer require 2 Credits to purchase, even though the Member Price is only a couple of dollars more.
Needless to say, I'm disappointed. On principle alone I'm not going to use a whole extra credit for a book that's only slightly longer, and paying for it outright would exceed my monthly budget for audiobooks.
Just an Excentric Dirt Lawyer
This is the first of the series. Consider this as a review of the first five books. Alan is a rake and a lout. At the same time, when I finish a volume, a clock starts ticking. A few months later, I want more. I have read about five royal navy series about upstanding officers, this is a refreshing change of pace.
I teach. I Listen. I trust your judgment as a fellow listener.
The Aubrey–Maturin series (by Patrick O'Brian) is, after listening to 1,500 audio books since 2007, still my favorite series. Howsoever, Dewey Lambdin's Alan Lewrie books, read by the esteemed John Lee, are right up there with the best swashbuckling fiction available on Audible.
What the listener gets is fiction, history, thrills, and intrigue with a dash of corruption and jealousy to boot. There are occasional saucy vignettes that are less pornographic than historical bawdiness. Napoleon, too, gets his due eventually as is the tradition with historical British naval fiction.
I like this main character. When I was in the Peace Corps (Liberia) in the 1970's I met men like Alan Lewrie (our protagonist). They were cocksure, vengeful, and righteous all in one package.
I am on book #6 and will go the distance with this great horde of sea treasure.
I could find not a single redeeming quality for Lewerie. Although I liked the writing and the narration, I have no interest in hearing any more about this character! I made it through the entire book hoping my opinion would change as I love the genre and was looking for another series to listen to, but....
The King's Coat is a great introduction to Alan Lewrie series. Despite the evil machinations of others Alan always seems to rise up, if only barely. Lambdin has given Lewrie a charming self-deprecating sense of humour that is very endearing. A scoundrel but a lovable one with a streak of decency hidden just below the surface.
As an ex-Tall Ships officer, I loved the attention to nautical details.
John Lee is a great reader. I loved him reading Ken Follet's Cathedral series and he is equally as good reading this series.
I am looking forward to working my way through the other books in this series. It is a shame that not all the books are not available.
I have read numerous books on 18th century naval fiction, but I have never been treated to such an intricate view of the inner workings of vessels from that era. Because the main character is a Midhipman, he goes places senior officers never go and takes the reader along for the ride. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.