©2004 David Donachie; (P)2007 Soundings
I wasn't expecting this to live up to Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin series,let alone Patrick Tull's magnificent narration, but I needed to feed my nautical fiction habit somehow. Maybe in later books Pearce performs heroic feats worthy of his predecessors in the genre, but not in this one. What a wimp!
Yes, if they enjoy historical fiction
The descriptions of the sailing technology of the time period.
The same as the book title
I have listened to this authors work under his other pen name Jack Ludlow. This is the first I have purchased under his real name. I cannot wait until the release of the next Ludlow book , the sequel to "Son of Blood". A fantastic series about the Normans in Italy.
This isn't an action series. The sea battle aspect of this series is not the focus. Rather, this series is a work of historical interest which illuminates the life of the times and the politics of the times. If history interests you, then you are in the right place. If you want sea battles and dashing heroes, you best look elsewhere.
The book was a very pleasant diversion and the narrative was enjoyable. Peter Wickham has a nice range of accents and vocal styles. I loved his Irish accent. As a fan of the British Naval Fiction genre, I was happy to find this new series - worth a try if you enjoy seafaring stories.
An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.
It is mine but sooner or later they all start to sound the same; the sea-lingo, the misery of the times under tar. But then again, you get the scent of seaboard life, hear the creaks and smile as you go back a couple of hundred years from the comfort of your iPod. Less 'hearty' than some but with a good twist. Great read too!
It's hard to assess this book. I knew it would be well read as I've previously bought a couple of Kate Ellis audiobooks and enjoyed Peter Wickham's narration. By The Mast Divided is clearly well researched with painstaking attention to detail. The problem I found is that the descriptions of activities and the development of the characters are done so thoroughly that it takes most of the pace out of the story. Almost all of part one - just over seven hours of listening - is over and all we've done is get the main characters pressed into naval service and leaving English shores. I feel a bit of a misery criticising the book because the quality of the writing is very good. However, I found myself 'tuning out' for a few minutes, then paying attention again and finding I hadn't missed much! On the basis of this, I much prefer Bernard Cornwell to David Donachie when we're fighting the French and the officer classes!
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