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It is 1796 and a diminutive, Corsican-born French general has inherited a ragtag army and turned it into an unstoppable fighting force. Within months, Napoleon's storm rolls across Italy and strikes a lethal blow against the Austrian empire.

But while the soil of Piedmont and Tuscany runs with blood, another battle takes shape on the mysterious Adriatic Sea. Alan Lewrie and his 18-gun sloop, HMS Jester, part of a squadron of four British warships, sail into the thick of it. But with England's alies failing, Napoleon busy rearranging the world map, and their squadron streched dangerously thin along the Croation coast, the British squadron commander strikes a devils bargain: enlisting the aid of Serbian pirates.

©2002 Dewey Lambdin (P)2011 Random House

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  • Bonnie
  • Bellmore, NY, United States
  • 01-16-11

Book eight of the series

I wish that Audiable would get the books in order. Book nine is still missing "The Kings Capstan" have books 10, and 11. I want to read in order.so putting off until book nine is available. You should start wiht the first book in the series
1 The King's Coat (1989)
2The French Admiral (1990)
3 The King's Commission (1991)
4 The King's Privateer (1992)
5 The Gun Ketch (1993)
6 H.M.S. Cockerel (1995)
7 A King's Commander (1997)
8 Jester's Fortune (1999)
9 The King's Captain (2000)
10 Sea of Grey (2002)
11Havoc's Sword (2003)
12 The Captain's Vengeance (2004)
13A King's Trade (2006)
14Troubled Waters (2008)
15The Baltic Gambit (2009
Each book gets better I promise

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  • Dennis
  • FORT PIERCE, FL, United States
  • 08-23-13

Jester is a great name for Alan's ship

What made the experience of listening to Jester's Fortune the most enjoyable?

Well, the cast of characters work well together and Allen has got to keep his pants on

What other book might you compare Jester's Fortune to and why?

I read the #5 book and will read #6 next not one this entertaining

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

Mr John Lee is the best he adds so much to the characters it brings them to life

Who was the most memorable character of Jester's Fortune and why?

Allen of course

Any additional comments?

Look forward to reading them all

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  • Donald
  • Silver Springs, NY, United States
  • 05-12-12

Jesters Fortune - next in the series Kings Capt

Although Jesters Fortune was most enjoyable the next in the series Kings Captain is missing from Audible. The Audible series skips to Sea of Gray missing the continuation of the series (Kings Captain). I would recommend that you purchase Kings Captain and read it before starting Sea of Gray. If not you are unsure how Jester's ends and the new ship and his promotion begins.

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  • Edward
  • Salt Lake City, UT, United States
  • 03-05-12

Pretty good

Where does Jester's Fortune rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is the eighth book in the series which is very entertaining. Unfortunately the next book is not available in audio formate. The one after that is in audio but its hit and miss from then on. I did read the entire series and I am currently reading the latest book on my kindle. I should say that most of these I read several years ago. As far as ranking I can't decide. It's like one continuous story. Some exciting times, some not so much, but fun and entertaining.

What other book might you compare Jester's Fortune to and why?

The entire Dewey Lambdin series.

Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Just the other Lambdin books. He is excellent.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Not for kids.

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  • Michael
  • Diamond Bar, CA, United States
  • 03-05-18

2 Dozen for the Narrator

Very good story told in Mr., Lambdin's wonderful style but the narrator COMPLETELY missed the mark with his totally inept pronunciation of the Austrian translator and very poor handling of the Croatian characters. Fortunately the author has provided sufficient ancillary narrative to permit a full understanding of the meaning of the conversations.

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not my favorite in the series

i feel like this book is setting the stage for a better one. not bad at all, i enjoyed it, but compaired to the richness of the rest of the series this one didnt seam as grand.

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  • Keith
  • United States
  • 09-10-12

Lewrie at his best

Where does Jester's Fortune rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best reads in the series. I didn't know any of napoleon's history.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Jester's Fortune?

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Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

As usual -great. John Lee is one of my favorite narrators.

If you could rename Jester's Fortune, what would you call it?

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Any additional comments?

Audible needs to complete the series - all of the lewrie tales.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Narrator should stick to English pronounciations

What did you like best about Jester's Fortune? What did you like least?

A good history of more obscure naval activities in the Adriatic. But I would have liked a bit more military action with real combatants rather than beating up on the illegal merchant trade. A unusual glimpse into muslim and non muslim sensibilities of 200 years ago that still are inplay today. Who would have thought that the Brits would play this race card, even in a clandestine fashion. In this book and the last 2 books in the series, John Lee has been merciless to my ears in his rendition of other than English pronounciations. John spare your loyal listeners your take on French, German, Serbian, etc.

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

The sailing part.most interesting.The military action and its time in history also of interest. The hero's lustful torments is the least interesting.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Yes, speak clear English only.

Do you think Jester's Fortune needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

There's a long series of books.

Any additional comments?

no

1 of 2 people found this review helpful