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N. Haws

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Illinois | Member Since 2008

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  • The War for All the Oceans: From Nelson at the Nile to Napoleon at Waterloo

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Roy Adkins, Lesley Adkins
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Roy Adkins, with his wife, Lesley, returns to the Napoleonic War in The War for All the Oceans, a gripping account of the naval struggle that lasted from 1798 to 1815, a period marked at the beginning by Napoleon's seizing power and at the end by the War of 1812. In this vivid and visceral account, Adkins draws on eyewitness records to portray not only the battles but also the details of a sailor's life: shipwrecks, press-gangs, prostitutes, spies, and prisoners of war.

    N. Haws says: "Pretty good, if disorganized"
    "Pretty good, if disorganized"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the The War for All the Oceans. There were a great deal of personal letters and diary entries that gave life to the battles and even everyday life of the soldiers and seamen.

    As a reader of the Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian, I certainly found several familiar sequences and battles.

    The main drawback of the book is a bit of a tendency to skip from one story to the next and back again. To a degree it can be explained as an attempt to maintain chronology, but some anecdotes could have been completed with much less inter-splicing of material.


    Overall, I found the book both entertaining and informative. I would certainly recommend it to anyone with a love for the old British Navy, or those who have an interest in the Napoleonic wars.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Eyes to See: The Jeremiah Hunt Chronicle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Joseph Nassise
    • Narrated By Anthony Bowden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (259)

    In an urban fantasy that charts daring new territory in the field, Jeremiah Hunt has been broken by a malevolent force that has taken his young daughter and everything else of value in his life: his marriage, his career, his reputation. Desperate to reclaim what he has lost, Hunt finally turns to the supernatural for justice.

    Lisa Lisario says: "superb"
    "Pretty good"
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    I enjoyed the book a great deal. I am looking forward to the next installment.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Warbreaker

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    Overall
    (3015)
    Performance
    (2178)
    Story
    (2193)

    An author whose previous, wildly successful novels have earned him a reputation as fantasy's master of magic, Brandon Sanderson continues to dazzle audiences with this tale of princesses and gods. In this extraordinary world, those who attain glory return as gods. And those who can master the essence known as breath can perform the most wondrous miracles - or unleash the most devastating havoc.

    Robert says: "What's Your god like?"
    "I like Brandon Sanderson, but..."
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    Warbreaker was truly a chore to get through. I liked the narrator well enough, but good lord. I spent 3/4 of the book waiting for something interesting to happen. Do yourself a favor and go read one of his other books, they are truly great books and much better paced.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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