The Shores of Tripoli

Lieutenant Putnam and the Barbary Pirates
Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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The first novel in a brilliant new series by award-winning historian James L. Haley, featuring young midshipman Bliven Putnam as he begins his naval service aboard the USS Enterprise.

It is 1801, and President Thomas Jefferson has assembled a deep-water navy to fight the growing threat of piracy, as American civilians are regularly kidnapped by Islamist brigands and held for ransom, enslaved, or killed, all at their captors' whim. The Berber States of North Africa, especially Tripoli, claimed their faith gave them the right to pillage anyone who did not submit to their religion.

Young Bliven Putnam, great-nephew of Revolutionary War hero Israel Putnam, is bound for the Mediterranean and a desperate battle with the pirate ship Tripoli. He later returns under the legendary Commodore Edward Preble on the Constitution and marches across the Libyan desert with General Eaton to assault Derna - discovering the lessons he learns about war and life are not what he expected.

Rich with historical detail and cracking with high-wire action, The Shores of Tripoli brings this amazing period in American history to life with brilliant clarity.

©2016 James L. Haley (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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Good story...distracting narration

I have long enjoyed naval stories from this era and this story is no exception I did find the narrator's style and inflections a little off.

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Great yarn

Good combination of fiction and history of the war and Mediterranean history. Language and narrative are well done

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Listen to the sample

Perhaps then you will avoid wasting your money. Very poor performance. I'm sure a different person reading the story would make a huge difference. I will now have to buy a printed copy to see if the book itself is any good.

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The shores of Tripoli

A very interesting book also a lot of history in it,to view the time of 200 years ago.

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Great story on the barbary pirate war

Great story about the barbary pirate war. I enjoyed it. Follows history very well. I would recommend this book.

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Excellent

Just a great listen for someone interested in the time and history of the navy.

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Excellent and well read

Inside view of the development of an American hero. Well read and enjoyed Lt Bandy’s Southern accent

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Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood?

I’m not sure if it’s the writing or the narration, but it was often agonizing for me to listen to. Half the time I felt like I was listening to Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood

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excellent sea yarn. . .

A very enjoyable story with an equally excellent narration. Look forward to the next adventure of Lt. Putnam

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sobstory

The hero sounds ready to burst into tears the whole time. I doubt whether the familiarity he displays with his superiors would have been tolerated. The story gets stuck with syrup laden conversations between the hero and his female friend.

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