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Richard Bolitho - Midshipman

October 1772, Portsmouth. Sixteen-year-old Richard Bolitho waits to join the Gorgon, ordered to sail to the west coast of Africa and to destroy those who challenge the King's Navy. For Bolitho, and for many of the crew, it is a severe and testing initiation into the game of seamanship.

Midshipman Bolitho and the Avenger

December 1773, Falmouth. The young Bolitho looks forward to a family Christmas in Cornwall while the Gorgon is refitted. But Cornwall is the treacherous stamping ground of smugglers and wreckers. After the murder of a revenue officer, Bolitho is swept aboard his brother's cutter, Avenger, on a dangerous mission of hide-and-seek.

©1975 Alexander Kent (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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"One of our foremost writers of naval fiction...authentic, inspiring, well-characterised and, finally, moving." (Sunday Times)

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This is *not* the book advertised.

They publishers information says all three of the novellas of Bolitho's early career as a Midshipman are included. They are *not*. Band of Brothers is not in this audiobook. And two chapters of Bolitho and the Avenger repeat so. Otherwise the narration is excellent and what is there is quite enjoyable. But we will never get to hear the details of the events leading up to Bolitho's appointment to Lieutenant.

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Midshipman Bolitho

This is a good story. There was only one problem, somewhere around chapter 12 the narration began to repeat and reread about 4 chapters. The writer did his research. He was very specific about the workings of a ship of the times. However, I found the names of the characters made it difficult to follow the story and thus interfered with the flow. There were new characters introduced later but there was not enough time spent on them and who they were for me to get invested in there purpose. All in all it was a nice short story.

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Great story

Loved it. Great narrative. Keeps you wanting to listen to the whole thing at once

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good beginning

i have read the entire botiho series and listend to it all as well. the way Michael jayston reads the books he brings it alive and makes you feel like your on the poop deck with Richard bolitho.

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  • Karl
  • 12-19-16

missing band of brothers

I enjoyed the first two books but with dismay found that book 3 of the omnibus is missing.

have returned this now because this was an incomplete recording

Audible ensure you provide the complete offering correctly next time

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  • Richard J Munson
  • 04-04-18

this is a poor recording

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

yes because I wanted the stroy

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the recording stutters in places and 3 time played the wrong chapter

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  • Matthew Humphries
  • 03-06-18

Chapters out of order.

Pity that the chapters are all out of order, skipping about. It could have been good apart from that. have returned it until they fix it.

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  • S I.
  • 10-20-16

Quite good

This was my first hornblower novel, tried this one first as it is about his early years although its not the first to have been written. Wasn't enthralled by the short story format and while enjoyable not sure it gripped me as much as other historic naval novels I've listened to

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