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  • The Great Siege: Malta 1565

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ernle Bradford
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (137)

    Suleiman the Magnificent, sultan of the Ottoman Empire and the most powerful ruler in the world, was determined to conquer Europe. Only one thing stood in his way: the island of Malta, occupied by the Knights of Saint John, the Holy Roman Empire’s finest warriors. Determined to capture Malta and use its port to launch operations against Europe, Suleiman sent overwhelming forces. A few thousand defenders in Fort Saint Elmo fought to the last man.

    Tad Davis says: "Stirring tale of courage and endurance"
    "Lost classic"
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    If you could sum up The Great Siege in three words, what would they be?

    Historic, epic, engrossing


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Simon Vance's delivery brings the weight of history to this under-told event. You are immersed by his speech but never overwhelmed and never, never bored. Minor details become as vibrant as the battles themselves in his capable narration.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, yes and again yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Published in 1961, this history of the Turkish invasion on Malta and its epic defense by the Knights of St John is a truly fine historical account. Six hundred years after the events, it is still a stirring account of heroism, devotion and courage.

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