Command a King's Ship : Richard Bolitho

  • by Alexander Kent
  • Narrated by Michael Jayston
  • Series: Richard Bolitho
  • 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Spithead, 1784.
His Majesty's frigate, Undine, sets sail for India and the seas beyond. Europe may be at peace - but in colonial waters the promises of statesmen count for little and the bloody struggle for supremacy still goes on. Richard Bolitho would have cause to remember his admiral's words: 'The task I am giving you would be better handled by a squadron'.


What the Critics Say

“One of our foremost writers of naval fiction.” (Sunday Times, London)


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A trip to the East Indies

I love a good sea story. I had finished reading all the Patrick O'Brien books and started on C. S. Forester, now I have discovered Alexander Kent. He is not as well known as the other two but he is a master story teller and as good as the above mention writers. This book takes place in the period between the ending of the American War of Independence and the French Revolutionary War. Many Royal Navy Captains are being beached at half pay. So Richard Bolitho is happy he is assign to Captain the 24 gun frigate Undine to sail to the East Indies. The trip goes down the coast of Africa around the Cape to India then on to what is now Indonesia. Lots of adventures along the way. He delivers the new British governor to the former Spanish post but finds the people almost dead with disease and constant fighting off native pirates. Now the real suspense, action, sea battles begin. Could not stop listening. Kent keeps on entranced in the story. Michael Jayson does a good job narrating the story. I hope that Audible will carry all the Alexander Kent books.
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- Jean "I am an avid eclectic reader."

Love the SeaTell as Told through the British Eyes!

The book is good to very good --- but the reader stinks!!

The reader seems to be in a great HURRY to get to the end --- "I guess so can get paid or make appointment that he is late for...!

Michael Jayston is NOT for me --- I shall pass on any book he reads in my future with Audible! Hope it is NOT my lose!!!
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- Dennis "Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction, & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-01-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios