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To Rule the Waves Audiobook

To Rule the Waves: How the British Navy Shaped the Modern World

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Publisher's Summary

To Rule the Waves tells the extraordinary story of how the British Royal Navy allowed one nation to rise to a level of power unprecedented in history. From the navy's beginnings under Henry VIII to the age of computer warfare and special ops, historian Arthur Herman tells the spellbinding tale of great battles at sea, heroic sailors, violent conflict, and personal tragedy - of the way one mighty institution forged a nation, an empire, and a new world.

This P.S. edition features extra insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

©2004 Arthur Herman (P)2016 Recorded Books

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    Renn G. Neilson 02-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Better Than Expected. Don't Miss it!"
    What made the experience of listening to To Rule the Waves the most enjoyable?

    Balanced, intelligent, honest;


    What other book might you compare To Rule the Waves to and why?

    There are a host of books on the Royal Navy, some that go into significantly more detail; but the author of this one selects just the right balance of detail to show how the institution developed and what it has done to help create some of the better features of the current global system.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nelson at Trafalga.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It gave me a more nuanced appreciation of the Royal Navy as an institution.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to take the author to dinner.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew 04-26-17
    Andrew 04-26-17 Member Since 2015
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    "An interesting slightly biased overview narrative"

    The narrative starts with the Elizabethan "navy" of pirates and continues until the Falkland Islands War. The information is generally correct although the author is unambiguously pro-British and pro-navy. This dictates a lot of the material covered with victories covered exhaustively and defeats skated past like the Battle of the Chesapeake.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Elisabeth 02-10-17
    Elisabeth 02-10-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Captivating"

    Everything is great about this book. The narrator is excellent but sometimes he trails off at the end of a sentence and you can't quite figure out what the last word is that he said.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs. 02-16-17
    Mrs. 02-16-17
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    "Superb and easy to listen to."

    Manages to bridge the gap between heavy intense history and a superb adventure story. One of the best general histories of the Royal Navy I have yet read. Much easier to listen to, and obviously less detailed than Massie's books but also far broader in scope.

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    buddy 04-19-17
    buddy 04-19-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book from the British perspective"
    Any additional comments?

    This shows the history of the British Navy from when the Spanish ruled the waves until the present. My only criticism of the book is that in places it jumps around in time a bit much. Overall a great read. It surprised me with the details of how the navy got started and the difficulties it overcame.

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    Patrick 03-21-17
    Patrick 03-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Outstanding"

    This was a generally outstanding treatment of the British Navy. My only complaint is that AKK of World War II is covered in one chapter, otherwise great book!

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    Chris Ripple 03-12-17
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    "Excellent detailed narrative of Naval History & Mo"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Interesting "offset" view of world discovery and how we humans exploited this tremendous resource.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Political and military insightfullness truly epic. In truth, there are some heroes and real achievements where I though there would be none.


    Which character – as performed by John Curless – was your favorite?

    Filled out individuals enough to get a feeling of crisis and trends.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Better, extreme interest.


    Any additional comments?

    This is truly a well written book. Chooses a huge subject and then proceeds to lay it out for you in an interesting and informative, sometimes insightful narrative. The offset British history view is educational for the myths it smudges.

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    Craig 04-18-17
    Craig 04-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Nice"

    Well done, but the Brits didn't take Baltimore. Oh say can you see by the dawns early light?

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    David Washington, DC, United States 05-09-17
    David Washington, DC, United States 05-09-17 Member Since 2011

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    "A bit too jingoistic for my taste."

    Good histories don't have such nationalistic commentary. after a while it made me wonder about the foundation of his story after a while.

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  • ashley
    5/4/17
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    "Billiant"

    This book was very informative, interesting and well narrated. Made me want to keep listening at every twist and turn. A must read for historians of all types and layman alike

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  • Miriam Maughan
    3/19/17
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    "Fabulous book telling a fascinating story"

    Tracing the development of the navy from Tudor privateers to the falklands war this unusual perspective on world history kept me fascinated. Wonderful detail and biographical sketches brings many extraordinary characters to life. I loved it

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  • Y. Syed
    Somewhere in Internet Land
    5/18/17
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    "Great piece of history; told very well"

    A very useful and educational piece of history that many more Brits would do well learn.

    Only two problems:
    1. Brushes over British involvement in the Slave Trade with a simple "everyone else was in on it".
    2. It appears to have been recorded off a tape that was chewed up for a half-hour segment of the Armada!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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