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.
(P)2001 Blackstone Audiobooks
"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)
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!
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!
it was supposed to be theater in audiobook form and it was just some old monosyllabic fool reading a book.
The whole thing stunk
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.
Don't advertise it as one thing and then sell something else. What a waste of time.
The narration is a downer at first but the story is great and I got used to the monotone of the narrator. He does use inflections but they are subtle until you become accustomed to it. Definitely worth the read so don't let the narrator throw you off this -one of Henty's best books!
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