Captain Morgan and his motley crew were certainly outcasts of that society but also the unofficial attack arm of the early imperialistic aims of the English government. Without his actions, the Spanish would have made a stronger foothold in North America and the history of the USA would have been very different. The book and narrator is excellent. The description of the earthquake is vivid and interesting.
Some natural events can have global consequences and that is what this book portrays. The sociopolitical background at the beginning is important as it makes sense of the post-eruption reaction. This book shows how everything is connected whether in the natural or human-made world. I would re-read this book to get all the details.
19th Century people fighting a 20th Century war that still resonates in the 21st Century. A telling of the characters involved and their critical decisions in politics and military strategy that lead up to and allowed the carnage of 4 bloody years to go on and on. More than 9 million died needlessly in a conflict that destroyed the European culture and sowed the seeds for WWII told confidently without too much detail of the battles. The background information he provides fleshes out the context with the culture at-large. The progress of the battles focus on key moments of strategy and tactics rather than a blow-by-blow accounting. If you want to understand many of the issues facing today's world, this history will give you something think about, including the liberation of the arabs and creation of the state of Israel, the concentration of imperialistic power into the hands of the Big Three, the beginning of industrial warfare and anonymous killing machines (i.e..Drones), and the ego-driven national insecurity that leads us into conflict again and again and again.
Another fine book and inspired dramatic narration. One thing that LA Meyer does with Jacky is to tell her story in the historical context (much of it accurate) of the times she lived in. I'm not sure why people think this is a young adult book per se besides having a youthful main character. I has many adult themes and looks at the world through Jacky's eyes seeing the good and bad of life played out. The sexual innuendoes are gentle and the violence is not gratuitous. Be sure to start with book #1 and you'll be hooked!
Well-organized and concise lecture. The passages of spoken anglo-saxon is beautiful and evocative. I learned much about the peoples I am descended from.
The voice of the character (as written) and the narrator blend perfectly. Story is fun with a very sympathetic character. Looking forward to listening to the series!
The White Company depicts the last gasps of Chivalry and feudalism in favor of more modern ideas (bowman winning wars and the rise of the merchant class) in a comical fashion. The characters are fun yet one becomes attached to them. I love this narrator - he has a nuanced voice for the various dialects and other vocal oddities (Sir Nigel's famous lisp).
As a confirmed Homes fan, I highly recommend this book and reading.
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