Ships of Oak, Guns of Iron

  • by Ronald Utt
  • Narrated by Stephen W. Davis
  • 20 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The War of 1812 is typically noted for a handful of events: the burning of the White House, the rise of the Star Spangled Banner, and the battle of New Orleans. But in fact the greatest consequence of that distant conflict was the birth of the U.S. Navy. During the War of 1812, America's tiny fleet took on the mightiest naval power on earth, besting the British in a string of victories that stunned both nations.
In his new audiobook Ships of Oak and Guns of Iron: The War of 1812 and the Birth of the American Navy, author Dr. Ronald Utt not only sheds new light on the naval battles of the War of 1812 and how they gave birth to our nation's great navy, but tells the story of the War of 1812 through the portraits of famous American war heroes. From the cunning Stephen Decatur to the fierce David Porter, Ships of Oak and Guns of Iron relates how thousands of American men and boys gave better than they got against the British Navy. The great age of fighting sail is as rich in heroic drama as any epoch.
Dr. Utt's Ships of Oak and Guns of Iron retrieves the American chapter of that epoch from unjustified obscurity, and offers listeners an intriguing chronicle of the War of 1812 as well as a unique perspective on the birth of the U.S. Navy.

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Mediocre - do not recommend

What would have made Ships of Oak, Guns of Iron better?

book is mostly quotes from other books - lacks original research and ideas in my opinion


How did the narrator detract from the book?

Narrator cannot pronounce place and people names correctly - painful to listen to.


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

dissapointing...


Any additional comments?

I have read numerous books on this period. There are a lot of better choices out there.

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- Peter

reader needs to learn how to pronounce words

The narrator did not know how to properly pronounce many key words. If a place name appears once or twice, okay, maybe that is excusable. but when it's a key place like Lake Champlain get it right. he did not. his strange pronunciation. rendered the performance unlistenable.
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- D. Craven

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-23-2014
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing