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David

Summerfield, NC, USA

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  • The Ionian Mission: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (90)

    Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, veterans now of many battles, return in this audiobook to the seas where they first sailed as shipmates. But Jack is now a senior captain commanding a line-of-battle ship in the Royal Navy's blockade of Toulon, and this is a longer, harder, colder war than the dashing frigate actions of his early days.

    Michael says: "Enjoyable, but not one of the best in the series"
    "The best"
    Overall

    One word on the entire series: Fantastic.
    Another for Patrick Tull as narrator: Excellent.

    I read all 20 of the original cannon straight through. What a loss to the world of literature.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Downtown: My Manhattan

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Pete Hamill
    • Narrated By Pete Hamill
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    In Downtown, Hamill leads us on an unforgettable journey through the city he loves, from the island's southern tip to 42nd Street, combining a moving memoir of his days and nights in New York with a passionate history of its most enduring places and people.

    David says: "A frustrating read"
    "A frustrating read"
    Overall

    The book was frustrating to me due to the author's disjointed style and lack of specifics. The fact that Mr. Hamill loves Manhattan is clear, but so is his past history as a writer for a newspaper tabloid. This feels like a quick newspaper article, extended ad-nauseum. There seems to be no clear structure to the book, be it by location, theme, time or date. Thoughts seem to have appeared on paper through stream of conciousness. I was further frustrated in my desire to learn about the history of Manhattan by the dearth of specific anectodes or data to support generalities in the book. The non-New Yorker can learn a little bit about the Island of Manhattan, but it takes a lot of patience.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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