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"The best historical novels ever written." (The New York Times Book Review)
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for whatever reason, i could only get the first section at 48mb, so it sounded like someone was reading it to me over the phone, but the other sections were fine. anyhow, at first i thought, my god, are they ever going to sink anybody? but i wound up glad that we got a better look at all the characters involved. a fine book. can't wait to get to the next.
Can't believe that this fellow actually does this for a living. It was not enjoyable listing to him smack his lips and burble into the microphone. Do yourself a favor and get an audiobook spoken by anyone else. Worst I've ever heard.
Once you notice the narrator doing this continually, it will drive you mad. I'm switching to the other narrator for this reason. There isn't as much sea salt in his voice but not as much spit either.
I was looking for a nautical Sharpe, but instead found this dull book. When there is some action, it's very good. However most of the book is spent on land, full of tiresome conversation (see for example Pride and Prejudice). I was very surprised and disappointed given the other good reviews; I don't know whether to try another in this series or not. It was a struggle for me to finish this book.
Having listened and enjoyed to all the Sharpe novels, I have tried the single well-recorded Hornblower book on Audible and it's FAR better than this. Now I'm stuck for what historical military fiction to listen to next!
If you desire a high-energy action packed novel this is not it. Too slow a pace for my tastes. Admittedly there were some exciting although infrequent scenes. While the reader did an excellent job of bringing the various characters to life, I was frankly glad when it was over.
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