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.
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.
Different take on the subject than other period naval books - definitely more focus on the conquest of women, than on other ships. This could be a really offensive treatment to some.
a bit dissatisfying - as part of series, there doesn't need to be a resolution, but this element is completely lacking - fortunately I'm going to continue listening
70 yrs old and still like to listen to books.
Begining, nautical career,xrated
Stands alone in this Genre, haven't seen anythingelse quite like it.
Alan of course, This is his story.
Alan afterall its all about him.
I STARTED READING THESE BOOKS WHEN I STUMBLED ACROSS them in the public libraryHaving read all the O'brian books thru three timesand going thru CS Foresters HornblowerI was looking for new Sea stories. Unfortunetly They did not have the early books in the series, I found this first book filled in much of Alans earlier life.(There were sometimes references to family that didn't connect for me,) I now look forward to going back and rereading those books with a better idea of what's going on. If you are looking for books on the Royal Navy during the Napolianic era then, I recomend these,One warning though is that they are not suitable for younger readers as some scenes are very explicit.
Excellent historical fiction along the lines of the master and commander series. the rest of the series needs to be available on audible.
This is a great historical series. Looking forward to listening to more. Great authenticity and character development.
Traveler, Reader, Political Blogger.
If you are a fan of Patrick O’brian, you will love Dewey Lambdin equally if not more. In the Alan Lewrie series Lambdin is equally historically accurate and perhaps even more engaging, but without the problem I often found of wondering who is speaking at a given time. Lambdin’s characters are very clear and concise. One major word of caution however. These books aren’t cheap, and after reading the first 10, Audible dropped the remaining eight of the series. So, unless you want to take an ending of the series on faith, until the remainder of the series reappears, I suggest not starting.