Midshipman Bolitho

Narrated by: Michael Jayston
Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
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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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Unexpected Pleasure

I found this to be my surprise favorite of this series. I found the narrator told the story in such a way that his presence was forgotten. I hit rewind and went through the last two chapters for a second pass. Please powers above, this story begs to be used for a movie.

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Adventure!!!

The English navy in the late 18th century - this is the beginning of tge Bolitho adventures. Starting as a midshipman this audio book describes two of first adventures (there should have been three in book 1, but oddly the third tale is not here, nor in audio book 2). The tales are full of salt sea, tar and gunpowder, as they should be.

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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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very enjoyable

I enjoyed the locales that the story takes place in, Cornwall and Africas west coast. I feel that the proper amount of attention was paid to rope&rigging or sailing lingo. sometimes I get tied up by all the different terms. I thought the narrator could have used a bit more variation between the characters but it was a very strong performance overall.

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the start on another great sea adventure <br />

I am looking forward to many hour of rolling SaaS and cannon fire as I start another series of sea adventures

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at least one chapter is misplaced in sequence and i believe at least the last chapter is missing- ends abruptly. too bad since is otherwise very well done

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Missing chapters

Story is great, BUT, the QA on this is poor. Instead of full book, 2 chapters repeat and you don’t get the full book.

You would think Audible would fix this and update the book, but based upon other reviews that is not happening.

Will think twice before buying another book from them.

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  • Jamie
  • 11-28-18

chapters all messed up

a very bad recording with miss labelled chapters. wouldn't recommend anyone buying this in it's current format

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  • Matt 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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  • 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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  • RJM
  • 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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  • Thorin Seex
  • 05-25-20

Not Patrufk Or Forrester

its ok but it's not in the same league as books featuring Aubrey or Hornblower

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  • Retro Brit
  • 04-01-20

Very Enjoyable

If you like a good sea-faring adventure, then this early Richard Bolitho is very good. The narration is first class and I felt as though I was there in the 1770s.

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  • mr j m tattersall
  • 08-18-19

Alexander Kent

This author has, in this book, set the scene for an exciting series of yarns which promise to match those of Julian Stockwin's Kydd series. looking forward to the remainder in the series

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  • S D BALL
  • 03-22-19

Set in the 18th century, a good naval tale.

A good story and worth a listen, but does not hold a candle to the nautical novels of Patrick O’Brian.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-31-20

Alexander Kent demands I listen to the other part of this obvious story. I am hooked and anxious to hear more

A wonderful story told giving a picture of life for seamen in the days where England was developing a power of the world oceans.

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  • Will H
  • 08-11-18

Repeats 4 chapters of the second book.

Midway through the second book it repeats 4 chapters. also it should include Band of Brothers but does not.