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Douglas

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  • The War for All the Oceans: From Nelson at the Nile to Napoleon at Waterloo

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Roy Adkins, Lesley Adkins
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    Roy Adkins, with his wife, Lesley, returns to the Napoleonic War in The War for All the Oceans, a gripping account of the naval struggle that lasted from 1798 to 1815, a period marked at the beginning by Napoleon's seizing power and at the end by the War of 1812. In this vivid and visceral account, Adkins draws on eyewitness records to portray not only the battles but also the details of a sailor's life: shipwrecks, press-gangs, prostitutes, spies, and prisoners of war.

    N. Haws says: "Pretty good, if disorganized"
    "disappointed"
    Overall

    I love history. I expect history to give me a good balance of the "macro" picture (the overall historical arcs in the narrative) and the "micro" picture (how individuals are recorded as living through these arcs).

    I found "The War" disappointing because it did not offer a good balance of the macro and micro pictures, spending an inordinate amount of time on the micro picture. There were too many quotes and not enough analysis.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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