To Rule the Waves

  • by Arthur Herman
  • Narrated by John Curless
  • 29 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

To Rule the Waves tells the extraordinary story of how the British Royal Navy allowed one nation to rise to a level of power unprecedented in history. From the navy's beginnings under Henry VIII to the age of computer warfare and special ops, historian Arthur Herman tells the spellbinding tale of great battles at sea, heroic sailors, violent conflict, and personal tragedy - of the way one mighty institution forged a nation, an empire, and a new world.
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Customer Reviews

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Fabulous if you're a nautical junkie. A favorite!

What made the experience of listening to To Rule the Waves the most enjoyable?

The author's absolute familiarity with a huge subject yet never tedious in the details. Riveting, but again, mainly for sailing ship/war/history junkies. Will make you want to read more about Drake, Hawkes, Bing, Nelson.

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

It's like he wrote it, with an immense tapestry of interesting detail at his fingertips.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

How Britannia Ruled the Waves. And why Western Civilization owes so much to the Royal Navy.

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- Clark

Superb and easy to listen to.

Manages to bridge the gap between heavy intense history and a superb adventure story. One of the best general histories of the Royal Navy I have yet read. Much easier to listen to, and obviously less detailed than Massie's books but also far broader in scope.
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- Mrs.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-19-2016
  • Publisher: Recorded Books