All of the Hornblower books are excellent and this one is no exception. Forrester is a master of his craft and his detailed knowledge of how the British navy worked and how ships were sailed make the action believable and convincing.
Unfortunately this audio book is spoiled for me by the narrator who has a slow and mournful delivery that sounds like a vicar on Valium preaching a long and boring sermon.
The other books in this series are read by Christian Rodska who does a much better job.
The book contains a huge amount of fascinating and very convincing detail. It is well written and the performance is excellent.
It is, however, very different from Cornwells other books with a rather melodramatic and, frankly, unconvincing plot.
It's almost as if someone else has written the basic story and then Bernard Cornwell has worked on it to add the detail and atmosphere which he does so well.
This is the first of his books that I have read or listened to that I would rate with less than five stars.
Yes, and I am certain that I will. If you ever want to know what it was really like to be involved in a WW2 night bombing raid from the point of view of all those involved on both sides, read this book!
There are so many that it's difficult to choose, but the fate of Lambert, the English bomber pilot, after all the raids he has done and everything he has been through sums the whole thing up beautifully.
He has a measured delivery that does not sensationalise whilst at the same time never let's you get bored.
It came as close to making me cry as any book I have read / listened to
I spend time with WW2 RAF veterans at an annual event and these interactions just make the events depicted in the book more immediate and more personal. I can imagine these old men in their youth going on these raids, not just the one time depicted in this book but several times a week. And they are the lucky ones who made it through. In WW2, RAF Bomber Command aircrew took almost 50% fatal casualties, and hundreds of thousands of German civilians died in the raids they flew. This book makes those statistics very believable.
The Godfather is a great book and it is well read by Joe Mantegna. It has, however been cut to far by the abridger. Anyone who has read the original version will miss the detail and the sub-plots that have been omitted. Anyone who has not will not know what they have missed.
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