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To Rule the Waves Audiobook

To Rule the Waves: How the British Navy Changed the Modern World

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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.

This P.S. edition features extra insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

©2004 Arthur Herman (P)2016 Recorded Books

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    Y. Syed 18/05/2017
    Y. Syed 18/05/2017

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    "Great piece of history; told very well"

    A very useful and educational piece of history that many more Brits would do well learn.

    Only two problems:
    1. Brushes over British involvement in the Slave Trade with a simple "everyone else was in on it".
    2. It appears to have been recorded off a tape that was chewed up for a half-hour segment of the Armada!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    ashley 04/05/2017
    ashley 04/05/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Billiant"

    This book was very informative, interesting and well narrated. Made me want to keep listening at every twist and turn. A must read for historians of all types and layman alike

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Miriam Maughan 19/03/2017
    Miriam Maughan 19/03/2017 Member Since 2011
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    "Fabulous book telling a fascinating story"

    Tracing the development of the navy from Tudor privateers to the falklands war this unusual perspective on world history kept me fascinated. Wonderful detail and biographical sketches brings many extraordinary characters to life. I loved it

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Renn G. Neilson
    15/02/17
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    "Better Than Expected. Don't Miss it!"
    What made the experience of listening to To Rule the Waves the most enjoyable?

    Balanced, intelligent, honest;


    What other book might you compare To Rule the Waves to and why?

    There are a host of books on the Royal Navy, some that go into significantly more detail; but the author of this one selects just the right balance of detail to show how the institution developed and what it has done to help create some of the better features of the current global system.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nelson at Trafalga.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It gave me a more nuanced appreciation of the Royal Navy as an institution.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to take the author to dinner.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    26/04/17
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    "An interesting slightly biased overview narrative"

    The narrative starts with the Elizabethan "navy" of pirates and continues until the Falkland Islands War. The information is generally correct although the author is unambiguously pro-British and pro-navy. This dictates a lot of the material covered with victories covered exhaustively and defeats skated past like the Battle of the Chesapeake.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Elisabeth
    10/02/17
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    "Captivating"

    Everything is great about this book. The narrator is excellent but sometimes he trails off at the end of a sentence and you can't quite figure out what the last word is that he said.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs.
    East Lansing, MI, United States
    16/02/17
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    "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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • B. C. Furzer
    Charente Maritime, France
    18/06/17
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    "Superb history"

    A fabulous work from beginning to end. I recommend it unhesitatingly. Excellent narration.
    it makes one proud of our nation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clark
    Carmel, CA
    15/06/17
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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.


    Any additional comments?

    Do you have more by this author?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Turbo
    06/06/17
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    "Peerless Curless!"

    I thought the topic would be a challenge as well as the length but John Curless' reading and the author's depth of knowledge makes this a fabulous listen! Looking for more of the same pairing, like a fine meal. No need for a bromide here just bring the next course.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mlmusgrave
    01/06/17
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    "Good listen...very interesting and informative."

    Did seem to in the later years become less informative and not as well written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • buddy
    19/04/17
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    "Great book from the British perspective"
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    This shows the history of the British Navy from when the Spanish ruled the waves until the present. My only criticism of the book is that in places it jumps around in time a bit much. Overall a great read. It surprised me with the details of how the navy got started and the difficulties it overcame.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Washington, DC, United States
    09/05/17
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    "A bit too jingoistic for my taste."

    Good histories don't have such nationalistic commentary. after a while it made me wonder about the foundation of his story after a while.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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