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Four Weeks in May

The Loss of HMS Coventry
Narrated by: Paul Blake
Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
Categories: History, Military
4.5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Summary

On 25 May 1982, at a critical juncture in the Falklands War, the destroyer HMS Coventry was attacked by Argentinean aircraft. In a devastating strike, she was hit by three bombs, two of which exploded inside her hull, killing 19 of her crew and leaving many others badly injured. Within minutes Coventry had capsized, and would finally sink the following day. It was the first occasion since the Second World War that a British captain and crew had to abandon a stricken ship. This is the highly personal, often harrowing story of Coventry’s war told by her captain.

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: This audiobook contains some explicit scenes and language.

©2007 David Hart Dyke (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Bishop's Stortford, Herts, United Kingdom
  • 12-03-19

Moving account of Bravery and patriotism

Well written and narrated, makes one proud to be British and shows how wel should respect our armed forces

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Ship shape and Bristol fashion!

Very good, well worth a listen. Very interesting to have this first hand account. Also very well narrated in the style one would expect from the perspective of a naval captain; clear, authoritative and in charge at all times.

One does get the slight impression, however, that it might a case of putting one's side of the story (however nicely and tactfully done).

The only other thing is that it would have been interesting to hear a little more about the ship and the way it operated, the weapon systems etc. although I appreciate that there my well be 'official secrets' reasons as to why that was not possible.

I have given it a 4 star rating overall but would have given 4.5 if I could.

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A good account but lacking depth

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Only if interested in the story of Coventry.
It's a good account but lacks any depth/guts/passion.
The author expends as many words detailing his family history and correspondence home than the actual naval war.

What three words best describe Paul Blake’s performance?

Long winded, could have abbreviated some of the English. All of the have nots and did nots and everything else i can think of are all read out explicitly which seem endless and do nothing to help the flow of the narrative

Was Four Weeks in May worth the listening time?

Yes