Victory : Thomas Kydd

  • by Julian Stockwin
  • Narrated by Christian Rodska
  • Series: Thomas Kydd
  • 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Commander Thomas Kydd is eager to play his part in thwarting Bonaparte’s plans for the invasion of England. Joining Admiral Nelson’s command, Kydd and his ship soon find themselves at the heart of the action that leads up to the famous clash of the mighty British and French fleets at Trafalgar.
Kydd’s journey takes him from false sightings of the enemy and dramatic chases across the Atlantic, to the bloody annihilation of the enemy during the actual battle, and the heroic aftermath.

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Odd Man Out

It appears to me, the author wanted to tell the story of Trafalgar, without the hero. Since the narrative breaks from the hero, to an on board midshipman, we have a good account of Nelson's death. But unlike the other naval series of this time, the hero has little to do with the battle, which leaves kind of a hole in the plot for me. Nevertheless, there is still sufficient merit to enjoy the book, and Rodska continues his great narration.
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- Michael

Trafalgar by proxy

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, if they had read the rest of the series and liked this sort of thing.


Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Well, I wasn't sitting so there's no 'edge of seat' going on. It moves along nicely enough, although there are some parts of the story that are 'given'. Perhaps we could have heard less of the internal agonies of Renzi. He's starting to develop Hornblower-like neuroses. I suppose the author wanted to make him more than a plot device and he went for sensitive and anxiety-riven. You want to slap his face sometimes.


Have you listened to any of Christian Rodska’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, he's always reliable and enjoyable. Pleasant and versatile voice.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not possible, as it's fairly long.


Any additional comments?

I think I smoke it, as Jack Aubrey would say - why we have yet another naval saga where the hero doesn't fight his ship at Trafalgar. It's writing logistics, cully. If you want a long series, you have to start your hero young and junior. He has to be brave and able, or he's not worth writing about, By the time the war reaches its crisis, he must have had lots of gratifying promotions. He should get his 'step' to post captain before Trafalgar, as opportunities must have been thinner thereafter. He's not captain of one of the famous ships at the battle, because we know them, so he's in a frigate at the time and necessarily on the sidelines. This time, we have one of his protégés on Victory, as a proxy. It works pretty well, though perhaps the structural bones are more visible than usual.

It's clear the author knows his sailoring stuff and is willing to impart, in some detail. In that sense, it's more directly pitched at a nautical-hungry readership than the more ambitious O'Brians, where the sailoring is a tasty side-dish. I like that stuff though.

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- Talechaser

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-21-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios