While there is definite continuity across the entire storyline, it is largely a series of episodic adventures. This plot structure conveniently enables short listening periods (30 minutes to an hour) during which the listener can enjoy some real excitement. Even still, there is enough character and plot development that I was left craving for what would come next. The plot is great at both macro and micro levels. Additionally, the author includes a wealth of subject knowledge, securing both my attention and respect.
I happened to listen to 'Genghis: Birth of an Empire' around the same time. Genghis simply had none of the structure or subject knowledge necessary to keep my interest.
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.
I have been on a Napoleonic era British Navy listening binge for the last 10 months listening to the Kidd series by Julian Stockwin and the Hornblower series by C.S. Forester which were very enjoyable, and I started right into the King's Coat. I have to say that I enjoyed it more than the others so far . The writing is very good and the narrator John Lee was fantastic. His dry, snarky, delivery had me laughing out loud constantly as I listened whether it was driving or working around the house. Highly recommended!
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.
Seit 1987 lebe ich in den USA, seit 12 Jahren in Virginia.Hoere deutsche Buecher um mit deutscher Literatur auf dem laufenden zu bleiben.
This book gives a glimpse of period life aboard a tall ship. The language is appropriate for the time and initially seems awkward but feels more and more authentic. The narrator gives a good approximation of the different accents of the various levels of British society. The story is, well, entertaining enough. Overall, I enjoyed a colourful portrait of nautical adventure.
Little could improve his style of writing.
The period setting was all it had going for it.
As a huge fan of the Aubrey/Maturin novels by Patrick O'Brian (I have lead the whole series twice), I was looking for a good substitute. This filled the bill nicely. Less subtle, more fun and good-natured sex, and the naval warfare not detailed with the same erudition, but over able, an enjoyable read.
Marred slightly by some mispronounced nautical terms.
Coming fresh off a marathon session of the Aubrey-Maturin novels, I turned to the Alan Lewrie novels for another outlet to scratch my naval adventure itch.
While I will read at least two more books in this series before making up my mind, this first book was disappointing. Midshipman Lewrie has the off-putting tendency, as a character, to be accidentally good at everything he does, often knowing better than captains with years of sea time. His great struggle in life seems to be that everyone else just won't admit how wonderful he is.
Lambdin's writing, at least so far, lacks the splendid prose, charm, wit, and intimate warmth that one grows so used to in a series like Aubrey-Maturin.
Still, the natration is good, and I plan to soldier on a bit farther and see if Mr. Lambdin and Mr. Lewrie find their feet.