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Under Drake's Flag | [G.A. Henty]

Under Drake's Flag

A match at bowls was being played in which Drake and other high officers of the fleet were engaged, when a small armed vessel was seen running before the wind into Plymouth Harbor, with all sails set. Her commander landed in haste, and eagerly sought the place where the English lord admiral and his captains were standing. He was master of a Scottish privateer, and he told the English officers that he had that morning seen the Spanish Armada off the Cornish coast.
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Publisher's Summary

"A match at bowls was being played in which Drake and other high officers of the fleet were engaged, when a small armed vessel was seen running before the wind into Plymouth Harbor, with all sails set. Her commander landed in haste, and eagerly sought the place where the English lord admiral and his captains were standing. He was master of a Scottish privateer, and he told the English officers that he had that morning seen the Spanish Armada off the Cornish coast. At this exciting information the captains began to hurry down to the water, but Drake coolly checked his comrades and insisted that the match should be played out. 'There is time to finish the game first, and beat the Spaniards afterwards,' he said."

Such was the confidence of this daring privateer. His superb navigational skill enabled him to outrun or outmaneuver his incessant pursuers. He escaped so often and so ingeniously that he became legendary and was assumed by some to have supernatural powers.

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What the Critics Say

"In this old-fashioned tale of incredible escapades, a lad accompanies Sir Frances Drake on several amazing voyages. One of G.A. Henty's classic historical novels for children, this story also provides adults a glimpse of the exciting but ruthless life on the high seas and unexplored lands of the sixteenth century." (AudioFile)

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    "Destroyed by the reader"

    The above reviews are absolutely correct, the story is great but the reader is atrocious.

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    I was so much looking forward to a rollicing tale of adventure, which it well might be... but the story is deleivered in a truly tragic monologue. We turned it off after just a couple of minutes. How sad!

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    Frances Dorchester, MA, USA 07-12-05
    Frances Dorchester, MA, USA 07-12-05
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    "Dreadful waste of a credit"

    Please don't take this review as a negative criticism of the book - the text is interesting and typical of the genre but the narration is truly dreadful! I thought we had entered the era of interesting, animated readers and I have had many good listens with Audible but Oh Dear! the reading of this book is really, really bad. The pace is such that I thought the playback speed was just wrong. Even when you get used to the slow, slow pace of reading then there is no expression in the voice. Don't waste your credit on this!

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Mattapoisett, Morocco 01-27-14
    Susan Mattapoisett, Morocco 01-27-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Not what I expected."
    What would have made Under Drake's Flag better?

    it was supposed to be theater in audiobook form and it was just some old monosyllabic fool reading a book.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The whole thing stunk


    How could the performance have been better?

    Do what it was advertised to do which was to be engaging and entertaining. I'd never subject my grandchildren to this boring an account of some very important history lessons.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Great disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't advertise it as one thing and then sell something else. What a waste of time.

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    Kellie 07-03-15
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    "Don't hesitate to get this if you're a Henty fan"

    I hesitated for years to get this book because the reading sample sounded bad. The narrator is a bit bland BUT it does not detract from the book at all. So glad I got it. It's one of my favorite Henty's.

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