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FNH Audio presents an unabridged reading of this WWI naval history by an author who actually took part in the battle(s) described. This plain, unvarnished account, so far as is known, is the first attempt that has been made to link with the description of the Battle of the Falkland Islands, fought on December 8th 1914, to the events leading up to that engagement. Each phase presented has been read and approved by officers who participated.
What disappointed you about The Battle of the Falkland Islands?
The reader was very, very weak. He had no ability to pronounce anything "foreign".
Has The Battle of the Falkland Islands turned you off from other books in this genre?
No. I have listened to many good recordings.
What didn’t you like about Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot’s performance?
Nothing...nuffin'. Is he kidding?
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
A slow groan
Any additional comments?
Don't buy. Remove from Audio library.
Good story of naval war in wwi. The reader is a bit high pitched but it is worth a listen.
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
Avoid this book if you have ever heard German language spoken. The narrators pronounciation of German words, ship names and names of persons, is so bad as to make them almost completely unrecognisable.
Would you be willing to try another book from H Spencer-Cooper? Why or why not?
I dont know, I gave up on the book due to the narration.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot?
Whatever narrator is selected, needs as a minimum to be capable of pronouncing German in a way that is even remotely recognisable as german, rather than just jiberish....
Was The Battle of the Falkland Islands worth the listening time?
No, half the story gets "lost in pronounciation"
Any additional comments?
This is a very interesting read, and a great introduction to naval warfare in WW1. You really see the difficulties faced by the navies of both sides, with ships that only have limited range, and very few sources of intelligence to find out where the enemy is. There are interesting details on life on board, and the problems and processes of actually fighting the ship. It is hard to follow some of the action without the maps (which are supplied as a pdf, although if, like me, you listen while driving then consulting them isn't really possible) but they are well enough described that this isn't a huge problem, and you get the general idea.
My only gripe would be the narrator; I like his voice, but he is let down by some of his pronounciations. In particular, his version of what 'Gneisenau' should sound like was initially very grating.
Would you listen to The Battle of the Falkland Islands again? Why?
Yes, it is a fascinating and emotional story; bravery mixed with tragedy for both sides
Would you be willing to try another one of Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot’s performances?
Yes but only if he brushes up on his pronunciation of non-English words, especially ship names!
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Is there anything you would change about this book?
I bought this for our family to listen to - my wife's Grandfather was aboard HMS Glasgow during this campaign, so I had a great personal interest in the story.
This, obviously, is an original historic account with great technical detail and accuracy, however, to todays listener it comes across as very dry, regularly skips and jump around points and subjects making for a quite a tough listen. By todays standards its overly verbose and difficult to connect with. Even with our enthusiastic listening its pretty hard going.
I have nothing against the narrator, however, I don't think the narration works as well as it could - he's not helped by the dry text. The most distracting thing is the mispronunciation of non english names. South American place names are bad enough but the pronunciation particularly of the Geisenau and Leipzig vessel names are appalling. Given that these vessels are a couple of the main 'characters', and their names repeated often in some passages, more research should have been done beforehand.
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