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James

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  • H.M.S. Surprise: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (187)

    Third in the series of Aubrey-Maturin adventures, this book is set among the strange sights and smells of the Indian subcontinent and in the distant waters ploughed by the ships of the East India Company. Aubrey is on the defensive, pitting wits and seamanship against an enemy enjoying overwhelming local superiority. But somewhere in the Indian Ocean lies the prize that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams: the ships sent by Napoleon to attack the China Fleet.

    Lawrence says: "Excellent Narration"
    "Great story, so-so narrator"
    Overall

    This is an excellent story, one of the best in the series.

    Sadly, Narrator Simon Vance simply does not have the range to do justice to the huge ensamble casts that are a feature of all the POB novels. He's fine when the third person narration, but he does a poor job of reading the dialog. He has only a BBC style english accent. His Jack is a BBC voice read in a very affected bass style. His Stephen is a BBC voice with a slightly comic "Dr Watson" sound. You will not detect the slighted Catalonian or Irish in this version of Stephen. All the other sailors have a BBC voice with a slight cockney flavor.

    If you listened to 'Master and Commander' read by Patrick Tull you will hear POB in his full glory. Tull gives each and every character a very distintive voice.

    My advice is don't settle for second best. Patrick Tull is known as "The Voice" by POB fans for a very good reason. Any other reader is second best.

    Avoid this recording, get the Tull version.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten 500

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Gregory A. Freeman
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (527)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (225)

    Here is the astonishing, never-before-told story of the greatest rescue mission of World War II: when the OSS set out to recover more than 500 airmen trapped behind enemy lines. During a bombing campaign, hundreds of American airmen were shot down in Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia. Local Serbian villagers risked their own lives to give refuge to the soldiers, and for months the airmen lived in hiding, waiting for rescue.

    Ron says: "an amazing tale"
    "I Thought I Knew Air Force History"
    Overall

    As a retired Usaf officer, son of a WWII vet, I thought I knew the history of my service pretty well. I was wrong. This is the story of the most amazing air operation I've ever heard of.

    In this case truth is far stranger than fiction.

    I deducted one star because of the narrator. He's fine reading in his own voice, but his attempts at European accents are painfully embarrassing
    to hear.

    This book is a must for any student of military history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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