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Saxon

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  • The Nutmeg of Consolation

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (81)

    Shipwrecked on a remote island, Captain Jack Aubrey and the crew of the Diane fashion a schooner from the wreck, only to have their makeshift vessel burned in an attack by Malay pirates. Their escape from this predicament is one that only the ingenuity of Patrick O'Brian - or Stephen Maturin - could devise.

    Saxon says: "My favorite so far"
    "My favorite so far"
    Overall

    This one is lots of fun. It's packed with action and adventure. The now shipwrecked crew of the Diana fight for their lives by land and sea. If they ever make another Patrick O'brian movie The Nutmeg of Consolation would make an excellent storyline. Loved it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Attila: The Barbarian King Who Challenged Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By John Man
    • Narrated By James Adams
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    In the years 434-454 A.D., the fate of Europe hung upon the actions of one man: Attila, king of the Huns. The decaying Roman Empire still stood astride the Western World, but it was threatened by a new force, the much-feared barbarian hordes. Attila was the one-man wrecking ball that helped put the final boot into Rome's decaying splendor.

    Saxon says: "Informative & Interesting"
    "Informative & Interesting"
    Overall

    This book is an interesting read with good narration. If you are a history buff you'll love it, but if you are looking for an epic tale written in a dramatic fashion you will be disappointed. It reads like a textbook, a good entertaining, and informative textbook, but definitely not an epic tale of adventure written for entertainment.

    The sources are slim for Attila, his literate contemporaries feared and hated him but the author does a great job of walking you through what is known about Attila from written sources and archaeology, and separating fact from fiction. He clearly knows his subject and you will too after you listen to this audiobook.

    If you're interested in archery, horsemanship or ancient warfare you'll enjoy this book because the author goes into detail explaining exactly how the Huns fought, the incredible skill and dedication required for horse archery,(the section on horse archery is amazing) and the devastating effect of their tactics.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Truelove

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (82)

    In this 15th installment of the Aubrey-Maturin series, a British whaler has been captured by an ambitious chief in the Sandwich Islands at French instigation, and Captain Aubrey is dispatched with the Surprise to restore order. But stowed away in the cable-tier is an escaped female convict.

    Jean says: "enjoyable"
    "A grand adventure"
    Overall

    They just keep getting better and better. Drama at sea and a horrifying battle on land. Another epic tale. If you enjoy the series you'll love this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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