Getting into the nautical life in the 1800's. There was much I haven't understood, but that's OK, I caught as much as I missed. The slow pace of much life under sail surprised me, but it makes sense when they were so reliant upon the wind.
Stephen - sensible, observant, reflective. A foil for the exuberant, shallow and somewhat oblivious Captain.
Under sail in the Mediterranean - a doctor's story
Good book. From listening to previews, I am not sure the narrators of later books of the series have done as a good a job as this one.
Having just listened to the narration of one of Winston Churchill's books I was in awe of the narrator's ability to get into character - absolutely amazing.
Then I hit Ferrone's attempt at River's book. :-| Losing the narrator's American backwoods drawl would be the one thing that would make this book better. I had such a struggle to focus on the intended context when my brain kept being dragged back to Tenneesee or somewhere else in the US...!
The narrator slurred and drawled his way through the story as though the book was written in an American drawl, complete with elided syllables and mis-pronounced words - it made my heart weep for the English language - but I gritted my teeth and stuck it out.
Perhaps, but with a different narrator. The story was interesting and shone a light into a century that I knew little about - she obviously did her homework.
By the looks of the reviews, this writer appeals to women and the text was clearly aimed at women. I am probably in the minority of male listeners. I put up with the bent towards women readers because I found the historical context intriguing. :-)
Anyone but Richard Ferrone.
It is quite a long story so kept my daily hour commute home interesting for weeks - and a bit energy-charged as I fumed at the narrator's pronunciation!
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