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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.

Critic Reviews

"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.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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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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  • Gvido
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 05-07-18

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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Incomplete but Stunning

Just like other reviewers, this is really only the first 2 books, and it's really disorienting when the story starts to repeat itself. It took me 10 minutes to figure out (guess) where it was supposed to be continuing, and it took me completely out of the story which was a disappointment. However, the story and performance is just as great as the adventures of Lucky Jack or Hornblower alike, and I look forward to the rest of Dick Bolitho's adventures!

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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

Any additional comments?

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

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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

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 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.