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  • John Paul Jones: Sailor, Hero, Father of the American Navy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Evan Thomas
    • Narrated By Dan Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    John Paul Jones is more than a great sea story. Jones is a character for the ages. John Adams called him the "most ambitious and intriguing officer in the American Navy." The renewed interest in the Founding Fathers reminds us of the great men who made this country, but John Paul Jones teaches us that it took fighters as well as thinkers, men driven by dreams of personal glory as well as high-minded principle to break free of the past and start a new world. Jones' spirit was classically American.

    Bruce says: "Swashbuckler or Saviour"
    "Local "baern" does good."
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    While the naration is well (including various accents to distinguish the important players in Jones' life), the major problem is Jones himself. While there is little that can be said, or done, to diminish the single most important (and incredible) action that made Jones famous (exceptionally retold in this biography), it's the years following that make the story so disappointing.
    Alas, such is true, on some level or another, in all our lives, I'm afraid.
    Still, it is a good, and important, "read", especially when balancing his life's thread by the actions of other important "players" during the "War of Independence."
    Overall, I don't think you will be disappointed with this purchase.

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