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Rodney James Stuart

Portugal | Member Since 2005

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  • Cochrane: The Life and Exploits of a Fighting Captain

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Robert Harvey
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    The life and adventures of Thomas Cochrane, a young man who rose from midshipman to admiral, are so extraordinary that, to paraphrase Patrick O'Brian, one has to suspend disbelief. In fact, O'Brian admitted to using Cochrane as the model for his character Jack Aubrey. Second only to Nelson among the heroes of the Royal Navy, Cochrane became a household name in Britain during the 1800s as the Admiralty called upon his extraordinary skill as a sailor, his mastery of gunnery, and his daring use of ruses...

    Casey says: "The Real Jack Aubrey"
    "Cocrane biography"
    Overall

    This is the best account of Cocrane I have read. It is full and complete, but leaves out the boring bits that other biographies include.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Six Frigates

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ian W. Toll
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (55)

    Before the ink was dry on the U.S. Constitution, the establishment of a permanent military had become the most divisive issue facing the new government. Would a standing army be the thin end of dictatorship? Would a navy protect American commerce against the Mediterranean pirates, or drain the treasury and provoke hostilities with the great powers? The founders, particularly Jefferson, Madison, and Adams, debated these questions fiercely and switched sides more than once.

    Danny says: "Excellent"
    "Excellent read"
    Overall

    Well worth reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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