Peter Simple is a towering tale from the great age of sail, filled with keen wit, vivid characters, and thrilling adventure.
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"[Marryat's] adventures are enthralling; the rapidity of his action fascinates....His greatness is undeniable." (Joseph Conrad)
OK, I'll break the ice here. This book is wonderfully entertaining. I hadn't heard of it before, but narrator Frederick Davidson never seems to pick a dud, so I gave it a listen. The book is 300 years old, if I remember correctly, but the language is fresh and easily understandable. Very funny, even to the modern reader, and not in that high-brow way in which we're supposed to think a 500-year-old Shakespeare comedy is funny. The depiction of a naval press gang at work is worth the price alone. Anyone who enjoyed the Master and Commander series by Patrick O'Brien will love this one, too.
I almost gave up on reading this, the story starts out slow... At least the first 1/2 hour. But after Peter goes to sea the story really picks up. I recommend to this for Nautical fiction fans of any stripe. Its hard to believe this book is 200+ years old. The humor is great, and very relevant. Just give it a half-hour, because the novel is totally worth it.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This book was first published in 1834. Frederick Marryat (1792-1848) was a British Royal Naval officer, novelist and knew Charles Dickens. Marryat developed the widely used system of maritime flag signaling known as Marryat’s Code. He wrote a semiautobiographical novel “The Midshipman Easy.” He is famous as an early pioneer of sea stories.
This book is probably the most accurate account about life at sea in the Napoleonic era as it was mostly likely taken from the authors own experiences. Patrick O’Brian had stated he was inspired by Marryat’s writings.
Marryat writes with such vivid descriptions it makes the story most enjoyable. Peter Simple is a young British Midshipman sailing for fame and fortune in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic War. Marryat writes with humor and the English is as it was in 1834. Marryat provides the reader with the slang of the sailing navy of the time along with the definitions. The social life reveals life as it was then including the prejudices and racism of the period. The author is a great story teller and he writes mainly of human nature.
If you enjoy sea stories of the Napoleonic era you will most certainly enjoy this story. Frederick Davidson narrated the book.
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.
Frederick Davidson places a unique audible spin on this very funny and advanced tale when you discover how long ago it was penned. Peter Simple starts off in the most bumbling of fashions and through his many escapades discovers people who accept he is not the smartest but have high hopes for his improvement. What the narrator brings is a smug quirkiness and naive simplicity to the voice through what appears, at first listen, to be a monotonous delivery. He sounds bored but, given time, this very boredom IS the essence of the character. His Irish delivery is fast and very very funny.
If you like tales of the sea give this book a try for it will make you laugh but you have to get past the implied 'irritation' in the voice. When you get over that you find it is empirical to the tone of the whole tale.
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
I love British navy stories and this is as good as either the series by Patrick OBrien or the Alan Lewrie series. The good or bad point depending on your viewpoint is that there is only one of them. It is not a long series. This has more humor than the other two series and is quite funny at times. I enjoyed this and it was worth the one credit. If you have listened to all the other series or are tired of those characters try this one instead.
There's a plot that chugs along to an inevitable conclusion, but that's OK. The humor, character development and description of life in the Royal Navy raise the book way above the formula. The narrator brings these good points forward. The more I listened, the more I liked it.
Currently a local truck driver who has hours to listen to my audio books. I am hooked, some of my fellow drivers enjoy them also
This is a refreshing insight to a time when people's worlds where very small till the were forced to travel A great story
Watching Peter go from a frail boy to a real man who could think for himself he had alot of help and alot of curves in the path of life
I enjoyed Mr Davidson's read he did a great job look forward to more of his work
If time would allow it was a new twist on the war from a young man's side
If you were rich and powerful you could get away with murder of anything else
It has everything. Everything that a book should have. Adventure, battles, love, and the best thing of all. It was fun and funny.
"I nibbles on her for four years before I sailed her." " You got have a women with good ballast to keep her up right." (I'm paraphrasing here.) "A women with drink is like a ship without a rudder." I been married for 15 years and its all true. I love this book.
I felt like the Lord so and so was reading to me. Like little boy hearing a an adventure, and that how it should be read.
The Irish characters and the priest. Oh my gosh that was the best part is herring the Irish. It is so real. I'm chocoholic and I could relate to everything about the characters. I love characters that are real and you are able to pick fun at. Its like family. The Irish are not shy about pointing out the elephant in the room. God bless them.
I love 18th to early 20th century novels. I think because life sucked so much back then they needed to have good stories. To give you hope. That there is a pay off for being good. Now days its all about guns, sex and violence. This book had that, but it didn't. What the difference. Oh Yeah its called,"GOOD WRITING."
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