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.
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
I have been listening to books on tape for over 20 years. Starting with audio tapes, then CD's and now downloads.
This is a great story and interesting character. The hero is a young man with little character. We find that military life is an opportunity for him to grow up and gain some respect of himself and others.
As an American I loved when our hero out foxes the enemy and wins the day. But, the author makes it clear that as a British officer he was not looked at with esteem but disfavor since the acting captain had surrendered.
The author does a good job with one of the only British officers who is even a little bit human also being gay. His sexual orientation ( though it would have cost him his career) does not stop him from looking down his nose at our young hero past failures.
This is a bit like Sharpe and Hornblower. But our hero is a bit of a rouge, though with a moral code
Excellent character development. Easy to listen to. (more nautical info than I could understand - very interesting)
The action scenes are my favorite.
Alan - he is the focus and we get to know him best.
Not enough meat. The relationships could be expressed in a deeper sense. There isn't any closure to any of the events. If I weren't planning on reading more of the series, I would have been left with a very bland taste. But I like the reader and the way the story flows, so I'll try the next one.