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  • Dreadnought

  • By: Cherie Priest
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 273

Nurse Mercy Lynch is elbows deep in bloody laundry at a war hospital in Richmond, Virginia, when Clara Barton comes bearing bad news: Mercy’s husband has died in a POW camp. On top of that, a telegram from the west coast declares that her estranged father is gravely injured, and he wishes to see her. Reaching the Mississippi is a harrowing adventure, but that's just the beginning.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mercy Lynch: nurse extraordinaire

  • By Eivind on 10-07-10

Adventure about a nurse being a nurse...

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-11

When I read a story or watch a movie, I expect the main character, no matter how much of an expert they are in their field or career, to be thrown into something that's out of their element. This is true whether it's a science fiction adventure or a romantic comedy.

Dreadnought fails to deliver this. Nurse Mercy Lynch, while a strong female lead, never gets thrown into something that she's unprepared for. Instead, everywhere she goes she's just doing her usual job of patching people up. When she gets thrown into the middle of a battle, she patches someone up and moves along. When something else happens, she again patches someone up and moves along. Somewhere past half of the book, she gets to a place where I think she'll finally get thrown into something crazy, but no; she AGAIN patches someone up and moves along.

I got about 3/4 of the way through this audio book before finally giving up. Kate Reading's performance was perfectly fine, but it couldn't help the fundamental failure in storytelling.

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