In this seminal story of naval life during the Napoleonic wars, Frederick Marryat's young hero embarks upon a life at sea and finds it to be a rough school indeed. Simple's trials and triumphs, with his faithful mentor, Terence O'Brien, at his side, mirror Marryat's personal experiences. Among the exciting events depicted are the hand-to-hand combat of "cutting-out" missions, the devastating hurricane off St. Pierre, and a mutiny aboard the Rattlesnake.
The charm AND the drawback of this book was that it was written 200 + years ago.It is a rollicking cheerful look at the British navy and the prevailing class culture of that period.As such it portrays and assumes nobility and birth as for the most part good.
The writing/plot with it's twists and challenges is interesting sprinkled with interesting stories by the various characters both high and low born.Riches to rags to riches with plenty of adventure in between. It would not be a best seller today but inteersting because it WAS written 200 + years ago.
Following the disastrous Java Sea campaign, the Allies went on the offensive in the Pacific in a desperate attempt to halt the Japanese forces that were rampaging across the region. With the conquest of Australia a very real possibility, the stakes were high. Their target: the Japanese-held Soloman Islands, in particular the southern island of Guadalcanal. Hamstrung by arcane pre-war thinking and a bureaucratic mind-set, the US Navy had to adapt on the fly in order to compete with the mighty Imperial Japanese Navy, whose ingenuity had fostered the creation of its Pacific empire.
The story of what happened in the Guadacanal-Solomans compaign is fascinating , informative and full of things I didn't know.However the endless litany of
Japanese ship names was distracting. An American ship name like the Lexington,Hornet or Enterprise has meaning other then the ship name.The same is true of the Japanese ship names but unless you speak Japanese the names are just so much background noise distracting from the story itself.I want to hear what happened not 10 Japanese ship names and then what happened.
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The Battle of Britain paints a stirring picture of an extraordinary summer when the fate of the world hung by a thread. Historian James Holland has now written the definitive account of those months based on extensive new research from around the world, including thousands of new interviews with people on both sides of the battle.
It is easy to look back at history with hindsight.But Imagine if you and everybody you knew as well as the leaders of your country expected to shortly be invaded by a country that by far outnumbered your country in both men and equipment. Would you want to fight or reach an agreement that, while it might prevent war, would make you subject to that country ??
Well as you know the Brits decided to fight. This book gives you both the story and the story behind the story from France to the turning point.....what happened ,How it happened,what the Brits did and how they did it.
It is full of facts that I didn't know or only knew in the most general of terms. For example I vaguely remember that Joe Kennedy,father of JFK,Bobby and Ted was the American Ambassador to Britain.
I didn't know he continually reported to Roosevelt that Britain had no chance to survive and it was best for the U.S. to stay out of it.
Well the Brits fought on by themselves ,and if you like WW II History you will find The Battle Of Britain both fascinating and informative, a great History lesson and an inspiring story.
Ben and Marian Rolfe are desperate to escape a stifling summer in their tiny Brooklyn apartment, so when they get the chance to rent a mansion in upstate New York for the entire summer for only $900, it's an offer that's too good to refuse. There's only one catch: behind a strange and intricately carved door in a distant wing of the house lives elderly Mrs. Allardyce, and the Rolfes will be responsible for preparing her meals. But Mrs. Allardyce never seems to emerge from her room, and it soon becomes clear that something weird and terrifying is happening in the house.
I agree with,As has been mentioned by other reviewers,you can see how this was an inspiration for S.King for The Shining and for many other writers.The story was entertaining for the most part and historically significant in the genre. I probably would never listen to it again and would recommend listeners to listen or re-listen to someone like S.King.
On a dark night in 1775, Lizzie Boylston is awakened by the sound of cannons. From a hill south of Boston, she watches as fires burn in Charlestown, in a battle that she soon discovers has claimed her husband's life.
The author brings you into the thoughts,attitudes ,fears ,prejudices and everyday life during the period surrounding our 1776 revolution. The story is told by a young widow and midwife against the backdrop of conflict between Patriots and Tories.The author weaves an interesting plot while developing her characters as she depicts the everyday life of the period with it's challenges,joys and hardships.Relationships and bonds of friendship sustain people in this era before electricity,TV etc.The story/plot develops as these friendships and relationships evolve.
As a man I tend to action ,adventure ,sci fi,and history. For me this is an entertaining charming glimpse into an important slice of American history as seen from a woman's point of view.Men are definitely part of the story but in reading it, you can't help but think that through history men have no monopoly on courage in the face of hardship.
Julia Whelan does a superb job as narrator.She really makes you feel like the main character is telling the story.
Novelist and prizewinning historian Winston Groom's gripping history of the four-year battle for Ypres in Belgian Flanders, the pivotal engagement of World War I that would forever change the way the world fought - and thought about - war. This is Groom's account of what would become the most dreaded place on Earth.
This book is a graphic description of the genuine horror that was WW 1 in the trenches.and the failure of the Generals on both sides to realize how new technology required different approaches .Pig headedly charging entrenched positions defended by machine guns, artillery and modern rifles is akin to breaching a concrete wall by battering your head against it.The end result was hundreds of thousands of unburied corpses in No Man's Land and buried corpses everywhere IN ,UNDER and around the trenches.There is more to the book than this but it certainly pulls no punches. The book was real,well written and the narrator was great. It had a profound effect on me.Normally I would listen to a historical book like this several times but I am not sure I want to think about such things again.
If you want to get the skinny on WW 1, I suggest you listen to the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Barbara Tuchman....THE GUNS OF AUGUST....I have listened to this several times and will do so again. Tuchman describes the culture and organization of the German,
Russian,British and French Armies and then takes you on a roller coaster ride of action that was the opening campaign. A Storm In Flanders is a blood and guts description of what happened in the years after the Germans were stopped and everyone dug in.
In the autumn of 1777, near Saratoga, New York, an inexperienced and improvised American army led by General Horatio Gates faced off against the highly trained British and German forces led by General John Burgoyne. The British strategy in confronting the Americans in upstate New York was to separate rebellious New England from the other colonies.
......And so the Courage and Determination of various collections of militias from various parts of the old colonies showed the Bloody British and the rest of the world that the Rebels could fight and win out over one the world's foremost best trained armies in their own way and on their own terms.
The British learned that it was not a good idea to march even a highly skilled well disciplined professional army down roads surrounded by forests and angry American Rebels.
1777 is an hour by hour account of what many consider to be the turning point in the American Revolution.The indecision and excellent organizational skills of Gates,the hot headed Benedict Arnold,Gentlemen Johnny Burgoyne and MANY more characters and facts both familiar and unfamiliar are all there.
A major factor in the American success was that through the efforts of the governor of New York, the American forces were for a change Very Well Supplied.If you want historical detail and a lot of things you didn't know about Saratoga this is the book for you. If you don't,wait for a historical novel "Shaara"version to come along.
I would read both.
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In the year AD 3000, Earth is a barren wasteland, plundered of its natural resources by the millennium-long regime of taloned, gas-breathing, nine-foot alien conquerors from the planet Psychlo. Fewer than 35,000 humans survive in a handful of communities scattered across the face of a postapocalyptic Earth. From a desolate village in the Rocky Mountains near what once was Denver, Colorado, a courageous young man named Jonnie Goodboy Tyler embarks on a hero's journey to challenge the fearful myths of his people.
For me, if an audio book is a good listen with a good narrator..........the longer the better.
As soon as I finish any book I either start a new one or re-listen to an old one anyway.
If you agree then 47 + hours of Battlefield earth is a bargain.If it were written today it would be crafted as a trilogy and you would pay for three 15 1/2 hour books.Hubbard is a good story teller and while Battlefield is close to old fashion space opera.It is GOOD space opera with a premise and just enough science to make it interesting and entertaining.
The Production's special effects are icing on the cake.The alien main villain is an excellent counterpoint to the hero.,Think of a believable Darth Vader without his good points.
When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.
1st to kill is an action thriller in the Jack Reecher vein. If you are in the mood [I was] to be simply entertained by a good shoot em up action plot you will enjoy this book.
Doing accents is not the narrators forte and at times these accents are distracting.
Still overall it's a good listen.
The Generals is the compelling second novel in Simon Scarrow's best-selling Wellington and Napoleon quartet. In the turbulent aftermath of the French Revolution, Napoleon Bonaparte stands accused of treachery and corruption. His reputation is saved by his skill in leading his men to victory in Italy and Egypt. But then he must restore order in France and find peace or victory over her enemies: England and Arthur Wellesley (the future Duke of Wellington).
Simon Scarrow does for Napolean and Wellington what Shaara did for for Lee and his generals in the Killer Angels.It is a worthy 2nd installment of a series which began with Young Bloods.Scarrow further develops Napolean's development from a Corsican Patriot into a meglomaniac genius rising to greatness on the blood of his soldiers .Not that he doesn't care for them but his attitude and philosopy contrasts with Wellington who is depicted as another great commander but with a totally different approach.
The Generals is a great way to learn and/or brush up on a period in the Napoleanic era and be entertained at the same time. One thought I had was that rising from the brutality of the French Revolution, if Napolean had not Seized power he probably would have been assassinated or executed.