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  • The Mutiny on Board H.M.S. Bounty: A Voyage to the South Sea and the Terrible Mutiny on Board

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By William Bligh
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    This documentary records the events of the most celebrated mutiny in the annals of the sea: the 1789 revolt against Captain William Bligh in the West Indies. Was Bligh a sadistic disciplinarian who terrorized his crew? Or a superb and misunderstood seaman? Over 200 years later, the controversy surrounding this legendary captain still rages. The truth may lie in this narrative based on the ship’s log, in which Bligh writes of the resentful crew, ravaging storms, and uncharted islands that led to mutiny.

    James says: "Great For Cruising and Other Open Water Sailors"
    "Great For Cruising and Other Open Water Sailors"
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    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    For those with a good grasp on world coastal geography and enjoy open water sailing its a very good experience and very well performed. Bligh's side of the story has been lost in the Hollywood nonsense and as a navigator he deserves better. It is not a pedestrian read and those expecting the Gable/Brando/Gibson dramatic treatment will be disappointed. It is a thoughtful description of exploration and what live at sea in the 18th Century was like. I would recommend to some friends without qualification (i.e. those who enjoy the Lewis and Clark Journals in the original) and probably not to others but the performance is excellent.


    What other book might you compare The Mutiny on Board H.M.S. Bounty to and why?

    Lewis and Clark Journals, Beyond the 100th Meridian


    Which character – as performed by Norman Dietz – was your favorite?

    N/A


    Do you think The Mutiny on Board H.M.S. Bounty needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    Its a serious piece of history and a great sea tale

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Water, Green Skipper: A Memoir of Sailing Alone Across the Atlantic

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Steven Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Stuart Woods had never owned more than a dinghy before setting out on one of the world's most demanding sea voyages, navigating single-handedly across the Atlantic. How, at the age of 37, did this self-proclaimed novice go from small ponds to the big sea? Now with a new afterword that looks back at how one transatlantic race changed his life, Woods takes listeners on a spectacular journey not just of traveling across the world, but of being tried in fire, learning by accepting challenges, appreciating the beauty of the open water, and living to tell about it.

    Steven says: "If you love the idea of sailing."
    "A well written non-fiction piece"
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    Would you listen to Blue Water, Green Skipper again? Why?

    Yes, as a non-fiction piece it is independently entertaining and it is both well written and well read. Probably a bit better for those who truly aspire to spending time on the sea but it is a good personal journey with a fine cast of ancillary characters. Neither wallows in nor sugar coats the risks of open ocean sailing and, to his credit, Mr. Woods does not hide his mistakes along the way.


    What other book might you compare Blue Water, Green Skipper to and why?

    A more modern version of Slocum's Sailing alone around the world and Sir Francis Chichester's tale of his own circumnavigation.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Second World War: Milestones to Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Sir Winston Churchill
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (1308)
    Performance
    (721)
    Story
    (718)

    Churchill's history of the Second World War is, and will remain, the definitive work. Lucid, dramatic, remarkable for its breadth and sweep and for its sense of personal involvement, it is universally acknowledged as a magnificent reconstruction.

    John M says: "Brilliant! Only Churchill could have done this."
    "Milestones to Disaster Is An Essential Read"
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    Where does The Second World War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the top ten in History Category


    What about Christian Rodska’s performance did you like?

    He captured both the essence of the author and the voice of times


    Any additional comments?

    As the Greatest Generation passes, it is easy to lose sight of how their sacrifices became necessary. In that sense, if we lose the small steps and warning signals from 1918 to 1940 we risk the need for that sort of sacrifice being necessary again. Whether the Iranian nuclear program is our Sudetenland crisis or something else. This work along with Shirer's Berlin Diaries are most reads for that period.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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