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The Pursuit of Leviathan Audiobook

The Pursuit of Leviathan

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In the 17th century, hundreds of thousands of Europeans endured some of the most barbarous assaults ever lost to history. Until now. As heir to the family estate, young English gentleman Christopher Clive is submissive to his grandfather's grooming, but his heart is drawn to the enchanting Irish muse, Raven O'Morrissey. When her village is attacked, Christopher makes a noble sacrifice and comes face to face with Leviathan - a godless spirit of chaos - and its world of forced slavery, jihad, and the clash of empires. Yet even as the years pass, he cannot forget the coastal mist of the sea cove he and Raven once shared as the setting of their tragic romance and of a legendary treasure that could change their fate forever. An extraordinary journey across perilous lands and a historical portrait of unthinkable evil, The Pursuit of Leviathan reveals a great monster that threatens us all - and the greater power that insures its inevitable defeat.

©2016 C David Baker (P)2017 C David Baker

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  • Lady Meserole
    Discworld
    12/08/17
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    "The Pursuit of Leviathan"

    The Pursuit of Leviathan hooked me and pulled me immediately into its fast paced adventure. The story is a coming of age story for the main character Christopher (Kipper). I found Kipper to be a very real character. He goes through his moments of frustration, anger, and a bit of angst, but CD Baker has done an fine job of not allowing these behaviours to overwhelm Kipper's character or the story line, and instead making Kipper a regular guy dealing with a terrible situation while trying to stay true to himself. CD Baker is an excellent writer. His detailed descriptions of the different settings and characters were so vividly drawn that the reader really does 'see' them. He has also done an incredible amount of research. I hadn't known the history of the Corsair raids, and have since spent some hours researching the time period - very fascinating. The historical account of Kipper's adventure is spot on what an enslaved male would have experienced during the Corsair raids and his confinement. The story is brutal, but this was the reality.

    (**Spoiler-ish**)
    My only disappointment with the book was the ending, and it is just a minor complaint. The ending was fine and there was resolution, however I felt a bit cheated that I didn't get to be there for the 'end'. After spending ~20 years with Christopher on his wretched and arduous journey, I wanted to see the payoff instead of just hearing where he was headed. Though I was very happy about the horse;)
    (**End Spoiler**)

    Narration: Nick Denton did a super job on the narration. He had many accents to cover, and he handled them all with skill, and his choice for the voice of Kipper was excellent. The story was long and extremely dark, and there were some moments where I almost turned the audio off. It was the narration that kept me holding on and I got through the most horrible moments. Thanks Nick, I'll be keeping an eye out for more of your narrations!

    Interesting notes: From 1530-1780 ~1,250,000+ people were kidnapped by Barbary Corsairs from ships and European coastal villages (British Isles, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, Iceland) and sold into slavery. Coastal towns were abandoned or reinforced with defences due to the fear of Corsair night time raids. This chapter in history was entirely new to me. It's always super exciting to find moments in history that I have not encountered previously, so thank you author CD Baker!

    For those who like to know... the book contains much violence (torture) and one situation of animal abuse, but not sex or profanity.

    I received The Pursuit of Leviathan for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Michael Richards
    02/08/17
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    "Duped by christians Twice, There Won't Be A 3rd..."
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    Overall: For people who claim to be christians, they sure can be very deceitful. This is the second time I've been mislead as to the purpose and meaning of a novel in the historical fiction category. The first time I left a scathing review because not only were they trying to proselytize me, but they had no idea what "Historical Fiction" meant. This time it is indeed historical fiction (then again, what about christianity isn't?) but it is still a misleading lie. If you look at the cover and read the description of this book you might think you were looking at something along the lines of a Jack Aubry story by Patrick O'Brian. As a matter of fact, I said exactly this to the narrator in an email when he seemed surprised by my interest. That was a red flag for me but I wasn't really paying attention. I was excited by the prospect of a novel set in the 17th century British Isles and had talk of pirates and an English Gentleman. If you are proud enough of your religion to write a book (several actually) then why hide behind a misleading description to try to tempt someone who would normally steer away from such tripe. Well all it does is guarantee them a loathsome review. I stopped about 6 chapters in once I realized something was amiss and did a little research on the author.

    Story: Not going to even bother. Read the description the author gives and take your best stab as to what it's about. I will tell you the author does have a decent grasp of the time period he is working with and that he is actually a pretty good writer. So if you dig being preached at, it might be quite pleasant for you.

    Performance: While I was exceptionally disappointed in the narrator for not pointing out what the book was really about when I hinted that it seemed like a good Patrick O'Brian type novel to me, I am going to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he just wanted me to at least give a listen to his narration, which was EXCELLENT. Nick Denton is a young man and I believe he has a very bright future as a voice talent. He becomes the character without over doing it. He has a great strong English voice and does an Irish accent fairly well. He is the reason I got through 6 chapters, as I became suspicious around the 2nd or 3rd chapter, but kept listening because I loved the narration.

    Summary: If you like 17th Century christian historical fiction, then this is probably a pretty great book. Otherwise, steer clear...


    This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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