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Publisher's Summary

In 1848, a motley crew of Danish sailors sets sail from the small island town of Marstal to fight the Germans. Not all of them return - and those who do will never be the same. Among them is the daredevil Laurids Madsen, who promptly escapes again into the anonymity of the high seas. This is also the story of the port town of Marstal, Denmark, whose inhabitants sailed the world from the mid-19th century to the end of the Second World War and about the women and children they left behind.
The novel tells of ships wrecked and blown up in wars, of places of terror and violence that continue to lure each generation with their cannibals, shrunken heads, prophetic dreams, forbidden passions, cowards, heroes, tragedies, and miraculous survivals. The result is a brilliant seafaring novel, a gripping saga encompassing industrial growth, the years of expansion and exploration, the crucible of the first half of the 20th century, and, most of all, the sea.
Hailed in Europe as an instant classic, We, the Drowned, spanning four generations, two world wars, and a hundred years, is an epic tale of adventure, ruthlessness, and passion destined to take its place among the greatest seafaring literature.
©2006 Carsten Jensen og Gyldendal. Translation © 2010 by Charlotte Barslund (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Z on 01-14-17

We, the Drowned

If you could sum up We, the Drowned in three words, what would they be?

Sailing, Marstal, Sailing

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

Cut out the middle, limited sections on Albert-I didn't like him nearly as much as the author.

What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

It was fine. Nothing stands out.

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


Any additional comments?

The beginning is very good, so is the final third to a lesser extent. The middle was tough to get through for me.

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2 out of 5 stars
By allen on 09-19-16

More like a history book than a novel

This book was not for me. I can see how it would be a fantastic book for someone who is more interested in the topic of sailing or Danish history. This is a book where things just happen, not necessarily to advance any character's story but rather to advance the timeline of the book. I could tell it was not for me about 10% into it, but soldiered (sailored...) on because the reviews here and on Goodreads were so favorable. I slogged through and finished it, and at over 25 hours that is no simple feat! I did enjoy this narrator's voice and thought he did excellent with the accents.

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