I decided to give this narrator(Simon Vance) a try instead of Patrick Tull. Simon Vance reads far to fast, hardly stopping to breath between sentences.
This reading is 3 hours 42 minutes shorter than the Patrick Tull version.
Audible.com did me a favor and let me switch to the Patrick Tull version after two days of listening to this one.
I never could get into any of the characters in this book. The author only takes time to develop the main character. The main character is fairly cliche. All other characters are just names. That made the book less interesting to me.
A great nonfiction listen about the long range desert group is: The Phantom Major by Virginia Cowles
I enjoyed this book. The character development and pace are good and the narrator excellent.
One potential problem for serious listeners in this genre. The main character's rank is Commander and he commands a frigate. I am not an expert, but, apparently, that is historically inaccurate. He is not high enough in rank to command such a ship.
I can easily forgive that historical inaccuracy. Others may not be able to.
I really enjoyed this series.
One thing that has always puzzled me though is the cover art? Is that Geary? Why is he holding a gun? It looks like he is Master Chief in Halo. As far as a I can recall Geary never held a gun in the entire series. He is a fleet commander.
But, cover art aside, this is a great series. I love the battle scenes and the authors acknowledgment and embracing of the laws of physics!
Unbelievable story. This book really makes you appreciate what the Greatest Generation went through.
I never knew life was so difficult in the merchant marine.
I tried to listen to this audiobook twice. The first time I was distracted and could not follow the story. There are a lot of characters and there is a lot going on. I gave up.
I tried again on vacation when I could concentrate and listen in long bursts. The book was great the second time.
Lastly, the narrator does a great job.
This series feels like the authors had a good idea for a book and the publishers convinced the authors to stretch it into a 4 book series.
Also, starting to get a bit to unbelievable for my taste.
First, the narrator is excellent. If you like War and Peace, then you will likely enjoy this reading.
I just couldn't follow the story. I never could figure out what the plot was. It just seems to be a historical account of some peoples lives with no discernible plot or climax. I listened to about 2/3rd's of the book before finally giving up. I gave the book that much time because it is so widely acclaimed.
Pros: good story, good narrator
Cons: Sex/Rape scenes too graphic, written with modern prose which makes me wonder about the book's historical accuracy (though I know of no examples of inaccuracy)
Very good book overall and I recommend it.
This book is written with wonderful prose and read by a very talented narrator. When I first started the book it was a wonder to sit back and just listen. The story is very imaginative as well. This must be a very early example of the fantasy genre.
I give it 3 stars because the story dragged at times, a lot of times. I did manage to finish it though.
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