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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would definitely, but it is a complicated book with many names and dates with some intense nautical terms, so I would be careful who I recommended it to. It, I think, would be enjoyable to the regular history lover, but would be loved by someone who loves naval history like I do.
What does Marc Vietor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
His tone and ability to do accurate (well, to me at least) accents for each person in the book was enjoyable and added to the listening experience.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I found myself very excited when it described the harrowing naval battles and the heroism, and loss they contained.
Any additional comments?
I'm actually thinking about listening to this one again. That's how much I enjoyed it.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
Without a doubt this is a very comprehensive overview of the War of 1812. Despite the subtitle, much of this piece is about the land war around the great lakes. The performance left me feeling like I was being lectured to. The story, while detailed, seemed to jump around needlessly; no doubt due to the decision to keep each chapter focused on one specific topic. If you are a fan of the Master and Commander series, you will enjoy this a lot. The author assumes a deep understanding of sailing fighting ships and their tactics. The personality sub-plots, of which there are several, are not particularly illuminating. Madison is an imbecile. Decatur a caricature. Tecumseh, a paper doll. It was worth the time reading and will also appeal to political and economic interests. In the end, there was no regret it was over, and the message remained somewhat obscure.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful