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1812: The Navy's War Audiobook
1812: The Navy's War
Written by: 
George C. Daughan
Narrated by: 
Marc Vietor
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1812: The Navy's War Audiobook

1812: The Navy's War

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Publisher's Summary

At the outbreak of the War of 1812, America's prospects looked dismal. It was clear that the primary battlefield would be the open ocean, but America's war fleet, only 20 ships strong, faced a practiced British navy of more than a thousand men-of-war. Still, through a combination of nautical deftness and sheer bravado, the American navy managed to take the fight to the British and turn the tide of the war: on the Great Lakes, in the Atlantic, and even in the eastern Pacific.

In 1812: The Navy's War, prize-winning historian George C. Daughan tells the thrilling story of how a handful of heroic captains and their stalwart crews overcame spectacular odds to lead the country to victory against the world's greatest imperial power. A stunning contribution to military and national history, 1812: The Navy's War is the first complete account in more than a century of how the U.S. Navy rescued the fledgling nation and secured America's future.

©2011 George C. Daughan (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The War of 1812 was America's first great naval war, and George Daughan tells the story, from the coast of Brazil to the Great Lakes, from election campaigns to grand strategy to ship-to-ship combat. Sweeping, exciting and detailed." (Richard Brookhiser)

"A solidly researched, well-crafted account of U.S. sea power in the War of 1812… Daughan’s achievement is contextualizing the effect of [the U.S. Navy’s] victories…. What kept the peace, Daughan argues provocatively, was America’s post-war commitment to 'a strong navy, an adequate professional army, and the financial reforms necessary to support them' - in other words, an effective deterrent." (Publishers Weekly)

"Vietor’s timing and pacing are perfectly aligned with the narrative style of the text." (Audiofile)

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    Corey DOVER, DE, United States 02-10-14
    Corey DOVER, DE, United States 02-10-14 Member Since 2015
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    "An in-depth history of the war of 1812"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It can get a bit long-winded at times.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    He provided some truly interesting stories and anecdotes from first-hand accounts which really spiced up the story and kept my interest.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reader was serviceable, caused me to get a bit sleepy after a while. Possibly because his reading pace was a bit slow.


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    Michael J. Morris Raleigh, NC 01-25-14
    Michael J. Morris Raleigh, NC 01-25-14 Member Since 2016
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    "A Great End-to-End Review of the War of 1812"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Covers multiple angles of the War of 1812, not just the Navy. Includes Army battles, US politics, Napoleon's wars, etc. Everything that affected this war.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The US Navy captains who didn't give a crap about British superiority at sea and took the fight to the British again and again


    What does Marc Vietor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Proper pronunciations of all the names and sites


    Any additional comments?

    A bit hard to keep track of all the names and places. It was fun to listen to the battles around Buffalo and Niagara Falls since I grew up there, but the rest of the places were hard to keep up with. I found myself checking Google maps later

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    jack 12-18-13
    jack 12-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent Book and intriguing story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, very interesting facts about American in it's infancy and how we muddled through in this early war.


    What about Marc Vietor’s performance did you like?

    HIs emphasis was always spot on.


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    William Charlotte, NC, United States 12-11-13
    William Charlotte, NC, United States 12-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A Lot of History"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, The book was good, but a lot of history and dry at times. I did learn many details about the War of 1812. This is one that I would listen to again because I missed some details during the first listening.


    Would you be willing to try another book from George C. Daughan? Why or why not?

    Yes, I love History.


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    Acteon Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 12-05-13
    Acteon Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 12-05-13

    Acteon

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    "Well worth listening to"
    What made the experience of listening to 1812: The Navy's War the most enjoyable?

    The exciting sea battles. This book really gives a sense of what they were like, as well as their significance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 1812: The Navy's War?

    The victories of Decatur, Hull, Porter, Biddle, etc. at sea. But two moments that touches me most were the disappearance of the Essex after its victories and the Epervier carrying the Moroccan peace treaty and two newly-wed lieutenants Decatur was sending home so that they could join their wives. Through this book, I became more aware of the hardship of being at sea in those days as well as the horrors of sea battles (officers had a very good chance of being killed or wounded in every encounter). I was particularly impressed by the atrocious way seamen in the British navy were treated, something which led to widespread desertion and the impressing of American seamen that was one of the major reasons for the war. The bad treatment was not restricted to the Royal Navy; the detestable Admiral Bainbridge who was the highest ranking officer in the American navy also made himself hated by his men. But by and large the US seamen fared much better (depending on the captain), and I take a personal pleasure in imagining that this played a part in England's failure to beat the Americans whom the English politicians and military held in such contempt.


    Any additional comments?

    The book gives an excellent, thrilling (for the most part), and very detailed account of the war, its circumstances and its significance. I hesitated between 4 and 5 stars but opted for the latter.

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    Amazon Customer 03-27-13
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    "The Forgotten War"
    What made the experience of listening to 1812: The Navy's War the most enjoyable?

    The reader. Marc Vietor is an excellent reader, with a good combination of voice talents to keep what I'm sure was a slog of a read interesting for more than 10 hours.


    Would you recommend 1812: The Navy's War to your friends? Why or why not?

    Only if you're history-minded. The book is absolutely dense with unnecessary detail about individual ships and their crews. I really didn't need to know the number of crewmen on a ship that only appeared as part of a list of ships sunk in a battle.


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    M. E. Blackman 01-06-13
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    "Disturbing story, unfounded conclusions."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend all but the last chapter to those interested in the pure history of the War of 1812, as the author's conclusions regarding the performance and leadership of President Madison are ridiculous, given this long tale of the executive incompetence demonstrated by his administration. There are disturbing parallels to our present situation 200 years later.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, it would be too depressing.


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    Helgi 12-17-12
    Helgi 12-17-12
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    "Early US history & political development"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 1812: The Navy's War to be better than the print version?

    Besides beign a history about the 'comming of age' for the USA it is interesting for it's tactical, strategic and political narative. It connects the history of the independency with the history of the civil war. Present-day political themes are easily recognised, together with unrelenting criticism on the handling of the invasion of Canada. Besides some rare heroics mostly the harsh reality of the commoners life and war is described. Like the war, in the end the story becomes 'a drag'. Probably unavoidable given the level of detail that was engaged upon.


    If you’ve listened to books by George C. Daughan before, how does this one compare?

    r


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    Kevin BOSTON, MA, United States 12-10-12
    Kevin BOSTON, MA, United States 12-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great read...."

    Overall, an excellent read. I am not that familiar with the subject matter so cannot opine on the accuracy/completeness, but from an popular history perspective outstanding.

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    Bob Duarte, CA, United States 10-10-12
    Bob Duarte, CA, United States 10-10-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Fascinating account of a forgotten war"

    This is the fascinating story of "the little nation that could." The U.S. with a fledgling navy of a few ships took on one of the greatest naval powers the world had seen up until that time. This book shows how the U.S. overcame the overwhelming odds against it and changed U.S.-British relations forever.

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