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