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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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Missing Chpaters...

The story and narration were as good as expected, but as others mentioned the book was not editing correctly and begins repeating chapters about 3/4 through.

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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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Good start

Missing band of brothers and does repeat two chapters. But good story.

The narration I think is good but a bit monotone. Doesn’t build up and carry excitement through action scenes as well as I’ve seen done with others.

But still good.

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I'm a sailor at heart. loved the adventure.

I can sit back and just let the adventure consume my attention. a great tale.

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No High hopes. But boy! Wow good!!

the two sons of Captain James by lyto home for Christmas. Who'd have thought it would make such a great story!

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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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  • Mr. Anthony D. Bateman
  • 01-06-21

average

a jolly yarn but not a patch on Patrick O'brien or c.s.forster and the narrator could cure insomnia

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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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  • bryan lane
  • 05-07-21

Grilling audio as good as self reading

Michael made listening fun with his changing accents won't do another you can stick them

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  • Arthur
  • 08-14-21

Most enjoyable

An excellent story, well narrated. A good introduction to the Bolitho stories by Alexander Kent.

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  • David
  • 07-03-21

Repeats and is missing 3rd book

The audio book repeats a couple of chapters and is missing the 3rd book which isn't avaliable on audible, it's a good story and good narration just annoying you can't listen to the whole series

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-06-21

Not really sure what I was expecting

Overall the book is alright but I feel the narration by Michael Jayston really carried it. The story feels like a mishmash of murder mystery / sea voyage adventure with no connection between them plus a very abrupt ending. Maybe the second books picks up where this one left off. Just feel like I weird way to go about it

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  • Kilrymont
  • 04-01-21

First of an incomplete series of 30 books

But please note that although there is no intimation from Audible of this, there are a couple of books missing from the Audible lusts.
I got to book 15 only to find that - there is no Audible version of it. At all. Not even an abridged one. 16 and several more yes, but the series remains incomplete.
The books themselves are rather formulaic, but if you enjoy historic naval fiction there's only so much around. There are the 11 Hornblower books by CS Forester which absolutely set the standard, there's the Jack Aubrey books that are pretty awful - then there's these by Alexander Kent. Inevitably there's only so much variety of action available to include, and once you have read through a couple of battles you can expect more of the same. And that's more or less what you get. There's some character development, but not that much. Admirals tend to be portrayed as either thoroughly decent or thoroughly bad eggs with little in between.
And the progress of Bolitho through many, many battles with only a case of malaria and a single musket ball strike (in the shoulder, where else?) is frankly too incredible for credibility. Explosive mayhem, cannonballs grapeshot and general destruction are all around him yet the infamous wood splinters seem to always contrive to fly past Mr Bolitho.
Overlook these unbelievabilities, there's lots of listening time ahead of you. Some might say to buy maybe three of them and just repeat listen to those. Because the repetitious nature of the series is said to infer that that you might not notice the difference. I wouldn't go that far, but the scope of these books is pretty fixed.

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  • Mark Wagner
  • 11-30-20

Repeated Chapters

A number of Chapters were repeated. This made following the story difficult. This needs addressing as it is the first book and may deter new readers to the genre. I feel recompense is in order

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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.