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Michael

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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"
    "A Wonderful Voyage"
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    More a compilation of primary sources and first-hand accounts than a standard history book, The War for All the Oceans reads like a novel and is a very enjoyable story.

    Roy and Lesley Adkins tell the story of the Napoleonic Wars from the perspectives and experiences of the men who lived and died during the conflict. While the narrative follows primary historical figures--Napoleon, Nelson, Smith--the history comes alive through voices of the ordinary men who history so often overlooks.

    A highly recommended read that is skillfully narrated by Patrick Lawlor (although I don't like his American voice), The War for All the Oceans is a refreshingly different sort of history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Orc King: Forgotten Realms: Transitions, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (508)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (319)

    An uneasy peace between the dwarves of Mithral Hall and the orcs of the newly established Kingdom of Many-Arrows can't last long. The orc tribes united under Obould begin to fight each other, and Bruenor is determined to finish the war that nearly killed him and almost destroyed everything he's worked to build. But it will take more than swords and axes to bring a lasting peace to the Spine of the World.

    eastbayrae says: "The reader is horrid!"
    "Bring back the original narrator!"
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    This is going to sound harsh, but I simply cannot stand this narrator.

    After listening to Victor Bevine narrate the entire series up to this point, I can't bear to hear the story from another person's voice. He butchers the names and the voices are all "off". It's too jarring a transition.

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