• Ships of Oak, Guns of Iron

  • The War of 1812 and the Forging of the American Navy
  • By: Ronald Utt
  • Narrated by: Stephen W. Davis
  • Length: 20 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (86 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The War of 1812 is typically noted for a handful of events: the burning of the White House, the rise of the Star Spangled Banner, and the battle of New Orleans. But in fact the greatest consequence of that distant conflict was the birth of the U.S. Navy. During the War of 1812, America's tiny fleet took on the mightiest naval power on earth, besting the British in a string of victories that stunned both nations.

In his new audiobook Ships of Oak and Guns of Iron: The War of 1812 and the Birth of the American Navy, author Dr. Ronald Utt not only sheds new light on the naval battles of the War of 1812 and how they gave birth to our nation's great navy, but tells the story of the War of 1812 through the portraits of famous American war heroes. From the cunning Stephen Decatur to the fierce David Porter, Ships of Oak and Guns of Iron relates how thousands of American men and boys gave better than they got against the British Navy. The great age of fighting sail is as rich in heroic drama as any epoch.

Dr. Utt's Ships of Oak and Guns of Iron retrieves the American chapter of that epoch from unjustified obscurity, and offers listeners an intriguing chronicle of the War of 1812 as well as a unique perspective on the birth of the U.S. Navy.

©2012 Ronald D. Utt (P)2014 Ronald D. Utt
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  • Categories: History

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Mediocre - do not recommend

What would have made Ships of Oak, Guns of Iron better?

book is mostly quotes from other books - lacks original research and ideas in my opinion

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Narrator cannot pronounce place and people names correctly - painful to listen to.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

dissapointing...

Any additional comments?

I have read numerous books on this period. There are a lot of better choices out there.

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Ships of Oak

Should be MEN of iron. I would never had made it back then. lol

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Narrator needs pronunciation coach

What did you love best about Ships of Oak, Guns of Iron?

interesting story of the romantic age of sail; this is the stuff that 'Master and Commander' only emulates

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

found a narrator who knows how to pronounce nautical terms

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stephen W. Davis?

uncertain,

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

story of Steven Decatur and the capture of the Macedonian

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Good but could be better

This book covers the war of 1812 in great detail; however, it often repeats itself and is not well organized. The performance could be better.

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Not what I expected

I have purchased almost 150 Audible books and this is the first one that I have ever returned.
It was not what I expected. My review is based on my disappointment on the content but you may enjoy the book if you are looking for more of a history of the ship yards?

I expected an overview of the technical aspects of WWII naval ship building with insights into some details of that construction.
What I got was a history lesson about the political competition among the ship yards over the building contracts.

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Great listen

Books on the Navy's role in the War of 1812 are rarely as good as this one!

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Badly produced with many repeats, stumbles and mispronunciations of words. Example… Carta-gina. History is detailed and scholarly, but bogs down under the weight of those details.

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exciting and informative!

highly informative and exciting i really enjoyed listening to this! the narrator wasn't on dull and pronounced the words good!

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Great Listen

Very detailed. I enjoyed it. I’m a military history buff who loves the small details of big conflicts that most listeners care little about.

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Good book bad narrator

This is a great book that covers many different aspects of the war of 1812. The down side is the narrator. He mispronounces words throughout the entirety of the book. This becomes very distracting when it is the name of a ship and it is going into battle. The name will be mispronounced throughout the entire battle. The mispronunciations include but are not limited to people’s names, places and names of ships. It’s unfortunate that this is what I took away from this great book.

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