The reader. Marc Vietor is an excellent reader, with a good combination of voice talents to keep what I'm sure was a slog of a read interesting for more than 10 hours.
Only if you're history-minded. The book is absolutely dense with unnecessary detail about individual ships and their crews. I really didn't need to know the number of crewmen on a ship that only appeared as part of a list of ships sunk in a battle.
I would recommend all but the last chapter to those interested in the pure history of the War of 1812, as the author's conclusions regarding the performance and leadership of President Madison are ridiculous, given this long tale of the executive incompetence demonstrated by his administration. There are disturbing parallels to our present situation 200 years later.
No, it would be too depressing.
Besides beign a history about the 'comming of age' for the USA it is interesting for it's tactical, strategic and political narative. It connects the history of the independency with the history of the civil war. Present-day political themes are easily recognised, together with unrelenting criticism on the handling of the invasion of Canada. Besides some rare heroics mostly the harsh reality of the commoners life and war is described. Like the war, in the end the story becomes 'a drag'. Probably unavoidable given the level of detail that was engaged upon.
Overall, an excellent read. I am not that familiar with the subject matter so cannot opine on the accuracy/completeness, but from an popular history perspective outstanding.
This is the fascinating story of "the little nation that could." The U.S. with a fledgling navy of a few ships took on one of the greatest naval powers the world had seen up until that time. This book shows how the U.S. overcame the overwhelming odds against it and changed U.S.-British relations forever.
The book is written in a factual style that always explains how many men were on both sides of a battle, how many and what kind of guns, the direction of the wind and currents, etc. There's very little editorial commentary which would actually be my only criticism because I really have no clue about sailing.
Would not recommend for listening. Great for reading for history buff.
Not for one sitting.
Great historical account. Wonderfully researched.. Learned great things about the war I had never known before. Was not very exciting. Does not lend itself to narration.
My only kvetch Perry didn't wait for high tide to float his boats over the bar (There are no tides on the Great Lakes) other than that, an excitng and compelling account on an often overlooked part of American history
Not the greatest book about Napoleonic naval war fare. You would be much better off with the less detailed but better written CS Forester Naval War of 1812.
Love the time period- read everything I can get my hands on. The least interesting aspect of the book was the way the detail was introduced and discussed- historical but uninspired.
I thought the narration was fine, but about as aspiring as the text.
They sved America!
It saved what was rhen the North West..
Pay atention to it.