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Kenneth

Kenny

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  • 21: The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick O’Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Blue at the Mizzen ended with Jack Aubrey getting the news of his elevation to flag rank: Rear Admiral of the Blue Squadron, with orders to sail to South Africa. The next novel, never completed, would have been the chronicle of that mission and much else besides. The three chapters left on O'Brian's desk at the time of his death are presented here. Though tantalizingly incomplete, these pages prove that O'Brian's humor, powers of observation, and understanding of his characters were undiminished to the end.

    D. Arkless says: "still a "must have""
    "A Fitting End of an Epic Voyage"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    If you have followed the entire series this a good way to decompress. The story quietly and pleasantly fades into the distant horizon with slack sails never more to be seen. If you have not been addicted to the characters and their many sea adventures this is not the book for you. You should start at the beginning of the series and listen to each one in the proper sequence. There were no new adventures in this final unfinished tale of the sea.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I have already started to listen to the "The Golden Ocean". This, I understand, is the earliest beginnings in the 1740's era that eventually fostered the main Aubrey/Maturin series.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    I like Simon Vance's portrayal of all his characters because he made a distinct difference in vocal and national accents. I could always clearly understand who was talking what they were saying even when multiple characters were speaking at the same time. I have listened to the other readers and I like his acting the very best.


    Was 21 worth the listening time?

    I mourn the author's premature demise. The book was too short; much beyond his control. He wrote right up to the point of his death.


    Any additional comments?

    I paid $7.95 and I think the price was too high for such a short unfinished book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Post Captain: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (437)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (203)

    Post Captain is the second novel in Patrick O'Brian's beloved adventure series. In 1803 Napoleon smashes the Peace of Amiens, and Captain Jack Aubrey, Royal Navy, taking refuge in France from his creditors, is interned. He escapes from France, from debtors' prison, from a possible mutiny, and pursues his quarry straight into the mouth of a French-held-harbor.

    Debbie in Plano says: "Narrator preference"
    "The Fast Paced Adventure at Sea"
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    What did you love best about Post Captain?

    I enjoyed learning about the way the Royal Navy really functions in the 1800's. How the politics of your father, a Whig, could work against your advancement to becoming Captain of a British man-of-war.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The boy-like Captain Aubrey reminds me of Captain Kirk aboard the USS Enterprise of Star Trek. I believe they copied the style of this author's navy dialog when they created the TV series.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    I like Simon Vance's performance of all his characters. His diction is clear and always understandable and his portrayal of different characters is quiet convincing; his French, Irish, Spanish and English accents are naturally done.


    Any additional comments?

    When the war against Napoleon is stopped for a while you get a good picture of how a seaman lives when he is not at sea. His restlessness is partially quenched by get-rich-quick schemes of questionable value. This also give us a valuable vision of domestic life in 19th century England.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Practice of the Presence of God: The Best Rule of Holy Life

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 17 mins)
    • By Brother Lawrence
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (2)

    Compiled by Father Joseph De Beaufort, this book introduces us to a 17th century Carmelite monk known as Brother Lawrence. Lawrence worked in the kitchens and as a cobbler for the Carmelites. He rejoiced in everyday tasks, prayed constantly, and was known around the monastery for his kindness and willingness to help others. Brother Lawrence recounts in detail how to gain constantand comforting connection to the Almighty. Readers have treasured this little book for centuries because of Brother Lawrence's honest advice and his obvious passion for spiritual matters.

    Kenneth says: "The Practice of the Presence of God: The Best Rule"
    "The Practice of the Presence of God: The Best Rule"
    Overall

    I very much disliked the reader of this book he ruined a beautiful book. He was uneven and noticeable trying to pronounce every word clearly and distinctly so much so that I lost the sense of the story line. In my opinion the reader should be transparent and not take away from flavor of the original author. I deleted the book and hope that another reader will be found.

    1 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Your First Listen

    • ORIGINAL (4 mins)
    Overall
    (22299)
    Performance
    (8959)
    Story
    (9163)

    Your Audible adventures begin right here.

    aareal says: "It was great"
    "Your First Listen"
    Overall

    Just plain depressing. I have to write a minimum of 15 words It depresses me even more when I just wanted to say, "Depressing"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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