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From the coral reefs of Barbados to the jungles and fabled cities of the Orinoco and on to the great sea battle with the Spanish Armada, this vibrant novel captures the daring spirit of Elizabethan adventurers who sailed with Sir Francis Drake.
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A wonderful tale that belies its age. Storytelling at its very best.

What does Frederick Davidson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Davidson's mastery of his difficult craft always extracts the very best from every story he reads. In this instance, Kingsley's very English story deserves to be read by a competent reader of English - which Davidson certainly is. Not a single mis-step. Perfect pace. Every witty line delivered as intended. As good as it gets.

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There may be book here, but I couldn?t get past the reader to hear it. Davidson?s narration is unbearably self-important and snobbish; his characterizations absurd caricatures. He may have his audience, but it does not include this fan of the Age of Sail.

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I gave Westward Ho four stars. Two for the quality of the words and two for the volume

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  • 11-11-09

Westward Ho, Jeeves!

The narrator's languid and urbane delivery is as completely at odds with the notion of a vibrant and daring tale of Elizabethan derring-do as can be imagined. It might be perfect for PG Wodehouse or Evelyn Waugh, but is completely miscast here. I gave up after about an hour. Very disappointing.

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  • Mr Rebel
  • 07-24-20

Keelhaul the blackguard!

Working, as I do in (assume a flighty high camp tone of voice) the white town of Bideford in the fair county of Devon...aye m’gentlemen...I felt I should read this. What an absolutely painful ordeal it has been!

Was I sickened more by the cod Kenneth Williams-style Devonian accent of the narrator, that sounded more Irish than anything else, or the putrid anti-Catholic, pro-colonialist muscular Protestantism of the vile Kingsley? Hard to say but I did feel very sullied at the end of it all.

The Torridge estuary area is full of references to this beleaguered novel whilst not a single resident of the town of Westward Ho! that I spoke to has read it! Perhaps most poetically-satisfying of all is that the local Wetherspoons is called The Rose Saltern.

I understand this particular narrator was very popular back in the day!!! If listening to Larry Grayson’s Generation Game quips and asides for 21 hours floats your boat then this recording will grab you hook, line and sinker. For my part I would stick the snivelling little Kingsley in the jaggers and keelhaul the atrocious narrator.